Monument Dog Training

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Monument Dog Training provides In-home professional dog training and comprehensive behavioral problem programs to dogs and their owners throughout the DMV...Our methodologies are based on our assessment of you and your dog and the best way to help create the change and happy relationship you want with your dog.

Jingle paws, jingle paws, jingle all the way๐ŸŽถDecember's here! Happy, joyful, and safe howl-idays to you and yours!
12/01/2023

Jingle paws, jingle paws, jingle all the way๐ŸŽถ

December's here! Happy, joyful, and safe howl-idays to you and yours!

Training dogs using gadgets like clickers and smart training collars has become popular in recent years. While helpful, ...
11/29/2023

Training dogs using gadgets like clickers and smart training collars has become popular in recent years. While helpful, these aids can create some distance between your dog and you. Training them without them can strengthen your bond and help you understand each other better! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค“

It's never too late to say that November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. Because we know how important it is to spot th...
11/27/2023

It's never too late to say that November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. Because we know how important it is to spot these types of issues early on, here's an article by the American Veterinary Medical Association that makes it easy to understand all the basics of pet diabetes and signs to keep an eye out for.

Here's to healthy, happy pets! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ’™

With proper monitoring, treatment, and diet and exercise, diabetic pets can lead long and happy lives.

๐Ÿฆƒ HAPPY THANKSGIVING!Our office is closed today, but all calls and emails will be returned and answered and soon as we'r...
11/23/2023

๐Ÿฆƒ HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Our office is closed today, but all calls and emails will be returned and answered and soon as we're back. For now, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving day with your family, including the furry little members!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! And this is not just a joke, your pets do keep an eye out for any dropped food. This holiday s...
11/22/2023

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! And this is not just a joke, your pets do keep an eye out for any dropped food. This holiday season, we'd like to remind you to beware of the food dropped or left unattended.

Remember, some foods are highly toxic or even deadly to your pets โŒ

Have a safe and PAWsome Thanksgiving! ๐Ÿถ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿฆƒ

Congrats to our head trainer, Beth Aldrich and Elan! They got their first IGP3 at AWMA Nationals and placed 3rd overall....
11/21/2023

Congrats to our head trainer, Beth Aldrich and Elan! They got their first IGP3 at AWMA Nationals and placed 3rd overall.

This makes them members of the 2024 FMBB World Team!! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Way to go!!

We get it ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Sometimes, it can be frustrating when our pets seem to do anything but listen, but every pet owner ne...
11/20/2023

We get it ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Sometimes, it can be frustrating when our pets seem to do anything but listen, but every pet owner needs to learn to keep their emotions in check. It plays a vital role in training.

After all, can't expect your dog to learn how to control their feelings and reactiveness when we allow frustration and impatience to get to us๐Ÿ˜‰

A cold one, your pets, and good company. Sounds good, doesn't it?Because we know it's a bit tricky finding places to spe...
11/19/2023

A cold one, your pets, and good company. Sounds good, doesn't it?

Because we know it's a bit tricky finding places to spend some time out with your dogs, here's an article on dog-friendly breweries you can visit:

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Best Dog-Friendly Breweries in Washington DC by Cristin | Oct 5, 2023 | Uncategorized Beth Aldrich is a professional dog trainerand the head trainer of Monument Dog Training, offering professional dog behavior training throughout the Washington DC, and NOVA areas. She can be contacted for dog traini...

Thanksgiving is coming soon! Because we know pets love being a part of the celebrations, too, here are some tips to ensu...
11/18/2023

Thanksgiving is coming soon!

