We at Seize The Leash are dedicated to helping dog owners with problem dogs. Dogs that are anxious, fearful, aggressive, dominant, or simply undisciplined are those that we can help. Our training progams encompass Puppy Socialization, Obedience Training, and Personalized One-to-one Counseling. We seek to achieve a balanced state of mind and a healthy relationship between the dog and its owners. It is important for us to help dog owners understand their dogs needs. By providing the proper information and training, the relationship between dog and owner will be a happy, joyful and balanced one.
We show you how to:
- Use your own energy to communicate with your dog and how your energy and emotions affect your dog.
- Give your dog support and coaching while your dog rebuilds his confidence, learns impulse control and builds a lasting relationship with you based on respect and trust.
- Work with your dog in a high stress environment by using the dog's energy to your benefit and teaching your dog when to ignore distractions and others& energy.
- Find the right motivators and reinforcements for your dog so that excess energy is handled.
- Build control and understanding at the same time.
The one foster dog out of about 20 that has come into my home in the last year and a half, the one that made me want to quit! There were many days I hated him. He knocked me down, went after my cats, acted like an overly aggressive bully at the dog park, beat up and drew blood from my precious Shadow! I cursed the day I brought this no good SOB home from the pound. He was an escape artist, had no manners, was aggressive. The list goes on...
This dog needs training! Every since I was a young child I have been fascinated with well trained dogs. Guide dogs, service dogs, police dogs etc, but the choke chains, shock collars, even the pushing and tugging into position has never seemed "right" to me.
Luckily the rescue I foster for believes in training, but one trainer only uses games. Games! Seriously? Fresno is an out of control jerk, there is NO way he is going to respond with just games and making choices! What have I got to lose? My life sucks with him in my house. He only gets along with one other dog. He has to be separated from everything else. He must be tethered to me to be out of his crate if he is in the house! Ugh!
Canine Behavior Training he we come! Focus work, pattern games, recalls, body awareness ( this isn't going to work). It took me 45 minutes to get him to sit. Seriously! Can't I just force his butt to the ground!?! Other dogs may take 45 SECONDS NOT 45 MINUTES!
Armed with a treat bag and games I start to periodically work\play with Fresno (aka no good sob stupid .... Dog). He starting sitting automatically, then he learned down, wait, stay... Hey this is fun, he isn't so bad after all!
Soon life was fun with Fresno and he wasn't escaping, knocking me down or acting like a jerk, but I just know he isn't going to be able to be in the same room as my foster Jack, thats okay, some dogs just don't get along. Since Fresno actually busted through his wire crate to go after Jack why force it?
I keep the games/training going and by accident one day Jack and Fresno are in the same yard together-omg! Someone is going to get killed, I just know it! "Fresno come!" He did and sat down in front of me!!! No way! A month ago he would have ripped Jack to shreds! Obviously this was a fluke, so I bought more fencing and took more precautions to make sure these two don't come in contact, ever! Wouldn't you know time passed and working with both dogs they accidentally end up in the same yard again. This time I just watch, uneasy, but hopeful. They sniffed each other, its a little tense, but they didn't go after each other Enough of that for me, this game training is great, but this still must be a fluke or a full moon or something, after all a couple months ago these guys would have killed each other. The only difference is is that I've played a few games with Fresno and used some touch therapy with Jack. Now I&m feeling brave (or stupid) and I purposely put the boys in the same yard. One of the most beautiful sights I have seen since my daughters were born... Doggie play bows between two formerly nasty enemies! They are actually playing together!!!
Thank you Jamie Robinson for showing me how to help these dogs! FRESNO HAS FINALLY BEEN OFFICIALLY ADOPTED!!! The family says he is great in the house, wonderful with their other dog and is even respecting their birds space! Wow!
Jack the Jack Russel
Seize The Leash
5850 E 21st Street
Tucson, AZ 85711
Once a month walking clinic is at the main entrance to FT Lowell Park at 4 pm for 2 hours.
Group Behavior Training
All brand new classes starting in March and then every 7 weeks thereafter.
2:30 pm Foster / adopter workshops will continue FREE
4:00 pm Snake Avoidance Without Shock
9:00 Shy Dog Workshop
10:30 Household Manners (inside)
11:00 AKC STAR Puppy (inside)
7:30 Reactive/Aggressive Workshop
9:00 Snake Avoidance Without Shock
9:30 Shy Dog Workshop
11:00 AKC STAR Puppy (inside)
9:00 Reactive/Aggressive Workshop
10:30 Shy Dog Workshop
11:00 Household Manners (inside)
We also offer private lessons with a substantial discount if you do your lessons at our facility. Eight lessons will be $400 at the facility or $800 at your home. Because we have the Household Manners area with a complete set up like any other house, we can offer this inexpensive service to everyone.
Private lessons cover the same material and behaviors as group class with the addition of specific exercises for your dog's issues.
As always our training covers five basic areas:
Building a Relationship With Your Dog
Canine Communication, Energy and Emotion
Training For Life
Creating a Thinking Dog
Life Without A Leash
Boarding and Board & Train Services
These are services that we could not offer at the indoor space due to zoning laws. Rate is $35 per night for just boarding and $50 per night for Board and Train.
As before, when we were still in the forest, all boarded dogs are integrated into our pack. Board and train dogs will be housed away from the pack if they are aggressive or reactive, otherwise they will be with the pack.
We do not believe that day care or boarding should be done in a crate or kennel unless it's for the safety of your dog or other dogs. In this instance we minimize the need for a kennel as fast as possible with safe, humane, effective behavior change.
Do not be fooled by trainers who use shock collars and claim they are using a force free method. Shock collars are designed to shock a dog. Yes, there are various levels of shock with the new devices from a mild pinch to OMG, but without some pain/discomfort, the collar is not going to work. Even that mild pinch, repeated over and over again, creates pain – much like Chinese water torture where a drop of water hits one small spot on the top of your head over and over until it feels like a hammer.
These methods work with what is called in the scientific world "negative reinforcement". How it works is that you introduce something unpleasant, ask the dog for a behavior and as soon as he does that behavior, remove the unpleasant stimulus. If it isn't unpleasant, then it won't work and the dog won't feel the need to do the behavior you asked for.
In some places, those who use these methods claim they are using positive reinforcement since the dog is being reinforced by the removal of the aversive stimulus. This sounds good, but the aversive stimulus was added by the trainer or the student to motivate the dog. It is not a natural stimulus in our world.
Training new behaviors takes time. While there are effective and humane ways to speed up the dog's learning, a trainer who tells you that they can change the behavior in one session is lying to you and/or will use aversive methods(such as shock collars) and intimidation to force your dog's behavior. This is not training.
We are actual force free trainers and do our best not to use pain, fear or intimidation in our training and behavior work.
I, and all here at Seize the Leash, wish you and your dog all the best and may s/he never be the same again.
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