Denise Willis Dog Training, LLC

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Zeusy just enjoying a well-behaved walk through Home Depot! Thanks again, Denise! 🐾
We can't thank you and your trainers enough for helping us out with our Lucy. Our children are so excited to be able to take Lucy "trick or treating" without her "walking us"! She has been a new well behaved puppy! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Chantelle Nicole Lucas
My wife and I were very impressed with Denise. She came (in our minds) to help us acclimate our new dog, Millie, and our cat Pete. She left with us understanding that it was our job to train Millie that she didn't have to follow her natural instinct. We aren't the greatest with following a training schedule, but I can tell you that Millie is completely house trained, walks very well on a leash, does NOT jump up on people, stays (more or less) when we tell her to, and, miracle of miracles, when she manages to escape (a very rare event), comes when she is called. She and the cat are learning to tolerate each other. We feel lucky to have Millie in our lives but we are also lucky to have Denise in our lives. As she tells us, she is there for us forever. We highly recommend her.

Just want to let you know how pleased we are with the training of Lily and Bailey and us. They have been listening and doing so well. I can't thank you enough for your help. I will defnitely recommend you to anyone who needs help training their dogs.
our vet just called to see who we use for dog training. They want to refer someone, because of the progress Daisy has made! She's there today getting a medicated shampoo and is being a very good dog. She even did a sit and stay on the scale for me.
Thank you Denise for visiting Velvet and me! We will get back to you Wednesday.
Daisy let the realtor come into the house! and we were able to meet for an hour with Daisy laying at our agent's feet or mine. You have worked magic with this dog -- THANK YOU!!!
Thanks so much for taking such good care of Miss Daisy. She really loves spending time with you!
is this the stuff you were thinking of
9 months old and picking up on more alerts. We are finally getting in sync. She's alerting me and I'm recognizing her cues.
Today we walked around the neighborhood. When we got back inside. Zayla started jumping on me and tugging on my shirt. I laid down. Sure enough she was right! An attack was starting. She stayed by me and licked my ears and face. Laid on my chest and pawed at the scent. She might not react in practice but she knows what to do in a real attack. I'm beyond proud of my girl. #SDIT #Zaylaaurora #9months

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Operating as usual

09/09/2021

Bobby (pug), our e-collar board and train, getting his socialization on with my teammates and of course resident nosy host Cicero.

Photos from Denise Willis Dog Training, LLC's post 09/08/2021

OMGeeeee! My babies got their photos professionally done by the amazing Lacie of Lacie Virginia Photography. She beautifully caught Bueno’s adolescent derpiness and Brix’s enthusiasm for all the things. I can’t thank her enough for these awesome photos

09/07/2021

First training session with Bobby (pug), our e-collar board and train! Typically I would do this in my yard, but a quiet park parking lot did just as well. Rule #1 of successful training to build trust and confidence: get engagement! Bobby is a nice dog who makes bad decisions when he’s in the driver’s seat. Fortunately, he was all to happy to throw the steering wheel in my hands. He moves when I move, stops when I stop. From here I’ll be able to work on his triggers slowly introducing them while using the engagement I’ve developed to help him keep his cool and enjoy the forest for the trees instead of being overwhelmed.

Photos from Denise Willis Dog Training, LLC's post 09/05/2021

And we’re off! My crazy crew and lil linebacker Bobby the pug are on our road trip to PA to get some work in on my boys and introduce Bobby to how the other half lives. Just a friendly reminder to not be too jelly at how photogenic Bueno is🤪. If I ever get a good photo of him I’ll be amazed🙄

09/04/2021

This lil pug thug is Bobby! He understandably mistakes himself for a mastiff and is on guard 100% against invited intruders, wants to take on large diesel vehicles and wants to guard his toddler at home from everybody on the street. He’ll be joining us for a few weeks for an e-collar socialization board and train while we help him understand he’s supposed to be a fun loving pug which we’ve seen him do🥰

This lil pug thug is Bobby! He understandably mistakes himself for a mastiff and is on guard 100% against invited intruders, wants to take on large diesel vehicles and wants to guard his toddler at home from everybody on the street. He’ll be joining us for a few weeks for an e-collar socialization board and train while we help him understand he’s supposed to be a fun loving pug which we’ve seen him do🥰

09/04/2021

A lovely video paying homage to all the working dogs of various disciplines by a former training buddy of mine, Erica Boling of Northeast K9 Conditioning! I learned a lot from her and sharpened my eye on dog body mechanics, gauging movement for the slightest discomfort to avoid injury, proper warm ups, cool downs….pretty much all the things necessary to keep my athletes in fit condition. Can’t thank her enough for the video and for her sharing her knowledge.

