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Services

Community

Giving Back

We LOVE our community and the people and animals in it! We believe there is something unique each of us has that can strengthen our community and make it easier for each other by working together. For us it’s dog training, and here are a few things we do to work for a better quality of life for all:

Free Training in Assisted Living

MaryAnn_VickiWe offer FREE training and behavior help for any folks living in assisted living facilities within Boulder County. We believe in a great quality of life for humans and canines, and know both will have a better one if they can stay together as a family! Just like Mary Ann, pictured here with her pup, Vicki. Vicki had a problem barking her little head off and guarding mom, and residents and attendees were complaining. One visit with them was all it took to curb that behavior, and now Mary Ann, Vicki, and the whole place can live together better and more peacefully! If you know folks in assisted living who would benefit from this free service, have them call us at 303.747.4419.

Dogs Playing for Life! with Aimee Sadler

Dogs Playing for Life! LogoWe are thrilled to continue to work with our friend and mentor, Aimee Sadler, in shelters nationwide, assisting her as she teaches her shelter dog socialization program to shelters and rescues all over the country. We think this is such important, life-saving, and live-changing (ours) work, we’ve made it a staple in our mission at High Drive Dog Company. We will always make sure one of us is available to go out with Aimee to any and all shelters looking to improve the lives of the animals they serve. If you’d like to learn more about this program and how it saves more shelter dogs’ lives, check this out: Dogs Playing for Life Brochure

Gift Certificates

Give the Gift of Love

wyna_xmas_gcA Better Relationship, a great Quality of Life, & even more Happiness with a Best Friend — these gift certificates pack quite a punch and they never expire!

Buy one for someone you love, and we’ll send you the details for personalization to show how much you care. Like with all the services we offer, we’re happy to chat with the lucky recipient after they receive their gift to see what class is best for their dog and then they can pick the one that works best for their schedule.

Go to our Register page to buy yours today, and we’ll have your gift certificate made in no time!

Kudos

Happy Clients

Classes

“Carly’s approach and understanding of the dog brain helped us understand our puppy’s thinking and what motivates him. Not only were classes informative but entertaining and fun. We looked forward to class each week!”

“Carly is so passionate about what she does and makes everything really easy to understand and follow. She is so in tune with dog and owner behavior, it seems there is no behavior or situation that can’t be conquered!”

“This class was outstanding. I really liked the training techniques of pressure, release, reward, etc. It really worked great for our puppy and also worked with our own philosophy. Thanks so much for a wonderful class!!”

“This class was so much more than I thought it would be! My dog & I learned so much plus it was fun for both of us. Carly is so organized & her techniques make sense!”

Our class was not only fun, but rewarding. I didn’t know my dog was so smart!
– Devra M., Longmont

I’m so amazed by everything & regret not having done this with former dogs.
– Chris S., Wheat Ridge

The enthusiasm and knowledge that Sara & Carly have about dogs reflects in the quick learning that takes place by the animals. Gus is always ready to learn more! Thank you!
– The Dumler Family, Niwot

Carly’s class was great. We rescued a 6 month old puppy, and Carly gave us great help in controlling her. We got great practical tips that helped us in everyday life. Carly is fabulous with dogs.
– Winnie’s Family, Longmont

Carly is so patient and passionate. She gives you & your dog all the tools to succeed – you just need to practice. Easy instructions to follow, and results right away!
– Kristin M., Boulder

This class went above and beyond my expectations for a beginner’s course! Not only were behaviors fixed, but skills were refined throughout the six weeks. At 8 months old, Brody has improved tremendously to the point that friends and family do not believe he is the same pup. On walks he rarely pulls anymore, eye contact has improved, and all other basic skills have been refined. I look forward to what we learn in Intermediate class! Thank you SO much for everything!
– Danielle F, Niwot

The class was great because all the tools and tricks were presented. I really liked all the personal attention.
– Kevin & Mojo, Lafayette

Private Training

“When I came home one afternoon to find that my two rescued male dogs, Yonder and Sundance, had gotten into a fight over a bone that resulted in an emergency vet trip, I was devastated, particularly for Yonder who was abused as a puppy and has always been a sensitive and timid dog. It was clear that he was scared, and the dynamics of our pack changed dramatically. No longer did I trust the two of them together and I faced the difficult decision of trying to place Sundance in an only-dog home, or worse, surrendering him to the local humane society. I could not bring myself to that decision, and in the meantime was keeping the dogs separated for their safety, which was very difficult. I finally reached out to Carly and Sara, who helped to reintroduce the dogs to each other, but more importantly, gave me the tools and techniques that I needed so that we can all remain together as a family. Now having reestablished myself as the leader and by keeping consistent boundaries in our household, we are all living together just fine. I am so grateful for the help of these two amazing trainers. Their support for me and the dogs throughout this process has been continuous. Their gentle, simple, but firm techniques have been beyond effective and I am beyond appreciative that my family has remained intact.”
— Ritu H., Boulder CO

Behavior

Working with Behavior Issues

Behavior issues can present themselves in a variety of ways — maybe you don’t have any trim left around your doors or your dogs have started fighting or perhaps you simply cannot get your dog to understand the house isn’t the bathroom — but whatever the problem may be, if there is one thing we can impress upon you right now it is this: just give us a call or drop us a note to discuss what’s going on. We are happy to talk with you free of charge and recommend next steps. The thing is we remember back when we didn’t know what we know now and were sitting right where you are, wondering what the heck to do to fix this problem. We even know what it’s like to worry that you might not be able to keep your dog because of it and it’s an agonizing feeling.

