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Naughty Patch, stealing the peanut butter spoon!
07/09/2019

Naughty Patch, stealing the peanut butter spoon!

Is it just me, or is this hysterical?!
07/09/2019

Is it just me, or is this hysterical?!

Kisses from Malika after a challenging training session
07/08/2019

Kisses from Malika after a challenging training session

We're not quite ready to start the week.
07/08/2019

We're not quite ready to start the week.

As indicated by all of the tongues hanging out, it was really hot during GObedience at Elmwood Park today. We practiced ...
07/07/2019

As indicated by all of the tongues hanging out, it was really hot during GObedience at Elmwood Park today. We practiced all of our obedience in a new space. We practiced greeting people and dogs calmly. We practiced "Off" on the amphitheater steps and practiced focusing on our humans while dogs walked by. We took some breaks in the fountains to stay cool, too!

We are so proud of Hershey, Pringle, and Buc for bringing many smiles to the veterans at the Salem VA Medical Center thi...
07/07/2019

We are so proud of Hershey, Pringle, and Buc for bringing many smiles to the veterans at the Salem VA Medical Center this morning. They are all High Hopes Dog Training graduates preparing to be Therapy Dogs in the near future.

07/07/2019

What does Mother Nature have against GObedience class? Hopefully, the rain will lower the humidity and stop by 2:00!

We have 3 available spots in tomorrow's GObedience class. Join Ms. Candice and Ms. Hope for some really good training pr...
07/06/2019

We have 3 available spots in tomorrow's GObedience class. Join Ms. Candice and Ms. Hope for some really good training practice in Elmwood Park. We might even take a detour to Unleashed Dog Bakery & Boutiqueto do some shopping!

A dog's ears and tail communicate a lot about how a dog is feeling at any given moment. They are important parts of a do...
07/06/2019
Dogs are born with ears and tails. They should get to keep them.

A dog's ears and tail communicate a lot about how a dog is feeling at any given moment. They are important parts of a dog's anatomy and should not be docked or cropped.

Many Americans don't realize that popular dog breeds look that way because of unnecessary surgery.

Find a way to stay COOL today!
07/06/2019

Find a way to stay COOL today!

Happy Saturday ☀

Happy Independence Day from High Hopes Dog Training and Ms. Candice's three rescued dogs, Tyson, Piper, and Mazy! As muc...
07/04/2019

Happy Independence Day from High Hopes Dog Training and Ms. Candice's three rescued dogs, Tyson, Piper, and Mazy! As much as we may enjoy fireworks, dogs do not--at all. During fireworks, keep dogs inside with music playing or a sound machine on. Keep dogs on leash for all potty breaks, even in a fenced yard, to make sure that if a firecracker goes off nearby, your startled dog won't run off. July 5th is a very busy day at Animal Control due to the many, many dogs that escape their yards due to panic the night before. (Awesome photo by Blink Of An Eye Photography.)

Toast & Eggs are learning *not* to bark at people, kids, dogs while in the car. We practiced "look" and "leave it" as we...
07/03/2019

Toast & Eggs are learning *not* to bark at people, kids, dogs while in the car. We practiced "look" and "leave it" as we drove around the neighborhood.

A High Hopes Dog Training welcome to Sully, a 2 year old Weimaraner. Handsome Sully has moved a lot with his family whic...
07/02/2019

A High Hopes Dog Training welcome to Sully, a 2 year old Weimaraner. Handsome Sully has moved a lot with his family which has resulted in severe separation anxiety. His mom contacted another trainer who told her that Sully was too far into his anxiety, and there was nothing anyone would be able to do to help him. Well, thank goodness Sully's mom found the most optimistic, positive dog training company on the planet....High Hopes!! :) We came up with a great program for Sully to help with his anxiety. It is crucial that Sully gets adequate brain and body exercise before he is left home alone. The brain exercise quiets his mind and relaxes him. The body exercise tires out his body. Then he gets the ultimate treasure hunt of safe doggie toys and puzzles for Sully to find while his parents are gone. This keeps his mind busy and distracted and makes mom and dad's departure more positive. He will now associate their departure with a fabulous treasure hunt! Another session of brain and body exercise when his parents return home to help Sully with that transition. I gave Sully's parents lots of new behaviors to work on with him, and we will soon start to desensitize Sully to his triggers--his mom or dad picking up keys, a shopping bag or purse, etc. We have very high hopes for Sully. Please send him good, anxiety-free vibes!

