Denise Willis Dog Training, LLC

Denise Willis Dog Training, LLC

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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


05/08/2021

My lil bambino Bueno had his first try on the puppy bite sleeve! Puppies change *a lot* in the first year of their life. So today, we’re checking his raw genetics and his attitude. This evaluation is checking for nervousness (the rattle stick), how strong his prey drive is (chase what moves), adaptability (this is his first time on a puppy sleeve) and attitude (is he having fun, does he enjoy it), and learning skill (Bueno has no idea what’s going on, this is fast action but he was exposed to this yesterday and it’s nice to see him jump easier into the rhythm)


05/08/2021

Trinket (AARF adoptable lil cutie), our e-collar board and train, getting some neutral handling from my coach Todd, while being surrounded by 2 other guys while they play with their new toy. While she’s not totally comfortable, she’s not even close to freaking out or even showing any reactivity. She’s just moving along whenever Todd chooses to move.

Trinket has had negative interactions with men before, so why the neutrality here? With 3 dudes she’s never met before? The answer is because no one is trying to be her friend, or bending over backwards to make her feel good or groveling for her affection. Her handler is moving with purpose and confidence, so Trinket believes he knows what’s going on and is in control of the situation. He’s also empowering her to make her own choices by either choosing to move or arguing against the leash. She did a whole lot better than expected and even took food from Todd (taking food is a sign that she’s not super stressed and helps develop the bonding experience). Trinket still has a journey ahead of her, but I’m glad to see the coping mechanisms I’ve been teaching her are helping her adapt when the situation is less than her ideal.


05/06/2021

Trinket (AARF adoptable cutie), our e-collar board and train l, rose nicely to the challenge of working around goats, chickens and other dogs on her first day here in PA for her first session. She’s really grown in confidence and learning to take direction from handler in times of uncertainty and stress. Proud of this little super star🤩


05/05/2021

Banks (choc lab mix) gets overstimulated passing other dogs and will growl and leap and basically act like a hot mess when all he really wants to do is hello and play. We found a lion in the park who was more than happy to be a distraction dog for Banks while he worked on keeping his cool and learning how to say ‘Hello, I’m Banks’ instead of charging in like a wrecking ball and getting himself and his owner into trouble. Fun experience to start the day!


05/05/2021

Happy Rose with her happy and super fun to work with owners! It was a great family reunion and sweet Princess Rose was sooo tired but she gave it her best effort like she normally does even if it means she had to put her lil lady bits on the cold, wet concrete😔 Her owners really crack me up🤣

05/04/2021

Rose (pit bull), our e-collar board and train, leaves us today to rejoin her family! That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet...when you’re freshly bathed🤪

Rose (pit bull), our e-collar board and train, leaves us today to rejoin her family! That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet...when you’re freshly bathed🤪


05/04/2021

Rose (pit bull), our e-collar board and train, was the distraction dog for Buddy (pit mix). Buddy lives in a super quiet neighborhood, and has really struggled with the occasional dog sightings. This was his intro to keeping his cool under distraction with a pretty Rose walking near him. Both dogs did excellent!


05/04/2021

Trinket (AARF adoptable mighty mite), is moving right along in her training, just like I hoped! The last week I’ve been introducing easy to conquer stress factors to build her confidence. Today, we did a lil walk up and down the block, leading to all the way around the block. Few hiccups here and there but overall, this lil lady is ready to move up the ladder to semi bigger adventures when we head up to PA!


05/04/2021

Ripley’s (beagle) owner wants to allow his little girl to be her happy social self and also allow her to follow her genetic instincts without getting herself into trouble or following her nose too far. We’re practicing long line recalls at the park with some friendly dogs. This was a tough recall with all the owners and dogs and she got a lil lost in the visual traffic but she pulled through like the champ she is. Excellent work by her owner and Ripley🥰

Photos from Denise Willis Dog Training, LLC's post 05/03/2021

How do you stop 3 fighting breeds from fighting when you can’t work one of them because he is sick and injured from a previous fight? These 3 dogs: Clemmy (pit bull mix), Stu (rottweiler) and Sketch (tiny terror terrier mix) all have genetics that point towards running into the fray...not away from it. Clemmy is new to the household with her owner moving in with her daughter. Stu, grew up with highly reactive Sketch so is used to his antics and partakes in the noise party but generally ends it there. Clemmy is not used to such a noisy world and it’s stressing her out to the point she’s gone after Sketch when he’s having a fit. Tensions are running high between the family because they are worried about the dogs fighting, and the dogs are fighting because tensions are running high. First thing we did is break the cycle: teach Clemmy how to move away from the stress. This girl is usually a sweet marshmallow of a dog, but she red zones when stressed and in an attempt to get it to stop, goes straight to source (Sketch). Second: Get Stu to stop barking on a cue word without the owner having to yell, which gets Sketch spun up even more and makes him bark louder and longer. And finally, with no one cheering him on Sketch loses interest quickly and deflates....everybody’s calm, everybody’s relaxed and the owners and dogs are happy again. Not a bad lesson for these guys despite getting my pants ripped🤪


05/02/2021

Rose (pit bull), our e-collar board and train, off leash and at liberty enjoying time with her new friend Roo (CeeCee’s awesome German Shepherd) at the park! She’s grown up a lot mentally these last few weeks! We’re happy with her progress and can’t wait to reunite her with her owners and teach them how to continue shaping Rose into the delicately tough lil flower she is!