09/02/2021

Day 2 for Kick Start client Milo (mee-low), chi mix! His owner says that he’s a yippy yap to *all the things* and was wondering why he doesn’t behave that way when I take him out. Here’s why: 1. I have the advantage…I know what I’m doing and I know how to set the rules and boundaries in a way that resonates with the dog, 2. I don’t try to appease, placate, yell or scream to get what I want. I allow the dog the room to make mistakes so they can LEARN and make decisions to explore consequences in a structured and safe manner and I encourage them to stay the correct course but don’t force it. This week will be a fun week of introducing new concepts and thought processes that will make it easy for his owner to feel confident in maintaining their future adventures together.

09/02/2021

I’m not worried about damage from hurricane Ida when I got a daily hurricane Bueno🙄🤣

Photos from Denise Willis Dog Training, LLC's post 09/01/2021

Taking a short break with my Kick Start client Milo (pronounced Mee-low), chi mix. We’re working on his reactivity to *all the things*🤪. I had originally started this guy in July, but he had an unfortunate injury so we had to wait to restart his week of training. Lil man is doing excellent on his Day 1 redo🥰

08/31/2021

I haven’t worked Brix as much this summer because he’s old and the heat has been abusive, but we have our eyes on competing hopefully in November for his last title before it’s ok to go back to his dad bod retirement shape🥰….fat man disagree with dropping some lbs🤣🐷

I haven’t worked Brix as much this summer because he’s old and the heat has been abusive, but we have our eyes on competing hopefully in November for his last title before it’s ok to go back to his dad bod retirement shape🥰….fat man disagree with dropping some lbs🤣🐷

08/28/2021

It’s always a nice bonus when a board and train is super fun off the clock🥰. Charlie (lab mix), our e-collar board and train has been doing exceptional with his crate training, hanging out in the house with limited supervision and riding in the car.

08/27/2021

Indie (cattle dog mix) was our e-collar board and train and has been home for a few weeks now. Her owner felt confident enough to get a lil nuts and walk her shepherd Kylo (also previously trained by me) and Indie together. Life as it should be for both these dogs and their owner🥰. I really, really get a huge kick out of moments like this.

08/25/2021

Charlie (lab mix), learning to hang out without constant attention! He’s a super sweet guy who worries when his owner is out of his sight and this board and train we’ve been teaching him ‘out of sight….out of mind’. He’s doing so good! I’ll be increasing the distance during his final week of training.

Charlie (lab mix), learning to hang out without constant attention! He’s a super sweet guy who worries when his owner is out of his sight and this board and train we’ve been teaching him ‘out of sight….out of mind’. He’s doing so good! I’ll be increasing the distance during his final week of training.

08/20/2021

Putting the finishing touches on Elliott’s (lab) e-collar board and train before he heads home in a few days, with the help of our ‘bait toddler’ Harper. This guy is gonna leave some broken hearts behind. All the trainers absolutely loved him. We’re pretty confident that his little toddler at home will remain safe and sound from Elli’s ball craziness now that we’ve helped him understand that there’s rules to the game of playing ball and not a free for all. A well bred dog is worth their weight in gold! Totally fun dog to train and work with🥰

08/20/2021

More of the same….slightly different🤪 Charlie (black lab mix), our e-collar board and train, got a new chauffeur and a different vehicle to ride around in. We even added a little road texture since we don’t know where his owner’s (a traveling nurse) next adventures will take her. Charlie gets uneasy when the road gets bumpy and eventually eases into ‘this is boring, Imma nap 😴’. We accomplished this through 1. He’s tethered in the car, thereby not allowing him to pace and spin himself up into his typical frenzy when he gets nervous, and 2. To allow his owner to continue to drive safely, using stim on the e-collar to interrupt his spin up cycle and back up the intention of the tether.

Charlie has already been conditioned to the e-collar and the tether separately, then we combined them and then added the car ride.

08/18/2021

We are not fans of having dogs ride loose in our cars, especially client dogs….it’s why we have crash tested crates in our cars. However, Charlie’s (black lab mix), our e-collar board and train, owner doesn’t have room in her car when she travels for her job to crate him. According to his owner, he screams and carries on horribly when she’s driving and this obviously makes for a dangerous situation. It’s really nice to see him ease into relaxation about 20 minutes into the drive.

