Kyla McRoy

ACUITI: Achieving Canine Understanding In Training Interactions

Kyla McRoy was fascinated by canine behavior since she was a child growing up in Andover, MA, but it wasn’t until 2005 when she was blessed with a Golden Retriever puppy named Saffron that her true training adventure began. Kyla first trained Saffy to achieve her Canine Good Citizenship Award, and then they became a registered therapy team through Delta Pet Partners. For several wonderful years, Kyla brought Saffy into local elementary schools to work with children with special needs. At the same time, Kyla began private training sessions with families who had recently acquired puppies, several of which achieved their CGC awards. With this experience, Kyla proceeded to earn her Certification as a Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT).

For 9 years, Kyla has specialized in raising and training puppies, but has worked with a variety of ages and breeds, as well as therapy and service dogs. In her obedience work, Kyla uses research-based force-free methods and clicker training. She strives to empower her clients by providing comprehensive and individually tailored training plans, as well as clear, visually appealing protocols and handouts so clients can successfully complete homework. Due to this systematic approach, Kyla has supported clients to build highly fluent and reliable behaviors in their dogs.

Kyla’s work with clients focuses on the family unit, with a particular emphasis on teaching children how to participate in training. Her interest in the overlap between canine and child development has led her to continue training dogs while pursuing a PhD at Michigan State University.

Kyla McRoy

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Control Unleashed®: The Puppy Program/B.A.T.® 2.0

Puppies who are not taught certain skills right away can develop severe behavior problems in adulthood. This 10-week class (based on the books "Control Unleashed®, the Puppy Program” by Leslie McDevitt, and Behavioral Adjustment Training by Grisha Stewart) is all about teaching those critical skills. From calmness to impulse control, this class is designed to provide you and your puppy with a solid foundation of skills to set you up for success.

In the first 5 weeks (Control Unleashed), we will work indoors and you will learn how to:

  • Address nipping and jumping
  • Build relaxation and calmness
  • Train and support appropriate greetings with people
  • Promote attention to handler in new environments
  • Train a default safety leave it behavior
  • Support focus around distractions

In the second 5 weeks (B.A.T.), we will work outdoors and you will learn how to:

  • Apply skills from Control Unleashed into the real world
  • Identify, prevent, and address early signs of anxiety and aggression
  • Support your puppy to make appropriate choices independently
  • Create your own B.A.T. setups to practice outside of class

Before the first class, you will receive a pre-recorded lecture (via email). You must watch this lecture before the first class, as it will cover important concepts (in place of an in-class lecture), which will maximize training time.

You will need the following for the Control Unleashed weeks:

  • Control Unleashed® and the BAT 2.0® books
  • Front-clip harness (e.g. Balance, Freedom)
  • 6-ft leash
  • Portable mat (like a Mutt Mat which can be found online)
  • Treat bag (e.g. Rapid Rewards on Amazon)
  • 2-3 quart bags of soft, small treats (chicken, hot dogs, cheese)

You will also need the following for the B.A.T. weeks:

  • 20-ft long biothane leash (can be purchased at Annabelle’s for a 15% discount)

(Puppies under 6 months only. Clickers will be provided. No retractable or chain leashes allowed, no prong/pinch/choke/shock collars allowed.)

Saturdays, 10:15-11:15 am. 10 weeks: 6/1-8/3 (for puppies under six months old)

Saturdays, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. 10 weeks: 6/1-8/3 (for puppies under six to eight months old)

Price: $225.00
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