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Lumi’s weave progression is coming by along nicely! We did different angles with 4 looking for speed on confidence. Then I added the last 2 which slowed her down a bit and made her think. We will stay here for a while,slowly moving the last 2 with the 4 and practice angles, adding a jump and driving her thru the weaves by placing the reward at the end #agilitytraining #dogtraining #weavepoles #2x2 #saturdaymorningfun #ligirodogtraining
Lumi’s weave progression is coming by along nicely! We did different angles with 4 looking for speed on confidence. Then I added the last 2 which slowed her down a bit and made her think. We will stay here for a while,slowly moving the last 2 with the 4 and practice angles, adding a jump and driving her thru the weaves by placing the reward at the end #agilitytraining  #dogtraining  #weavepoles  #2x2  #saturdaymorningfun  #ligirodogtraining 
The structured heel is not just about showing the dog leadership skills, but teaching the owner how to hold a leash, how to relax and to find a rhythm. This exercise slows down the dogs head and advocates for them (they are less inclined to get into trouble if they are being led rather than being followed) .  The owner also needs to breathe, relax and trust themselves AS a leader. This is Huck and Sawyers’ first session. They each come with their own stuff, but this is where we are starting.  Slow and easy. #dogtraining #balancedtraining #balanceddogtraining #dogsofmaine #sopo #structuredheel #breathe #ligirodogtraining
The structured heel is not just about showing the dog leadership skills, but teaching the owner how to hold a leash, how to relax and to find a rhythm. This exercise slows down the dogs head and advocates for them (they are less inclined to get into trouble if they are being led rather than being followed) . The owner also needs to breathe, relax and trust themselves AS a leader. This is Huck and Sawyers’ first session. They each come with their own stuff, but this is where we are starting. Slow and easy. #dogtraining  #balancedtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #dogsofmaine  #sopo  #structuredheel  #breathe  #ligirodogtraining 
Lumi, (my 2 year old mal) started her weave pole training this week . There are a few ways to teach the weaves, but I like the 2x2 method. By shaping the dog through 2 weaves and slowly adding 2 poles until the dog can comfortably weave 6.  Since She understands the concept of going thru 2 (always from the same side) I added a second set and will slowly move them together . About 10 minutes of training twice a day and she should be able to quickly weave 6 poles from various angles in about 5 weeks ( at least that’s my goal) #malinois #agilitytraining #clickertraining #balanceddogtraining #dogtraining #ligirodogtraining
Lumi, (my 2 year old mal) started her weave pole training this week . There are a few ways to teach the weaves, but I like the 2x2 method. By shaping the dog through 2 weaves and slowly adding 2 poles until the dog can comfortably weave 6. Since She understands the concept of going thru 2 (always from the same side) I added a second set and will slowly move them together . About 10 minutes of training twice a day and she should be able to quickly weave 6 poles from various angles in about 5 weeks ( at least that’s my goal) #malinois  #agilitytraining  #clickertraining  #balanceddogtraining  #dogtraining  #ligirodogtraining 
I know tracking videos can be boring, but I don’t care! Porter is 8.5 months old  and is intense , silly, smart and and a super fun dog to train. I am a novice tracker (and in IPO)  and love it so much. This week he is showing his love for it too..going slow and hitting his articles like a boss. I am lucky to have mentors who give me guidance to teach him a solid foundation. All these small victories make my heart sing! #malinois #workingdog #workingdogsofig #workhard #latebloomer #ipo #tracking #dogtraining #ligirodogtraining #grateful
I know tracking videos can be boring, but I don’t care! Porter is 8.5 months old and is intense , silly, smart and and a super fun dog to train. I am a novice tracker (and in IPO) and love it so much. This week he is showing his love for it too..going slow and hitting his articles like a boss. I am lucky to have mentors who give me guidance to teach him a solid foundation. All these small victories make my heart sing! #malinois  #workingdog  #workingdogsofig  #workhard  #latebloomer  #ipo  #tracking  #dogtraining  #ligirodogtraining  #grateful 
Super awesome 10 dog pack walk this morning on the Eastern Prom! Many of these have suffered from reactivity with various triggers and all were faced with them today. The best was not only seeing the dogs doing so well, but the support all the owners got from each other! Good stuff! We are so proud of these people 🙌 #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #ecollartraining #ecollartechnologies #clickertraining #everywheredogs #portlandmaine #dogsofmaine #mainedogs #ligirodogtraining @zoey_the_irrepressible_pibble @drbyrd @starlaeve
Super awesome 10 dog pack walk this morning on the Eastern Prom! Many of these have suffered from reactivity with various triggers and all were faced with them today. The best was not only seeing the dogs doing so well, but the support all the owners got from each other! Good stuff! We are so proud of these people 🙌 #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #ecollartraining  #ecollartechnologies  #clickertraining  #everywheredogs  #portlandmaine  #dogsofmaine  #mainedogs  #ligirodogtraining  @zoey_the_irrepressible_pibble @drbyrd @starlaeve
A graduation walk to the Back Cove. For  someone with a severely reactive dog, this can make your  palms sweat and put dread in your heart.  Charlie’s owner never thought this was possible ..but here he is and work’n it like a boss.  New skills,  new mindset and a good attitude. His owner has also gained confidence moving him through the process. Charlie’s world will get bigger, going places and doing things. Isn’t that why we have dogs? Well done team Charlie! You two rock!! #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #rescuedog #portlandmaine #dogsofmaine #mainedogs #ligirodogtraining
A graduation walk to the Back Cove. For someone with a severely reactive dog, this can make your palms sweat and put dread in your heart. Charlie’s owner never thought this was possible ..but here he is and work’n it like a boss. New skills, new mindset and a good attitude. His owner has also gained confidence moving him through the process. Charlie’s world will get bigger, going places and doing things. Isn’t that why we have dogs? Well done team Charlie! You two rock!! #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #rescuedog  #portlandmaine  #dogsofmaine  #mainedogs  #ligirodogtraining 
