In-Home Positive reinforcement training

Luke Hutson, H&T Trainer


Puppy Basics

For puppies under 6-Months

We cover all the basics you’ll need to successfully transition to puppy-life for your family and home.  We will teach you how to practice basic obedience commands, giving you and your pup a solid foundation on which other skills will be built upon. We will address common puppy issues and offer advice on crate training, potty training, biting, etc. 

Our goal is to set you up for the best possible start in your puppy's life.  Even the greatest pups have things they need to learn, and they are always easiest to correct when they are addressed early!  

Basic Obedience

For adult dogs and puppies over 6-Months

Our general obedience course begins with the 7 foundational skills: Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Leave it, Bed/Kennel & Heel.  These commands are the bedrock that all other training skills are built.

Physical exercise is important, but mental workouts can be equally as important to maintain a happy and healthy dog.  Not only will you have more confidence and control of your dog, but with consistent practice, you will build a deeper and more trusting relationship over time. 

We will do a complete review of your dog's environment and recommend small changes that could help your dog in a big way.

Behavior Modification

For adult dogs exhibiting unwanted behavior

We use positive-reinforcement techniques to address minor behavioral issues. The most common are jumping, nipping/biting, ongoing potty-training issues, pulling on leash, and incessant barking. 

Given the dog has had more time to practice the problem behavior, it is likely that it will take a bit more training to resolve the issue.  Being completely transparent, we typically find that these cases need three to five (or more) private training sessions in order to show real progress. 

If your dog is exhibiting a high degree of separation anxiety or aggression, we’d be happy to put you in touch with a specialist who focuses solely on these specific types of behavioral issues.

Recent Client feedback

Matt & Kelsey Z.

"Luke and Charlie are truly the dream team! Our puppy Ruby wasn't eating, hated going into her crate and was constantly throwing temper tantrums. After Luke started working with her, she became a whole new dog. They helped us give Ruby purpose and drive, which we will be forever grateful for!"

Julie O.

"Luke is a miracle worker! My three-month-old headstrong Brittany Spaniel has had three private home training sessions and each one has been extremely productive and enjoyable. Luke and his dog Charlie have helped my puppy Remy overcome some pretty annoying and destructive behaviors like barking to get your attention, biting/chewing and fear of the vacuum. Living in an apartment, barking was a huge issue as I didn't want to disturb my neighbors. After just one session, Remy now waits patiently and quietly when I'm in the kitchen or preparing his meal. While working on correcting these behaviors, his sessions seamlessly blend common dog training concepts and positive reinforcement. Luke's style and techniques are easy to work with and he's extremely patient (with human and pup!). I have recommended Heads & Tails to several friends who are also finding success. I would also highly recommend training in your home because teaching your dog in his own environment is key to long-term success. "

Robyn R.C.

“We found the training session with Luke to be really helpful! There was a good mix of him asking us about the pups and our family’s history as dog-owners, answering our training questions, demonstrating techniques, and finally getting us all out for a walk together to work on those skills.”

Nicole G.

“Duke is the cutest Golden Doodle in the world and yes I’m biased. He’s snuggly and he smiles. He also wants to do whatever he wants and thinks he is amazing. We were in a world of hurt with him eating TV remotes, counter surfing, barking, being snippy, etc. Luke is giving us the tools to work on all of this. There IS NO WAY watching youtube trainings would have worked. Trust me I tried.

Luke listens, observes, and completely tailors our sessions to Duke. Each one is different and I always leave feeling empowered and encouraged. It’s a process, but if you want to see change, Luke Hutson is your man. His calm, assertive, intuitive manner gets to the heart and soul of my awful, terrible, prancy Golden Doodle”.