05/02/2021

Multiple things going on here for our e-collar board and train Trinket (Adoptable AARF mighty mite) as we close our week 1! She’s progressed from vibrate to electronic stim. I let the dogs tell me when they are ready, which is typically 10-15 sessions in, by them blowing off the vibrate. This is totally normal, there are very few dogs that will continue to honor the vibrate function past this many reps. Secondly, Trinket has a nervous streak and wants to avoid conflict/stress so walking towards the shaking tree with the wind getting more aggressive was a big leap of faith and trust in me and a big step of bravery. She was basically mentally tapped out on the last lap so didn’t quite nail the sit and I helped shape her into the position by running my hand down her backside (after the verbal and mild leash pressure wasn’t resonating with her) Lastly, Trinket is a pretty playful lil dog, but will occasionally jump on me when she’s nervous. I’ve discouraged her insecure jumping, and use it as a bonus reward for her when she practices impulse control. These are all coping mechanisms Trinket is developing for when the situations are less than ideal and gives more value to the reward system. I’m really proud of the effort this little lady is putting forth, she’s such a little super star🤩


04/30/2021

Lil bambino is 11 weeks old and seemingly overnight converted himself from a puppy to a monkey🤣. His legs are sooooo long y’all! He’ll even out soon, but for right now I took a step back in his training to match his coordination with his awkward body and not have him get frustrated while he figures his new self out. Cracks me up every time I have him out, his butt rides higher than his front. What an awkward time to be alive!🤪


04/30/2021

Trinket (Lil Bit AARF rescue), our e-collar board and train, is learning confidence, conquering fear and that she is braver than she believes. When I first laid this course and attempted to run her through it, she was hesitant and resistant. A lil coaxing with the leash, cheering her on and rewarding her efforts with food, had her volunteering behavior🥰. While this was a fun little exercise, the focus is trust building. I’m showing her that I won’t let anything happen to her and to trust my guidance. This is one of the building blocks I need in place for when I take her out in public. She is doing amazing so far🤩


04/30/2021

Rose (pit bull), our e-collar board and train, just doing an outstanding job with her impulse control! One of the goals her owners have is to be able to take her to the gym with them and work out while she hangs out. We don’t know what a gym is🤪, but from what we’ve heard this is some of the stuff that goes on there. We’re super stoked about her progress as her time with us starts to get close to the end.

04/28/2021

Little break with the hardest little worker Paddi by the Patterson Park Pond🥰

Little break with the hardest little worker Paddi by the Patterson Park Pond🥰


04/28/2021

Day 3 for Kick Start Client Paddi (terrier mix)! It was adventure day for Paddi at Patterson Park where we passed groups of people, single walkers, joggers, bicyclists, dogs off leash (and nicely under control fortunately), inattentive dog owners too busy talking on their phones or taking selfies to notice their dogs were being pushy, people pushing strollers, we walked through flocks of ducks, and around the pond. A great place to put final touches on generalizing behavior before we cycle it all back to his behavior on his familiar stomping grounds like his house and neighborhood. Really proud of this little man🤩

04/28/2021

Tell me your chest doesn’t puff out with pride?!

Tell me your chest doesn’t puff out with pride?!


04/28/2021

Sweet Rose (pit bull), our e-collar board and train has been making my co-trainer get her cardio workout running around the field trying to lose her so CeeCee can work Rose’s recalls (come command)🤣. She’s progressing nicely from having initial culture shock🤩


04/28/2021

Trinket (AARF little bit mix), our e-collar board and train, making really nice progress as we head into the 1/2 way point of her first week. I’ve started her e-collar training after laying down leash foundation. Currently, I’m using the vibrate function. You can hear the tapping anytime she breaks the ‘heel’ line (her body needs to be in line with my leg). While she definitely has a nervous streak, I’m finding the more comfortable she gets, the more bold and adventurous she is. She’s almost ready to head out into the world!


04/27/2021

Yesterday, while working with Kick Start Client Paddi (terrier mix), we encountered these 2 dogs across the street. Paddi lost his mind (his usual). Today encountering these same dogs we got no reaction. I showed this video to his owners who were amazed, but also wanted to know how many times I had used the remote on him when he was looking at the dogs. The answer is ZERO. I had used the remote when he went wide on a turn and post dogs for walking ahead. False propaganda would have you believe that your supposed to fry the dog to the skies and crush their spirits. Paddi is doing his job: stay in the heel line, so the only feedback he’s getting is me verbally cheering him on in a low key fashion so as not to build up his excitement. The difference from yesterday to today is time and reps. I’m giving the same picture each rep, and showing him he’s in control of the outcome. Paddi made the decision to just observe and move along.


