Welcome to The Cooperative Dog!
The Cooperative Dog is me, Vera Wilkinson CDBC, CPDT, KPA CTP. I am passionate about helping you to bring out the very best in your puppy or dog. Regardless of whether you have a puppy in need of socialization, are looking for basic or advanced training or have a dog with serious behavior problems, the dog training and behavior consulting help you need is here. Helping people to get things right with their dogs has been my full-time work since 1996. My experience is an asset to both you and your dog.
I teach you not just how to train your dog but to understand your dog’s behavior and world view. You will learn why your dog does or does not do what you ask and know exactly what to do about it. All skills are taught using non-confrontational and proven, positive reinforcement dog training methods.
The goal of all training and behavior modification at The Cooperative Dog is to allow dogs to become willing partners in the process of learning how to live with people. Here’s a picture of my beloved, Szap! He loved the ’alley-oop’ target training tool because it involved clicker training! Dogs love it because they get it!
Short on time? Or planning ahead? I offer dog behavior education seminars to help people prepare dogs for the arrival of a baby; teach children to be safe around the family dog and take part in training; lay out an overview of the behavior modification and training it takes to resolve fear, anxiety and reactivity and more.
Do you have a special needs dog? My dog was born deaf so I know what it is to live with a dog that perceives the world differently. I have worked with many deaf and blind dogs and am sure I can help you with yours too.
Learn more about The Cooperative Dog here.
What Others Have to Say
‘I can’t recommend Vera and her classes enough! …’ ~ Magda and ‘Otis’
‘We first worked with Vera Wilkinson 10 years ago in training Emma who was dealing with fear aggression…’ ~ Michael, Tina, ‘Emma’ and ‘Odo’
‘I called on Vera for help with my very nervous dog and was blown away by how much progress we made in a very short time. It was, in the end, my approach and misconceptions about dogs that contributed to my dog’s problems with people. …’ ~ Barbara and ‘Molly’
“…Then one day he jumped on Vera and changed our lives. … in the end she revolutionized my interactions with animals… Using her methods I have trained my llamas to come when called and slide their heads into their halters. They stand still for shearing without any restraint …..“ ~Geraldine and ‘Grizzly’
“When she came to live with us, it was obvious she was terrified and within a few weeks, her behavior got really scary. I was afraid she’d bite me or someone visiting. … Vera, I can’t thank you enough for helping me save my dog’s life – and, my sanity!” ~ Kim and ‘Darby’