Willow Dog Wisdom
Building Flexible, Resilient Dog Skills
I was destined to connect to other species the day Lady, my grandparent's Springer Spaniel, helped me cross the street to the park. I was just learning to walk. It's one of my earliest memories.
For more than 40 years my focus has been discovering how to help dogs better understand us and find comfort in our lives while teaching people how to make the most of their companionship.
My greatest teacher was my dog Willoughby who lived from 1989 until just after my child was born in 2006. Will and I went everywhere together. I quietly observed him successfully reach out and calmly connect to other canines, humans, felines, and equines.
I absorbed Willoughby's lessons in amazement and expanded on them by spending more than 15 years observing domestic dogs socialize in my cage-free dog care facilities. I had the privilege of watching many of those dogs interact with countless other dogs over much of their lives.
I believe the sky's the limit on what we can accomplish together. I'm excited to help you and your dog build sensational dog skills.
Designed to Help You Enjoy Life with your Dog.
Convenient and Professional
Private Lessons are my most popular service, which I’ve been developing and perfecting since 2001. I work closely with each one of my clients using LIMA - least intrusive, minimally aversive - strategies to help you reach and teach your dog.
I know you have a busy schedule, I will customize a plan that suits your lifestyle after an initial session in your home. Cost for that one-hour session is $120.
Additional sessions are typically 30 minutes starting at $55 each or 1 hour starting at $100 each.
Accommodating Your Lifestyle
Specialized overnight care is available at Red Rover Pet Services LLC in downtown Nashville. In 2005 I created unique boarding that allows social dogs to stay overnight with their dog friends. Staff is onsite during the night for added safety. Dogs are less stressed when they're not alone and have room to move. They enjoy the freedom to chose a private spot or snuggle with other dog buddies.
Limited training is available while boarding.
Small Group Training
Work with Friends
Many challenges we face with our dogs are common. Things like pulling on leash and barking/lunging at other dogs are experiences many people have. By gathering a group of friends with similar challenges you can share the cost of training and have study partners to help your dog learn quickly through practice.
"Training a dog is simply developing skills
learned by communicating clearly and
effectively with each other.
"Learn together through play. Have fun!"