Lifestyle Training sounds a little funny, and it is a bit of a different approach. Instead of focusing on perfect sits, downs and tricks, we train the things that are most useful in your life.
Leaving your pet at home can be heart breaking. We make it a bit easier. We will address all your pets’ needs while providing fun and learning. They will be snuggled and loved until you are home to give them lovins. We will tug on those heart stings, just a bit, to send pictures of your happy, healthy, pets with every visit.
Distance Training and Consulting
If you live outside Virginia Beach and Norfolk Virginia, we may very well still be able to help! Thanks to the magic of video streaming, we can set a date and time for an online video conference. We will go over all the same things we would in our Lifestyle Training and Consulting, without a long trip involved.
Dogs about town Classes
As part of our commitment to Lifestyle Training, we want to help you have more fun on outings with your pets. We meet at local breweries, parks, the hardware store, etc. and focus on the behaviors we want to see in those settings.
Super Sniffer Walk
With The Barkside, all walks are private walks. We believe in giving dogs the time they need to sniff, roll around and just be a dog. We believe that these walks are safer and more beneficial for the pets we love. Each walk visit is about 30 minutes.
Specific skill classes
Some specific skills can be taught with a single class session. Sign up for our private classes on Fun Nail Trims, Dogs About Town Behavior, and more being added all the time. (Please note, while teaching the skill can usually be done in one session, not every pet is the same. All skills will need follow up practice at home to stay reliable.)
Each 45 minute training session will start with one question. What behavior are you looking to get from your dog. From there we will come up with a plan and play some games to make learning fun and rewarding for you and your pet.
super sniffer walk
During a 30 minute Super Sniffer Walk visit, We let dogs be dogs. They can roll, sniff, play and experience the world with all their senses.
While you are away from your home, we will come to your house, play with pets, give them kisses, meals and meds. We can also bring in the mail, rotate lights and blinds, take the trash out, and even water a few extra plants at no extra charge. Our standard visit time is 30 minutes, but do offer 60 minute visits for houses with many pets or those who need some extra people time.
Distance training and consulting
30 minute sessions for problems away from our home base. If you live outside Norfolk and Virginia Beach, we’d be happy to do an online consult.
We offer private classes to address specific skills you may be working on. Each class will teach you and your pet the basics. If you need refreshers or want to advance further we will add on additional sessions.
To see all our classes and sign up, click here.
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The Barkside was formed from a desire for a better life for our pets. We use science based techniques to give your family members the best care possible. When pet sitting, this includes one on one attention with learning games and exceptional attention to every detail and adapted for all types of pets. For daily sniff walks, we follow your dogs’ desires. The information they learn through taking their time to sniff has been shown to increase confidence and decrease stress related behaviors. In training, we follow a lifestyle based approach. We train for the situations your pets will face most in life. Using positive training methods, we ensure your life with pets is fun and rewarding with lessons that stick.
When your pets are in our care, The Barkside creates a fun and loving environment for them to flourish. Every pet is special and appreciated for who they are.
Special needs are not a problem and we are not “just for dogs.” We love seeing all animals. Among our current star clientele we have kitties, rabbits, guinea pigs, exotic fish, snails, beautiful frogs, stunning birds and more! We can help with feeding, medication, leash reactivity and anything else that is needed.
To make every pet parent feel at ease while away, we use a high tech scheduling and messaging system. Our online systems make scheduling changes easy, provide you with confirmation at your fingertips, and have all your pets information at ours. No matter where you are in the world, its easy to see the pictures we’ve taken of your pets and the visit updates to let you know how they are doing. Even if you’re just at work for the day.