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.
Control Unleashed®: The Puppy Program
Puppies who are not taught certain skills right away can develop severe behavior problems in adulthood. This 7-week class (based on the book "Control Unleashed®, the Puppy Program” by Leslie McDevitt) 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 this course, you will learn how to:
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:
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. 7 weeks: 8/24-10/12* *no class 8/31
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Behavior Adjustment Training® 2.0 for Puppies
Dogs are everywhere! How do you teach your puppy not to become overexcited, fearful, or anxious or when they see a dog? In this course (based on the book “Behavior Adjustment Training®2.0” by Grisha Stewart), we simulate real-world situations where your puppy can build calmness and confidence when surrounded by other dogs and people. Starting outdoors at a distance, you will learn how to apply strategies that support your puppy to ignore other dogs, even at close-range! (Although not required, this course is a nice follow-up to the Control Unleashed course.)
In this course, we will work outdoors and you will learn how to:
You will need the following:
No puppies at the first class, as we will be learning important concepts, building leash-handling skills, and practicing with experienced demo dogs.
(Puppies under 9 months only. No retractable or chain leashes allowed, no prong/pinch/choke/shock collars allowed.)
Saturdays, 10:15-11:15 am. 5 weeks: 10/19-11/16