Positive Reinforcement Training

Private Sessions

Due to challenges presented by Covid-19, group classes are suspended for the remainder of 2020. We plan to offer cue-specific seminars beginning Spring 2021.

Training is a process ~ not an event!

We specialize in one-on-one training with our area’s only Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Click here to Meet the Trainer.

We customize your sessions to work on issues specific to your dog and your situation. Whether you recently added a four-legged member to your family or you and your dog find yourselves in a situation where you need help resolving a behavior, we’ve got you covered!

Effective and humane training is consistent, reward-based and fun! When we consider both our needs and the needs of our dogs, training goals are much more easily achieved.

Simply put, our approach to training is based on teaching dogs what to do instead and in place of unwanted behaviors rather than constantly “correcting” them for making mistakes. Read about our Positive Reinforcement- training philosophy here.

Contact us today to see how we can help you and your dog work together to have both of your needs met. We’ll eliminate undesirable behaviors and replace them with desirable ones. Win-win!

Click here to submit a questionnaire for a custom training proposal and package pricing. All packages include personalized one-on-one instruction, customized instructional handouts, supplementary materials and support between sessions.

All training is positive reinforcement. No pain, no fear, no force . . . no way!

And since the dog training industry remains unregulated and literally anyone can call themselves a trainer, check out these tips for choosing the right trainer for you and your dog! Choosing the Right Dog Trainer

Meet Your Trainer

About Rachel Brix, BSEd, CPDT-KA

Rachel Brix, BSEd, CPDT-KA, is a veteran high school teacher. Inspired by her dog Percy, she resigned to pursue a full-time career with dogs. Rachel has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Secondary Education and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer -Knowledge Assessed, whose combined teaching and training career spans more than 20 years.

Rachel specializes in positive reinforcement/force-free training methods. Her focus is helping humans and dogs communicate more effectively so that each has their needs met. You can read Rachel’s Training Philosophy and details about her methods and approach to training here.

After resigning from teaching, Rachel became a pet stylist and Lead Dog Trainer at Petco, teaching both group and private lessons while mentoring other trainers. She then went on to run her own small grooming and training business.

One of her passions is rescue dogs and she has managed two no-kill animal shelters. Rachel has also trained shelter staff on dog training and behavior modification, and has provided consulting services to shelters on management, policies and procedures and enrichment protocol and programs.

Rachel’s personal philosophy of dog training includes a major community involvement component; accordingly, she and her husband, Ryan, voluntarily spearheaded the committee that built Carroll County, Arkansas’ first and only dog park, the Eureka Springs Bark Park. Over the years, she has also given free seminars on positive reinforcement training, dog dental health, dog park etiquette and bite prevention. You can read Rachel’s Training Philosophy here.

The dog training industry remains unregulated. However, Rachel’s commitment to science-based training and education led her to earn the industry’s leading training certification from the industry’s most widely recognized independent certification organization, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Through rigorous testing and Continuing Education requirements, the CCPDT’s standards are at the top of the industry. You can learn more about the CPPDT and what Rachel’s certification means at http://www.ccpdt.org/about-us/.

Rachel is also a professional conference speaker and published author, speaking twice at the annual Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) conference and nominated in back-to-back years for a Dog Writers of Association of America Award. You can read Rachel’s articles here.

Along with her membership in APDT, Rachel is also a Pet Professional Guild (PPG) member. PPG membership consists solely of positive reinforcement/force-free trainers.

Rachel and her husband, co-pet parent and business partner, Ryan, opened Percy’s Playground Inc. in March, and have lived in the Ozarks since 2009. They have 6 animals at home: all rescues, all part of the family.