All of our trainers are Certified Fear Free Professional Trainers. You can rest assured knowing you're working with credentialed, kind, and compassionate professionals.
Tiff is the head trainer and owner of Free To Be Dog. She works with in person clients who are struggling to overcome complex behavior issues with their dogs. Her current caseload is full, but she is accepting new clients onto a waitlist. You can join her waitlist below. New clients are projected to start in January 2024.
Makayla teaches group classes and works 1-on-1 with in person clients. Makayla's background in sheltering makes her a great fit for owners looking to get settled with their newly adopted dogs, though she works with all case types. Click below to book a private training consultation or group class with Makayla.
Amanda specializes in Separation Anxiety training and behavior modification for clients outside of Moore County, NC. She is skilled at working virtually with clients to overcome home alone challenges and complex behavior issues. Amanda is accepting new clients.
Jim provides in person training services to dog owners of Wilmington, NC. He also teaches group classes. His schedule will open for booking in January 2024.
Our trainers are in high demand. Payment is required in order to book a spot in their calendar. Our fees do not only cover the time spent face-to-face with your trainer but also account for our trainers' expertise, experience, time spent preparing for your lessons, travel to and from lessons, insurance, and more.
Positive reinforcement dog training is rooted in teaching dogs what to do instead of the old school methods of punishing them for making a mistake. We manage the enviornment to set dogs up to make good decisions while teaching and rewarding behaviors we like. Identifying the root cause of behaviors we do not like allows us to replace them with appropriate behaviors and avoid harsh methods of punishment that can cause problematic side effects like aggression.
In an effort to protect our trainers' schedules, avoid increasing our fees, and to respect our clients' time and investment in their training program, we do not accommodate cancellations. If you must cancel or reschedule an already scheduled lesson, that lesson is forfeited. Emergencies may be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the trainer.
This is an unfortunate truth. Anyone can call themselves a dog trainer, no education, experience, or expertise required. This means anyone can recommend or implement training techniques that are not only ineffective at changing behavior but can cause more serious behavior problems than you started out with (severe fear and/or aggression).
Getting started is as easy as sending us a quick email via our contact form. Tell us a little bit about you, your dog, and your training goals and let's get you on the road to better behavior.
Don't wait for your dog to 'grow out of it' or for your life to 'calm down' because they won't and you will always be busy!
Moore County, NC & online
Monday - Sunday by appointment
Free To Be Dog LLC is a positive reinforcement dog training company. All trainers are credentialed, formally educated in canine behavior, learning theory, and fear free certified. We do not employ training methods or techniques that rely on the use of fear, punishment, coercion, pain, or threats thereof. Prong, shock, or choke collars are not allowed to be worn during group training classes under any circumstances.
Moore County, NC & online
Monday - Sunday, by appointment
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