Are you a seasoned dog owner or a first-time dog owner who wishes to have a harmonious relationship with your dog where

  • your dog is bonded with you,
  • your dog gets along with other members of your household, and
  • you sense that your dog is truly happy?

Look no further!

For Seasoned Dog Owners:

If you’re a seasoned dog owner facing behavioral challenges or seeking basic training solutions, you’ve come to the right place. I specialize in working with clients who:

  • own a dog (or two), and are dedicated to providing a safe home for their canines and themselves.
  • struggle with behavioral issues that drive them crazy, put the dog in jeopardy or create a lot of stress in their home
  • are open to being coached, learning and taking responsibility for the dog’s actions.

Do any of these statements resonate with you?

I love my dog but (s)he…

  • destroys my property
  • jumps up on people and they get scared
  • nips at people or acts aggressively toward people
  • doesn’t get along with other 4-legged members of our home
  • acts like a maniac on our walk or when he sees other dogs
  • is terrified of everything (s)he comes in contact with

You’re not alone. Many of my clients have faced these challenges too. Most people assume that taking care of a dog is easy and that they’ll figure it out along the way. But I’ve learned from personal experience that this approach often leads to mistakes and misguided advice from well-meaning dog owners.

There are many habits and routines where seasoned dog owners unknowingly foster excited, aggressive, or fearful behaviors in dogs. These behaviors can include jumping on guests, growling at people, or barking at other dogs. And often times, these dogs suffer when trapped in these unhealthy patterns, but there is no human who teaches them that there’s a better way.

As a trusted dog trainer and coach, I’ve spent two decades honing my skills in dog training and coaching dog owners like you. Together, we can shift your mindset, retrain your dog, implement balanced leadership practices, and resolve those pesky behavioral issues that have been driving you crazy. The results can be transformative.

We adopted our Pit Bull puppy, Nutmeg, through Friends to the Forlorn Rescue, which referred us to Iris Grimm!  It was a stroke of luck.  From the moment she walked into our home, we were learning.  From how we should ask our guests to interact with our dog to how to keep our dog protected out in public places.  Iris explained all of her techniques and the reasons why they should be employed.  She showed us very effective ways on training our dog to learn basic commands.  The day after our time with Iris, I was able to show Nutmeg how to lay down within just one day.  She explained the importance of bonding with our dog through food and play.  The quality of our playtime and bonding with Nutmeg, has improved greatly over the last weeks and it’s all due to the techniques that Iris shared with us. She also took the time to answer MANY of my questions on health and nutrition and without even my requesting them, she emailed me newsletters and sent me links that she knew I would find helpful.  It’s apparent that Iris has a heart for dogs and for teaching those of us that are open to learn, that it truly isn’t the dog and that we will only get out, what we are willing to put into this very precious relationship with our dog. Thank you, Iris!
Elizabeth Velez

Here’s what you can expect from this program:

  • A fresh perspective on dogs and dog leadership that will change your outlook.
  • The creation of a trusting partnership with your dog, where safety and calmness foster cooperation.
  • Clarity on what your dog needs from you to bring out their best behavior.
  • Confidence in leading your dog with poise and authority.
  • A deep understanding of why your dog acts the way they do.
  • A renewed sense of fun and joy in your interactions with your dog.
  • A better life for both you and your furry friend.

Topics we can discuss based on your needs and desires:

Topics about your dog and your dog’s well-being:

  • Retraining of public and home dog behavior
  • Socialization exercises and games
  • Obedience commands and training
  • Nutrition and how to choose the best food and treats for your dog
  • General health and vet care
  • Animal introductions and socialization
  • Fun with your dog

For New Dog Owners:

If you’re a new dog owner who has never experienced the joys and challenges of having a dog before, congratulations on embarking on this exciting journey! To help you understand the basics of dog psychology, dog health, and fostering a strong bond, I offer specialized guidance tailored to your unique situation.

By working together, you’ll learn essential knowledge and skills to provide your dog with the best care possible. We’ll cover topics such as:

  • Dog psychology and behavior.
  • Puppy training and socialization.
  • Basic obedience commands and training.
  • Proper nutrition and feeding guidelines.
  • Health maintenance and veterinarian care.
  • Creating a harmonious home environment for your new furry friend.

I’ll play various roles during our sessions to ensure optimal results:

  • As your coach, I’ll create a supportive space and pose thought-provoking questions to spark new insights and perspectives.
  • As a consultant, I’ll provide expert information and recommendations on canine nutrition, health, and well-being.
  • As a trainer and facilitator, I’ll teach you practical dog handling skills and share valuable knowledge about dog behavior.
  • As your cheerleader, I’ll acknowledge your progress and celebrate your achievements in building a strong bond with your dog.
  • As a sounding board, I’ll provide a confidential setting where we can discuss sensitive topics related to dog ownership.
  • Drawing from my extensive experience, I know what it takes to be a confident dog guardian and ensure your dog feels safe and happy.

How do you know if working with me is right for you?

  • You desire a better relationship and stronger leadership with your dog.
  • You’re committed to investing time and effort in strengthening your leadership presence and performance.
  • You value personalized guidance tailored to your unique challenges and appreciate a proven system that delivers results.

To determine if this program aligns with your needs, let’s schedule a 15-minute consultation. Click here to access my online calendar and choose the most convenient time slot for you.

Remember, creating a harmonious life with your dog is possible, regardless of your experience level. Together, we’ll pave the way for a transformative journey filled with love, understanding, and joy. Let’s get started on building a lifelong bond with your four-legged friend and family member!