When I first met Cody 2 months ago..he was a cheeky little pup who would lunge at anything moving, nip, bark..it was almost funny given his size. But it’s not when you are a first time dog owner and you are living with a dog who pushes his way through your house. It’s stressful and confusing. We implemented a lot of structure and rules, showed him skills with kindness (even when he was trying to bite at hands) and was fair every step of the way .  After weeks of work we finally have a little dog who  is polite, relaxed and included . More work to be done, but this little guy is on his way #dogtraining #mainedogs #rescuedog #balanceddogtraining #ligirodogtraining
When I first met Cody 2 months ago..he was a cheeky little pup who would lunge at anything moving, nip, bark..it was almost funny given his size. But it’s not when you are a first time dog owner and you are living with a dog who pushes his way through your house. It’s stressful and confusing. We implemented a lot of structure and rules, showed him skills with kindness (even when he was trying to bite at hands) and was fair every step of the way . After weeks of work we finally have a little dog who is polite, relaxed and included . More work to be done, but this little guy is on his way #dogtraining  #mainedogs  #rescuedog  #balanceddogtraining  #ligirodogtraining 
Playing with recalls by purposely hanging back &  out of sight before calling. Hills and corners make the recall more dramatic and fun. #dogsofmaine #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #recalltraining #offleashfun #minieducator #malinois #slomo #clickertraining #ligirodogtraining
After 5 years,  I officially moved out of my studio on Forest Ave. I haven’t used it in 6 months so I could pursue my in-Home training business, but held onto it ‘just in case.’ . I met wonderful people (many became friends) & taught  a lot of cool dogs in this wee room. Zuzu and Lumi both grew up in crates along side me as I taught classes here.  Change is good and Ligiro is going in a direction that will help a lot more dogs and their people. I am grateful to all the folks who kept the little studio going ..all the nose work & circus dog classes..they were so much fun!  We will still offer the foundation class in Portland but only a few times a year..so keep an eye on the website (in bio) for updates . Train Happy. Be Happy. #dogtraining #portlandmaine #ligirodogtraining
After 5 years, I officially moved out of my studio on Forest Ave. I haven’t used it in 6 months so I could pursue my in-Home training business, but held onto it ‘just in case.’ . I met wonderful people (many became friends) & taught a lot of cool dogs in this wee room. Zuzu and Lumi both grew up in crates along side me as I taught classes here. Change is good and Ligiro is going in a direction that will help a lot more dogs and their people. I am grateful to all the folks who kept the little studio going ..all the nose work & circus dog classes..they were so much fun! We will still offer the foundation class in Portland but only a few times a year..so keep an eye on the website (in bio) for updates . Train Happy. Be Happy. #dogtraining  #portlandmaine  #ligirodogtraining 
Amela is like a lot of young dogs..pushy, jumps, pulls on a leash and is reactive , doesn’t come when called . Her mom tried a class with little results. Amela has since rocked her structured heel (the dog walker is super happy about this!) , she is learning place and this week we started conditioning her to the e collar for her recall. Can you believe this girlie hasn’t been to the beach? I look forward to working a recall session at Willard so this gal can enjoy off leash fun , stay safe and not be nuisance to anyone else! #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #ecollartechnologies #offleashfun #dogsofmaine #rescuedog #sopo #ligirodogtraining
Amela is like a lot of young dogs..pushy, jumps, pulls on a leash and is reactive , doesn’t come when called . Her mom tried a class with little results. Amela has since rocked her structured heel (the dog walker is super happy about this!) , she is learning place and this week we started conditioning her to the e collar for her recall. Can you believe this girlie hasn’t been to the beach? I look forward to working a recall session at Willard so this gal can enjoy off leash fun , stay safe and not be nuisance to anyone else! #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #ecollartechnologies  #offleashfun  #dogsofmaine  #rescuedog  #sopo  #ligirodogtraining 
Duncan was recently adopted by an awesome longtime client. He is super sweet..unless you try to come into his home..then he turns into a snarling, barking scary  beast. He was returned to the rescue twice for this behavior and finding a dog walker for him was impossible.  It was clear that Duncan couldn’t handle the responsibility of being loose in the house, so no question on a crate.  We conditioned him to the e collar and worked place training and going into &out of the the crate. Everything we did was about creating calm..our movements were natural and relaxed..we didn’t rush him, but didn’t baby him either. We laid out an expectation of behavior, were generous with rewards and respectful of his space. The training sessions were done with the owner not home, so we could set the tone for the dog walker..which happens to be my parter in crime..Amanda!  She will continue a training/walking program with him 3 days a week & his owner can relax knowing her dog is in good hands.  #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #ecollartechnologies #pitbull #pitbullsofinstagram #rescuedog #ligirodogtraining @zoey_the_irrepressible_pibble
Duncan was recently adopted by an awesome longtime client. He is super sweet..unless you try to come into his home..then he turns into a snarling, barking scary beast. He was returned to the rescue twice for this behavior and finding a dog walker for him was impossible. It was clear that Duncan couldn’t handle the responsibility of being loose in the house, so no question on a crate. We conditioned him to the e collar and worked place training and going into &out of the the crate. Everything we did was about creating calm..our movements were natural and relaxed..we didn’t rush him, but didn’t baby him either. We laid out an expectation of behavior, were generous with rewards and respectful of his space. The training sessions were done with the owner not home, so we could set the tone for the dog walker..which happens to be my parter in crime..Amanda! She will continue a training/walking program with him 3 days a week & his owner can relax knowing her dog is in good hands. #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #ecollartechnologies  #pitbull  #pitbullsofinstagram  #rescuedog  #ligirodogtraining  @zoey_the_irrepressible_pibble
‘Do little dogs need training?’ Yes! Noodles is incredibly bright & gets easily frustrated.  The  result  is a pushy little dog who jumps, demand barks, grabs pant legs (and shakes!), steals items and won’t come when called. Today was his first lesson in ‘place’ and he was awesome. He is super motivated to learn and didn’t want to stop!  We are also crate training & working on a proper recall .I am convinced the sky is the limit with this guy. Don’t underestimate your little dog! They can do amazing things! #maltese #malteseofinstagram #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #ligirodogtraining
