OkcPets Magazine March 2023

42 OKC Pets • March / April 2023 Big Friendly Dog Training B ig Friendly Dog Training in Edmond is ready to help dogs and owners succeed together — whatever their challenges might be. “We specialize in anxiety, separation anxiety, dog aggression, human aggression, and fear aggression as well as basic obedience and puppy training,” says owner Loreanne Cowan, who is certified through the Canine Trade Group and has specialty training in prevention of dog bites. “My main goal is to keep dogs in their homes.” Big Friendly Dog Training, which oper- ates in the Oklahoma City area, is individ- ualized to meet the needs of the dog and owner. Sessions are offered weekdays, week- nights, and weekends. The first step is an in-home behavioral consultation so Cowan can meet the dog, answer and ask questions, and formulate the best training strategy with the owner. “We believe that dog training is not some- thing you do to your dog, it’s something you do with your dog. It’s all about building that mutual trust and creating that human-dog bond. If we can create that, the dog listens better, and the dog will focus on you better. You’re going to have a lot more success if your dog is paying attention to you,” says Cowan. A typical plan might include five sessions within six months, Cowan says. “At that point, we should have the behaviors manage- able.” However, the services of Big Friendly Dog Training are based on a commitment for the lifetime of the dog. This “train- er-on-retainer program,” Cowan says, is de- signed to accommodate whatever behavioral challenges might occur even when owners are maintaining basic obedience and trying to keep up the training. Cowan has more than 10 years of expe- rience working with animals and has been training dogs exclusively for the last four years with Big Friendly Dog Training. You can find the company online at https://bigfriendlydogtraining.com, on Tik- Tok @bigfriendlydogtrainer, on Facebook @ bigfriendlydogtraining, and on Instagram @ bigfriendlydogtraining or by calling (405) 493-6490. WELCOME, NEW ADVERTISER FreetoLiveOK No-kill sanctuary for dogs and cats 405.282.8617 FreetoLiveOK.org Providing mobile ultrasound services to local veterinarians in their hospital (405) 742-7787 ovdionline@gmail.com https://ovdionline.com/ Dr. Jennifer Neitman, DVM, DACVR kristin@okcritter.com 405-554-5770 www.okcritter.com OUR SERVICES • Farm, ranch and horse sitting • Dog, puppy and pet sitting • Horse blanket cleaning and repair • Pet and farm supply pickup and delivery • Pet taxi services • On call farm hand • And more! Not Your Average Pet Sitter LLC