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While every dog and dog owner is unique, there are some questions we receive here at Chill Out Dog Training that many people have.

To follow, are some of those frequently asked questions:

What areas do we serve?

Chill Out Dog Training is based in Denver, Colorado. We serve clients within 10 miles of the Rockies stadium. For those that are beyond a 10 mile drive, a travel fee of $3/mile will be charged. Chill Out Dog Training | Service Area From Denver

Will you come to me?

Yes! At Chill Out Dog Training, we believe the best environment to work with your dog is where the behavior challenges can be observed live. Many times this is in your own home. Once we have identified your goals, we determine the best place to hold the training session. We may meet at your home, a local park, or the dog park. If your goal is to work on behaviors around other dogs, people, and distractions, we recommend these local parks as a meeting spot:

• Washington Park
• Fuller Park
• Commons Park
• Sloan’s Lake
• Berkeley Lake Park

Do you offer boarding?

Chill Out Dog Training does not provide boarding but offers private, at-home/in-field lessons, and is prepared for both new dog owners and challenging behavioral issues. 

Check out our blog post “To Board and Train or Not to Board and Train” to learn if boarding is right for you and your dog.

What kind of training do you use?

We use Balanced Training at Chill Out Dog, sometimes referred to as “Yes/No” Training. We approach training as a way to give our dogs interruptive feedback. Feedback is essential to providing dogs the information regarding which type of behavior is wanted and unwanted. Interruptive feedback means we are giving the dogs immediate feedback (positive or negative) so that dogs understand what the owner wants. Interrupting dogs at the moment directly ties the negative behavior to the negative consequence or the positive behavior to the positive consequence. Basically, we use both rewards and negative consequences to train your dog.

Learn more about our approach.

What is the price?

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FREE: 20-minute consultation session
All consultations are free of charge! We’d love to learn more about how we can help you and your dog! Let’s schedule a time to chat. 

ONE-ON-ONE TRAINING
 
INITIAL SESSION: $275
ADDITIONAL SESSIONS: $225
The initial session is a 90 minute, one-on-one session with a trainer. We work with you and your dog in the field or at home. The severity of the behavior will dictate the number of sessions required, but most clients work with us for 2-3 sessions. We believe in equipping and empowering our clients during these sessions to work with their dogs on their own so they do not need to seek further training.

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When do you train?

We are available for appointments Tuesday-Saturday.
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Is the work guaranteed?

Every session should live up to your expectations. If you’re not happy, we’re not happy. We guarantee your progress to a dog that can “chill out.”

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How many sessions does it take to train my dog?

The severity of the behavior will dictate the number of sessions required, but most clients work with us for 2-3 sessions. We believe in equipping and empowering our clients to work with their dogs on their own so they can keep it up on their own. 

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How long until I see results?

You will see dramatic improvements within the first session! Depending on the behavior and your goals, we may recommend 1 or 2 more sessions.  Here are a few examples of training goals that require 2-3 sessions: 

• Off-Leash Recall
• Human Aggression
• Dog Aggression

Take a look at our “Before & After Videos” to see how transformative our results are!

How much homework will I have?

If you want to see results, we recommend consistently implementing the skills and strategies we equip you with during our training sessions. Usually, this does not require an exorbitant amount of time. Rather, it is about consistently following through on giving your dog feedback (positive and negative consequences). 

See the blog post, “Our Behavior Change Guide” to find out more about how we recommend changing unwanted behaviors.

What tools do you use?

We use a variety of tools at Chill Out Dog Training. Each tool is selected for your unique dog.  Here is a list of some of the tools we frequently use:

• E-Collar
• Treats
• Air Tool
• Ultrasonic
• Prong Collar
• No Pull Harness 
• Halti Head Collar

Will my dog still have spirit?

Yes, your dog will still maintain its unique personality! Chill Out Dog Training believes in giving dogs feedback, meaning everything you love about your dog can be rewarded, while the negative behaviors receive feedback. 

Many times over-excitement and unwanted behaviors can stem from anxiety or other stressors. When the dog learns that a preferred, but inappropriate, behavior is off the menu, he may temporarily lose some enthusiasm. However, the enthusiasm hasn’t been extinguished permanently, it’s just dormant, waiting to be redirected into healthy replacement behavior. Ultimately, we’re doing the dog a service by teaching them sociable behavior that will give them access to sustainable, long-term fulfillment. Then, our pups can channel their spirit into fun and healthy activities. 

Read more in our blog post, “A Behavior Change Guide.

Do you work on aggression?

Aggression is one of the key issues we work on during our training sessions. Chill Out Dog Training works on all forms of aggression including leash, food, human, and dog aggression.

Check out the “Our Approach” page to learn more about the types of behaviors we address.

Also, see an example of the after transformation that took place after one of our food aggressive clients worked with Chill Out Dog Training.

Do you work with aggressive dogs?

Chill Out Dog works with ALL types of dogs. In fact, it’s our specialty. ALL of our trainers have first-hand experience working with and even owning dogs with bite histories.

Take a look at our Team page to learn more about each trainer’s personal experience with aggressive dogs.