Because we know pets love being a part of the celebrations, too, here are some tips to ensure their safety on Thanksgiving:

โŒ Onions, grapes, raisins and fatty foods (like turkey) are hard for dogs to digest and could cause life-threatening issues like pancreatitis. It's best to keep the feast on the table and some tasty dog treats at hand.
๐Ÿฆƒ Keep the turkey bones and carcass and anything used to prepare the meal (like strings, bags, or any other package) in the trash or out of reach from your pet.
๐Ÿ’ Some decorative flowers and plants are toxic to pets. These include amaryllis, Babyโ€™s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas, and more. You can check the ASPCA website for their list of harmful plants to dogs and cats.
๐Ÿ“ž If you think your pet may have come in contact with or eaten something they shouldn't have, please get in touch with your vet's office, or you can also call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline (888-426-4435) or the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661).

Have a happy and safe holiday!

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Being informed about Pet Cancer is a significant first step towards pre...
11/15/2023

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Being informed about Pet Cancer is a significant first step towards preventing or spotting cancer in time.

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Know the facts about pet cancer, how to identify the warning signs and symptoms, and ways to potentially reduce risk of your pet developing cancer in their lifetime.

Don't keep the fall activities to yourself! There are dog-friendly pumpkin patches, and these are the ones we recommend:...
11/13/2023

Don't keep the fall activities to yourself! There are dog-friendly pumpkin patches, and these are the ones we recommend:

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Best Dog-Friendly Pumpkin Patch in Washington DC by Cristin | Oct 5, 2023 | Uncategorized Beth Aldrich is a professional dog trainerand the head trainer of Monument Dog Training, offering professional dog behavior training throughout the Washington DC, and NOVA areas. She can be contacted for dog tr...

This goes for trainers and owners alike! Advocating for the pup is an essential part of the process and one that ensures...
11/13/2023

This goes for trainers and owners alike! Advocating for the pup is an essential part of the process and one that ensures their well-being, above all else.

Don't be afraid to speak up! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Thank you, veterans, for your service ๐Ÿช–๐ŸซกWe're closed today, but we'll reply to all calls and emails as soon as we return...
11/10/2023

Thank you, veterans, for your service ๐Ÿช–๐Ÿซก

We're closed today, but we'll reply to all calls and emails as soon as we return.

Age doesn't matter when it comes to training!While it is a factor to consider, it doesn't mean an older dog is set in th...
11/09/2023

Age doesn't matter when it comes to training!

While it is a factor to consider, it doesn't mean an older dog is set in their way and un-trainable. Just like older people can learn new skills, older dogs can learn new tricks!

Washington is no stranger to dog-friendly cafes, and we wrote an article on them!If you live in Washinton or are plannin...
11/08/2023

Washington is no stranger to dog-friendly cafes, and we wrote an article on them!

If you live in Washinton or are planning to visit soon and would like to enjoy a coffee or a meal in the company of your pup, look no further!

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Best Dog-Friendly Cafe in Washington DC by Cristin | Oct 3, 2023 | Uncategorized Beth Aldrich is a professional dog trainerand the head trainer of Monument Dog Training, offering professional dog behavior training throughout the Washington DC, and NOVA areas. She can be contacted for dog training at...

No dog is beyond help!No matter how difficult your dog's case may seem, no dog is helpless. Like people, they just need ...
11/07/2023

No dog is beyond help!

No matter how difficult your dog's case may seem, no dog is helpless. Like people, they just need someone to care for them, and a little time and space to become the best version of themselves ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

November 5-11 is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and we can't say thank you enough to the shelter and shelter ...
11/05/2023

November 5-11 is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and we can't say thank you enough to the shelter and shelter workers and volunteers that care for animals waiting for their forever homes.

We see you and we admire everything you do.

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Tag a shelter near you and, if you have a rescue animal, share a picture in the comments!

When your dog is having issues or misbehaving, it's easy to forget that the problem isn't them, but rather that somethin...
11/03/2023

When your dog is having issues or misbehaving, it's easy to forget that the problem isn't them, but rather that something is troubling them and their actions are a reflection of that.

Be a little patient while they get better, and remember: they have a problem, they're not it.