‘Do little dogs need training?’ Yes! Noodles is incredibly bright & gets easily frustrated. The result is a pushy little dog who jumps, demand barks, grabs pant legs (and shakes!), steals items and won’t come when called. Today was his first lesson in ‘place’ and he was awesome. He is super motivated to learn and didn’t want to stop! We are also crate training & working on a proper recall .I am convinced the sky is the limit with this guy. Don’t underestimate your little dog! They can do amazing things! #maltese  #malteseofinstagram  #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #ligirodogtraining 
Rocket recall! By building a little frustration, the use of markers, a SUPER high rate of reinforcement and motion Rosie will learn good recall habits . We put a lot of time into this behavior as it’s a safety issue and a good recall can make owning a dog incredibly fun! #puppiesofinstagram #puppies #labradorretriever #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #ligirodogtraining
Today was Brik’s last lesson and although I will miss him and his family, I am so happy at how far they have all come . His owners confidence have soared as they have created strong leadership and  non-negotiable rules. He has shown over and over that he can relax around dogs, the structured heel will allow him to have regular walks and recall gives him off leash fun. Good things are ahead for this family! Nice job team Brik! #germanshepherd #germanshepherdsofinstagram #gsd #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #ligirodogtraining
Today was Brik’s last lesson and although I will miss him and his family, I am so happy at how far they have all come . His owners confidence have soared as they have created strong leadership and non-negotiable rules. He has shown over and over that he can relax around dogs, the structured heel will allow him to have regular walks and recall gives him off leash fun. Good things are ahead for this family! Nice job team Brik! #germanshepherd  #germanshepherdsofinstagram  #gsd  #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #ligirodogtraining 
Do little dogs need training? Yes! They sure do! Meet Cody who was a feral dog from Greece. His rap sheet included jumping, nipping, demand barking, launching  himself at people, Reactive on leash  and overall super bossy. His people are first time dog owners, he wasn’t crated, and had no believable rules or structure. That has all changed and with all this change came a new attitude! In the first clip he is being conditioned to his e collar for his place training (look at all that ‘can-do’ sass) the second he is rocking the structured heel.  His owners are gaining confidence with his training and  he is turning a new leaf. More to come with this cutie! #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #ecollartechnologies #sassydog #dogsofmaine #obediencetraining #ligirodogtraining
Do little dogs need training? Yes! They sure do! Meet Cody who was a feral dog from Greece. His rap sheet included jumping, nipping, demand barking, launching himself at people, Reactive on leash and overall super bossy. His people are first time dog owners, he wasn’t crated, and had no believable rules or structure. That has all changed and with all this change came a new attitude! In the first clip he is being conditioned to his e collar for his place training (look at all that ‘can-do’ sass) the second he is rocking the structured heel. His owners are gaining confidence with his training and he is turning a new leaf. More to come with this cutie! #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #ecollartechnologies  #sassydog  #dogsofmaine  #obediencetraining  #ligirodogtraining 
Javier struggled with reactivity for a long time & like a lot of little dogs, he has a big personality! He has several triggers (bikes, skateboards etc)but the big one is dogs. We started conditioning him to an e-collar (mini educator) 2 weeks ago, working on his recall & place . We  introduced him to a coach dog in a low distracting environment , using the collar and his new skills to teach appropriate coping skills around dogs and taught  his owner how to read him so she knows if he powering up or calming down. A lot of this work is teaching owners how to read their dogs and be proactive to give the dog the best information. It was an eye opening session for his owner to see that her dog CAN do it!  My own dog in this video (Brees the corgi)is a reformed reactive dog and a year ago I would have never believed he could go to a busy path for a nice walk , so I have empathy and celebrate with owners who get to this place.  Before the dog can change the human has to change!  #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #ecollartechnologies #gooddog #dogsofmaine #portlandme #changeisgood #ligirodogtraining
Javier struggled with reactivity for a long time & like a lot of little dogs, he has a big personality! He has several triggers (bikes, skateboards etc)but the big one is dogs. We started conditioning him to an e-collar (mini educator) 2 weeks ago, working on his recall & place . We introduced him to a coach dog in a low distracting environment , using the collar and his new skills to teach appropriate coping skills around dogs and taught his owner how to read him so she knows if he powering up or calming down. A lot of this work is teaching owners how to read their dogs and be proactive to give the dog the best information. It was an eye opening session for his owner to see that her dog CAN do it! My own dog in this video (Brees the corgi)is a reformed reactive dog and a year ago I would have never believed he could go to a busy path for a nice walk , so I have empathy and celebrate with owners who get to this place. Before the dog can change the human has to change! #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #ecollartechnologies  #gooddog  #dogsofmaine  #portlandme  #changeisgood  #ligirodogtraining 
Some of the Ligiro coaching staff took a team building hike this afternoon. #malinois #labradorretriever #corgi #dogtraining #teamwork #ligirodogtraining
Rosie the lab puppy is starting her  foundation work for the ‘big picture’ : Calm, attentive behaviors. This little girl has a ton of drive and is a ball of energy, so we start with small things .. eye contact, mat work & impulse control games while creating trust and  showing calm leadership.  The small things will add up to big victories later on . Living with puppies can feel like riding a roller coaster as they will do different things day to day.  Rosie’s owners are enjoying the ride and she is worth the cost of admission! #labradorretriever #labsofinstagram #puppiesofinstagram #puppies #dogtraining #ligirodogtraining
Rosie the lab puppy is starting her foundation work for the ‘big picture’ : Calm, attentive behaviors. This little girl has a ton of drive and is a ball of energy, so we start with small things .. eye contact, mat work & impulse control games while creating trust and showing calm leadership. The small things will add up to big victories later on . Living with puppies can feel like riding a roller coaster as they will do different things day to day. Rosie’s owners are enjoying the ride and she is worth the cost of admission! #labradorretriever  #labsofinstagram  #puppiesofinstagram  #puppies  #dogtraining  #ligirodogtraining 
