At Paws Down Training Service, we understand that a dog’s primary means of communication with us is through body language and postures. Our goal is to teach people to communicate with their dogs and to understand a dog’s need to be part of the family pack.
Paws Down Training Service offers group classes and private lessons for dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes. Our approach to training is through positive reinforcement.
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Paws Down Training Service offers a full range of group classes in Obedience, Agility, K9 Nose Work, and other specialty training. From puppy kindergarten to advanced classes, we are here to help you and your dog build a more fulfilling life together!
Not sure if you are ready for a class? Looking for one-on-one training? Paws Down Training Service offers private lessons for individuals and their dogs. We can work with you on specific training goals, as well as behavioral issues. We also offer private group lessons that are customized to meet the needs and interests of families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
Dogs are wonderful companions and family (pack) members. To be good guardians, we must also remember that dogs need to be able to act like dogs. They need to sniff and dig and chew–these activities are natural to them! To give our dogs a well-balanced life, we need to teach them good manners in our homes and yards while still letting them be dogs. At Paws Down Training Service, our goal is to help you and your dog achieve this balance.
Diane Cunningham offers instruction to dogs and their owners through positive reinforcement. Her goal is to teach people to communicate with their dogs and to understand a dog’s need as part of the family pack.
Diane loves the moment when a person’s whole face lights up with the realization that their dog will actually listen; at the same time, the dog becomes attentive, eagerly waiting to see what will happen next.
Diane has always had dogs in her life. She and her husband had German Shepherds as part of their family (pack) for 28 years. Now, in addition to her husband, Diane shares her home with Gwin, a Golden Retriever mix she rescued from a shelter in Georgia, and William, a Yorkshire Terrier mix. Newest additions to the family are two Shiloh Shepherds, Ceilidh and Belle.
Prior to opening Paws Down Training Service in 2006, Diane completed a year-long apprenticeship at a local kennel. She has been certified as a Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) evaluator by the American Kennel Club since 2009. The CGC program promotes responsible dog ownership, and it helps foster a stronger relationship between you and your dog.
In 2009, Diane completed an Instructors Certification Program in Agility at White Mountain Agility in New Hampshire. The certification program included rules of operant conditioning, dog and handler styles, field and classroom work, and much more. The White Mountain Agility instructor certificate is considered the premiere agility training credential. In 2014, Diane completed the requirements for Dog and Cat First Aid from the American Red Cross. In the past Diane was an EMT-I so this training tied in very nicely with her past skills.
Diane is also involved with the TADSAW Program (Train A Dog Save A Warrior) this program assist Warriors in training there service dogs. In 2015, Diane received a certificate of excellence for her assistance and dedication to the program.