Hello, November!Have a PAWsome month and start of the holiday season. Or should we say "PAWty season"?  ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฆƒ
11/01/2023

Hello, November!

Have a PAWsome month and start of the holiday season. Or should we say "PAWty season"? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฆƒ

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!While today is all about the costumes, trick-or-treating, and having fun, safety is essential year-round...
10/31/2023

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

While today is all about the costumes, trick-or-treating, and having fun, safety is essential year-round. Here are some tips to keep your furry friend safe while they join in on the fun ๐ŸŽƒ

With Halloween being just a few days away, we'd like to remind you that chocolate and raisins aren't the only concern ar...
10/28/2023

With Halloween being just a few days away, we'd like to remind you that chocolate and raisins aren't the only concern around pets. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol commonly used to sweeten candy artificially and is toxic to dogs.

To fully enjoy this Halloween, best be safe and keep the candy out of reach from your pets ๐Ÿ•๐ŸŽƒ

Punishment-based training is not the right way to go. โŒ It creates unnecessary stress in your pet, strengthens unwanted ...
10/27/2023

Punishment-based training is not the right way to go. โŒ It creates unnecessary stress in your pet, strengthens unwanted behavior and doesn't teach what you want.

Dogs love is immense, and every dog owner can feel it in many ways, but none compares to how happy they look when they a...
10/25/2023

Dogs love is immense, and every dog owner can feel it in many ways, but none compares to how happy they look when they are getting all their needs met, including stimulation through training ๐Ÿ˜œ

Tomorrow, October 21st, is National Pet for Veterans Day, a day to spread awareness about the emotional needs of veteran...
10/20/2023

Tomorrow, October 21st, is National Pet for Veterans Day, a day to spread awareness about the emotional needs of veterans, how to assist them in transitioning back into civilian life and, most importantly, how pets help them in both.

Happy day to all vets and their pets! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿช–

Training makes everyone at home happier. Happy pup, happy life...that's how the saying goes, right? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚
10/18/2023

Training makes everyone at home happier. Happy pup, happy life...that's how the saying goes, right? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚

October is the month when our hearts beat for the hopeful dogs waiting in shelters to be taken to their forever homes. H...
10/16/2023

October is the month when our hearts beat for the hopeful dogs waiting in shelters to be taken to their forever homes. Happy Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month!

Every day, but especially on National Pet Wellness Month, it is important to highlight the importance of providing menta...
10/13/2023

Every day, but especially on National Pet Wellness Month, it is important to highlight the importance of providing mental stimulation for our pets. Training is a great way to fill their cup!

Check out our very own Beth Aldrich in this NY Times article about dog aggression!
10/12/2023

Check out our very own Beth Aldrich in this NY Times article about dog aggression!

How do you solve a problem like Commander? After the presidentโ€™s dog bit (another) Secret Service officer, trainers weigh in on how to handle a dogโ€™s aggression.

Pets come in all shapes and sizes, and we love them no matter what they look like, but sometimes their weight can get a ...
10/11/2023

Pets come in all shapes and sizes, and we love them no matter what they look like, but sometimes their weight can get a little out of hand. October 11th is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, meant to remind us all to keep our beloved pets at a healthy weight.

We are closed today and will re-open tomorrow 10/10.
10/09/2023

We are closed today and will re-open tomorrow 10/10.

Getting to know your dog is also learning to speak their language. They talk to us, but are you listening? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‰
10/06/2023

Getting to know your dog is also learning to speak their language. They talk to us, but are you listening? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‰

October is here. Have a happy, safe and woof-tastic October!
10/05/2023

October is here. Have a happy, safe and woof-tastic October!

Did you know training your dog helps build a strong bond, mutual respect and a level of trust that's pretty hard to brea...
09/29/2023

Did you know training your dog helps build a strong bond, mutual respect and a level of trust that's pretty hard to break!

