We believe that the key to a successful home life with your dog lies in the relationships between your dog and each member of your household. We use positive training methods, and focus on improving your relationship with your dog, and helping you communicate clearly with each other! Our training program is called Seven Steps to a Dog Who Listens to You - for further details, see the About Us page.
Training in your home
Training involves more than just showing your dog how to Sit and Stay. It is a bond of communication between you and your dog that is based on all aspects of your life together. Our philosophy is that your dog should be trained by you, in your home. It will strengthen your relationship with your dog, and will give you the tools you need for additional training or behavior changes later on. Our program, Seven Steps to a Dog Who Listens to You, will help you build a relationship of lifelong trust between you and your dog. We offer three packages to assist you in this.
Lifetime Guaranteed Solution: Initial training, in-person follow up and personalized guaranteed training. In the Lifetime Guaranteed Solution, we work with you during your dog's training. We take you through the elements of our Seven Steps to a Dog Who Listens to You, explaining the key points of communication with your dog, setting house rules so the dog understands you are his or her pack leader, and showing you the basic techniques of training. We customize a training plan to meet your specific needs (including Sit, Down, Leave It, Stay, Come, and Loose Leash Walking, and up to three additional cues or behavioral changes that you request), and then we come out for four additional visits to help you train your dog, showing you techniques but also working directly with your dog as needed to move the training forward. We give you support by phone or email throughout the process until three weeks after the final training session. With the Lifetime Guaranteed Solution, you also get a lifetime guarantee for the life of your dog for all the cues and behaviors included in the program. You receive:
Mentored Training: Initial training and in-person follow up. We take you through the elements of our Seven Steps to a Dog Who Listens to You, explaining the key points of communication with your dog, setting house rules so the dog understands you are his or her pack leader, and showing you the basic techniques of training. We also plan out a training program for you (for Sit, Down, Leave It, Stay, Come, and Loose Leash Walking), then come out on two other visits as you train your dog. In these visits, we mentor you, checking on the dog's progress, providing additional hints and tips and techniques, and helping you through roadblocks. We give you support by phone and email throughout the process until two weeks after our final visit. You receive:
The Essentials: Initial training only. We take you through the elements of our Seven Steps to a Dog Who Listens to You, explaining the key points of communication with your dog, setting house rules so the dog understands you are his or her pack leader, and showing you the basic techniques of training. We give you support by phone and email for two weeks as you put this training into action. You receive:
In home consultation
(If you live further than 40 miles by road from our location there will be an additional charge for travel - contact us for details)
Training at our facility
We offer regular group classes in Obedience and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test preparation, at McKinney Community Center. The Canine Good Citizen certification involves ensuring that your dog behaves calmly when meeting strangers and other dogs, is able to walk well on a leash and Sit, Down, Stay and Come on command, can safely be left with a friendly stranger. It is highly recommended for dogs going into therapy work, but it is a good behavior standard for any pet dog. The next CGC classes run at 10:00 am on Saturday mornings and will start on January 22nd.
Before you bring a dog into your home, you need to consider very carefully what you need in a dog (size, age, sex, exercise and grooming requirements, personality) the impact of having a dog (do you travel a lot, or work long hours away from home, do you have small children, how much can you afford for food and vet bills, do you have other pets). You also may need to dog-proof your home, make a decision (and purchases!) on crate training, or make sure all family members are clear on the rules before the new dog arrives.
We offer a dog adoption package, which includes:-
Prices for this vary according to the situation and the degree of support you need. Please call us to discuss options.
Stories from People Like You
Here are some comments from our customers. See customer stories for complete text of these testimonials.
Our new dog has replaced that empty spot in our family in so many ways. Thanks, Eureka!
“Eureka!” instantly put us at ease and gave us confidence in our situation – we could do this.
Jane and Jan were awesome--they came out, assessed the situation, and gave us valuable information, advice, and support. Thanks, Eureka!!
I’d like to thank Eureka and particularly Jane. Brindy is a big part of our family and you truly helped to make her that. We would definitely use Eureka again and recommend them to any of you that are trying to decide the best way to go for your pet.