Dog training sessions

Optional Training Sessions with Now And Zen Dog Training

You can get the help you need during your vacation at DogWoods Retreat with optional consult/training sessions with Nan Long, Now And Zen Dog Training.  There is no issue we can’t help you, and your dog, with.  During your session a complete evaluation will be made of your dog(s) behaviors, current methods and equipment.  A personalized plan will be formulated to help improve those behaviors.  This plan will be discussed, implemented, and practiced during your session.

We Are Certified, Ethical, Knowledgable.

Nan is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT),  Established in 2001, it is the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession.  The CCPDT is the leader in the development of rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices.  Thousands of dog training professionals worldwide maintain the CCPDT’s certifications as a mark of high professional distinction.

Our Philosophies

Integrity:  As certificants of the CCPDT we have pledged adherence to a strict ethical code and to abide by the use of Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive effective behavior policy (LIMA) in our training methods.  We have clearly stated accepted principles that govern our conduct as dog training and/or behavior professionals.

Education:  We believe the public has the right to work with dog training professionals who are not only knowledgeable but whose knowledge is based on current, sound scientific principles.

Excellence:  We are recognized by documented training and behavior experience as valid, functional criteria relevant to the certification process.

Scientific Principles:  We are committed to current behavioral science and it’s application to dog training and behavior consulting.

She is also a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a member of Doggone Safe and a presenter of their dog bite safety programs.

What Our Clients Say

Stellar! Nan has magic. My dogs loved her and actually had fun learning. Nan is super brilliant, kind, calming, comforting, and very effective. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else. She’s the best.

~Jennifer McDonald-Doyle

Her focus on positive reinforcement and working with each dog’s unique personality and needs, has helped many dogs and their humans develop wonderful bonds and happy relationships.

~Barbara Connold

I highly recommend Nan as a trainer. She has given us the confidence and skill to deal with our lovable but highly energetic dog. And she accomplished this with gentleness and positivity, not physical intimidation.

~Ellen Marsh

I wish I could give Nan and her style of dog training a 10 stars!  Now 10 years later I have 2 wonderful boxers one of which is an registered Therapy Dog who has been spotlighted in the paper, on TV and along with me was instrumental in starting a pet therapy program at a local hospital.

Nan has never hesitated to offer suggestions when I call her with issues. I love my 4 legged babies and I am so glad that Nan was recommended to me. I HIGHLY recommend her as a dog trainer and would not hesitate to use her in the future.

~Marche Tucker

Nan was recommended to us because of her love and knowledge of the boxer breed. Our pup, Apple Jack, was 8 months old when we started training with Nan. She not ony helped Apple Jack feel more secure and safe with his new owners, but help us as dog owners learn a language that made us feel confident in implementing what we learned.

Apple Jack is 5 now, and Nan is still on call when I need her. I used her expertise to help with introducing Apple jack to our new babies and stay confident with them as they grew to crazy toddlers! I refer Nan to everyone I meet, especially parents struggling with dog and children relationships. She goes beyond a 5 star rating for us!

~Sarah Barron

It has been such an amazing experience watching you apply your “Natural and Organic – Whole Dog Approach” to the rearing of my dogs over the past 14 years.  I so admire your vast knowledge of the canine temperament.  You’ve built a solid foundation of trust with my dogs coupled with the regularity of consistent training …It was clear from the start the dogs trusted you and you loved them Nan.  The emotional component between you and the dogs was really the impetus that allowed them to learn from you so quickly.

Thank you Nan for all you’ve done for the health, happiness, and well-being of my dogs!!

~Ric Scalzo – Founder Gaia Herbs