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Our dog training has helped hundreds of families in the San Francisco Bay Area to change their lives by problem solving and building communication with their pets.
Positive Reinforcement Dog Training
We use science, not intimidation or pain, to help your dog shine.
How can we work with your dog to transform your life?
Sit, stay, down, recall (coming when called), leave it, walking nicely on leash
Polite greetings, impulse control (jumping on guests, food monsters), mouthing
Housebreaking, crate-training, socialization, proper chewing habits
Easing Fear and Anxiety
Improving fear of strangers, car rides, separation anxiety and more!
Improving Walking Skills
Barking and lunging on leash (leash reactivity), pulling, heel
Senior and Special Needs Dogs
Sight and hearing loss, physical disabilities, cognitive disfunction
Teaching a dog to be comfortable when alone and overcoming barking, howling, destruction, elimination and other signs of fear and panic.
Our Separation Anxiety Dog Training Program is unique. Find more here.
Step-by-step dog training plans are personalized to each individual case.
Choose from one of our training options below!
This approach is great for hands-on owners who want to participate in their dog's education.
Our professional dog trainers will work one-on-one with you and your dog to teach you new skills and improve your communication*.
$110/1-hr dog training session
*Please note that we can provide you with a minimum estimate of training time but every dog is different and may require more or less time for learning or rehabilitation.
This approach is ideal for busy owners that may not have the time to focus on their dog's training.
Our dog trainers will teach your dog new skills or improve problem behaviors while you are at work.
Choose from two, three or four sessions per week*:
$164 for 2 sessions/week
$246 for 3 sessions/week
$328 for 4 sessions/week
ALL DAY TRAINING PACKAGES ALSO INCLUDE MANDATORY 1HR INITIAL CONSULTATION - $110
Virtual Dog Training
This approach is ideal for preparing for a new pet and for working with certain behavior problems.** This approach saves you money without sacrificing any of the expertise or benefits of our other training options.
Meet with our head trainer via a free videoconferencing platform in a live virtual behavior consultation and receive a customized training plan.
$80/1-hr training consultation and customized training plan
** PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR VIRTUAL TRAINING OPTION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR EVERY BEHAVIOR ISSUE
Treatment for separation anxiety in dogs
WHAT CAUSES SEPARATION ANXIETY IN DOGS?
Separation Anxiety can be triggered by scary experiences or major life changes including moving, neighborhood construction or exposure to excessive noise like fireworks. Many dogs experience Separation Anxiety after spending time in a shelter; they may panic when their new family leaves them due to the recent trauma of being abandoned. There is also a genetic component to some Separation Anxiety cases.
What are symptoms of Separation Anxiety?
Separation Anxiety looks different for every dog. Some of the most common symptoms are:
- barking, howling, or whining throughout your absence (constantly or intermittently)
- urinating or defecating while you are away
- causing destruction to property, including doors and walls
- constant pacing or circling
- excessive panting or drooling
- refusal to eat or drink water
WHY DOESN’T MY DOG UNDERSTAND THAT I WILL RETURN?
Separation Anxiety is not logical. Fear and anxiety prevent the mind from working normally. Your dog is incapable of understanding that your absence is temporary because of their panic.
HOW LONG WILL SEPARATION ANXIETY TRAINING TAKE?
Every dog is different and starts at a different point. Some dogs can be left alone comfortably for 10 minutes when beginning the training; others may not be able to be alone while their guardian is a different room. This is a messy, emotional disorder and we cannot determine in advance how long it will take for a dog to be able to be left alone for several hours.
WILL YOUR SEPARATION ANXIETY PROGRAM WORK FOR MY DOG?
Separation Anxiety is treatable using a process of gradual desensitization. This type of training has proven successful in hundreds of cases. Studies show it is the most effective methodology for treating the root cause of Separation Anxiety. There are no guarantees in any dog training (beware of anyone who tells you otherwise!) but our methodology gives our clients an excellent chance of overcoming this disorder.
Why choose this method of Separation Anxiety training?
Our Separation Anxiety training completely changes your dog's response to being alone rather than targeting only the symptoms, such as barking or elimination. Dogs that have completed our program no longer panic when being left alone. No panic means your dog's life, and yours, will be much more comfortable and relaxed!
our separation anxiety dog training plan
To be successful in overcoming your dog’s Separation Anxiety, you will need to commit to working with them 30 minutes per day, five days per week. You choose the training times that fit best with your schedule.