Welcome Noodles! We can’t wait to work with this cutie!! #maltese #dogtraining #cutieparootie #ligirodogtraining
Juneau the day train pup had  a great time at the dog park  meeting new friends and working on his recall. (I am Not sure the little pup was..but he stayed with us The entire walk) Juneau is such  a pleasure to work with #aussie #dogsofmaine #quarrydogpark #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #ligirodogtraining #portlandme
Having a dog who has severe reactivity can be a huge struggle. Brik  is a young, strong German Shepherd who struggled with reactivity.  His owners tried a reactive dog class with no success and almost gave up on ever giving him have a life outside the yard. Luckily they didn’t give up and Brik is moving forward working with new dogs and dogs he had issues with in the past . Ursa, the adorable little black dog, lives across the street, and let’s just say..they had a pretty negative history. Can we make them into best buddies? Mmm..jury is out on that ..but they can they be in each other’s line of sight and stay relaxed . It’s a good start! More to come with Brik as he moves forward #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #obediencetraining #clickertraining #ecollartraining #keepitsimple #gooddogs #germanshepherd #germanshepherdsofinstagram #dogsofmaine #ligirodogtraining
Having a dog who has severe reactivity can be a huge struggle. Brik is a young, strong German Shepherd who struggled with reactivity. His owners tried a reactive dog class with no success and almost gave up on ever giving him have a life outside the yard. Luckily they didn’t give up and Brik is moving forward working with new dogs and dogs he had issues with in the past . Ursa, the adorable little black dog, lives across the street, and let’s just say..they had a pretty negative history. Can we make them into best buddies? Mmm..jury is out on that ..but they can they be in each other’s line of sight and stay relaxed . It’s a good start! More to come with Brik as he moves forward #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #obediencetraining  #clickertraining  #ecollartraining  #keepitsimple  #gooddogs  #germanshepherd  #germanshepherdsofinstagram  #dogsofmaine  #ligirodogtraining 
We have been working with Charlie for 7 weeks with several issues  including counter surfing, stealing food and changing his overall state of mind from frantic to relaxed so he can clearly process information and make better choices. His 2 big issues are his reactivity toward dogs and people..especially strangers in the home. We  hit both in one session and he handled the pressure like a champ. His training isn’t over, but we are seeing great improvement each week #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #ligirodogtraining #ecollartraining #clickertraining #dogsofmaine #dogsofinstagram
We have been working with Charlie for 7 weeks with several issues including counter surfing, stealing food and changing his overall state of mind from frantic to relaxed so he can clearly process information and make better choices. His 2 big issues are his reactivity toward dogs and people..especially strangers in the home. We hit both in one session and he handled the pressure like a champ. His training isn’t over, but we are seeing great improvement each week #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #ligirodogtraining  #ecollartraining  #clickertraining  #dogsofmaine  #dogsofinstagram 
We had a super busy and awesome day of training! Tofi the doodle is now 4 months old and is working the foundations program which started with a little heeling. We love our clients and the hard work they put into their dogs is amazing! #ligirodogtraining #balanceddogtraining #dogsofinstagram #puppiesofinstagram #doodles #doodlesofinstagram
Lilly working her fears around playgrounds.  Her previous behavior was to be tense, growling and barking. Her program included so much more than then treating  symptoms..it’s changing the way the dog thinks in every situation (Home, walks , how she goes thru life) and giving her the ability to process things before reacting to them and teach her how to make better choices . Clickers, food, e collar, prong, muzzles, praise, space..it’s all in how you are using the tool that will bring the best out of the dog.  Lilly has a muzzle and will wear it for safety . She doesn’t actively approach kids..but kids can be unpredictable.  Way to go Lilly!! #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #clickertraining #ecollartraining #dogofmaine #ligirodogtraining
Lilly working her fears around playgrounds. Her previous behavior was to be tense, growling and barking. Her program included so much more than then treating symptoms..it’s changing the way the dog thinks in every situation (Home, walks , how she goes thru life) and giving her the ability to process things before reacting to them and teach her how to make better choices . Clickers, food, e collar, prong, muzzles, praise, space..it’s all in how you are using the tool that will bring the best out of the dog. Lilly has a muzzle and will wear it for safety . She doesn’t actively approach kids..but kids can be unpredictable. Way to go Lilly!! #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #clickertraining  #ecollartraining  #dogofmaine  #ligirodogtraining 
Brik the GSD had an awesome session working on his dog reactivity.  We used 2 different ‘coach’ dogs and he showed his ability to relax and settle his head. We will do a few more set ups before working his new skills in the real world. That’s where the magic really happens! #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #germanshepherd #gsd #malinois #ligirodogtraining
Tracking, obedience and helping me help a reactive dog by being their cool selves. They deserve a good run in the woods #malinois #belgianmalinois #dogtraining #thecoolestkids #ligirodogtraining #dogsofmaine
Charlie came with a laundry list of issues:  charging the door, invading space on the couch, stealing food, counter surfing, raiding the garbage can, leash reactivity to dogs and people along with a few bites.  So how proud am I of this team? Over the moon, baby!  He is a work in progress and there are some issues that will always have to managed for safety, but he has made so much progress due to his owner hard work and determination . Rules, structure, believable leadership and skills like a rock solid ‘place’ command, structured heel, no nonsense approach to counter surfing, garbage can raiding and food stealing . Today he had his first lesson of ‘staying in his lane’ around other dogs. More work ahead so stay tuned! #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #dogsofmaine #ligirodogtraining
