Understanding Our Dogs LLC

Understanding Our Dogs LLC

Understanding Our Dogs LLC locationStanley, NC, Gaston, Mecklenburg

(5 Reviews)

I am Lena Skov, MBA, KPA, and I am the dog trainer covering a very large area fromCharlotte, NC to Gastonia, NC and from Huntersville, NC to Rock Hill, SC. I have vast experience of 20 years of working with dogs of many breeds and personalities, as well as formal education. I graduated from the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.

Among many, there are two main aspects that set my business apart from others:

1. While dealing with anxious and aggressive dogs, I try to get to the source of the problem. We have to change the dog' emotional response to the trigger. If we just tell the dog to be quiet or ignore something or punish him for his behavior, we are simply putting a BandAid over the issue instead of getting to the source of it. At some point, the dog will not be able to continue to suppress the emotions and will have another outbreak. I want to make the dog feel more relaxed around other dogs or things that bother him. I want to relieve the anger and panic. 90% of aggression is fear or anxiety based. If we address fear and anxiety, we are going to be much more successful in helping the dog in the long term.

2. I have a very successful Puppy Program. It is based on impulse control or teaching the puppy patience. Puppy learns to compose herself to obtain what she wants from the owner. We not only work on basic behaviors but also teach the puppy to be polite when asking for attention, learn to give owners space and settle. We address no jumping and biting very early on. I teach my clients how to replace behaviors they do not like with the ones they prefer. The training program is very efficient and easy to follow.

I am a positive but not a permissive trainer, and I do believe in having rules, but I prefer following through without unnecessary coercion.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing my clients and their dogs lead harmonious lives together. All owners deserve a great dog and all dogs deserve great owners.

Understanding Our Dogs LLC Reviews


Review of Understanding Our Dogs LLC by Olivia Carper
5 Olivia Carper

Lena is amazing! She did board and train with my pup and he has learned so much! I am very thankful for all she has taught him and us! We are still learning and she is such a great support!

Review of Understanding Our Dogs LLC by Ron Stone
5 Ron Stone

Let me say that Lena was not Kasey's first trainer. At 4 months of age I sent Kasey to a one month training school. I won’t name the school, but my personal opinion is the training turned out a complete failure. I think Kasey came home worse than when she left. My Vet recommend Lena and I contacted her. Best move I’ve ever made! This lady is absolutely the best. She took Kasey for a 3 week training session. The results speaks volumes what she did with Kasey in that short time. In fact I was so impressed with her that I’ve asked her to please provided Kasey with 3 more weeks of advanced training. Lena is a well educated professional and a caring personable individual. Without reservation I highly recommend her. Ron Stone

Review of Understanding Our Dogs LLC by Brendan Shockley
5 Brendan Shockley

Words can't describe how amazing Lena is! Incredibly knowledgeable, super friendly, and was an absolutely pleasure to work with. She spent just as much time (if not more) teaching us how to train/reinforce training as she did training our pup herself, which made us feel really confident in curbing our dog's bad behavior on our own. We went from having a dog who relentlessly "pulled" on the leash while on walks and barked at other people/dogs, to having a pup who no longer pulls or barks at others - we couldn't be happier or speak higher of Lena!

Review of Understanding Our Dogs LLC by Sara Buttar
5 Sara Buttar

Lena was incredible with our dog and helped us learn to effectively manage her extreme anxiety and disruptive behavior. She went from being unable to go on walks without barking excessively at people/dogs walking by, to being super calm on walks and even being able to go to the dog park and play with another doggie friend. She also helped correct Roxie’s bad habit of pulling on the leash after just one session. Lena is such a sweet person and she trained us just as much as she trained Roxie, by giving us the guidance we needed to reinforce her training between sessions. Thank you, thank you, thank you Lena, for everything! We are so grateful to have found you! Roxie will miss you bunches �

Review of Understanding Our Dogs LLC by Shelly Chavis McLean
5 Shelly Chavis McLean

Lena is very professional and very responsive. We didn’t get to keep our dog so we didn’t actually get to train with her but she helped us out with advice over the phone and messaging . We will definitely use her in the future with our other dogs. Highly recommend her.

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What do you love most about your job?

Improving the quality of life of dogs and their owners. Every dog deserves a chance and every owner deserves a great dog.

What inspired you to start your own business?

My love for dogs and the desire to help others. Dogs can bring so much love and happiness. Sometimes they just need a little help understanding what we prefer and how best to behave.

Why should our clients choose you?

Science-Based Dog Training. My curriculum is built on decades of scientific research and practical development by behavior analysts, ethologists and event-marker trainers around the world
Comprehensive Services. I will explain what causes your dog's behavior and what steps need to be taken to remedy the situation as well as how to prevent re-occurrence.
Fully Customizable. I will never try to fit a square peg into a round hole. Dogs are individuals - I can easily adjust the program to the specific dog's needs.
Professionally Educated. There are no industry requirements for dog trainers. I am one of the few that have been professionally educated. I graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.
Efficient Training Programs. My training programs are well-established with the highest level of efficiencies targeting the busy schedules of the owners.
20 Years of Experience. I started training dogs in 1998. I have vast experience of working with a multitude of breeds and personalities

Services provided by Understanding Our Dogs LLC


Puppy Training

No need to buy more than 3 sessions! We recommend training your puppy from the moment he walks through your door at 8 weeks. Many undesired behaviors can be prevented well before forming. Our Puppy Program is unsurpassed and focused on teaching self-control. 3 sessions for $330. Complete and efficient training system.

Board and Train

Board and Train is designed for those owners that do not have the time to train their dog but are willing to keep up with training once the dog reaches the desired level. The dog stays in my guest bedroom and becomes part of my family for 3 weeks. Basic behaviors only not behavior modification. 3 weeks for $1250

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