Training Lessons

Obedience and Behavior Problems:

Common obedience goals include sit, down, stand, come when called (also known as a recall), stay, go in crate, leave it, drop it, and loose leash walking – to prevent pulling on leash.DSC00442

We also work on solving behavior problems such as impulse control, house training issues, chewing, digging, food stealing, barking, jumping up, play biting, submissive urination, fence fighting, fear and aggression, and others.

Puppy Socialization and Training:

Socialization consists of introducing your puppy to new people, dogs, places, and things, and making sure he actively enjoys them. This is a crucial step toward preventing future fear and aggression problems in your puppy.

The socialization period is limited in puppies, ranging from about 3 to 12-18 weeks of age. In addition, we teach obedience behaviors, house training, crate training, and chew training.

Shelter and Rescue Dogs:

Training can help your shelter or rescue dog adjust to your home, and learn new rules and behaviors, such as house-training and manners.

We have extensive experience working with shelter dogs of different breeds, and can help your new dog make a smooth transition into your home and family.

Kids and Dogs:

photo(6)We teach dog manners and provide coaching instruction to help kids learn to be gentle with dogs. Our management techniques ensure everyone in the family is safe and happy.

All of our training methods are safe for children to use, and work well with dogs of all ages including puppies and various breeds.

We also offer bite prevention training and trick training.

Reactivity, Fear, and Aggression:

These behaviors can be very serious and potentially take longer to modify. If your dog exhibits signs of fear or aggression, we highly recommend seeking professional help from a positive reinforcement trainer, such as NC Dogs. Using aversive, harsh dog training techniques or corrections can cause or make fear and aggression problems worse, and DSC05052should be avoided at all costs.

Fearful behaviors can include fears of sounds, objects, people, other dogs, and separation anxiety (afraid of being left alone). Some dogs also avoid or dislike being touched. Body handling exercises using proper training techniques can help with avoidance or aggression related to touch.

Other aggressive behaviors that can be improved with training are reactivity/ on-leash aggression, resource guarding (protecting toys, food, locations, or certain objects/ people), and dog-dog aggression (play problems, bullying, or fighting other dogs).

“I have been around dog trainers a long time, and could not recommend Dan Raymer more highly.  He is a superb technician, with a stellar grasp of the intricacies of assessment, behavior and procedures and how they fit into the big picture of helping clients live successfully with their dogs.  On a par with all this is his ethical compass.  Dog training is still unregulated and there are pockets without qualified practitioners.  Not so in Wake County, whose dogs and their guardians are in the best possible hands.”

Jean Donaldson

Founder, The Academy for Dog Trainers

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“Dan worked with me and my dog Maggie on her anxiety issues.  She is a very shy anxious dog who is afraid of strangers and terrified of men.  Dan was incredibly patient with her and over the course of our sessions together she warmed up to him.  Maggie and I are still working on her anxiety, but Dan encouraged us to keep at it, and we are making progress!”


Sarah and Maggie, Chapel Hill, NC

Our private training lessons are great for dogs of all ages and types of behaviors. Training lessons will take place in your home and/or around your neighborhood, parks, or greenway trails.

We customize training plans for each family and their individual dogs. Please contact us for prices.

All training lessons come with:

  • Free initial consultation via phone/email
  • Email and phone support
  • Customized training plans
  • Dog training and behavior article handouts