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Certified dog trainer
Sandy Modell

Alexandria, VA

Wholistic Hound Academy is Alexandria's leading award-winning training and learning center for individuals and their dogs. The certified, professional, and experienced training team offers:

  • Group manners, behavior, puppy, and adult classes
  • Agility, nose work, dog sports
  • Private lessons, workshops, seminars
  • Parent education, wellness, and community engagement

delivering tangible results. Certifications and designations include CPDT-KA. The job title for the owner, founder, and head trainer is held by the academy. Training equipment includes clickers, toys, and ample reinforcement. The training philosophy revolves around teaching people to train and communicate with their dogs using science-based, positive rewards-based methods and techniques, thus facilitating a more manageable and enjoyable coexistence.

Wholistic Hound Academy serves Alexandria, Virginia, and surrounding areas in the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. region. The academy aims to simplify and enhance living with dogs, offering assistance with manners training, behavior consultations, basic foundation skills, and advanced training. Their science-based positive training methods also foster a strong and trusting relationship between individuals and their dogs, based on cooperation.

Private lessons for puppies and dogs of all ages are available, offering customized classes in the comfort and convenience of clients' homes or at the academy. Training is tailored to specific needs and goals, involving collaboration to create a training plan and address the most important behavior issues.

Wholistic Hound offers small-sized group classes in Puppy Training and Enrichment, Family Dog, Agility and Dog Sports, as well as specialized classes for more advanced work. The smaller class sizes enable more individual attention and a less distracting atmosphere, allowing participants to learn skills for training their dogs in various behaviors, including sit, down, stay, come when called, and loose leash walking, among others.

Consultation services are also available to assist in selecting the right dog for one's lifestyle. The academy emphasizes the importance of making informed decisions when choosing a dog, providing valuable guidance for individuals considering purchasing a dog from a breeder or adopting from a shelter. Making the right decision at the outset can set the stage for a positive, long-term relationship with one's canine companion.

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Who are the dog trainers listed on this page?

We showcase a diverse group of accomplished dog trainers specializing in positive reinforcement techniques. You'll find brief profiles of each trainer, highlighting their experience and expertise.

How can I select the right trainer for my dog?

Start by evaluating your dog's needs and identifying your training objectives. Each trainer's profile provides insights into their areas of expertise. Match these with your dog's character and your goals to find the ideal fit.

How do I ensure these trainers are competent?

All trainers listed here are certified professionals with extensive knowledge of positive reinforcement techniques.

Why is positive reinforcement emphasized, and what is it?

Positive reinforcement centers on rewarding preferred behaviors, ensuring a pleasant learning journey for your dog. This approach not only is humane but also strengthens the bond between you and your pet.

Are these trainers equipped to address specific behavioral problems?

Yes, they are. Our trainers are adept in basic obedience or intricate behavioral challenges. Browse their profiles to identify a trainer who specializes in the particular issues you wish to address.

How do I initiate a training program with a trainer?

Simply click on the preferred trainer's profile to access their contact details. From there, you can get in touch to discuss your requirements and set up training appointments.

How do group sessions differ from private ones?

Group sessions offer a communal setting where your dog learns general obedience alongside other dogs. In contrast, private sessions grant focused attention, making them perfect for targeted behavior modifications or individualized training agendas.

Which training techniques do these trainers abstain from?

All our trainers are committed to positive reinforcement techniques and steer clear of any harsh or punitive methods. Their primary goal is to make training a joyous journey for you and your dog.

When can I expect to see results using positive reinforcement training?

Results depend on factors like your dog's nature, the specific behaviors in question, and your training consistency. While many clients observe improvements in just a few sessions, it's crucial to be patient and persistent.

Can I attend a training session to observe before committing?

Reach out to the trainer you're interested in to discuss possibly attending a session. It's a great way to get a feel for their approach and see if it aligns with your expectations.

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