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At Chill Out Dog Training, we believe the best way to transform behavior is working through the problem, together. We meet you and your dog for a one-on-one training session out in the real world: at your home, your neighborhood park, a favorite restaurant patio, you name it… By assessing the problem-behavior out in the real world, we identify why your dog is acting out. Once the source of the misbehavior has been identified, we adapt our selection of tools and techniques, a combination of high-value rewards and fair consequences, to find what works best for you and your dog.  Our one-on-one training produces confident and well-mannered dogs and teaches you the techniques to keep up the success.


Our Training Process


Understand Challenges & Your Goals


First, we learn about the challenges you are facing and your big goal for our training. Some owners have a dream of simply walking down the street, others aspire to do an off-leash hike with their dog. No matter the objective, we can tailor the session to achieve those goals.


Decide on Location


Once we’ve learned more about your objectives, we determine the best place to hold the training session. Depending on the behavior challenges and your goals, we may meet at your home, at a local park, the dog park – the aim is to work in the environment where the challenges can be observed live.


Assessment


At your one-on-one session, we’ll seek out those situations that pose the biggest challenge. This could be walking by “that one house” in your neighborhood with the dogs or perhaps it is greeting house guests. After observing the behavior in real time, we can quickly get to work!


Get to Work


We suggest an action plan that includes a variety of tools, techniques and methods that will best help reduce the misbehavior and get you closer to achieving your goals. You’re in the driver seat, so we make sure you are comfortable and feel confident employing any tools and methods we recommend.


Teach You the Skills


After we establish a tool set and action plan, we build a new foundation and turn the leash over to you. Our training focuses on giving you the skills you need to ensure you can keep up the success once the trainer has gone home.



Here are a few of the common behaviors we work on during our 1-on-1 sessions. The severity of the behavior will dictate the number of sessions required, but most clients work with us for 2-3 sessions.

  • Pulling While On Leash
  • Learning Sit, Down, Stay & Here
  • Holding Commands
  • Phobias
  • Rude Greeting Manners
  • Aggression Issues (human and dog)
  • eCollar Training/Remote Collar Training
  • Highly Distracted Behavior
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Over-excitement

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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