Alex’s training method is based on pack theory, conditioning and behavior reinforcement. He excels in behavior modification through the use of obedience 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 4,500 dogs and 20 trainers. Many dogs have been rescue dogs with severe behavioral problems, from fear to aggression. Regardless of a dog’s breed or background, our is 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 voice commands and hand signals such as “sit”, “stay”, “down”, “come” and “heel”. 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.
“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 all behavioral issues ie. play biting, chewing, jumping, barking, begging, counter surfing.
LEVEL II - INTERMEDIATE / 10 Sessions $1500
This includes all basic commands in addition to “place” commands, remote commands and a controlled “stay”. This training will be done 50% on leash and 50% off leash.
“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)
“Free Walk Heel”: This command will allow the dog to walk next to the handler in a free form remaining within five feet of the owner off of the leash, while still being responsive to directional changes.
“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 / 10 sessions - $2000
This training is conducted all off leash and includes long distance commands around live distractions and temptations with fast recalls. Socialization and control techniques, drills and utility session are all a part of this advanced package. Reinforcement of all basic and intermediate commands will also be incorporated.
This includes outdoor sessions conducted at a local park, store, dog park or desired neighborhood. This session will be performed mostly by the trainer to ensure that both the dog and handler have an opportunity to learn. The trainer will teach the dog how to behave and handle different types of distractions. The handler will have the opportunity to practice during the last 15 minutes of the session. Examples of distraction include: other dogs, people, children and animals.
This session will mostly be conducted by the handler, side-by-side with the trainer. The trainer will have the opportunity to evaluate both behavior and handling techniques learned and practiced by the owner from the previous session.
the active dog / 6 TWO hour sessions - $2500
6 two-hour sessions - $2500
In this session, the trainer will help owner with an activity of daily living. This may include one of these areas: going up stairs, jumping in the car, learning how to use the doggie door and going inside your purse. This may even include a trip to the vet.
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.
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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!