Alex’s training method is based on pack theory, conditioning and behavior reinforcement. He excels in behavior modification through the use of obedience commands and obedience drills, helping to shape and eliminate unwanted behaviors. His use of mental exercises also helps to control dog’s instinct and to follow a command or leader. We strictly maintain a kind, gentle practice with all our dogs.
Throughout his career, Alex has successfully trained over 4,700 dogs and multiple trainers. Many dogs have been rescue dogs with severe behavioral problems, from fear to aggression. Regardless of a dog’s breed or background, our goal is to always promote positive relationships between humans and their four-legged best friends.
LEVEL 1 - Elementary / 8 sessions - $1000
Training: Following and learning foundational obedience via voice commands and hand signals. All of this training is done on leash.
“Sit”: Voice and hand signal.
“Stay”: To achieve control of the dog while standing, opening doors and crossing the street while on the leash.
“Down”: With a hand and voice command, the dog will learn to lay flat on the floor until given a different command. Note: The length of the command will depend on dog’s age and physical capabilities.
“Come”: This command teaches the dog to come (return to handler) and is the foundation of recall.
“Place”: A designated area of rest and control where the dog must remain. (Example: The dog will remain on the doggie pillow while owner is eating and working in home office)
“Heel”: This command teaches the dog to walk on the leash at the left side of the owner and respond to auto stops.
These sessions include modifying puppy behavioral issues.
LEVEL II - INTERMEDIATE / 10 Sessions $1500
These sessions include all foundational commands in addition to remote/long distance commands. This program offers 4 off leash sessions.
This program is for those who are looking to exceed foundational obedience.
“Long Stay”: The dog will learn how to “stay” up to 2 – 3 minutes from multiple distances. This will allow the handler to have better control and allow the owner to have more confidence with the dog.
“Off Leash Come”: This time we will use the foundation and extend it to the next level. This includes a 15 -30 feet “come”.
“Remote Down”: Raising your hand within the dog’s line of vision and/or giving a voice command and the dog responding to the “down” command from 15-30 feet away.
A $250 downpayment is required to reserve your dog's space. Cancellations within 7 days will be refunded fully. We schedule on a first come first served basis.
LEVEL III - ADVANCED / 18 sessions - $2500
Our Advanced program training includes long distance commands around live distractions and temptations with fast recalls. Socialization and control techniques, drills and utility sessions are all a part of this advanced package. Reinforcement of all foundational and intermediate commands will also be incorporated.
Locations for these sessions can include outdoor sessions conducted at a local park, store, dog park or desired neighborhood. These sessions will be performed side-by-side with the trainer to ensure that both the dog and handler have an opportunity to learn while the trainer evaluates both behavior and handling techniques.
Specialty sessions / 1.5 hr - $250
Specialty sessions can be utilized when the dog has graduated from all Levels and needs tune-up lessons or trick sessions.
The PH.d Dog
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Alex was drawn to animals at a very early age, fascinated with their appearance, behaviors and natural abilities. At the age of 5, Alex had his first dog and quickly discovered the very special bond that dogs are able to develop with humans. Just like the first wolf that approached the campfire and ate from a human hand, the modern dog shares this ability to form an unbreakable, lifelong bond with humans.
Alex’s training career started at Miami Seaquarium as part of their training staff. Here, he had the opportunity to work around world-renowned marine mammal trainers and was able to understand the fundamentals of conditioning and behavior reinforcement to create a bond between animal and trainer.
Shortly after this, his strong passion for training animals led him to train canines and he began working in one of South Florida’s premier dog training companies. Alex was trained amongst multiple veteran dog trainers, allowing him to learn a wide range of training styles and philosophies that helped to shape his current unique training style.
Through studying and observing dogs closely, Alex was able to learn canine body language – a universal language that allowed him to determine the needs of the dogs he trains and inform and educate the owner. This is one of the attributes that make Alex such a successful trainer, as he is able to understand and interpret everything the dog is trying to communicate through keen observation and experience.
Meet our pack
At AV Dog Training, our pack specializes in obedience and behavioral training with an emphasis on owner education. Our team upholds the most professional service while spreading a message of love and understanding between owners and their pups!
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