Here at Rocky Camp you have an amazing opportunity to jump into a great bonding and educational experience with your dog. We don't simply focus on obedience but educating owners about dog and wolf psychology and how they relate to day to day training.
It is easy to achieve results in a foreign place but the biggest issue with most training companies is not addressing the issues at home. This is why we focus on private in-home training. We come to you to achieve success on the home front on any issue ranging from basic obedience to aggression to pharmaceutical intervention.
It is easy for anyone to train a dog for basic obedience and call themselves a trainer. It is not quite as easy to hold a masters degree in animal psychology in addition to over 10 years of experience in the animal training field. This is what you'll get working with a certified animal behaviorist with Rocky Camp.
TJ is an avid dog lover and Lead Certified Dog Trainer and Behaviorist at Rocky Camp.
Growing up TJ was always the kid that brought home any neighborhood stray he could find along with injured birds, baby birds, cats, dogs, ferrets, etc. You name it and not only has TJ tried owned it but train it as well!
After his organic training growing up near farm country with many dogs, TJ was employed and certified with the Petco company as a dog training instructor.
After putting in some time TJ branched out to private in-home training. This allowed TJ the freedom to grow and develop a method of training that not only works for great results in behavior but also a deeper bond between the pet and pet parent.
In 2011 TJ was officially recognized as an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evalutor allowing him to pave the way for working with future service and working dogs. TJ also recently completed his completed his masters in pyschology with a focus on animal and child development and cognition. TJ continues to work as a animal behaviors while prepping for PhD program's in Animal Behavior.
A consultation is required to initiate the training process. At the consultation you'll be able to sit down with our certified animal behaviorist to discuss training goals, issues you're experiencing, and your pooch will receive a hands on assessment to gage just how much training is required to achieve results. We do not believe in meeting longer than necessary to address an issue.
One time mandatory consultation with Rocky Camp lead animal behaviorist, TJ Punchard.
Combine a consultation and lesson in one! Restricted to non-aggressive cases. Meeting time is approximately an hour and a half.
Following the consultation we will meet on average about once a week for 45 minutes to an hour. Expect the lessons to be half discussion and half hands on training. This is so that we can cover a good amount of dog and wolf psychology before we jump into trying to apply our training tools and exercises.
Addressed on a case by case basic. Aggressive cases are not eligible for Consultation +Lesson.
If interested in your dog becoming a service dog, therapy dog, or simply getting national recognition for their training achievements then a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification is your first step in this process (nationally recognized certification through the American Kennel Club). In addition to the S.T.A.R puppy program, Canine Community Companion (Advanced CGC), and Urban Canine Good Citizen certifications are also available.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
Canine Community Companion: Advanced CGC
Urban CGC: For testing urban skills no matter how big your city is.
S.T.A.R: Puppy level of CGC (Under 1 year)
If your dog did not quite meet all the requirements to receive a passing score we offer retesting! Must have proof of previous test.