We guarantee your progress to a dog that can “chill out.” If you’re not happy, we’re not happy. Reach out to us and we’ll take care of you.
We look forward to working with you and helping your dog “chill out!”

our trainers

Scott Ross

Owner & Lead Trainer

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Scott Ross is the owner of Chill Out Dog Training and a certified trainer (CPDT-KA) with the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. With over 5 years of hands-on training experience, he has worked with owners and their dogs to address an array of behavior challenges.

Scott’s journey into the world of dog behavior therapy began with his own German Shepherd mix, Gus, who had uncontrollable, severe aggression towards dogs. Scott had to find a solution or totally change his expectations of having an includable social dog. Faced with a stark decision, Scott decided to try a new mode of training that included three key elements: walk before you run, high behavior expectations, valuable consequences for all types of choices.

Fascinated by the results achieved, Scott took opportunities to work with friends and family dogs and saw that the methodology applied was universal. Scott began to conceive of a new type of training company that could help serious behavior cases quickly though direct coaching, his three element method, and owner empowerment.

Outside of work Scott can be found mastering the art of the grill, battle royaling with buddies on Xbox, up on the slopes practicing moguls, or he might be at home reading the latest Brandon Sanderson novel.

Josh Linam
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Josh Linam is a professional dog trainer committed to helping owners and their canine companions have an enjoyable, relaxed life together. He finds it immensely rewarding to witness the profound changes in a dog’s behavior and the subsequent growth in the relationship between owners and their companions.

Josh’s journey to dog training started just over 6 years ago with his rescue dog, Ajax. This powerful Rottweiler/GSD mix— who was 60 lbs by 6 months— quickly became a nightmare to walk due to his extreme leash reactivity. The experience was anxiety-provoking for everyone involved. Committed to providing the best life possible for Ajax, Josh started to explore behavior principles and training philosophies. The journey was truly an evolution for Josh as an individual and a dog owner. At 100 lbs, Ajax is now one of the easiest dogs to walk alongside his two-year-old son.

When Josh is not dog training, you can find him hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. He loves to travel with his wife, Hattie, and son, Jonas, and he is always looking for new adventures. In addition to their dog, Ajax, they also have two feline friends, Jiminy and Gepetto. Josh is originally from Arizona but recently lived in Bend, OR before returning to Tucson where he began professional dog training. Josh and the entire Linam family are excited to live in Denver, the Mile High City, where they can explore the amazing city and nearby mountains.

I had a really good experience working with Josh and Scott on my dog Cooper's extreme reactivity to other dogs. They were both very professional, patient, and knowledgeable. Josh walked me through how to properly utilize the e-collar to provide effective feedback to Cooper to start altering his response to the dogs we encounter on our walks. Both the sessions and the techniques on how to use the tool has been amazingly helpful for Cooper. Now after about a couple of months of consistent training, Cooper has improved significantly and can now actually walk by other dogs and stay calm. I highly recommend Chill Out Dog Training!
- Joy B. via Google
I have a very "high-spirited, focused, determined, strong-willed" cairn terrier puppy. With each session, "Dexter's" behavior would improve. Our last session focused on leash walking. I am astounded by the dramatic change just after one session. The next time I took Dexter out on my own I could not believe how well behaved he was. I would say he did a "160" (not quite a 180, but dam close). Scott is knowledgeable, calm, communicates with ease, professional and reliable. I highly recommend Chill Out Dog.
- Shawn C. via Google
Scott is a great trainer! He helped so much with the tricky issue of my dog's separation anxiety, which is a really tough behavior to tackle. I like that Scott tackles issues from a behaviorist's standpoint and really wants you to understand why a dog exhibits a certain behavior instead of just trying to correct it without thinking about the triggers and the psychology. Scott also came to my workplace for a fabulous dog training presentation with live demonstrations--could not recommend him enough!
- Mara D. via Google
We found Chill Out Dog Training online and could not be happier with our choice to pursue training for our dog with them. As lab owners, we struggled managing our high energy and overly excited rescue dog, Maya, on walks and while greeting people. Josh was great to work with. He was patient with Maya as well as with us, while we tried to figure out the best techniques and tools to use for Maya. After the training Maya received and persistence, she now walks obediently on a leash and responds to the tools we were provided when people come over. With a few more issues to work out with Maya, without question we plan to continue to use Chill Out Dog Training!
- Rachel T. via Google
Scott is absolutely amazing and helped change my dogs life. My dog Otis was so fearful of other dogs and people that I could barely take him anywhere. Dog parks were and absolute no and crowded street were a nightmare. He would lash out in fear and become aggressive if he felt threatened. I had worked with 2 other trainers before Scott with little to no improvement. Otis and I had several one on one sessions with Scott. He was always reliable and informative. He helped me find the right tools and techniques to use with Otis. During our sessions worked on his fear and aggressive behavior. Now Otis loves going to the dog park and manages busy streets more calmly. It is very hard to find a trainer that helps with and can manage behavior issues. I would work with Scott again in a heartbeat and would highly recommend him.
- Kalin T. via Google