It is our goal to use the most scientifically accurate information to create simple, easy-to-learn dog training concepts that can be effortlessly implemented by pet owners. We want every family to feel they have a clear path forward, instead of feeling lost and confused about their dog's behavior.
Co-Owner, Trainer, Behavior Specialist, Performer
Alyssa is our resident behavior consultant, having taken extensive continuing education courses in canine stress, fear, anxiety, aggression, and socialization. Alyssa studied Psychology in college, and later attended multiple dog training courses before opening her first training company in North Carolina. She has a particular affinity for those crazy, intense dogs who are difficult to control. She is an active competitor in canine frisbee, and regularly performs in stunt dog entertainment shows for the public.
Summary of Education & Credentials
Ian Dunbar seminar, 2015
PPG Summit, 2016, 2017
Sue Sternberg seminar, 2015
Fenzi Dog Sport Camp, 2018
Pat Miller, 2016
2015 Dean's List Psychology Major
Dr. Karen Overall, 2016
2015-2018 CCPDT Certificate Holder
World qualifying frisbee competitor
US Marine Corps Veteran
A Note From Alyssa:
"Hello! I am so happy you have made it this far into your dog training research, and I am thrilled you are considering a training program for your dog. I have been working with clients like you for over 8 years now, and I am so ready to share everything I've learned with you. Chris and I live with 10 active, high drive performance dogs of our own, so we fully understand the need for simple, concise, easily implemented dog training concepts. I have a special passion for helping families through problems with their dog and teaching them what it feels like to have a deep, meaningful relationship with a canine companion. "
Co-Owner, Trainer, Speaker, Performer
Chris is our co-owner, trainer, and sports instructor, specializing in confidence building in insecure dogs. He began his dog training career in 2015 by competing in dog sports, primarily Flying Disc. He earned a qualifying ticket to the USDDN World Championship in his first year, and later branched out into pet obedience training. He has since assisted in launching and/or running 3 other training companies before partnering up with Alyssa to finally open his own company. Chris has a special talent for fearful dogs, and uses his gentle, caring nature to build confidence and predictability in an unpredictable human world.
Summary of Education & Credentials
Lawrence Frederick Seminar, 2017
Tracy Custer Seminar, 2017
UpDog Challenge Certified Judge Trainer
Seminar Presenter, Australia, 2020
Mona & Kosuke Hirai Seminar, 2018
Adrian Stoica Seminar, 2018
Andrea Rigler Seminar, 2019
Updog Challenge Ambassador
UpDog International Finals Podium Finisher, 2017 & 2018
UpDog International Finals Official Head Judge, 2019
UpDog Australian Classic Official Head Judge & Trainer, 2020
Disc Dog Exhibitor, AKC Nationals, 2020
A Note From Chris:
“In 2019 I left my corporate job of nearly a decade, where I helped businesses solve their Information Technology problems, to pursue my dream of being a full time dog trainer. I spend my free time traveling across the country and around the world for Disc Dog performing, judging, and teaching seminars. But when I’m not doing that, I’m using my unique blend of experiences to help Indianapolis families with their dogs’ needs. I believe in training with kindness and building a personal connection with each dog I work with. If you’ve read this far, thank you! I hope you’ll give us a shot and reach out for a consultation.”
Meet the Dogs!
The OG frisbee master, professional bird chaser, best boy
Loves Speedway, mouthbreathing, stealing food, and not biting decoys.
Owns all the toys. Headbanging skills are on point. Blep queen.
Most delicate little flower, naughtiest little banana. Arooo.
Old lady grumpy gills. Could single-handedly keep mom & dad in business on her own.
Tiniest woo-woo girl. Always in charge, has many opinions. Don't need no man.
What the heck are "dog sports?!" Many people don't even know that dog sport competitions exist! Chris and Alyssa compete in dog sports such as canine disc (frisbee), dock diving, lure coursing, barnhunt, and more. We love getting out there and socializing with other dog lovers, all while building a relationship with our own dogs! Check out this video to get a feel for what an average Saturday afternoon of frisbee practice looks like for us!
Must play at all times, ball is life, frisbee is even more life
Fantastic Michael Jackson impersonator. Prettiest dog and knows it.
Basically Switzerland. Kind of a big deal. Very big, like, she's gigantic.
Always wearing his go-fast shoes, he is mom's bestest boy.
Not a thought between those eyes.
but he tries.
Bouncy, sassy, backtalker. Made her dad go swimming once in front of a crowd.
Our Training Methodology
At We Speak Dog, we teach dogs that it is fun to do what we want them to do! We prefer dogs to listen to us because they have learned that good things happen when they do, not because they fear what might happen if they don't.
We believe it is best to train animals as kindly as possible, while still setting clear rules and boundaries. We strive to foster a relationship between the pet parent and the dog based on a foundation of trust and communication.
1. Trust: without trust, nothing is possible. Any living being must first feel safe before learning new behaviors.
2. Relationship: Trust later forms a connection between the human and dog. A bond begins to form.
3. Communication: Once a relationship has been established, the dog learns that we can communicate with one another using a common language.
4. Choice: Giving the dog choices builds confidence. When the dog makes desirable choices, we reinforce that choice with something that the dog finds valuable, such as food or a toy.
We align our training philosophies with other professional training models, such as the Humane Hierarchy, LIMA, The Hierarchy of Dog Needs, and Fear-Free Pets.
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