The Bark Stops Here
My name is Jody Rosengarten and I am a Dog Trainer Behaviorist in private practice since 1980. I make house calls, teach small group classes, provide phone consultations and offer free monthly workshops primarily in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
The Bark Stops Here is branching out to offer in home parrot behavior and care consultation! Please visit my new page Parrot Envy for more information.
Imp, The ImPerfect Pup
I am champing at the bit for my soon-to-be released book, Imp, The ImPerfect Pup: Lessons On Being Good Enough, to debut (hopefully) in November. As I'm self-publishing this go-round, a fundraising campaign has been launched on Kickstarter.com to generate ample funds for the book's promotion. The campaign ends November 5th and I'd be grateful if you visited the campaign page by clicking here to consider a donation. Signed books, Imp Art and other rewards will be provided.
House calls are customized to address the specific needs of each situation. No two are the same. My work has as much to do with "training" the person as it does the dog. One session may simply involve our talking; another, hands-on obedience training; most, a little of both. We could choose to take a field trip to town, a park, the vet, or to include my own dog(s). Lessons run from 1-1.5 hours. Often, one appointment is all that is needed. House calls are available Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9:00am to 6:00pm.
Small group dog training classes meet once a week for four consecutive weeks. While necessarily more structured than house calls, the classes are relaxed and non-competitive. This is not a "One Size Fits All" course. Rather, participants are encouraged to work at their own pace while my assistant and I coach each individually. Please refer to the "Classes" page for dates, times, price and registration policies.
Kids classes meet seasonally in a series of 4 afternoon sessions. In addition to teaching basic obedience, the course's deeper mission is to enhance children's relationships with their dogs. To this end, we discuss safe and appropriate ways of interacting with dogs, care taking and how to think like a dog.
I believe in addressing all situations as positively as possible, preferring to build up rather than tear down, praise over punishment. When correction is required, I will always pursue the gentlest means that work, patently rejecting the spirit-breaking, abusive mishandling that is all too endemic in the industry. I am clearly the soft end of the spectrum. Indeed, my critics say I'm too soft. Too bad.
I think that life on earth is made more meaningful by dogs inclusion in it. To peaceably integrate these chosen creatures into our world, it just makes sense that we better understand theirs.
And that is what The Bark Stops Here is all about.