Charlie came with a laundry list of issues: charging the door, invading space on the couch, stealing food, counter surfing, raiding the garbage can, leash reactivity to dogs and people along with a few bites. So how proud am I of this team? Over the moon, baby! He is a work in progress and there are some issues that will always have to managed for safety, but he has made so much progress due to his owner hard work and determination . Rules, structure, believable leadership and skills like a rock solid ‘place’ command, structured heel, no nonsense approach to counter surfing, garbage can raiding and food stealing . Today he had his first lesson of ‘staying in his lane’ around other dogs. More work ahead so stay tuned! #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #dogsofmaine  #ligirodogtraining 
My good dogs patiently wait in the car while I drive from client to client. Their (our) reward is a hike in the woods #malinois #corgi #dogsofmaine #mainewoods #ligirodogtraining
Lilly suffers from  leash reactivity to people, specifically men (no, she wasn’t abused). Her issue is a lack of confidence and a skewed sense of responsibility. First in order, change her mindset in the house (she also reacts to people walking by). We created more structure, leadership and rules. Then address how she was being walked (structured heel for her, leash skills for her owner) . Body language 101 to help her owner read her so she knows what to reward and what to correct . She is also in the process of being conditioned to a muzzle for safety . Luckily, my awesome husband offered to help with her first set up doing walk by’s (a big trigger for her and makes him look oddly stalker-ish. 😆) and yes the video was sped up for time! The most important lesson here is to teach Lilly how to relax . The weight of the world I not on her shoulders. Dog training is a process and with practice, this girl will settle in to know that her humans have complete control #dogtraining #balancedtraining #obediencetraining #ligirodogtraining
Lilly suffers from leash reactivity to people, specifically men (no, she wasn’t abused). Her issue is a lack of confidence and a skewed sense of responsibility. First in order, change her mindset in the house (she also reacts to people walking by). We created more structure, leadership and rules. Then address how she was being walked (structured heel for her, leash skills for her owner) . Body language 101 to help her owner read her so she knows what to reward and what to correct . She is also in the process of being conditioned to a muzzle for safety . Luckily, my awesome husband offered to help with her first set up doing walk by’s (a big trigger for her and makes him look oddly stalker-ish. 😆) and yes the video was sped up for time! The most important lesson here is to teach Lilly how to relax . The weight of the world I not on her shoulders. Dog training is a process and with practice, this girl will settle in to know that her humans have complete control #dogtraining  #balancedtraining  #obediencetraining  #ligirodogtraining 
Love this big guy! Brik has come so far in a short time. Recall, structured heel and today we worked on his dog reactivity . He did super! He showed a lot of good behaviors and  is learning quickly to stay in his lane.  He has a ways to go, but  his owners are learning how to read him, how to give him space when he needs it and how to be fair.  #germanshepherd #germanshepherddog #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #dogsofinstagram #ligirodogtraining
I just love teaching a whistle recall! Porters training went a little on the back burner for a few weeks, but warm weather is coming, time to get back at it!  I am slowly working him into distractions, which is easy to do in the spring. The e collar is used  intermittently for clarity ..food always makes it fun ..the whistle is really the rockstar ! It carries when my voice won’t . We see stellar recalls from every dog trained on a whistle. #dogtraining #obediencetraining #recalltraining #balanceddogtraining #ecollartechnologies #whistlerecall #ligirodogtraining
I just love teaching a whistle recall! Porters training went a little on the back burner for a few weeks, but warm weather is coming, time to get back at it! I am slowly working him into distractions, which is easy to do in the spring. The e collar is used intermittently for clarity ..food always makes it fun ..the whistle is really the rockstar ! It carries when my voice won’t . We see stellar recalls from every dog trained on a whistle. #dogtraining  #obediencetraining  #recalltraining  #balanceddogtraining  #ecollartechnologies  #whistlerecall  #ligirodogtraining 
Welcome Juneau! This handsome fellow just joined the new  Day Train program. We will visit him at home several times a week while his people are at work to teach him recall and ‘place’. I love him already 😍 #aussie #aussiesofinstagram #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #ligirodogtraining #dogsofmaine #dogs #clickertraining
Finnegan is home & enjoyed his first structured heel with his boy (this wasn’t possible 2 weeks ago) and has some new rules to live by. I will be making several trips to the home to work on a few home specific problem behaviors & make sure everyone is comfortable and settling in . #dogtraining #obediencetraining #balanceddogtraining #ligirodogtraining #dogsofmaine
Last group hooray before Finn gets his go-home bath  #malinois #airedale #dogtraining #balancedtraining #ligirodogtraining
Finnegan will be going home on Sunday ...but his work is not over! We have  taught him skills like heel, come, place training, sits/ long downs and stay. But the most important change was his attitude from bratty to a dog who can be inclusive in his family’s life .  His family has been coached on how to create  structure, rules and accountability for his continued success . #dogtraining #obedience #balancedtraining #ligirodogtraining
Finnegan will be going home on Sunday ...but his work is not over! We have taught him skills like heel, come, place training, sits/ long downs and stay. But the most important change was his attitude from bratty to a dog who can be inclusive in his family’s life . His family has been coached on how to create structure, rules and accountability for his continued success . #dogtraining  #obedience  #balancedtraining  #ligirodogtraining 
A little taste of today’s group place work. Finnegan has a really hard time being still and ‘doing nothing’ so this is a super important skill for him. When he goes home, he will have a new structured life that includes this exercise . He is up to 2 hours of continuous place time every day. Sometimes with the group outside sometimes in the house, sometimes at different locations . This helps create the important ‘off’ switch for a balanced and happy dog #dogtraining #obediencetraining #balanceddogtraining #dogs #dogsofinstagram #ligirodogtraining
A little taste of today’s group place work. Finnegan has a really hard time being still and ‘doing nothing’ so this is a super important skill for him. When he goes home, he will have a new structured life that includes this exercise . He is up to 2 hours of continuous place time every day. Sometimes with the group outside sometimes in the house, sometimes at different locations . This helps create the important ‘off’ switch for a balanced and happy dog #dogtraining  #obediencetraining  #balanceddogtraining  #dogs  #dogsofinstagram  #ligirodogtraining 
