Training by Awesome Dog Academy
Malia Parker has been training dogs since early 2011. I have extensive experience in the training field, including many breeds with my main focus being the household companion animal. My goal is to help you have a wonderful relationship with your dog, learn how to teach good manners, to understand canine behaviors, and have a really great time with your pet. I find the most joy in helping pet parents develop happy and healthy relationships with their dogs that will last a lifetime.
Awesome Dog Academy uses positive reinforcement dog training, which is a reward and management based training which is not only the most effective method, but also the easiest way to approach teaching your dog. Our methods are decidedly dog and people friendly, with no use of choke chains, as we adhere to an approach that encourages your dog to be motivated to want to learn. Creating a dog that is an enthusiastic student is the easiest and fastest route to helping them achieve success. We use reward based training to motivate dogs to obey commands (rewards can be praise, petting, toys, food, walks, etc). Additionally, we employ the use of clickers to mark the correct behaviors and further encourage your dog.
What kind of classes and services are available?
All of our classes, with the exception of Private classes, are group activities, meaning there will be multiple dogs in the class with you.
New Puppy Class – Great for new puppy owners. This class covers potty training, chewing issues, food questions, treats, toys and health concerns.
Beginner Obedience – For puppies and older dogs alike, this class covers the basic obedience commands like sit, down, watch, come, stay, leave it, drop it and additional behaviors like proper leash walking, sitting for petting, energy management, and chewing. Learn a lot about how your dog thinks and communicates, so you can have a happy dog!
Private Class – This class is one hour with just your dog, your family and the trainer. In this class we can cover specific behaviors you are having issues with, or solve household issues like dog & cat relationships, how to prepare your dog for a new baby in the house, or your goals towards an emotional support animal.
Additional classes include Advanced Obedience, and Agility for fun. We also have AKC testing available for those who have goals towards a Star Puppy, Canine Good Citizenship test, and others.
Do I just leave my dog with the trainer or do I stay?
While our trainer would love to spend class time snuggling your dog, you are required to stay during the entire training session. Our training sessions are designed to begin the behaviors during class so that you can continue to practice with your dog at home. This ensures that your dog listens to you, and not just our trainer.
Can more than one person in my family attend training class?
The more the merrier! Having the entire family come to training class means that the whole family hears what the trainer says, and can get their questions answered. When the whole family is on the same page, you gain the consistency that your dog needs to succeed!
How old does my dog need to be, and what about shots?
Puppies can start as young as 10 weeks old and there is no such thing as a dog too old to come to class! Puppies must have at least 2 sets of shots and adult dogs must be current on all shots, including rabies.
What should I bring to class?
Treats! You want to bring small, soft, chewy treats for training class (look for something pea sized). Your dog will need a collar, and a leash (no retractable leashes, please!!). Harnesses are also allowed, as long as they fit well and your dog cannot slip out of them.
For additional information including class times, availability and prices, you can call or text Malia at 662-321-5849, find her on Facebook or Instagram @AwesomeDogAcademy or email her at [email protected]