Everything I know, I learned from dogs. - Nora Roberts
We serve Salem and Keizer on a regular basis. We can travel up to half an hour from Salem for an initial consultation, after which we require a four lesson commitment to continue.
Yes! We are available for virtual lessons via FaceTime and Zoom, during regular hours as well as by special appointment. We are in Salem, OR on PST.
No, we do not. Receiving reasonable corrections from your surroundings is a natural and healthy part of learning, and of life in general. However, corrections do not need to be harsh or emotionally negative - the goal is to use as little intervention or pressure as possible. Our philosophy is to teach and change behaviors with the method and tools that best suit the individual dog, and our approach is always based in fairness to the dog and handler.
The most common problem between dogs and their people is lack of mutual understanding - we do speak different languages, after all. That's where Symbiont comes in. Our approach teaches owners to understand their dogs' behavior in order to build a relationship with them, then take up a strong, benevolent leadership role. This approach provides the stability that every dog needs, but is often left unaddressed.
That depends on your dog! Most dogs are food motivated, while others are toy, praise, or simply work motivated. Our approach will harness what your dog likes best and coach you to build their drive to work.
Again, that depends on the dog. We choose the approach most likely to succeed for the individual client and their dog. We advise clients on the use of negative verbal markers ("No;" "Ah-ah"), stern tone of voice, time out, flat collars (yes, these are aversive tools), and in about 5% of cases slip leads and prong collars.
We do NOT endorse the use of alpha rolling, yelling, or any other intimidation techniques.
Because we handle a wide variety of cases, lessons are priced to suit the needs of individual clients. This ensures a fair price for both basic and intensive training.