Finnegan working his ‘place’ in the house . This exercise helps slow everything down and create the ‘off ‘ switch . He has never worked in the house before and my 4 dogs are in crates on the other side of the room. A good training session for all the pups #dogtraining #placetraining #ligirodogtraining
Finnegan working his ‘place’ in the house . This exercise helps slow everything down and create the ‘off ‘ switch . He has never worked in the house before and my 4 dogs are in crates on the other side of the room. A good training session for all the pups #dogtraining  #placetraining  #ligirodogtraining 
Loading a dog up in the car seems easy, until you have an 80lb dog who won’t. Finnegan was a ‘rump lifter ‘ placing his front paws on the hatch while his owners would lift his rump up into the car.  Some confidence building  along with a little leash/e-collar pressure /reward combo and voila! Now he hops up, with no pressure at all. In fact..he can’t wait to hop up in the car and go on his next adventure. He just needed to be shown that he could do it on his own . Even jumping into a small crate is not a problem .  Way to go Finn! #dogtraining #obediencetraining #balancedtraining #gooddog #ligirodogtraining
Loading a dog up in the car seems easy, until you have an 80lb dog who won’t. Finnegan was a ‘rump lifter ‘ placing his front paws on the hatch while his owners would lift his rump up into the car. Some confidence building along with a little leash/e-collar pressure /reward combo and voila! Now he hops up, with no pressure at all. In fact..he can’t wait to hop up in the car and go on his next adventure. He just needed to be shown that he could do it on his own . Even jumping into a small crate is not a problem . Way to go Finn! #dogtraining  #obediencetraining  #balancedtraining  #gooddog  #ligirodogtraining 
Saturday night side by side . Tofi the doodle on day 1 of training and  on week 5 ❤️ #doodle #doodleofinstagram #puppies #puppiesofinstagram #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #ligirodogtraining
Finnegan, Porter and Zuzu work a 45 minute group ‘place’. Tomorrow we go for an hour. #airedaleterrier #malinois #dogtraining #obedience #obediencetraining #balanceddogtraining #balanceddogs #ligirodogtraining
Finnegan working his long down. Almost time to start adding distractions to his training! #airedaleterrier #dogtraining #obediencetraining #balancedtraining #dogsofmaine #ligirodogtraining
Finn is with me for a 3 week board and train and his issues are  like many young dogs. His recall is a bit unreliable , he pulls on a leash, he spends a lot of time mulling in the house or yard, and some bratty stuff like not loading up in the car and jumping. His days here include  kennel time, structured heeling, recalls, a little supervised doggie playtime and a lot of learning to do nothing. ‘The mind follows the body ‘ not sure who said that..but it’s true! We strive for happy, balanced dogs! #dogtraining #obedience #obediencetraining #balanceddogtraining #clickertraining #ecollartechnologies #ecollardogtraining #dogs #balanceddogs #dogsofmaine #ligirodogtraining
Finn is with me for a 3 week board and train and his issues are like many young dogs. His recall is a bit unreliable , he pulls on a leash, he spends a lot of time mulling in the house or yard, and some bratty stuff like not loading up in the car and jumping. His days here include kennel time, structured heeling, recalls, a little supervised doggie playtime and a lot of learning to do nothing. ‘The mind follows the body ‘ not sure who said that..but it’s true! We strive for happy, balanced dogs! #dogtraining  #obedience  #obediencetraining  #balanceddogtraining  #clickertraining  #ecollartechnologies  #ecollardogtraining  #dogs  #balanceddogs  #dogsofmaine  #ligirodogtraining 
‘You’re the weirdest looking malinois I have ever met..I like you’ #malinois #malinoisworld #airedaleterrier #airedale #airedalesofinstagram #buddies #dogtraining #ligirodogtraining
Welcome Finnegan to our board and train program!  This guy will be learning a lot in the next 3 weeks! Stay tuned! #airedaleterrier #airedale #airedalesofinstagram #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #dogsofmaine #mainedogs #ligirodogtraining
Sweet Zoey started her first agility class 4 weeks ago and her confidence just soared! She worked really hard &  conquered her fear.  Way to go team Zoey! #dogtraining #agility #agilitydogtraining #dogagility #mainedogs #ligirodogtraining
No..this isn’t a weird glamour shot. Lumi is resting after being spayed & is sporting a surgi snuggly which is a great alternative to the standard ‘cone of shame’ . I highly recommend this product! #surgisnuggly #malinois #ligirodogtraining
No..this isn’t a weird glamour shot. Lumi is resting after being spayed & is sporting a surgi snuggly which is a great alternative to the standard ‘cone of shame’ . I highly recommend this product! #surgisnuggly  #malinois  #ligirodogtraining 
I did a check in with Pippi, who I have been working with since she was 8 weeks old . She is now 8 months and enjoys miles of off leash hikes and has a wonderful off switch in the house. She is still a teen and we expect things to pop up (as they do with young dogs) but her owners know I am only a click away if they need help!  #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #balanceddogtrainer #labsofinstagram #labradorretriever #labrador #dogsofinstagram #dogsofmaine #ligirodogtraining
I spent my morning with Mick and his handler finishing up their last recall session. This team completed the foundation life skills obedience class which lays all the work needed to easily layer in an e collar. Like many dogs, Mick has a high prey drive,  so an e collar will allow for off leash freedom. He will wear the long line until he has been proofed to all scents and visual attractions in the woods. We also started working his heel with the e collar so his handler can get him close to her when needed. Way to go team Mick!! #dogsofmaine #keepthemsafe #trainyourdog #ecollartechnologies #dogtraining #ligirodogtraining
I spent my morning with Mick and his handler finishing up their last recall session. This team completed the foundation life skills obedience class which lays all the work needed to easily layer in an e collar. Like many dogs, Mick has a high prey drive, so an e collar will allow for off leash freedom. He will wear the long line until he has been proofed to all scents and visual attractions in the woods. We also started working his heel with the e collar so his handler can get him close to her when needed. Way to go team Mick!! #dogsofmaine  #keepthemsafe  #trainyourdog  #ecollartechnologies  #dogtraining  #ligirodogtraining 
A big shout out to @shaaron.hendry and her dog Charlie who completed the 8 week in-home training program. Shaaron mastered  the leadership skills  and structure needed to guide Charlie and build his confidence . He has the freedom to run and play while staying safe, he is relaxed in the home and no longer barks at the neighbors and his leash walks are no longer an Olympic sport in strength and conflict . There is no nagging or loudness needed. Just some new skills, clear rules ,fairness and accountability.  Way to go Shaaron!!!❤️🐾 #dogtraining #obedience #balanceddogtraining #doodle #doodlesofinstagram #doodles #sopo #southportland #dogsofmaine #ecollartechnologies #ligirodogtraining