04/27/2021

Day 2 for Kick Start Client Paddi (terrier mix)! We went to Home Depot today to get more people exposure and start generalizing on leash behaviors so I can start integrating it into his house manners. Lil man did as awesome as I hoped🤩! We even got to do some dirt bag agility in the garden center🥰


04/27/2021

Trinket (bunch of littles rolled into one), our board and train, is an AARF rescue. She’s a nervous lil lady who doesn’t want to be. I’ve been working engagement and building trust with her essential food in the house and high value treats outside. She was hesitant to take food outside but she’s gotten comfortable enough to accept my offerings. I’m starting to introduce leash communication and the criteria for when we eventually leave the property. I want to show her the world in a structured fashion that she understands I’m (and her next foster or owner) advocating for her so she doesn’t need to worry about a thing. I’m happy with how much she’s come out of her shell in the short time she’s been here🥰


04/27/2021

Rose, our e-collar board and train, learning how to balance out when to party or work and not let her excitement overwhelm her. She is building confidence slowly but surely through the help of CeeCee’s dance moves🤪, and having a clear understanding of what the rules are and the practical application. Really nice progress!


04/26/2021

Day 1 for Kick Start Client Paddi (terrier mix)! Paddi is super reactive due to his very nervous nature. Would you believe he broke his collar this morning and chased a car and scared some neighbors barking at them?! I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen his anxiety in his evaluation. I’m working with him on his engagement and getting him to focus his mind on the task at had to kick his nervousness to the back burner and enjoy the day for what it is. His owners were amazed that we were able to pass the construction workers without him losing his mind. Lil man did great!


04/26/2021

Go home lesson for our e-collar board and train Zues! This amazing dog did a fantastic job working both on leash and off! So proud of him and grateful to have been part of his journey. He really is a special dog😍

Photos from Denise Willis Dog Training, LLC's post 04/25/2021

Trinket, our newest board and train, is an AARF rescue dog. She was part of a hoarding case down south and has had a bit of a rough path. She’s severely under socialized, understandably nervous, and has some reactivity stemming from that. My job is to help her blossom into the best Trinket she can be. Day 1 starts today and so far I’m seeing a lovely little lady who really, really wants to trust and comply. She’ll be available for adoption soon!


04/25/2021

Pretty lil Rose (pit bull), our e-collar board and train, is a funny girl. In her home environment, where she rules the roost, she’s super confident, sassy, and quite comfortable to demand what she wants. When we took her out of that environment for her board and train: new people, faces, sounds, smells, sights, she got a lil nervous and needed some confidence boosting. My co-trainer CeeCee is building her confidence and engagement in the bottle pit. The pit is full of plastic bottles of various sizes and textures, the ground is constantly shifting under her weight. While she’s enjoying herself, CeeCee is also working in the importance of name recognition....the beginning of the ‘come’ command. Progress is coming along with this little one, but she’s looking good🥰


04/24/2021

Woot Woot! Kick Start Client Stella (silver lab), conquered so many things today on her transition lesson with her owners! She’s a super social girl who wants to put her nose in everybody’s business and would drag her owners over to any person or dog that was in proximity. We went to the ball field today where there was lots of activity and Stella gave it her all plus some. Super proud of this amazing girl!


04/23/2021

Zues (German Shepherd), our e-collar board and train putting the finishing touches on his off leash recall! It has been such a real pleasure spending the last few weeks with this ham sandwich, I’m gonna miss him when he goes home in a few days😭, but I’m sure his owners are excited to see this pretty boy shine🤩 (after his bath of course🤣)


04/23/2021

Kick Start Client Stella (silver lab), working her recall on day 5, with a super high distracting new buddy Zues (German Shepherd) our e-collar board and train! I am excited to show her owners her super progress in their private lesson tomorrow😁

04/23/2021

Remember to research your breeds people!🤣

Remember to research your breeds people!🤣


04/23/2021

Rose (pit bull), our e-collar board and train, putting in work on the basics and doing a great job at it too! Before you can work a dog on an e-collar, they *must* understand pressure/release from a leash and have a good foundation of basic obedience. Rose came to us with very little impulse control. She’s a lovable little bully who is used to getting her way. We’re getting her to see the benefits of slowing down her party girl ways and working towards a goal. We’re happy with her progress so far.


04/22/2021

Kick Start client Stella’s first run at impulse control in the house! We’ve worked impulse control with her all week at various locations leading up to this moment. I wasn’t expecting perfection. This is really hard for such a super social dog. What I like is that when hearing the door knock, she stayed on her bed, and only broke when the neighbor was in close proximity. The second time I corrected her, Stella was on point with understanding her criteria. When the neighbor’s hubby showed up for round 2, Stella was a complete boss and waited to be released to have a mostly low key greeting with her friends instead of ‘love mauling’ them per her usual effusive greetings.

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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