08/18/2021

Thanks to the best ‘bait toddler’ in the industry Harper is helping Elliott (lab) our e-collar board and train make sure his ball craziness doesn’t accidentally injure his toddler at home. There are rules to every game, and Elliott is doing a great job on impulse control to release the ball and wait to be told to go after it. Really a fun dog to train (despite Milo’s (bratty cat) opinion to the contrary🤣

08/16/2021

Elliot (lab), our e-collar board and train putting in some 🤩EXCELLENT🤩 work with his impulse control. Elliott has a huge ball fe**sh and with a toddler at home, the owners want to make sure nobody gets hurt when the toys come out. Fortunately, he’s such a great lab he’s making quick work of his training just a few days in🥰

08/16/2021

Charlie (lab mix), our e-collar board and train, lived quite the charmed life in the country up north. Now however, he’s here in Baltimore City and not making the best adjustment, especially to being crated in a new home, or being alone. To help this guy out we’re teaching him to do activities that move him away from the handler which helps him gain confidence *on his own* and not be so toxically reliant on his owner for feelings of well being. This guy is doing great!

08/14/2021

My home away from home🥰 exercises shown in order: bark and hold, face attack, accessory attack (decoy throws something in the dog’s path), heeling foundation, call off (don’t bite the decoy on audible recall), face attack, bark and hold, position work (down), accessory attack over an obstacle, defense of handler, food refusal, palisade/wall jump, accessory attack, flee attack, bark and hold, scented retrieve (distinguish and retrieve the dowel that smells like your handler). Every day this crew be killing it🥰🤩

08/13/2021

Our new board and train Charlie (black lab mix) is here for a e-collar socialization board and train! Charlie’s owner is a traveling nurse and Charlie hasn’t been adjusting to the moves. We’re going to help him generalize the behaviors for wherever his owner takes him and build his confidence so he can face whatever the environment throws at him! He’s super sugary sweet too🥰

Our new board and train Charlie (black lab mix) is here for a e-collar socialization board and train! Charlie’s owner is a traveling nurse and Charlie hasn’t been adjusting to the moves. We’re going to help him generalize the behaviors for wherever his owner takes him and build his confidence so he can face whatever the environment throws at him! He’s super sugary sweet too🥰

08/13/2021

A big welcome to our new e-collar board and train Elliot (lab). Elliot is here for some refresher training and addressing his ball fe**sh🤪. This guy is super ball crazy and will knock down anybody in his way to get his toy. There is a toddler at home that the owners want to make sure has a good and safe relationship with him.

A big welcome to our new e-collar board and train Elliot (lab). Elliot is here for some refresher training and addressing his ball fe**sh🤪. This guy is super ball crazy and will knock down anybody in his way to get his toy. There is a toddler at home that the owners want to make sure has a good and safe relationship with him.

08/10/2021

Oreo (old english sheepdog), our e-collar/socialization board and train brought PA back in his coat, so please excuse the dingy look. He’ll be getting a bath before he goes home🤪. Walking like a champ at Riverside Park even though he’s never been here before. Passing people and dogs like he’s an old pro! Very happy with progress as we close out his board and train🥰

08/10/2021

Last round on the socialization tour for Indi (cattle dog mix), our ecollar/socialization board and train. It’s been a real transformation watching her change from a nervous and highly suspicious dog to one who enjoys her surroundings and takes everything in stride. Riverside Park never fails to deliver the goods with distractions galore.

08/09/2021

Indie (cattle dog mix), our e-collar/socialization board and train, getting up close and personal with my co-trainer CeeCee. CeeCee has been mostly off site for the last few days so is not familiar with Indie. Her owner told us that Indie will growl when her feet are getting handled. We set her up for success by having her sit first and then molesting her feet. If she did anything outside of holding her sit (like growl, break the sit, etc) then she would be corrected for not doing the exercise and re-establish the sit. Sit is sit….it’s not sit and growl, bark, move, etc. By making directives clear, she has something to concentrate on and nervous reactions like getting her feet handled get put on the back burner.

08/08/2021

Oreo (old English sheepdog), our e-collar/socialization board and train, has a coat that will require professional grooming during the course of his life. I’ve brushed his coat out, but to make sure he’s going to be ok with others besides people he’s comfortable with, I asked my co-trainer CeeCee to handle his weekly brush out. CeeCee has been mostly working off site the last few days, so Oreo is not familiar with her. I’m happy with how he handled a new person putting hands all over him.

