Do you have a new puppy that won't stop biting?
A dog that never listens when you call for him?
We have a solution! Amanda Hudson of Via Canines is a experienced trainer that can help you solve these troublesome dog behaviors. She offers group classes, private lessons, and board & train options to help you better communicate with your problem pooch. Below you will find information about the specific services.
Puppies are never too young to start learning! Puppy classes are designed for dogs 10 weeks to 6 months of age and focus on basic commands such as sit, down, stay and come. Amanda discusses how dogs learn and teaches owners how to communicate with their puppies. In addition, participants learn the importance of proper dog socialization and safety and how to address common puppy problems. Classes are held in a group setting at Oakcrest Pet Hospital and go for 4 weeks. Please call for the next available class.
Basic classes are aimed at dogs older than 6 months. Amanda discusses how dogs learn and teaches owners how to communicate with their pets. Basic commands like sit, down, stay, leave it and walking properly on a leash are taught, and owners are given the opportunity to ask questions and address bothersome behaviors. Classes are held in a group setting at Oakcrest Pet Hospital and run for 6 weeks. Please call for the next available class.
Canine behavior is very complex. Some issues are easily fixed, while others take time and require ongoing training. Problem behaviors include anything from jumping on people, running out open doors, barking, guarding toys and food, fighting with housemates, and more. Amanda can help you work one-on-one with your pet to correct and control these troublesome behaviors. She offers phone consultations, single lessons, packages of 4 lessons and packages of 6 lessons to give you the direction you need. Lessons can take place at any location, including your home, and can be tailored to fit your pet's needs.
Live and Learn
Do you feel overwhelmed with your dog's rebellious behavior? Don't worry! Amanda can start the training process by taking your dog home for daily one-on-one training. She will work on the problem behavior, and then she will show you the techniques she used so you can continue the process at home.
Canine Good Citizens Certification
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If you are interested in joining one of these classes or need a private lesson for your dog, call Oakcrest Pet Hospital and we will put you in touch with Amanda!
About Amanda Hudson and Via Canines
Her journey in canine training began while she was working on her Psychology degree at Wichita State University. Amanda conducted research to create evaluations for adult dogs in animal shelters to assess the likelihood that dogs would bite once placed into new homes. She also took part in several research projects to improve adoption rates at animal shelters through training of both cats and dogs, shelter design, staff and volunteer training, and matching potential adopters to the most compatible canines.
During this time, Amanda also worked as a veterinary technician and behavioral consultant at an animal hospital in Wichita and an obedience/behavioral consultant at a training and boarding facility. To expand her scope of canine training, she also took part in the local Search and Rescue unit which provides trained dogs for tracking and trailing, disaster live search, wilderness area search, and human remains recovery.
As Amanda’s experience and knowledge of dogs grew, she was recruited by Auburn University to be a Canine Trainer and Handler Instructor for the university’s Canine Detection Training Center. Her job was to train dogs for narcotics and explosives detection and instruct new handlers employed by the military and law enforcement. Her extraordinary talent was recognized there, and Amanda was selected as one of two trainers for a pilot study for Improvised Explosive Device Detection Dogs. During this study, the dogs were cross trained between hunting retriever training and explosives odor detection training. The project was so successful that the U.S. Federal Government put an order out for hundreds more dogs to be trained and ready for deployment. The “think tank” group that was involved in the creation of this training program was impressive to say the least. This experience provided Amanda the opportunity to work side by side with some of the world’s most highly regarded experts in dog training.
Today, Amanda Hudson conducts the day to day activities for Via Canines, working with people and their canine counterparts to help them reach their goals. Whether it be getting a new puppy and owner off on the right foot, improving the performance and fitness of a world class sport competition dog, or contracting with industry-leading explosive detection canine companies like Vapor Wake K9, Amanda has the knowledge and experience to help people and their pets be their best.
*For the protection of all the students, we require dogs have current Rabies, DHPP, and Bordetella vaccinations (administered by a veterinarian) and must be free of external parasites including fleas, ticks, and mites.