Jill Celebrates 11 Years of Helping Dogs and Their People
Dog Training in Vermont
Specializing in private, in-home training. No packages required.
Follow the Leader Dog Training celebrates its 11th year!!!
Follow the Leader Dog Training Services provides professional, certified help for you and your dog in your home.
We have successfully helped owners with concerns from basic potty training for puppies to serious aggression issues with mature dogs.
Our methods are dog and people friendly. They're efficient and based on the science of how dogs learn - not on popular, junk theories which easily put people in harm's way and can make dogs worse.
Learn and work with your dog
Jill's beloved mini poodle Noo Noo
We're very proud of the work we've done with dogs of many different sizes, breeds and ages. The "Testimonials" page on this site will give you a taste of what some of our clients have to say about our work.
Here's a sample:
"All is going well thanks to your wonderful coaching...They are getting along better and better outside. They love romping together on the long walks. No fights since we stopped letting them loose in the house together. So, we'll keep on this program until we feel safe in trying them loose in the house. Meanwhile, thank you for the wonderful help. We'll pass the word. - D.A. Ferrisburgh, VT"
Tailored, Effective, & Efficient
Gina (center left) and her buddies enjoy an obedience break on a Sunday walk with their trainer, Jill Halstead.
Our in-home services are available to homes within an hour and a half of Burlington, VT. After the initial consult, owners receive a report detailing recommendations specific to their dog, their abilities and their goals. Owners receive a free follow up period of two months to make sure things are on track.
Free follow ups are conducted by e-mail or phone. Often, one consult is sufficient. Rates (see "Rates" page) for follow up sessions are reduced and include an e-mail synopsis of the session as well as the two-month free follow up period.
I will happily tell our Vet about you and I agree with you about the lack of information regarding where to go for dogs with fear-based issues. We even talked to our Vet about it and all he told us was to "keep her out of trouble. It wasn't very helpful or motivating. - Anonymous
Your best friend...
The majority of our clients have dogs with aggression problems. Many dogs have these problems. They are not bad dogs, they are just afraid or stressed. Because of these problems, owners are often unable to take these dogs to trainers or classes outside the home.
We visit your home, interview the owners and pinpoint the source of stress. Once we have a diagnosis, we prepare a written plan which addresses your dogs needs. The treatment plan is written with the particular needs of each dog and their family in mind.
Thank you so much for the very thorough report. We were so impressed with you and all the information you offered. (My dog) missed you when you left, because she kept going back and forth to the doors! - J.F. Waitsfield, VT
Jill's sweet Border Collie cross named Bailey, passed away at the ripe, old age of 14, after a six-year battle with vaccine-associated sarcoma. Bailey was a registered therapy dog who brought smiles and happy memories back to many ill and elderly people.
She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.