A big shout out to @shaaron.hendry and her dog Charlie who completed the 8 week in-home training program. Shaaron mastered the leadership skills and structure needed to guide Charlie and build his confidence . He has the freedom to run and play while staying safe, he is relaxed in the home and no longer barks at the neighbors and his leash walks are no longer an Olympic sport in strength and conflict . There is no nagging or loudness needed. Just some new skills, clear rules ,fairness and accountability. Way to go Shaaron!!!❤️🐾 #dogtraining  #obedience  #balanceddogtraining  #doodle  #doodlesofinstagram  #doodles  #sopo  #southportland  #dogsofmaine  #ecollartechnologies  #ligirodogtraining 
Zoey enjoys a cat nap between agility lessons. She is a blue ribbon napper #agilitydog #dogtraining #champion #highdrivedog #napsrule #pitbull #pitbullsofinstagram #bullybreed #bullybreedsofinsta #dogtraining #powerdown #relax #chill #ligirodogtraining @zoey_the_irrepressible_pibble
A big welcome to Charlie who started his in home training program this week! Charlie has some anxiety and fear on leash and when new people come into the home. His owner has done some nice foundation training already, so he took to the e collar and ‘place’ really easily .  Every client I work with feels the stim before the collar ever goes on the dog (one described the feeling as a ‘small worm in his hand’), and are extensively trained on timing. A low level stim gives information that is not painful and not personal.  For a dog like Charlie it can give him the needed  guidance at times when he is over stimulated. I combine the collar with desensitizing and counter conditioning using food and a clicker to give the dog a clear picture, build confidence and have conflict -free relationship with the handler. All good stuff. If you are considering using a remote trainer we highly suggest you seek out a qualified trainer to help you. Any training tool can be abused (We have seen plenty of wounds on dogs faces from gentle leaders), so be smart and seek out help. We are always happy to refer you to resources, just hit us up in the comments !  #dogtraining #obedience #balanceddogtraining #minieducator #ecollartechnologies #nofear #ligirodogtraining
A big welcome to Charlie who started his in home training program this week! Charlie has some anxiety and fear on leash and when new people come into the home. His owner has done some nice foundation training already, so he took to the e collar and ‘place’ really easily . Every client I work with feels the stim before the collar ever goes on the dog (one described the feeling as a ‘small worm in his hand’), and are extensively trained on timing. A low level stim gives information that is not painful and not personal. For a dog like Charlie it can give him the needed guidance at times when he is over stimulated. I combine the collar with desensitizing and counter conditioning using food and a clicker to give the dog a clear picture, build confidence and have conflict -free relationship with the handler. All good stuff. If you are considering using a remote trainer we highly suggest you seek out a qualified trainer to help you. Any training tool can be abused (We have seen plenty of wounds on dogs faces from gentle leaders), so be smart and seek out help. We are always happy to refer you to resources, just hit us up in the comments ! #dogtraining  #obedience  #balanceddogtraining  #minieducator  #ecollartechnologies  #nofear  #ligirodogtraining 
More recall work! I started conditioning Porter the 6 month old pup  to the e collar over a week ago using ‘place’ and recall . This was his first whistle session where instead of a verbal cue, I pair the low stim of the collar with the whistle, and yes..they get treats  upon arrival too!  So much communication here..it makes it all so clear to the dog . Lumi is always my happy sidekick for these lessons to give a helping  paw 🐾 ❤️ #malinois #dogtraining #obediencetraining #minieducator #recalltraining #balanceddogtraining #ligirodogtraining
More recall work! I started conditioning Porter the 6 month old pup to the e collar over a week ago using ‘place’ and recall . This was his first whistle session where instead of a verbal cue, I pair the low stim of the collar with the whistle, and yes..they get treats upon arrival too! So much communication here..it makes it all so clear to the dog . Lumi is always my happy sidekick for these lessons to give a helping paw 🐾 ❤️ #malinois  #dogtraining  #obediencetraining  #minieducator  #recalltraining  #balanceddogtraining  #ligirodogtraining 
A big shout out to todays graduating Foundation Obedience class!  Well done everyone! #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #portlandmaine #dogsofmaine #mainedogs #ligirodogtraining
Bo the hound loves his little boy and they have a wonderful friendship. But at 7 months, Bo , like his little human counterpart, can be a ball of energy. Place training allows Bo to be a part of the family while teaching him to relax . #dogtraining #placetraining #balanceddogtraining #babiesofinstagram #puppiesofinstagram #dogsofmaine #ligirodogtraining
One of my favorite teams is rocking it! Charlie used to spend these walks pulling, lunging and being reactive to everything . It was not only unpleasant but very dangerous. Like any dog, Charlie needs leadership in all areas, but especially on walks. His handler is confident, smiling and moving forward at a good pace . Charlie has no food drive, so verbal praise  is very rewarding to him. In this exercise there is no baby talk, just calm praise for making good choices and accountability for poor ones (although has made very few poor choices). #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #minieducator #goldendoodle #structure #ligirodogtraining #southportland @shaaron.hendry
One of my favorite teams is rocking it! Charlie used to spend these walks pulling, lunging and being reactive to everything . It was not only unpleasant but very dangerous. Like any dog, Charlie needs leadership in all areas, but especially on walks. His handler is confident, smiling and moving forward at a good pace . Charlie has no food drive, so verbal praise is very rewarding to him. In this exercise there is no baby talk, just calm praise for making good choices and accountability for poor ones (although has made very few poor choices). #dogtraining  #balanceddogtraining  #minieducator  #goldendoodle  #structure  #ligirodogtraining  #southportland  @shaaron.hendry
Bucket work is one of my favorite things to teach & Porter gave me my first challenge! With humor ,persistence, a bigger bucket and a lot of Red Barn, we worked through it . I just love this puppy! #malinois #belgianmalinois #dogtraining #ligirodogtraining
Porter is starting to get the hang of things. Zuzu is the queen. All hail the queen. #malinois #malinoisworld #malinoisofinstagram #malinoispuppy #dogsofmaine #ligirodogtraining
