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AnimaLodge Pet Resort is excited to introduce its newest service: AnimaLodge Academy!
AnimaLodge Academy offers a wide variety of dog training services: group and private classes, training while you board your dog, AKC titles and more!

Not sure what kind of training would serve you best? Schedule a consultation with our trainer today!

Training Philosophy

The heart of AnimaLodge Academy's training is positive reinforcement. When you practice positive reinforcement, you reward behaviors that you do like and ignore behaviors that you don't like. Every training scenario at AnimaLodge Academy will start with positive reinforcement. However, it may not work for every dog in every scenario. After trying positive reinforcement, the trainer may move on to other operant conditioning quadrants in accordance with the philosophy "Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive" or LIMA for short. LIMA training follows the humane hierarchy to ensure that the training methods used are the safest and most effective they can be in each scenario with each dog. To that end, AnimaLodge Academy may utilize aversive tools, but only after exhausting positive reinforcement based training methods and carefully teaching the handler how to properly utilize the tool.

Operant Conditioning Table

Meet the Trainer

Meet the Trainer

Aubrey Hensley

Hailing from Washington, D.C., Aubrey comes to AnimaLodge excited to leave a lasting impression on the community through her work with dogs. She has trained pet dogs and service dogs for 3 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Cynology from Bergin University of Canine Studies in 2021. Aubrey is also an AKC evaluator able to award Canine Good Citizen titles and Trick Dog titles. She is passionate about helping individuals live their best lives with their dogs and providing community resources about responsible breeding practices. She currently has a one year old Rat Terrier named Joyner. Together, they participate in lure coursing events and the Billings Toss ‘n’ Fetch League.

Services

Group Training



Group training classes are a great opportunity to learn and grow with your dog! One distinct advantage of group classes is that your dog will learn how to work through distractions and maintain their composure around other dogs.


Puppy Basics: Foundational skills for puppies under 1 year old, 6 week course


Advanced Puppy: Solidify foundational skills in more distracting environments and creating new behaviors, 6 week course


Introductory Obedience: Foundational skills for dogs nearing or over 1 year old, 6 week course


Advanced Obedience/ Canine Good Citizen: Improve impulse control and maintain composure in distracting environments, opportunity to earn AKC Canine Good Citizen title, 6 week course


Tricks*: Choose your own crowd-pleasing tricks and earn AKC Trick Dog titles! 3 weeks


Recall*: Come when called the first time, 3 weeks


Loose Lease Walking*: Management strategies and treatment, 3 weeks

*by request only

Upcoming Course Dates- February 2022


Private Training


One on one training for you and your pooch!

Work one on one with our trainer on your personal goals with your pup. While you are not required to do training hands-on, you are required to stay for the session.



  • Obedience
  • Manners
  • Trick training
  • Reactivity
  • Aggression*
  • Nail trim behaviors
  • Training for nail trims, full nail trim not guaranteed
  • Muzzle training
  • Therapy dog training*

* by consultation only


Board and Train

Train your dog without lifting a finger!


Consultation required beforehand and at time of pickup. Front-end consultation doesn’t have to be at time of drop off, and can be done up to two weeks ahead of the boarding reservation. The debrief consultation must occur within 2 days of pickup.

Regular boarding cost +$65/session

Generally recommend one session per day

Consultations


  • The trainer will ask questions to learn more about the skills you want to work on and what motivates your dogs
  • The trainer will create an Individualized Training Plan for you and your dog
  • Consultations can also be held for educational purposes, such as discussing enrichment or how to find a reputable breeder
  • $20, up to 45 minutes

Schedule a consultation today!


AKC Titles


Our trainer is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. This means she can award your pup with Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog titles!


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