08/08/2021

Baby Bueno had himself a fun time working. The clatter stick is made from split sections of bamboo. It’s meant to excite the dog and builds confidence because in the future (for this sport) there will be things flying around him while he’s coming in for the bite. The dance of pulling the line tight, letting it go slack and holding him tight on his harness is to build tension/frustration and make him more powerful/explosive into the bite and the circling around is to allow for decompression and also self rewarding because he won the sleeve, he’s earned his celebration 🎉. Besides being a major adolescent brat most of the time, this 5 month old is progressing really nicely on the home front and in sport🥰

08/07/2021

Presenting the most annoying sound in the world🙄 Guinea fowl are the best ‘guard dogs’ for the chicken flock because they raise the alarm for any potential threats….however, since dogs are all over the property, you would think that they would get desensitized to presence of people and dog….alas no. We just happened to cross paths with them on our potty walk and both Oreo (old English sheepdog) and Indie, our e-collar/socialization board and trains were super curious about the squawking toys.

08/06/2021

Indie (cattle dog mix), our socialization/e-collar board and train got her turn around the field sideline coaching while one of the dogs got their turn to work! She sniffed a few decoys which is great! These guys are wearing *thick* bite suits to protect their legs when the dogs bite them and so they look much larger and can look intimidating to a nervous dog. I’m happy with how Indie handled everything!

08/06/2021

First day in PA! Doing a hangout with Oreo (old english sheepdog), our e-collar/socialization board and train, while we take little break from training the mondio dogs. Oreo initiated some affection time with our friend Brad, and after some coaxing/bullying of lazy Cicero (house cat) finally got a casual meet and greet going.

08/06/2021

My baby boy Brix *10 years old*, my main squeeze getting his monthly therapy session with his best sparring partner Tony! I consider myself incredibly fortunate to still be able to have my young in heart and mostly body angel muffin these experiences. Over the years I have been incredibly picky about who catches my dogs. The greats make it look easy but it’s extremely technical and if done wrong can cause serious injury to the dog and/or decoy. Still loads of fun for my baby and me🥰

08/02/2021

Indie (cattle dog mix) and Oreo (old english sheepdog), our e-collar/socialization board and trains got prep work for our upcoming trip to PA. There they will be encountering new people, different animals, and of course new everything. Oreo has never met my intern Laura, so it was cool to see how social and at ease he was working with her. Indie has technically met Laura before, but at the time was so stressed and reactive, I’m not sure she remembers her. Both dogs did fantastic! PA will be a nice cherry on top of their socialization journey🥰

08/02/2021

Last walk with our socialization/e-collar board and train Winston (doodle)! Squirrels have been hit or miss for us when I’ve taken him out, but with the rain and cooler temps, they came out in droves today. Super tough test for this guy, overall I’m pretty happy with how he did considering we have t been able to really cross paths with many whenever we were out and about.

08/01/2021

Changing things up for our socialization board and trains Indi (small black) and Winston (big white)! Both these dogs were *super* picky and highly reactive when they first arrived about who they wanted to associate with. While they’ve seen each other, they’ve been in separate play groups and haven’t worked around or with each other. Winston did pretty good with having Indi shoving her head up his rear🤣. I’m pretty happy with their socialization journey thus far!

08/01/2021

Oreo (old english sheepdog) our socialization/e-collar board and train has been excelling in so many areas….except when we cross paths with other dogs. He’s young and has switched gears from being afraid of everything to wanting to play with any dog we come across that pays him an ounce of attention. To isolate this problem I used our other socialization/e-collar board and trains Winston (doodle) who he’s never met before, Indi (cattle dog mix) - his current bestie and my super social, super crazy puppy Bueno (malinois) who he’s never met. Lil understandable hiccup around Indi, but he cleaned up well and took note of the other dogs but didn’t try to pull my arm out to investigate the other dogs even at a close pass. He did so well, we’re now ready for next steps.

About Denise

Hi! My name is Denise Willis and I started my dog training journey back in 2001 after my 1 year old lovable 110 lb lug of shepherd dragged me down an icy sidewalk to chase a cat (or something...I never saw what it was) and injured me. I got him trained fairly quickly, nostalgia set in and I got a puppy. Using the same training techniques wasn't working on my puppy and I was stumped. We went back into training and my trainer soon to be mentor had me teach him a completely different way. Turned out my puppy had a completely different thinking process than my older dog and needed a different approach. **MIND BLOWN** I had no idea dog training was so multifaceted. From there started the exploration of all things dog. I've had some incredible mentors, worked with some of the brightest brains in animal behavior, and am constantly learning from every dog I train and every client I teach. I compete my dogs in various sports, enjoy lazy down time with them but mostly I just really enjoy watching their clownish personalities shine.

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