New Training Classes
New DAY Classes:
Sat., Apr. 28th, 10:45 am (Cindy)
Thu., May 3rd, 12 pm (Sully)
Thu., May 3rd, 6:30 pm (Sully)
Sat., May 5th, 8 am (Sully)
Tue., May 22nd, 7 pm (Cindy)
Thu., May 3rd, 1 pm (Sully)
Thu., May 3rd, 7 pm (Sully)
Sat., May 5th, 9 am (Sully)
Got Your Six Service Classes
Every Wednesday @ 6:30pm (Niki)
Therapy Dog Class
Every Saturday @12:00 noon (Niki)
Private, In-Home, Board and Train
Please call Cindy for more info and to register, 618-344-4096.
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Cindy’s Critter Camp is happy to have on site training and behavior modification, provided by Certified Behaviorist, Nicole Lanahan and Sully Sullivan.
Call Cindy’s Critter Camp at (618) 344-4096 for your pet’s personal training and behavior needs.
Evaluations: Convenient appointments can be made for a private session to evaluate your dog’s behavior and discuss training recommendations.
Basic Manners: This six week class is for dogs from 10-12 weeks of age and older. We will help you resolve behavior problems and improve obedience! Nicole’s programs use positive reinforcement to guarantee your dog’s training success. Your dog will develop social skills, and learn basic obedience skills such as sit, down, loose leash walking, come when called, holding commands with distractions, release command and climb/place. Problem solving for any and all behavioral issues: house training, jumping, bolting, etc., is always part of training. This class is also designed to prepare you for more advanced level training, up to competition level if desired. Training provides your dog with a fun challenge and an opportunity to build confidence and trust for you and your pet!
Intermediate Classes: This six week class is a continuation of the basic training class. Dogs will continue to develop skills learned in basic training with longer periods of holding the commands. You and your dog will learn new skills such as turns and pivots, place, send out, out-of-site sits and downs, and loose leash to prepare to go off leash. An emphasis will also be on polishing your personal handling skills. Nicole is always available for consultations with former students.
Drop In Advanced Classes: Drop In Advanced Classes: Classes are every Tuesday at 7:45 pm. These classes are available to all dogs and pet parents upon completion of our basic and intermediate classes for the life of your dog.
Canine Good Citizen: This six week class prepares dogs for testing for the AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate. For additional information about the CGC test requirements, go to http://www.akc.org/events/cg/index.cfm
Private Lessons: Convenient private sessions with the Trainer are available for basic training, problem solving, and mastering advanced competition related skills. Sessions may be scheduled at the owner’s residence if preferred.
In-kennel Training: The Trainer will train your dog while your dog is boarded for a minimum of one week.
Electronic Collar Training: One or two lessons are usually needed to learn how to safely use an electronic collar. All training is done at a threshold level. Important skills which are learned include off leash heeling and come when called off leash. Problem solving is provided to eliminate any maladaptive destructive behaviors, i.e., chasing cars and cats, digging, getting in the trash, counter surfing, fence jumping, and aggression issues.
Therapy/Service Dog Classes: Please see Niki’s not for profit Got Your Six: Support Dogs For Veterans for more information.
Competition Level Training: Including AKC/UKC obedience.
Underground Fence Training: Call for information.
Pet Adoption Discount: New owners who adopt from a rescue group are entitled to a free evaluation. Owners are also given a 10% discount for the Basic Manners class within the first month of adoption.
Veterinarian Staff Discount: We offer a complimentary six week basis manners course to all veterinarians. Veterinarian staff receive a 20% discount for the basic manners class, or attend the start lecture for free!
Rescue Group/Foster Discount: Discounts apply for volunteers/staff who help the homeless pets. Please call for details.
Veteran Discount: In appreciation of your service to our country, we would like to honor both active duty personnel and veterans with a 10% discount for basic manners class.
Over fifteen years of experience teaching pet owners to speak the secret language of dog.
We are proud to have on site, dog training and help with any behavior problem between dogs and their humans. Certified Professional Dog Trainer/Behaviorist Nicole Lanahan graduated from the Tom Rose School of Dog Training in 2001. For six months, Niki resided at the dog trainer’s school. She studied and trained hundreds of dogs in order to complete the necessary rigorous requirements for certification as a qualified dog trainer and behaviorist. During the six months of school, she learned: basic to advanced obedience, competition obedience, competition agility, tracking, search and rescue, pet therapy, service dogs, schutzhund, military and police dogs, electronic collar training, and of course pet behavior problem solving. Niki excelled in helping pets overcome behavior issues.
After graduation, Niki opened and operated a groom shop and training center for five years, competed in obedience and agility (elite level) with her rescued black lab Shawnee and currently her red aussie, Tag. She has also accomplished 13 years of private lessons, in home lessons, supervised large doggie day care sessions, obedience classes with the public and board ‘n train training. Additionally, Niki is certified with the AKC to teach and test for Canine Good Citizen.
In 2014, a local church appointed Niki to foster and train two therapy/service dogs for the community. In October of 2015, she started Got Your Six Support Dogs (not for profit) for Veterans and First Responders. (Click the logo to go to the site) When Niki is not training and helping people and their pets, she enjoys writing books (10 published), singing in a band and spending time with her family and dogs.
Catch Niki’s energy and passion for dogs! You can find Niki on Facebook otherwise just give us a call at the Critter Camp for more information and ask for Cindy!
I am a very lucky woman because I have been doing what I love for 28 years!
I love creating well-mannered dogs that bring joy and companionship to people and their families. Dogs are beyond just special they are truly a big part of our lives. In a lot of cases, they are the most important part of our lives.
I am a personalized trainer and behavioral modifier. I often do home training to help with unwanted behaviors that occur in the home. My class/group training will take place at Cindy’s Critter Camp in Maryville.
I believe you can begin training at 9 weeks of age. Training for good habits, training for trust, and training for the dogs with “working lines”. How would you like for your pet to bring you your slippers or your keys? My job is to get them to bring the item to you, not for them to be yelled at for picking something up.
My quality of training and respect for the canine are most important to me. It is rare that I have to use treats, but some dogs need it because of their past histories. My goal is to make YOU your dogs treat! I will turn you into their leader so your dog will look to you for guidance and direction, not the cookie. There is no need to yell at your dog or hit your dog with a rolled up paper, etc. I will teach you how to correct with a leash and collar. Additionally, I will teach you how to get your dog to WANT to do the right thing.
I will always explain everything I do and answer all questions. “Together”, you and I will train your dog; we work as a team. I believe in being accountable for my actions to you and to your dog. I believe we must trust one another. Please contact me personally for your dogs spot in a class or for private in-home training. Now, hug your dog(s) for me, please! Hope to meet you soon.
Sully, your dog trainer and friend 618-789-6872.
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