We provide you with:
– customized, daily step-by-step mission plans that show you exactly what to do
– weekly online to assess your dog’s progress
– advice, answers and motivation five days each week
The phone call is followed by an Initial Assessment of your dog’s case and a customized training plan to coach you through the process of overcoming your dog’s Separation Anxiety.
Please note that there is a four-week minimum commitment to participate in our Separation Anxiety Program.
TRAINING SEPARATION ANXIETY IN THE SF BAY AREA AND AROUND THE WORLD
We are able to provide the same level of support and training to clients in the San Francisco Bay Area just as easily as we are able to work with clients around the U.S., Canada and the Globe. All you need is an internet connection and the desire to help your dog overcome their Separation Anxiety.
Meet your san francisco dog training and care team
Shoshi Parks, Ph.D., CPDT-ka, CSAT
Owner, Head Trainer and separation anxiety specialist
Modern Hound is a local San Francisco company owned and operated by Shoshi Parks, Ph.D., CPDT-ka, CSAT.
Shoshi is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). She completed the San Francisco SPCA's Dog Training Internship Program and Public Teaching Internship and is certified by the Canine Behavior Academy of the Marin Humane Society.
In addition to her private dog training, Shoshi teaches Fido Home Alone, Adolescent Manners, Just the Basics and New Dog 101 training classes at the San Francisco SPCA. She volunteers as a dog trainer for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.
Shoshi is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, is certified in dog first aid and CPR and is fully bonded and insured for pet care. In 2009, Shoshi earned a Ph.D. from Boston University in the Social Sciences.
Shoshi started Modern Hound in 2011 to fill the need for highly skilled and trained humane, positive-reinforcement dog training. She is passionate about helping people to build the best relationship possible with their pets by teaching new skills, improving behavior problems, and providing excellent care for working and traveling parents.
Shoshi lives in San Francisco's NOPA neighborhood with her two animal loves, Osito and Phoebe.
Lauren earned her Certificate in Training and Behavior Consultation at the Dog Training Internship Academy in San Francisco in 2015. She is also a graduate of dog*tec’s Dog Walking Academy, and is certified in pet first aid and CPR.
Lauren previously worked for a cage-free doggie daycare and boarding company, has years of experience as a pet sitter, and has volunteered at multiple animal rescue shelters. She currently volunteers at the San Francisco SPCA and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.
Lauren joined Modern Hound in 2014, when she left her career in nonprofit and administrative management to pursue something that brought her great joy: working with dogs. She has been actively learning about canine behavior and training under Shoshi’s mentorship ever since.
Lauren has a B.A. in Global and International Studies from UC Santa Barbara.
Rachel earned her Certificate in Training and Behavior Consultation at the Dog Training Internship Academy in San Francisco in 2015. She is a graduate of dog*tec’s Dog Walking Academy, and is certified in pet first aid and CPR. A million years ago she attended Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music where she studied classical voice. She was a graphic designer for many years and moved to San Francisco from New York City in 2010.
In addition to running her own dog walking business since 2014, Rachel is a training assistant in the Citizen Shelter Dog Program at San Francisco Animal Care and Control. Rachel assists with training classes and managing playgroups at SF Puppy Prep and is a class assistant at the Dog Training Internship Academy, offering support and mentoring students currently enrolled in the program.
Rachel believes most unwanted behaviors are a result of miscommunication and misunderstanding and that training bridges the communication gap and repairs our relationships with our dogs. Training is also great fun, and a way to deepen the bond between a dog and their human.
When Rachel isn’t working, she’s out playing with her giant hound Smitty.
Nicole and joey frediani
Nicole, born and raised in Hawaii, started a career in the spa industry fourteen years ago. Always a dog lover, Nicole found a wonderful perk of her career: the chance to develop personal relationships with clients who had pets and needed house/pet sitting. When she moved to San Francisco a year and a half ago, Nicole needed a new doggy fix and began volunteering with dogs at the SF SPCA. Then one happy day in 2013, Nicole discovered Modern Hound. When she approached her husband Joey about the possibility of dog sitting, Joey was all for it! As a dog lover who grew up with dogs - Fresca a white German Shepherd mix, Scruffy, a Wirehaired Terrier mix, and later, Mila the Jack Russell - Joey thought team dog sitting would be a fun activity he and Nicole could do together. As part owner of a window cleaning business, the team sitting option allows Joey and Nicole to work around each other's schedules in order to give dogs in their care the best experience possible. They are an awesome team and a proven success with both canine and human clients!