Balanced Dog Training & Rescue

Pet ownership is increasing, and a large number of dogs that are adopted or rescued come with issues. Many of the dogs surrendered to shelters or picked up as strays had owners who didn’t anticipate the inconvenience, noise or expense that comes with dog ownership. Some people do not bother to train their dogs until behavior problems arise. Even then, I believe it’s never too late.

Training – The Best Gift of All

darla-connecting-with-k9s We give our dogs treats, toys and affection, but for a long, happy life together, training is the best gift of all. I believe dogs need motivated, structured, mental & physical exercise on a daily basis to stimulate their mind and body in order to be balanced. We, as caregivers, need to realize it is a life-time commitment to care for and train our canine companion.

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As a lifelong dog owner I have had a passion in training and rescuing dogs for over 30 years. It is wonderful to see a dog who was formerly unruly or kept outdoors, now living indoors as part of the family because he’s better behaved. Dogs who have been dog reactive all their life, now seek attention from and interact willingly with other dogs is amazing to watch. A lot of dogs are misunderstood and just need structure, given boundaries by stopping unwanted behaviors and a job for them to feel important. They do not train themselves!

Consider very carefully, your dog’s life as a whole. He’s meeting your needs and loving you unconditionally, but are you meeting his needs emotionally and physically, on a daily basis? Are you seeing issues of anxiety, aggression, resource guarding, or unruliness? Each dog learns at his/her own pace and they have their own language. Therefore, you cannot put a time limit on training. I can teach you how to better communicate with your dog, with basic obedience or behavior modification.

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Training to Fit Your Needs

If you & your dog need one on one training and you’d like to have a good foundation to work on then consider signing up for private training or enrolling your dog in my board & train program. Check out my Services page for details.

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Wanting to adopt a new dog? I may have a lead on that perfect dog from a shelter, private rescue or private owner. It is very important that your energy level is matched up with your new best friend to prevent chaos. As a guardian to your canine friend, it is important to realize “the big picture” for a lifetime of pleasure for all involved.

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Dog Socialization – Pack Walks 

I host pack walks the first Saturday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. at Dorris Ranch in Springfield. (Updates are posted on Facebook) We meet at the start of the bike path and walk a total of 2 miles. All dogs remain on leash, no flex leads and no on leash greetings. If your dog is reactive or vocal, you especially need to come. We have many that walk with us who have dogs that were very dog or human reactive and now can walk calmly with the pack. I will assist as needed. We practice various training exercises along the walk and at our halfway point. Join us and experience the power of the pack! Suggested $10 donation per family.  Prior authorization required, contact us!

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AllisonandJoey“Connecting with K9s was such a Godsend! Before Darla worked with Joey, we couldn’t go on a walk without the fear he may try to nip at strangers, chase after cats or bark at other dogs. After one training session with her, he was able to control himself, walk on a loose leash and was looking to me for guidance and support. The change was phenomenal! Because of the training we received from Darla, Joey was able to be placed in a foster home while I went to training with the Army. Which would not have even been a possibility earlier due to his behavior. Thank you for everything!!”

Allison & Joey

marleyandgreg“Thank you for all your help with Marley. He is doing well because of everything I have learned from you. You saved the day. Marley has come a long way. He walks well on the leash, no more separation anxiety and listens to commands. When we are out front and he tries to nonchalantly walk away. I just have to say in a calm voice. ” Where are you going?” then he will come back and sit in the garage. Other dogs are still an issue and I know that a lot of it is my fault. I know someday I will get over it, and so he will be able to, too. You have told me he can feel my energy; and that is very true. Thank you again Darla!”

Maria, Greg & Marley