But the good news is you’ve come to a great place for help. Our six years mentoring with Aimee Sadler gave us the most amazing hands-on experience working with thousands of cases, some of them the gnarliest of behavior issues, from all over the country. There might actually be nothing we haven’t seen. And what we can report to you is this: there is hope! In all the cases we have worked only 1-2% are truly beyond repair. We might not be able to completely fix every behavior issue, sometimes you have to honor who the dog is, but we are certain we can make it better in at least 98% of the cases. Sometimes it takes some work and sometimes we can fix it easily, but either way we will stick with you and your pup as long as is needed. You can also count on us to be honest with you if the situation isn’t great for you or the dog and help you figure out next steps, but truly that’s in about 1-2% of behavior cases so let’s get started fixing this problem together!

Other good news is we’re faster than most trainers in fixing behavior problems. Our top-tier level of experience means we can accurately and quickly identify issues and help you with tools and techniques to get your dog to rewardable behavior. On average one to two private training sessions are all that’s needed and in quite a few we end up recommending a group class instead. Our success rates are through the roof so stop agonizing and give us a call or drop us a note today!

Here’s some client feedback from a behavior session (one session total) in June 2012:

Sundance & Yonder, December 2012

“When I came home one afternoon to find that my two rescued male dogs, Yonder and Sundance, had gotten into a fight over a bone that resulted in an emergency vet trip, I was devastated, particularly for Yonder who was abused as a puppy and has always been a sensitive and timid dog. It was clear that he was scared, and the dynamics of our pack changed dramatically. No longer did I trust the two of them together and I faced the difficult decision of trying to place Sundance in an only-dog home, or worse, surrendering him to the local humane society.

I could not bring myself to that decision, and in the meantime was keeping the dogs separated for their safety, which was very difficult. I finally reached out to Carly and Sara, who helped to reintroduce the dogs to each other, but more importantly, gave me the tools and techniques that I needed so that we can all remain together as a family. Now having reestablished myself as the leader and by keeping consistent boundaries in our household, we are all living together just fine.

I am so grateful for the help of these two amazing trainers. Their support for me and the dogs throughout this process has been continuous. Their gentle, simple, but firm techniques have been beyond effective and I am beyond appreciative that my family has remained intact.”
— Ritu H., Boulder, CO

Contact

Talk to Us

Not sure which class to take? Think your dog may be too unruly for class? (We love training unruly dogs!) Have a gnarly behavior issue and aren’t sure where to turn? Just want to talk to us to see if you like us? Whatever it might be, we want to hear it all so feel free to call or email, and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours (or less). Use our main email address, info@highdrivedogco.com, or email one of our trainers directly, addresses below. We look forward to talking with you!

Carly Shivers
Trainer / Behavior Specialist / Owner
carly@highdrivedogco.com

Sara Thompson
Trainer / Behavior Specialist
sara@highdrivedogco.com

303.747.4419 (main)
101 Pratt Street, Unit D
Longmont, CO 80501

Home

Welcome to High Drive Dog Company!

At High Drive Dog Co our mission is simple: we want to help you and your dog have the best possible relationship. Whether it’s establishing and building on training fundamentals or working with behavior issues, our approach to training and expertise with animal behavior make us the best choice to get you there.

The trainers at High Drive Dog Co, Carly Shivers and Sara Thompson, have been training dogs for a combined 26 years and were catapulted to a top-tier level of expertise from six years mentoring with Aimee Sadler, then Director of Training & Behavior Modification at Longmont Humane Society. Simply put, Carly and Sara learned from one of the best trainers in the country and have the experience and expertise that comes from thousands of success stories in dog training and behavior modification.

Our approach to training is balanced and rooted in behavioral science. That, combined with our high level of hands-on experience training and modifying behavior, means we can accurately and quickly identify issues and help you with tools and techniques to get your dog to rewardable behavior. With High Drive Dog Co training you are building a relationship where your dog will come to understand what your expectations are and in many situations simply offer wanted behavior. It’s a relationship every person is capable of having with their dog, and we’ll help you build it: happy dog, happy human – the perfect combo!

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Classes, Private Training, & Gift Certificates

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