Tucker is young intact vizsla who needs some recall help. He has a very good foundation with line work/treats, but under distractions he turns off his listening ears (sound familiar?) . We worked him on the mini educator e collar and this is is first session of conditioning . He is learning what collar pressure is and how to turn it off (come toward Mom). We understand that e collars can make some people feel oogy ( real scientific term) , but believe  that, with proper teaching/ conditioning , the e collar is the most humane way to keep dogs and wildlife safe while giving our canine friends the best quality of life. We want to see happy, obedient dogs on our trails and beaches with owners who have control.  I encourage anyone wanting to use an e collar to do as much research as you can on brands (they are all not the same!) and Work with a trainer who is comfortable and uses them humanely#dogtraining #obedience #obediencetraining #dogsofmaine #recalltraining #ligirodogtraining #mainedogs #minieducator
Tucker is young intact vizsla who needs some recall help. He has a very good foundation with line work/treats, but under distractions he turns off his listening ears (sound familiar?) . We worked him on the mini educator e collar and this is is first session of conditioning . He is learning what collar pressure is and how to turn it off (come toward Mom). We understand that e collars can make some people feel oogy ( real scientific term) , but believe that, with proper teaching/ conditioning , the e collar is the most humane way to keep dogs and wildlife safe while giving our canine friends the best quality of life. We want to see happy, obedient dogs on our trails and beaches with owners who have control. I encourage anyone wanting to use an e collar to do as much research as you can on brands (they are all not the same!) and Work with a trainer who is comfortable and uses them humanely#dogtraining  #obedience  #obediencetraining  #dogsofmaine  #recalltraining  #ligirodogtraining  #mainedogs  #minieducator 
Porter (Hyro Ostraryka) is settling in really well. I am so happy to have this guy #malinois #malinoispuppy #workingdog #dogsofmaine #ligirodogtraining
Next class starts in June! We also offer personalized in-home training from S.Portland to Bath. Check us out! #dogtraining #obedienceclass #dogs #dogsofmaine #mainedogs #portlandmaine #ligirodogtraining
A rock star client and her dog Charlie have found their rhythm in daily walks. Charlie is an XL doodle with boundless energy which can easily be overwhelming to anyone.The structured walk has been a game changer for these two. This type of daily walk creates a calm state of mind and sets the tone for the relationship.  You and your dog moving forward together . Add this to your daily routine & your dog will thank you for it.  #structure #structuredwalk #balancedtraining #dogtraining #dogsofmaine #dogs #doodle #portlandme #ligirodogtraining
A rock star client and her dog Charlie have found their rhythm in daily walks. Charlie is an XL doodle with boundless energy which can easily be overwhelming to anyone.The structured walk has been a game changer for these two. This type of daily walk creates a calm state of mind and sets the tone for the relationship. You and your dog moving forward together . Add this to your daily routine & your dog will thank you for it. #structure  #structuredwalk  #balancedtraining  #dogtraining  #dogsofmaine  #dogs  #doodle  #portlandme  #ligirodogtraining 
Another happy dog in his first e collar session working the recall. Gus has pretty good recall already, unless there is something else that is more interesting (other dogs, a squirrel,a molecule of odor)  his owner has done a lot of good work with him already, so the e collar is the polishing tool to make his recall reliable. Our goal is to create happy dogs who can Have a good quality of life without imposing on wildlife or people in the woods or on the beach. #responsiblerecall #recalltraining #dogtraining #obedience #ecollartechnologies #maine #mainedogs #labradorretriever #ligirodogtraining
Another happy dog in his first e collar session working the recall. Gus has pretty good recall already, unless there is something else that is more interesting (other dogs, a squirrel,a molecule of odor) his owner has done a lot of good work with him already, so the e collar is the polishing tool to make his recall reliable. Our goal is to create happy dogs who can Have a good quality of life without imposing on wildlife or people in the woods or on the beach. #responsiblerecall  #recalltraining  #dogtraining  #obedience  #ecollartechnologies  #maine  #mainedogs  #labradorretriever  #ligirodogtraining 
Pippi the lab pup had her first off leash e collar session . The ice made filming tough, but I was able to get a little to show how HAPPY she is.  There is no fear..no stress. We are teaching her to come EVERY time to keep wildlife safe , her safe and our walking trails a place that everyone can enjoy #labradorretriever #labsofinstagram #labpuppy #ecollartechnologies #dogtraining #balanceddogtraining #happydog #responsiblerecall #ligirodogtraining
We get a lot of calls inquiring about puppy classes. We don’t teach classes but what we do is teach puppies and owners  how to respond in real life settings. Dogs/puppies don’t have to  always interact to be socialized. They need to be exposed to new things with a calm state of mind which is not always easy for a pup . Iika is a 16 week GSD who was starting to show reactivity behavior toward dogs and is very pushy with her puppy playmates in the neighborhood .  We have paired her with 3 different calm adults in 2 different environments to work her emotional state. Next week she will interact off leash with a calm adult in a safe environment. More to come with this kiddo ! #gsd #gsdofinstagram #gsdpuppy #puppiesofinstagram #dogtraining #clickertraining #ligirodogtraining #mainedogs #portlandme
We get a lot of calls inquiring about puppy classes. We don’t teach classes but what we do is teach puppies and owners how to respond in real life settings. Dogs/puppies don’t have to always interact to be socialized. They need to be exposed to new things with a calm state of mind which is not always easy for a pup . Iika is a 16 week GSD who was starting to show reactivity behavior toward dogs and is very pushy with her puppy playmates in the neighborhood . We have paired her with 3 different calm adults in 2 different environments to work her emotional state. Next week she will interact off leash with a calm adult in a safe environment. More to come with this kiddo ! #gsd  #gsdofinstagram  #gsdpuppy  #puppiesofinstagram  #dogtraining  #clickertraining  #ligirodogtraining  #mainedogs  #portlandme 
The bully club in agility class. These 3 are amazingly athletic, have awesome drive and incredible handler control. We also have 2 labs, a terrier and a BC pup! Wicked fun! #pitbull #bulldog #bullybreed #agility #agility dogs #dog #dogsofmaine #ligirodogtraining
We love our agility class, but I especially love the after effect of agility class! #sleepydog #tireddogisagooddog #trainhard #sleephard #pitbullsofinstagram #mainedogs #ligirodogtraining