This is so important. All of these "off-leash" trained dogs with shock collars just make me fume. Put a leash on your do...
07/01/2019

This is so important. All of these "off-leash" trained dogs with shock collars just make me fume. Put a leash on your dog, put the remote control down, and DO THE WORK. Teach your dog how to do the things you want him or her to do. You need to create a mutually respectful working relationship with your dog. It is right thing to do. Your dog deserves it and other dogs deserve to feel safe while on leash. No one should live in fear of feeling an electric shock on their neck. No one should feel fear when learning. Need help teaching your dog using positive reinforcement, the science-based, most effective and humane way? Call us! 540.343.3849

07/01/2019

Bailey the Dachshund is very anxious on her walks and barks at every person and every dog she sees. Helper dog, Coco, showed Bailey that it is safe to walk in the neighborhood and that meeting people and dogs is fun. We even went inside Bailey's house and practiced "place" and "down" and "leave it" and "stay" together!

Introducing our newest Puppy Kindergarten students. These cuties are being introduced to some basic behaviors like sit, ...
06/30/2019

Introducing our newest Puppy Kindergarten students. These cuties are being introduced to some basic behaviors like sit, down, come, and drop it. Their parents are learning about house-training, play-biting and chewing, and proper socialization for their puppies. Puppies also work on building up their confidence through exposure exercises and off-leash play time. So much fluff!

These beauties make up our B class of Beginner Obedience & Good Manners class!
06/30/2019

These beauties make up our B class of Beginner Obedience & Good Manners class!

Here are the Saturday Beginner Obedience & Good Manners (A class) students. This lovely bunch is learning basic behavior...
06/30/2019

Here are the Saturday Beginner Obedience & Good Manners (A class) students. This lovely bunch is learning basic behaviors to help them focus on their humans. Behaviors taught include sit, down, touch, look, wait, take it, loose leash walking. Our main goal is to teach dog parents how to use positive reinforcement training methods to condition their dogs to pay attention to them more. If we can get our dogs to pay more attention to us, then we can teach them better manners!

Introducing the Saturday Intermediate Obedience & Problem-Solving students. Two of them are rescued dogs, and we LOVE th...
06/29/2019

Introducing the Saturday Intermediate Obedience & Problem-Solving students. Two of them are rescued dogs, and we LOVE that! In this class, we teach the following behaviors on both verbal and hand cues: sit, down, stay (duration and distance), leave it, place, heel, touch tag. Then we teach dog parents how to apply those behaviors to solve every day doggie problems like jumping on guests, lunging on the leash, not coming when called, begging at the table, door-dashing, etc.

A High Hopes Dog Training welcome to Maggie May, an 8 month old Beagle. Beagles are scent hounds and get extremely distr...
06/29/2019

A High Hopes Dog Training welcome to Maggie May, an 8 month old Beagle. Beagles are scent hounds and get extremely distracted when outside. Their noses just take over! Some of Maggie's training goals include coming when called, walking nicely on leash, leaving the cat alone, and dropping things. These are very common training goals for an adolescent puppy but extra challenging for a Beagle! Maggie is smart and super-cute. She is doing well in her private lessons so far!

A High Hopes Dog Training welcome to Sophie, a 7 month old German Shepherd Dog, and Diesel, a 6 year old rescued mixed b...
06/29/2019

A High Hopes Dog Training welcome to Sophie, a 7 month old German Shepherd Dog, and Diesel, a 6 year old rescued mixed breed. Beautiful Sophie will be learning to walk on the leash better, pay attention to her mom around distractions, greet people without jumping, and to have all-around good manners. Diesel joined in to learn some new tricks, too!

Our next GObedience class is Sunday, July 7 at 2:00 in Elmwood Park. We practice our skills in real life environments. T...
06/29/2019

Our next GObedience class is Sunday, July 7 at 2:00 in Elmwood Park. We practice our skills in real life environments. This is also a great introduction to High Hopes if you want to try us out! Preregistration is required.

06/28/2019

Happiest bully girl ever! Look at that smile and that tail!!

Puppies galore! Congratulations to the Tuesday night Puppy Kindergarten graduates!
06/28/2019

Puppies galore! Congratulations to the Tuesday night Puppy Kindergarten graduates!

Congratulations to the Tuesday night graduates of Beginner Obedience & Good Manners!
06/28/2019

Congratulations to the Tuesday night graduates of Beginner Obedience & Good Manners!

We spent our final Therapy Dog class visiting with veterans in the PTSD ward at the Salem VA Medical Center. The dogs we...
06/28/2019

We spent our final Therapy Dog class visiting with veterans in the PTSD ward at the Salem VA Medical Center. The dogs were social and well-mannered. The veterans were smiling and sharing stories about their own dogs. It was a lovely way to complete our class. Best of luck to Jed, Bear, Ragnar, Roma, and Lewie as you prepare for the Therapy Dog test. We love you all!

