Dog Dayze is excited to announce some new training options. Our lead dog handler, Josh Werstler, will be conducting group training classes based on specific behavioral issues, and Sandi Keller Stegal is joining us to offer training for Canine Good Citizen Certifications.

We plan to schedule both trainings to begin soon.

Please see our Events Page for more Information about upcoming sessions.

Behavior Modifications Class with Josh

This class will meet for 4 weeks.

Week 1: Foundations

Session time is spent working on building your bond with your dog. Training during this first class will be kept to a minimum as the class discusses ways on to improve your bond with your dog. We will go into in-depth discussion about behaviors and discussion about specific issues you are having with your dog. Body language will also be discussed so owners can improve their discussions with their dogs by reading of their body language.

Week 2: General Obedience

This session is based upon the fundamentals of obedience; Sit, Stay, Down, Recall, Place. This session will also discuss how to move away from food-based rewards and more into praise-based reward system. Session will also cover general handling of the dogs while running basic obedience.

Week 3: Leash Language

Session is based on teaching leash language. Session covers instructing handlers/owners on how to properly teach your dog leash language. Class will also discuss various equipment to set your dog up to do well rather than setting them up to fail with the wrong equipment. Portion of the class is based outside of the facilities (Weather permitting)

Week 4: Tying it all together

Session is based on tying weeks 1-3 together into a better overall relationship between you and your dog. Class will work on navigating real world situations with distractions. Session will be a little longer with a Q&A on more precise behaviors or issues you are having at home.

Canine Good Citizen Training with Sandi

As defined by the American Kennel Club “CGC is a ten-skill training program that’s open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breed–that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community. 

After mastering the ten skills, passing the CGC test together, and taking the Responsible Dog Ownership pledge, you and your pup will join the proud ranks of over 1 million dogs who have earned their Canine Good Citizen award– accomplishment that’s definitely worthy of extra belly rubs!”

More info on session length and dates and times coming soon.

About Our Trainers

Joshua Werstler is a dog trainer with over 9 years with various hands on training aspects from simple obedience, scent tracking, and behavior modification. Joshua regularly attends various conferences, seminars, and expos to keep abreast of the new training routines and the science behind it coming out. A firm believer in a balanced training approach to rebuild the relationship and bridge the gap between dog and owner. He does not believe in a punishment-based training programs as it’s short term gains for long term problems.  Joshua regularly develops training programs based on each individual dog rather than a broad approach to a group of dogs believing every dog learns at a different speed and level. His core philosophy when approaching dogs is: No Bad Dogs, just miscommunication.  

Sandi Keller Stegall, owner of A Happy Home Pet Training, has been transforming dogs into perfect pets for over two decades. She applies a positive reinforcement approach that rewards dogs for desired behaviors, replacing inappropriate behaviors with appropriate conduct from your pet. Sandi insists that the pet parent be part of the process since the dog’s relationship with the pet parent is crucial to consistent animal behavior; this relationship ideally includes  the entire human family, when possible.

Sandi is certified by the American Kennel Club to teach and facilitate Puppy S.T.A.R, Canine Good Citizen, Canine Community, and Urban Canine Good Citizen certifications. She has developed her skill as a professional trainer through numerous seminars and workshops with Dr. Patricia McConnell, Jean Donaldson, Pia Silvani, Steve White and Trish King. She focuses on continuous improvement and her own skill refinement through daily interaction with her own three dogs and in-home visits to correct behaviors often only seen in the home environment.

A number of the dogs Sandi has trained have successfully been admitted to therapy dog programs at local health care facilities, and she has successfully worked with deaf, blind, and deaf/blind dogs so they can be loving, well-behaved members of their families.

Tessa, a three-legged rescue mixed breed who achieved Canine Good Citizen under Sandi’s tutelage, gives Sandi and A Happy Home Pet Training “three paws up!”