General Obedience &
At American River Canine I use different training methods to ensure that you and your dog are getting the most out of our time together. My training approach is to use the least aversive methods possible. This means I use reward-based methods when appropriate and corrective-based methods when necessary. Training should be a rewarding and bonding experience for both you and your dog.
I fell in love with dog training and behavioral modification after working through the struggles and frustration associated with my dog’s behavioral issues. To expand and improve on my training I began working with other trainers, going to seminars, reading books/articles, and volunteering with rescue groups in the Sacramento and Los Angeles areas as a trainer, evaluator, and foster. During this period I began volunteering my time to clients in order to gain more experience.
I continue to study different training methods and work with local rescues. This allows me to improve on and test multiple training theories with a wide range of dogs to better assist my clients and help rescue dogs find loving homes. Working with owners and their dogs has become a passion of mine and after much support and encouragement from my family, friends, and people I respect in the dog industry I started my own program in 2016.
Private, Group, & Play
Private sessions are for people looking for a customized in-home dog training approach. They are also for clients whose dog(s) have reactivity, a bite history, or severe anxiety.
Group classes are for clients looking for help with general obedience and socialization in a public setting. They are also for clients looking for a tune up after some time away.
Train & Play Days
Train and play days are for current and past clients looking for additional training and socialization during the week. This program has limited space and availability.
“I will forever be thankful for the work Deric did with our dog. His time and dedication to us, and our dog has allowed us to trust our dog again. We now feel comfortable taking him out around kids, dogs and other people. Thank you!”
“He is a wonderful, knowledgeable trainer. He always has the right approach with any dogs he comes in contact with. Forever thankful for all the work and time you have spent with my dogs.”
“Deric is deeply knowledgeable about many different breeds and uses a kind, no-nonsense, easy to use at home, approach that is always successful. He's a pleasure to work with and it's an honor to know him.”