We started working with Pawsitive Futures – Chelsea, specifically – in June 2017 when our dog Bao was around 8 months old. We received Chelsea’s contact information from our vet in Brookhaven. Since then, Chelsea has worked closely with us and our dog, Bao, through various private lessons and board and trains. It’s been an incredible adventure together as we continue to shape Bao into a more well-mannered pup.
Bao is part-Australian Shepherd and part-poodle, and is known for being very goofy. He loves people, other dogs and new places. When we first started working with Chelsea, Bao loved to greet people by jumping up on them, barking at them, and using his mouth/teeth to communicate.
Chelsea introduced the clicker to us and showed us through a variety of strategies and practices how to reward good behavior and ignore bad behavior. Through various private lessons and board and trains, Chelsea worked diligently with Bao on the following: walking on a leash without pulling; greeting new people without jumping and barking; reducing frustration/managing impulse control; learning new tricks to engage the mind; training to go to/stay in a crate happily; among other critical lessons.
In fact, we have found that board and train sessions are where Bao makes the most progress. We work with Chelsea in order to determine the lessons that we want Bao to focus on the most during the intensive time. After each board and train, Chelsea comes to our house for follow-up sessions to share best practices and to ensure that we know how to maintain/encourage the learned behavior.
Chelsea is very responsive, hardworking and passionate about shaping pups into well-mannered dogs. It was so critical for me and my husband to find someone who could help to train our dog without taking away his goofy personality. Chelsea has done just that!
Pawsitive Futures is an incredible training organization and we highly recommend to others!