We have 5 spots available in our upcoming Intermediate Obedience & Problem-Solving class that starts Tuesday, July 9. Cl...
06/27/2019

We have 5 spots available in our upcoming Intermediate Obedience & Problem-Solving class that starts Tuesday, July 9. Class is 7:15-8:15PM at the Green Ridge Recreation Center and costs $145 for six weeks of fun learning with your best buddy. Call 777.6300 or go to www.RoanokeCountyParks.com to register for course #28170. Your dog must be a graduate of our Beginner course to attend Intermediate.

06/27/2019

We LOVE getting reviews like this from our clients!!
"My pup and I have made so much progress with the patient and knowledgeable guidance of these exceptional trainers! Even in a group setting, they provide you with specific advice about your individual dog based on his/her personality and temperament. They are always willing to listen to your concerns about your dog’s behavior and will talk and show you through solutions for those unwanted behaviors. I could not have asked for a better experience for me or my dog!"

Look deep into my eyes....give me more treats...
06/27/2019

Look deep into my eyes....give me more treats...

TRUTH!!
06/27/2019

TRUTH!!

Our next GObedience class is Sunday, July 7 at 2:00 in Elmwood Park. We practice our skills in real life environments. T...
06/27/2019

Our next GObedience class is Sunday, July 7 at 2:00 in Elmwood Park. We practice our skills in real life environments. This is also a great introduction to High Hopes if you want to try us out! Preregistration is required.

George is working on his social skills--staying calm around other doggos!
06/27/2019

George is working on his social skills--staying calm around other doggos!

06/26/2019

Atticus was a very shy puppy. As he matured, that shyness turned into leash reactivity. During our private lessons, he has improved tremendously while walking past one other dog. Today he and his mom walked by 2 dogs and then 3 dogs.. Atticus loves to run with his mom, but the faster he is moving, the more likely he is to lunge at another dog. So we had Atticus and his mom run by all 3 helper dogs while they were staying as well as walking by. His mom engaged him with "Look" and " Leave it" and was very generous with her praise and reinforcement. They did awesome. Practice makes progress!

Willie the Double Doodle had his first visit at Brookdale Roanoke today. He was calm and well-mannered. Everyone loved t...
06/26/2019

Willie the Double Doodle had his first visit at Brookdale Roanoke today. He was calm and well-mannered. Everyone loved this BIG fluffer!

Pretty pittie, Rosie, with the heart-shaped nose.Field trip today to Grandin Village to practice good manners and traini...
06/25/2019

Pretty pittie, Rosie, with the heart-shaped nose.
Field trip today to Grandin Village to practice good manners and training around distractions. She was a wigglebutt and greeted everyone with a smile!

06/25/2019
06/24/2019

Recommendations for GPS tracker collar for dogs in rural, wooded area.

GObedience at Wasena Park was SO MUCH FUN! Here is a list of what we practiced in the park and along the Greenway:sit-st...
06/23/2019

GObedience at Wasena Park was SO MUCH FUN! Here is a list of what we practiced in the park and along the Greenway:
sit-stay, down-stay, look, leave it, loose-leash walking, come, and touch. The dogs also had a chance greet people without jumping, socialize with dogs and kids, and work around tons of distractions. Everyone did AWESOME!! Our next GObedience is on Sunday, July 7 at 2:00. More details coming soon.

06/23/2019

GObedience on the Greenway at Wasena Park!

A High Hopes Dog Training welcome to Memphis, a 4 year old mixed breed rescued off of the streets in Memphis, TN, and Ch...
06/22/2019

A High Hopes Dog Training welcome to Memphis, a 4 year old mixed breed rescued off of the streets in Memphis, TN, and Charlie, a 4 year old Irish Wolfhound mix. Memphis and his mom are moving to Colorado soon where his mom will be going to veterinary school. We are making sure that Memphis is ready for the move--having nice manners when people come to the house, not barking at all sounds, & walking nicely on leash. These boys are best buds and are learning a lot!

Get off the hammock and train your dog! Today is your last chance to register!We have some openings in our group classes...
06/21/2019

Get off the hammock and train your dog!
Today is your last chance to register!
We have some openings in our group classes starting TOMORROW at the Brambleton Center. Puppy Kindergarten (#28167) at 12-1:00. Beginner Obedience & Good Manners (#28230) at 1:15-2:15. Intermediate Obedience & Problem-Solving (#28163) at 9:30-10:30. To register, call 540.772.7529 or 540.777.6300 or go online www.RoanokeCountyParks.com. Six weeks of learning for you and your dog--$145.

06/21/2019

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Our Therapy Dog class went on a field trip tonight. Half went to Lowe's with me, and the other half went to the Home Dep...
06/21/2019

Our Therapy Dog class went on a field trip tonight. Half went to Lowe's with me, and the other half went to the Home Depot with Candice. We were SO impressed with how well everyone applied their training skills to a real-life environment. Hooray!

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