Train your dog and hug em' while you're at it ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ

Dog Training is for Owners, too!As far as effort is concerned, yes, in-home dog training does require active participati...
09/27/2023

Dog Training is for Owners, too!

As far as effort is concerned, yes, in-home dog training does require active participation from the dogโ€™s family. Typically, no more effort is required than what is already being put forth. If you have a dog with a behavior problem, you know it takes a lot of effort just to manage it. Keeping the dog out of trouble, worrying about the dog getting into trouble โ€“ no matter what your dogโ€™s issue is, itโ€™s work! A properly designed dog training plan will take this effort into account, and instead of requiring further effort, it should restructure your efforts so that youโ€™re moving toward resolution, instead of never-ending management duties.

We train ALL the dogs in the home!You may have more than one dog, but only one of them seems to have any real behavioral...
09/25/2023

We train ALL the dogs in the home!

You may have more than one dog, but only one of them seems to have any real behavioral issues. It would seem logical to just focus on training the dog with problems but what you may not realize is that dogs that live together often have behaviors that are tied to one another. For example, your dogโ€™s aggression may be a reaction to another dog in the house who canโ€™t respect boundaries. Itโ€™s important to train all of the dogs in a household because itโ€™s almost always not just the โ€œproblem dogโ€ that needs training, the whole house needs to be reorganized and redirected into a scenario where you are the pack leader and all of the dogs in your house respond equally to you.

You can train the one dog for behavioral problems but the others, unless trained, will allow them to fall into old habits. Another reason to train all of the dogs at once is to restore order in your house. The dog with more behavioral issues may be the alpha of the house, removing them from that position could cause an upheaval in the order that the dogs are used to. This can actually lead to your other dogs developing behavioral issues because of the anxiety that comes when a dog no longer knows its place in the hierarchy. You also may not be able to notice your other dogsโ€™ behavioral issues because the more severe dog has taken your attention from them.

Come see us on October 7th at the Mutt Strutt! Registration is open - Sign up with the QR code or go to swdcccc.org/mutt...
09/25/2023

Come see us on October 7th at the Mutt Strutt!

Registration is open - Sign up with the QR code or go to swdcccc.org/mutt-strutt

It's officially fall! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŽƒ
09/23/2023

It's officially fall! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŽƒ

The Results-Based Approach ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’œWhat makes us the best in-home dog training program? Itโ€™s our results-based or commitment-b...
09/20/2023

The Results-Based Approach ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’œ

What makes us the best in-home dog training program? Itโ€™s our results-based or commitment-based approach. We make a commitment to you that we:

-Will get results
-Will not stop working with you until we do
-Will meet your goals
-Will offer support for as long as needed

We offer the best in-home dog training because we put the results first. When your dog struggles with aggression, we want to help. We are compassionate and experienced enough to do it. Thatโ€™s our guarantee to every client.

We have this same commitment to results for all of our in-home dog training programs. Trust us to put you first!

When it comes to rescue dogs, there are a lot of question marks when it comes to their past and history. Some of the she...
09/18/2023

When it comes to rescue dogs, there are a lot of question marks when it comes to their past and history. Some of the shelters might have a little background, but many times, it is minimal.

While we think it is important to find the cause of these problematic behaviors, sometimes people get too focused on the past, rather than the present or future. Particularly with aggressive dogs, many owners will just assume a battered background for the dog prior to adoption, and because of this, some will do very little to address the behavior. Hoping it will pass over time, some owners do nothing at all!

Don't let focusing on the past prevent you from creating a good future for your new dog!

Fall is quickly approaching, make sure you know how to keep your pet safe as the season changes. ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ
09/15/2023

Fall is quickly approaching, make sure you know how to keep your pet safe as the season changes. ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ

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Washington D.C., DC
20002

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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2023181380

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Monument Dog Training provides in-home, professional dog training and comprehensive behavioral modification programs to dogs and their owners throughout the DC area. We work with dogs of all ages, breeds, and temperaments.