Training

We’re here to help, because having a well behaved dog is life changing.

Pickles Playland’s dog training is a positive psychology based approach that varies depending on what works best for you and your dog. This allows us to work with each dog on a deeper and more balanced level. We’re here to see how behavioral training can work into your lifestyle, rather than to tell you what you are and aren’t allowed to do with your dog. We mark behaviors that we don’t want, ask your dog for the behavior we do want and boost their confidence to get it right next time.

Our goal is to improve the lives of people and their pets. So the more details the better. When you reach out to us please don’t hesitate to send us a long email of details. If you think a piece of info might be helpful then send it to us. We want to know about you, your human family members, your animal family members, your home and most importantly your dog. All of the elements of your life help guide your dog’s sense of the world, lifestyle, understanding of what’s expected of them and what to expect in the outside world.

What behaviors can we work on?

  • Getting Set-up For Your New Puppy
  • First-time Dog Owner Help
  • Confidence Building
  • Proper Leash Etiquette
  • Calmly Approaching People & Pets
  • Impulse Control
  • Barking reduction in your home and outdoors
  • Overcoming Fears & Phobias
  • Basic Obedience
  • Touch Targeting
  • And more

Nikki Johnson

Behaviorist / Dog Trainer, CDO & Pickles’ Mommy

I use various different methods for training because I’ve apprenticed with multiple dog trainers and behaviorists. My training style is called behavioral training because I am a dog behaviorist. So I can tell you why your dog does the behavior you don’t want, how to fix the behavior and why the training will make sense for your specific dog. I specialize in training service dogs for people with PTSD and rehabilitation of dogs with fear based aggression. But I am very experienced and excited to help people and their dogs with almost any behavioral needs! The types of training I do not offer are: Tricks like dancing and rolling over, agility, scent work and search/rescue. I’ve won multiple awards in the pet industry since 2015.

Click Here to schedule private sessions with Nikki

Jewel Thacker

Jewel is an avid dog enthusiast and always looking to grow her knowledge base. Jewel is under apprenticeship from Nikki Johnson and is excited to take on her own clients as she learns more skills. Jewel not only has profession canine experience through her work at Pickles but also continues her education online through the Fear Free certification process. When not working Jewel can be found cuddling with her 2 dogs Luna and Panda, whom your dog might know from daycare at Pickles.

Abby Higgs

*Abby will be taking a leave of absence for the months of April and May. We hope you have a great vacation Abby!!!

Dog Walking Expert & In-Home Care Coordinator

Abby has worked with dogs of all sizes and ages for many years while gaining the knowledge and techniques to help guide dogs into the right behaviors during walks. She has multiple different methods and training tools to help each individual dog. All of Abby’s techniques are based in positive reinforcement with treats, verbal and physical praise. Abby has won multiple awards in the pet service industry since 2017. Abby is also our In-Home Care coordinator and ‘cat lady’. She has an understanding like no other with many types of animals.

Canine behavioral apprentice & Assistant manager of Pickles Playland in Redmond

Sessions

1 – 1.5 hours with Nikki

$100 +tax

In your home, in a pre-selected destination or at Pickles Playland. Sessions during daycare hours are offered one on one with your dog, but without you present. All other 1 – 1.5 hour sessions can include you and your family.

1 hour on Sunday with Abby

$75 +tax

1 hour of uninterrupted private training for you and your dog. We will focus on techniques that encourage proper leash etiquette. We can work on loose leash walking, appropriately greeting other dogs and people, acclimation to the outside world and eye contact.

1 hour on Sunday with Jewel

$75 +tax

1 hour of uninterrupted private training for you and your dog. We can focus on techniques such as proper leash etiquette, loose leash walking, appropriately greeting other dogs and people, acclimation to the outside world and eye contact.

30 minutes during daycare with Nikki

$50 +tax

These sessions take place while your dog is at daycare. You’ll receive photos and detailed notes about the session. Please schedule this type of session through your client portal here.

30 minutes during daycare with Abby

$35 +tax

These sessions take place while your dog is at daycare. You’ll receive photos and detailed notes about the session. Please schedule this type of session through your client portal here.

30 minutes on Sundays with Jewel

$35 +tax

30 minutes of uninterrupted private training for you and your dog. We can focus on techniques such as proper leash etiquette, loose leash walking, appropriately greeting other dogs and people, acclimation to the outside world and eye contact.

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