I’ve always loved studying learning behavior and motivation. I started off working in human mental health, and then I transitioned into dog training. One of the things that really appealed to me about it is that there are a lot of parallels between the psychological principles that you’re applying in both areas and I really love that. That is what brought me to start Legends Dog Training in 2010 where my primary focus is in behavior modification.

Why do we train?

I think a huge part of why we train with our dogs, in many cases, it’s to work through certain behavioral challenges, but it’s also just because we want to enjoy a stronger connection with our dogs. Making sure that the dog is engaged and enjoying that learning process is extremely important.

What are some different types of online training?

Online training can take place in many different formats. Check out the online classes I offer.

LIVE Online Group Classes

Online group classes meet once a week for about one hour and the duration is usually about six weeks in length.

“She watches all of us through the video, as you’re doing that, she’s guiding every single one of us. She points out specifically our dogs and what they’re doing and what we can do to make them a little better.”Robert Lamas, San Diego, CA

The first few weeks are really going to be focused around “establishing a base” or “establishing a foundation” with their dogs. In the second half of the class, I like to start to talk about how some of those foundation skill sets begin to factor into real life situations where we’re looking for calmer, more attentive behavior from our dogs.

The feedback that I get from my clients is that their dog’s love learning.

“Every single time I have a training session with Alyssa, Kevin (my dog) sees me pull out my computer and he gets so excited. Even right now, you can see him behind me playing and it’s because he thinks that is his time to train and he is so ecstatic.”Jackie Rosenthal, San Diego, CA

The benefits

One of the really neat things about training in this way is that as we are all feeling a little bit more disconnected right now because of COVID-19, training in this way gives us a chance to connect with other people in a community, but it also gives you a chance to connect with your dog in a much deeper way. So, I think that these classes really can benefit both people and their dogs on so many different levels.

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