Does your dog pull on walks? Jump on guests? Surf the counters? We can help without using pain and intimidation.
Are you concerned about getting your puppy off on the right foot during a pandemic? We can help you with socialization and common behaviors like nipping, jumping and being alone.
Does your dog resist nail trims? We will help you with a written plan, coach you during the training sessions and give you homework until the next visit.
Training and enrichment will increase the bond with your pet. And you both have fun in the process!
Understand the benefits of providing an enriched environment for your pets. Learn ways to increase forage time and strategies to encourage natural behaviors for all pets, including those on medical rest. View examples of the 5 categories of enrichment.
A fun and informative 2 hour workshop includes a presentation and the hands on creation of your own enrichment items. Using re-purposed materials you can create items within several categories of enrichment to take home for your pets.
All sessions require prepayment via PayPal or Square
On line training is offered for your comfort. Many pets actually learn more easily at home, without the distractions.
We come to your home to assist with your pets training or behavior program. The first session runs about 90 minutes and following you will receive a written summary with homework.
Training Packages also available
Positive reinforcement techniques are primarily used to encourage trust and cooperation. This leads to a better relationship with your pet and the ability to provide increased care and well-being.
Tara has taught 100's of animal professionals and pet owners to teach all types of animals. She trained marine mammals for 9 years and uses the same techniques for the cooperation of all species.
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Please contact Tara if you'd like to schedule a clinic on Enrichment, Behavior Issues or Clicker Training for Tricks. Gather your friends and she will come to your facility to create a fun and informative event!
"When we receive neglected and abused horses in, they usually come with behavioral issues as well. Tara has been instrumental in helping these horses develop trust and behavioral modifications through positive reinforcement, which in turn relieves the horses' anxiety and stress levels. In particular, a mustang that we have has severe trust issues from unknown amounts of abuse. Tara broke down steps into smaller and smaller steps to help regain the trust of this girl. Tara is very good about thinking outside of the box and evaluates each situation to understand what the underlying factor might be. Then she's able to help the horse work through it in an extremely positive and rewarding way. Not only does Tara work very well with the animals, she is a wonderful communicator and also made sure that the staff and volunteers were all on the same page with the training. She never hesitates to offer education sessions and answers all questions willingly and happily. I thoroughly enjoy partnering with Tara and learning about clicker training. I never realized how powerful a clicker can be until Tara showed us the technique! It has been working wonderfully for us!"
-Nikki Barn manager for the Medina County SPCA
"Farrier visits were a nightmare for Phoenix, my 5 yr old Arabian gelding. He had to be tranquilized by a vet for each farrier visit. By the 4th lesson with Tara we had mastered everything required for a routine farrier visit. Now I use Tara's behavioral training techniques for anything I want to teach my horses. For the first time in 2 years, I am able to communicate effectively with my horses."
"I had been gravely sick for several months, consequently, my horses had limited handling and interaction from me. When I recovered, I tried to get back into the swing of equine care only to discover my 2 geldings had developed sour manners and challenged my human authority. I became frustrated and even angry. I knew I needed help. Tara was exactly what we needed... actually, Tara was exactly what I needed.
Tara helped me re-develop softer, more consistent skills towards the horses. She fostered a greater 'horse sense' in understanding the horses' behaviors, both good and bad. She showed me how to modify some of my behaviors that became rewarding for both the horses and for myself. Bad behaviors subsided and equine harmony returned to my barn. I had control and peace of mind back. Frustration subsided and genuine enjoyment and connectedness returned. I am empowered to be a horse owner once again. I am truly grateful for the time Tara spent with me. I once again have quality barn time back in my life."
"Lacy (on stall rest) had her stitches out this week and the vet said everything looks good. We used the clicker training to do bandaging repairs and to remove the bandages and have not relied on the medication for safety. The slow-feeding hay bag has been a real blessing now that the other horses have been outside all day! Thank you for your interest and dedication in working with Lacy. We are the better for it!"
"I'm off to get some supplies. I thought it would be nice to THANK YOU first for a fun night and inspiring night. I would attend this program again and bring some friends."
"Tara Gifford recently spoke at the Ashland Public Library on animal training and positive reinforcement. Her presentation was great and the audience really enjoyed her hands-on clicker training demonstrations. I would enjoy hearing Tara again!"
Shelley Clements, Customer Relations Management