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An Overview of Dog Training in Ogden Ut

Dog Training Ogden Ut - New Dog Trainer

September 14, 2019

About Our Trainer, Alyssa Giles

When Alyssa Giles was a teenager she volunteered at her local shelter and owned numerous animals as a young girl. You can read more about her on our website.

In 2008 she attended the Utah State University in Logan, Utah. She majored in Psychology and her mentor was Dr. Cheney. She was one of the few in the university to be a member of behavioral science club.

At the same university, she worked as a lab technician for the rodents and the pigeons. Studying behavior became her passion.

During college and after graduating with a bachelors in Psychology, she continued her passion. Alyssa worked for a groomer called Stylin’ Pets and helped with stress reduction during grooming.

She also volunteered at the Cache Humane Society and started her own dog training business in 2008. As a result, she has been professionally training for about 11 years.

Dog Training Ogden Ut - Alyssa Giles

She began working as an independent contractor with Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Training Ogden Ut, in 2018. She currently lives in Clearfield, Utah.

Our Methods

All of our methods with Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Training Ogden Ut are strictly positive methods. This means that we mainly use treats, toys and praise as rewards.

The American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior has actually proven through science that reward-based dog training is more effective than punishment based methods such as shock collars, prong collars, spray bottles, yelling, leash poping, etc.

Reward-based training methods are humane and emotionally healthy. When we keep the dog emotionally healthy we prevent future behavioral problems from developing and we also prevent current behavioral problems from escalating.

Cost of Dog Training in Ogden Ut

Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Training Ogden Ut is not the cheapest. Science has proven when we pay more we get more.

We want our clients to value the time and commitment we put into each client. We also want our clients to value what they are receiving.

As a result, we do charge for our initial sessions. This session is 1.5 ours and the cost is $155. We focus on getting know the client and the dog. As a result, we can develop clear treatment programs.

We have three programs for you to choose from. As a result, you get to choose what you pay us and how much support you want to receive from us directly.

Why Our Clients Get Results

First and foremost, we have the utmost and compassion and understanding toward our clients. Our clients contact us because they are feeling emotional pain: frustration, stress, fear, etc.

They want to know they are in good hands to get the support that they need.

At Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Training Ogden Ut , we take the client’s emotional and psychological needs into consideration as well. As trainers we understand it is as much about training the owners as it is the dogs.

Homework is Clear

We like to meet with our clients as close to weekly as we can. Each week homework is given to our clients.

The homework is clear so that the clients know exactly what to do. If the client has trouble completing the homework we try to figure out why so that we can help them move through their obstacles to create the results that they want.


To create amazing results, the owners have to be committed. We hold our clients at a high level of commitment by encouraging them to meet as closely to weekly as we can.

We do this by having expiration dates on our programs to prevent procrastination.

We also continually remind our clients in a friendly manner that they have to do the work to get results.

Follow Up Sessions

Many of our programs with Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Training Ogden Ut have follow-up sessions. These training sessions of no expiration date on them.

A client can come back to us at anytime and receive additional help with the issues we covered in the past. If new issues have arised more sessions will be need.

These follow-up sessions allow clients to get the help they need until they reach their desired goals.

At times the follow-up sessions can be group classes instead private sessions. This works great for obedience or puppy training. You can click here to learn more about the puppy courses.

How We Can Help You with Dog Training in Ogden Ut

Our goal is to allow you to have the peace of mind with your dog that you deserve whether it is in the home, on-leash walks or off-leash hiking with your dog.

Dog Training Ogden Ut - Dog Training in Ogden Utah

Generally, we love to get to know you personally. As a result, we choose to chat on the phone first rather than e-mailing back and forth.

We understand the stress you may feel so we put a large effort into listening what is going with your dog. From there we direct you to either an initial session where you can get to know us better or to a group dog training course in SLC.

