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Dog Training & Behavior Specialists


Behavior Training for Dogs: The First Session

Our holistic approach to working with dogs and their humans is illuminating, intuitive, refreshing, and effective.

Regardless of why you are seeking our help, and whether you have tried “positive reinforcement training” or “balanced training” in the past, our first session will help you understand your dog as a unique individual and empower you with communication techniques, tools, and strategies that will serve you and your dog for life.

While we are most known for our work with complex behavior cases, your reason for seeking our guidance does not have to be rooted in difficulty. We are passionate about working with dogs of all ages, from puppyhood to old dogs, to enhance your quality of life together.

Our work will begin with a two-and-a-half-hour initial session. Beyond the initial session, Sensitive Dog offers:

  • Follow Up Sessions
  • Consultation & Coaching
  • Customized Intensive Programs

A comprehensive and personalized learning experience for you and your dog.

New in-person and virtual clients start with a two-and-a-half-hour, private initial session. In-person sessions meet at our training studio in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Our initial session is targeted and thorough. You will leave with a deeper connection and understanding of your dog and feel clear about what your dog needs from you to be the best version of themselves that they can be.

You can expect your initial session to be tailored to you and your dog. You will fill out a detailed questionnaire before your appointment so that we can make the best use of the time we have together. Whether you’re looking for guidance to raise your new puppy, want to improve communication with your dog of any age, or are challenged with a more serious behavioral issue; initial sessions are a combination of evaluation, discussion and hands-on work.

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A Tailored Learning Experience

We tailor our methods and style to match each dog and human combination for optimal results and a productive, growth-fostering experience for everyone involved.

Widely accepted perspectives on dog training suggest that we can do things with dogs to get them to behave in a certain way using reward- or punishment-based training methods. It is simply more complex than that, which is why so many dogs and people continue to struggle despite their efforts. We empower our clients through education. We teach dogs how to think and make choices through motivation based on their nature and needs.

The dog training industry is unregulated, with many conflicting choices for dog parents, lending little credibility to the term “certified dog trainer.” Regardless of the methods you have tried on your journey to help your dog, we want you to feel empowered and clear that you should listen to your instincts. There is so much more to helping your dog through behavioral challenges than what is commonly presented in balanced training, e-collar training, compulsion training, purely positive training, and positive reinforcement training.

More often than not, dog owners feel overwhelmed by the confusing culture of dog training and behavior; we intend to relieve this confusion for you.

Beyond Your Initial Session

Dog Training and Behavior Services in Seattle

Follow-Up Sessions

A ninety-minute session at Sensitive Dog to advance your skills and knowledge and provide continued support to you and your dog. Prerequisite: Initial session

Dog Training & Behavior Consulting & Coaching

Zoom consultations and coaching phone calls enable us to provide help, insight, and direction about specific issues and concerns. These services are available for both established and non-established clients. Prerequisite: None.

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Lifespan Support

Dogs evolve and change over time, just like us. Our lifespan services include: ongoing training and behavior help, guidance through family changes/additions, mental/emotional/physical adjustments due to aging, and support approaching and through your dog’s end-of-life. Prerequisite: Initial session

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Dog Training and Behavior Services

The most fundamental aspects of your dog are their: biology, environment, psychology, and spirit. We look at each client through a full-spectrum lens. Genetics, nutrition, emotional life, family dynamics, relationships, learning differences, and motivational preferences can all impact your dog’s behavior and well-being – and we always look at them all.

Our dog training style is passionate, respectful, and sensitive to each human/dog combination. Clear communication and boundaries, built on self-awareness, love, and trust, will help you and your dog thrive together.

Sensitive Dog’s holistic approach to dog training is rooted in flexibility and anchored in relationship. Dogs and people have been companions, allies, and partners through millennia – let’s explore this soul-stirring connection!

Seattle’s Esteemed Holistic Dog Training

Sensitive Dog was founded in 2004, in Seattle, WA. Forty years of combined professional behavior experience and dog training in Seattle, in addition to our web of local and national colleagues, equips us to powerfully support every person and dog we work with.

Sensitive Dog is a trusted resource for many of Seattle’s veterinarians, dog trainers and behaviorists, rescue organizations, and reputable breeders as a business with expertise, excellent customer care, and a successful track record of compassionately and effectively helping people and their dogs. Book time with us and learn more about our practices or take time to listen to our podcast.

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Dog Behavior And Training Programs

Intensive Dog Behavior and Training Programs

Our Intensive Dog Behavior and Training Coaching Programs are always tailored to our client’s needs.

A Coaching Program at Sensitive Dog is a great fit for you if you want a more sophisticated level of training and communication with your dog. Coaching Programs at Sensitive Dog are designed to maximally meet our client’s unique goals and specific needs through in-person work and virtual support between sessions. Details such as duration and configuration are personalized, for optimal results for you and your dog.

Our intensive coaching programs are for you and your dog to participate in together. Part of long-term success is dependent on you really understanding how your dog thinks and learns, and you learning how to work and communicate with your dog.

Prerequisite: Initial Session

The Details

Our training studio and practice are part of our urban farm in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. We are an easy drive from I-5 and I-90 and just a few blocks west of Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

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Fill out this short contact form to tell us a little more about your dog, and we’ll get back to you with the next steps to get started.