Trainer Profile
APDT Member Since 2003

Willow Dog Wisdom & Red Rover Pet Services LLC

Education for all ages: group study, small group intensive sessions, one-on-one, practical dog experiences, socialization opportunities; cage-free day/nightcare; retail.
Job Title: owner, principal trainer
Training Equipment: * Clicker and other classically conditioned markers * Sense-ible and Sense-ation front-connect harnesses to manage control while learning to walk with a loose leash * Head halters for anxiety and walking, see above * buckle collar and 6' leash
Training Philosophy: Only use methods you would wish others to use on you. Motivating a student to learn how to be successful is preferable to punishment. Offering choices and allowing dogs to think during interactions is ideal. Be fair, consistent, and use boundaries.
Locations Served: Nashville TN area, including most surrounding counties, and online
Heidi Dixner, principal trainer since 2005, is an experienced teacher who utilizes LIMA training and behavior change strategies. She has helped people work successfully with their dogs in many situations, such as meeting other dogs and people. Her goal is to help human/canine partnerships more fully enjoy this life together. We offer positive reinforcement training that builds an effective relationship between humans and canines. Building Relationship classes teach basic obedience and beyond. Classes are open to all ages and use the levels system to ensure constant learning and minimize boredom. Social time is available as appropriate for similar size dogs who have similar play styles. For puppies we help people build foundations for confident adult dogs and relaxed competitors. Behavior and learning your dog's body language are important components of all classes. Opportunities to increase your dog's attention and perform off-leash heel include Freestyle, a sport that utilizes heel and various positions. The end result resembles a choreographed dance with your dog. We want you to have fun with your dog and create a bonded relationship that will give you both a full and satisfying life together in our human society!
Services Offered
Behavioral Consultation
Clicker Training
Fun Games
Group Training
Private Lessons