Contact us and tell us about your dog

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Britnie Sorensen
Britnie Sorensen
18:11 06 Apr 24
This is our second round of training with Johanna! Our Bullmastiff Abbi is different from our previous dogs, and we knew Johanna would be able to help us. We reached out and were in excellent hands! Johanna was able to redirect our training efforts, majority of sessions were held virtually and supported with videos of us training Abbi. We will keep using Johanna no matter where life takes us. Her love and compassion for our puppy, and us, come through in every interaction. We are in a much better place and understanding of Abbi after working with Johanna!
Roberta Bonnell
Roberta Bonnell
01:37 24 Mar 24
My Australian Shepard had moderate separation anxiety and Johanna was able to help me get him to a point where I can see him being able to be home alone before the end of the year! Very grateful for all of her training expertise.
Karen Mara
Karen Mara
21:19 21 Jan 24
I recently met with Johanna for help with my rambunctious teenager, Roger. We worked on coming when called, leash walking, and staying calm around other dogs when on leash. After two sessions, Roger made huge improvements, and he continues to improve as we practice on our own. Johanna really understands dogs and is very good at communicating with people. She knows how to make dog training fun. I've worked with other trainers, and Johanna is by far the best.
Wendy Nighswonger
Wendy Nighswonger
18:47 08 Jul 23
I have known Johanna for 13 years. She has helped me with several dogs, but she recently helped me train my new black lab puppy, Raven. I have moved to another state so all of my training with Raven was done online via Zoom. I believe that the one-on-one training I received through Zoom was more personalized and thorough, especially with the way Johanna placed every ounce of training and recommendation on a board through an app that I can refer back when I need. Johanna is very intuitive and knew when stress was on overload for me, therefore tailoring my training for that day around making Raven feel good while simultaneously taking my stress load down. Johanna has years of experience and while her knowledge is a gold mine, it is her gentle patience and love for her clients that make this training so perfect. I would hire her again and again. She is a true canine whisperer. Thank you Four Legged Scholars and thank you Johanna!Wendy N. ~ Oregon
Christina Richards
Christina Richards
18:13 10 Feb 23
Johanna at Four Legged Scholars is great. She tailored my program to fit my needs and was easy to work with. My puppy responded very well to what she taught us together over Zoom. She's patient and understanding. We're still utilizing the things we learned and he's a well-behaved puppy. Thank you!
Karyl Bennion
Karyl Bennion
19:49 05 Feb 23
I adopted Frida as a companion that I could travel, walk and hike with. She loves to hike and walk but pulled on the leash and jumped at distractions. I learned how to be calm and talk in a non threatening way to her. She responds to this much better than yelling at her. The click and treat method that I learned works so well in getting her attention as well as the "target" training. Frida has improved greatly with these methods. I will continue the knowledge I have learned with her. I did the live on-line training and it was very successful. I am so happy we signed up.
Rachel Giddings
Rachel Giddings
02:57 12 Dec 22
My dog was abused in his previous home and has always been afraid of strangers. I wanted to train him and help him to be more confident, but I didn't know how to do that if he was afraid of his trainer.Doing online training with Joanna was perfect for both of us! Joanna helped me learn how to read my dog and understand his triggers. We then worked together on BAT training, which taught him self-soothing behaviors and showed him how to confidently and safely handle difficult situations. I never thought I would have fun doing homework with my dog, but he and I benefited from it tremendously. Working with Joanna via Zoom was perfect for my dog and me.
Shawn McMillen
Shawn McMillen
02:09 24 Oct 22
My 2 year old doodle was struggling with people walking by the house, barking incessantly, tugging on walks, improving recall when off leash and , for me, how to be a better more engaging human for my buddy. The personalized, online sessions exceeded all my expectations. The review of video homework sessions was awesome. We saw improvement in each of the priority areas and I developed real, tangible, lasting skills/tools to be a better pet person. Thanks Johanna!
Courtney Daniels
Courtney Daniels
19:59 12 Sep 22
