About The Trainer
Hi, my name is Judy Seils. Thank you for visiting the Pawfect Manners website. I hope you'll take a few moments to look around and maybe learn something you didn't know. Let me tell you a little about myself.
I took a basic obedience class with my first dog in 1996. Dreamer learned how to sit and lay down, but had issues with strangers and other dogs. I wanted to find a way to help her with her fears. Dreamer showed me how very dynamic dog behavior can be, and started me on a new path in life as a dog trainer.
- Over 20 years in the Veterinary industry
- Teaching basic dog obedience since 2002
- Prior to starting Pawfect Manners, I apprenticed with Barbara West of WestOak DTC, and then took over her classes after health issues made it difficult for Barb to teach.
- Continuing Education - Keeping up-to-date with the science of training.
Animals are affected by everything they come into contact with, just like we are. Sometimes the interaction is good, sometimes it's not; it's those bad experiences that cause many of the problems we see in our pets.
My goal is to help you help your dog or cat learn how to handle those situations and how to behave in a way that is acceptable to the humans around him.More About The Trainer
Time is often a factor that prevents us from taking traditional training classes. We offer online classes, where you get one on one coaching for your pet's needs from your own home. If you aren't sure what you need, click on the boxes below or check out the Class Index for brief descriptions of each class.
For Puppies 2 to 4 months old. It's never too early to start training.
For Kittens 2 to 4 months old. It's never too early to start training.
For dogs 5 months and older. It's never too late to start training.
For cats 5 months and older. It's never too late to start training.
Focus On The Manners You Want
If you already have the basics or just want to deal with one thing at at time, you can choose a Focus class that best fits your needs.
Shouldn't Your Pet Have Pawfect Manners?
You can have a well-behaved pet, let me show you how.Schedule Your Class!
$75 / Session
- Includes: One 45 minute remote session
- One e-mail follow-up with the trainer
- Need help with one issue?
- Choose the Focus session that works for you
- Can be rolled over to 4 or 6 session class
$180 / 4 Sessions
- Includes: Four 45 minute remote sessions
- Two e-mail follow-ups with the trainer
- Need extra help with one or two issues?
- Choose the Focus session that works for you
- Can be rolled over to 6 session class
Classes - Manners 101
$210 / 6 Sessions
- Includes: Six 45 minute remote sessions
- Three e-mail follow-ups with the trainer
- Basic training class based on age and species
- Or refresher to fine tune basics
- Or Manners 201 for advanced students
Frequently Asked Questions
Why don't you have in person classes?
I am currently only offering online classes. Covid 19 has made it more difficult to meet safety needs for in person classes. With live, online classes you can learn how to teach your pet from home! Remote classes allow you to work on problems you are having in the environment where they occur. You also save time and money not having to travel to and from class.
How do I use Zoom?
It's easy to set up your computer or tablet to use Zoom. Check out this link for more information. How to set up Zoom
What do I need for class?
There are a few things you will need to get for class. It's a good idea to prepare several days in advance in case you have any questions. Click here to see what is needed. How to set up for class
What's so important about positive reinforcement?
Studies show that positive reinforcement training is much more effective and creates trust and a better relationship between you and your pets. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior's (AVSAB) Position Statement on Humane Dog Training explains the benefits of reward based training.
What is clicker training? Do I have to use one in class?
Clicker training is a positive reinforcement technique that can be used for all aspects of training, from basic obedience to tricks to behavior modification. While you don't have to use a clicker, I recommend you try it. Here are some instructions to get you started. Clicker Training Instructions
What if I sign up for one Focus Session and decide I want to take a 4 or 6 session class?
No problem! Any 1 or 4 session class can be upgraded, you simply pay the difference.
My dog is aggressive, do you work with aggressive dogs?
The term 'aggressive' covers a lot of behaviors. I will be glad to do a consultation with you to see if I think I can help. If your dog's behavior is beyond my scope, I can refer you to a veterinary specialist. Be aware that these types of behavior problems are not quick fixes. If I agree to coach you and your dog, a minimum of 6 sessions are required.
Can you really train a cat?
Yes, you can train cats. They are a bit more challenging than dogs. You have to have something they really want as a reward. Remote classes will allow you to work in an environment where your cat is most comfortable.
What can you teach a cat?
You can teach a cat almost anything you can teach a dog. Sometimes it's just teaching them to allow you to brush them, or trim their nails. Fun tricks are also a great way to build your cat's confidence and trust.