12 years ago I got a puppy and quickly realized I was in over my head. I wanted to have a good, well trained dog, but I was overwhelmed by methods and my puppies behavior.I joined the four legged scholars puppy training with my little 4 month old puppy Bowie, and saw immediate understanding with the clicker work. It gave us this incredibly ability to communicate and she excelled.We went on to take several courses that established general obedience, helped me turn a STRONG leash puller into a loose leash master (I took that course twice because it was a huge issue for us and I NEEDED help and reassurance from Johanna that I could do it) as well as skill class, that helped solidify a beautiful relationship between us. Learning clicker shaping allowed me to confidently teach complex and unique commands on my own as well, like waving hello and closing kitchen cabinets.My Bowie has climbed to the top of mountains for me staying right by my side never pulling on her leash. I've targeted her off trails to protect her from startling a mama moose and her baby. She's loved on my kids without jumping on them and knocking them over. She's allowed the neighbor girl who has always had a fear of dogs to walk her without pulling at whatever pace she was comfortable with. She shows off with all her fun little tricks Johanna gave me the tools to train my dog into an amazing companion.I feel so lucky to have found your training program and to have the relationship I do with my Bowie girl. These courses have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of families and their pups, thank you for that gift.
Megan Pond-Maxwell
Megan Pond-Maxwell
16:02 18 May 22
I am so grateful to have found Johanna. She was with us every step of the way as we tackled separation anxiety training and reactivity training with Daisy, my Mini Australian Shepherd. As a first time dog owner, I felt at a loss about how to manage my very vocal, scared, stressed, yet loveable dog. She had all of the typical puppy behavior, such as jumping, nipping/biting, leash pulling, as well as barking. On top of that, she was also not able to be alone without feeling terrified, as well as vocally and behaviorally reactive to other dogs, adults, and kids. I felt completely overwhelmed and Johanna created programs that felt manageable and doable. Each training session, I felt understood and empowered working with Johanna. Over the course of our programs, I felt that we accomplished the steps of the training process, strengthened the dog-human relationship, and increased my own awareness of my dog's emotional cues so that I could better work with her. My dog can now be on her own feeling relaxed and playful, her problematic puppy behaviors have significantly improved, she can walk on her leash loosely, listen to commands, and she can better tolerate other adults, dogs, and children as compared to where we first started. Our online experience was very positive. I look forward to continually implementing the tools and skills we have learned along the way to move forward in a positive direction that strengthens our human-animal bond and reduces distressing behaviors and emotional stress and overwhelm. Thank you Four Legged Scholars! I highly, highly recommend working with Johanna.
Emily Harward
Emily Harward
03:36 24 Apr 22
Our rescue dog is sweet and playful with us, but her behavior around other dogs and people could be unpredictable. She would act aggressively around adults (lunging and barking), and would sometimes be aggressive toward other dogs. We chose to do online training with Johanna. I was skeptical that online training would work, but it ended up being very effective. Johanna taught me the skills I needed to train my dog, and provided resources that I could use throughout the week as I worked on the assigned tasks. I was also able to send her videos of me working with my dog, so she could provide feedback and help me improve. Johanna personalized the program and made changes as needed to ensure that I could meet my goals. Since working with Four Legged Scholars, neighbors have commented on how much better behaved my dog is, and I don't have to worry about her lunging and barking at people or other dogs when we are out for a walk anymore. We still have a lot of work to do with our dog, and I feel like doing the personalized online sessions with Johanna has given me the knowledge, and resources to continue training my dog.
Angel Lanoy
Angel Lanoy
15:22 16 Jun 21
We have a large family, including three big dogs. So when our biggest dog Obi, the Rottweiler, started showing aggression we panicked. The vet suggested we put him down after an experience in the office. He then said we could also try training and gave us Johanna's business card. Just a phone call with her made us feel like there was hope. We signed up to do the online sessions with FourLeggedScholars. The process from the first contact to the last was well oiled and very helpful. Obi gets to stay with our family now and we feel like meting with her has given us the guidance and knowledge we need to keep our family, friends and him safe. I was a tad worried about doing the training online, but it really worked out great and we were able to fit such a big task into our busy schedules. I feel like she set us up for success from the very beginning. Thank you.
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