Learn To Speak Dog

A training program for dogs and their humans.

Feel like you are doing all the right things with your dog but still not getting the results you expect? Using our techniques you will learn how to understand what your dog is trying to tell you. And gain insight into what you are really telling your dog.

Our light-hearted approach to communicating with dogs makes it a fun and rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Our Services

Not every being learns the same way, for this reason, we employ different training modalities. All of our modalities are reward based and we prefer a gentle, loving and positive approach. From basic puppy training to service dog assessment to behavior modification, we are here to help you and your dog.

View a schedule of services and fees below.

About Our Training Methods

Learn To Speak Dog Training was created by Michelle Robertson-Clark, the Executive Director and Head Trainer for The Rescued Pup. Since 2012, Michelle has been learning about dog behavior and how to effectively communicate with abused, neglected and misunderstood dogs, from the experts themselves — the dogs!

Behavior experts readily agree that 55% of communication is body language, 38% is the tone of voice, and 7% is the actual words spoken by humans, and the story is the same with our furry friends, so it just makes sense that we need to learn the tricks and invaluable tips gleaned from Learn To Speak Dog.

In 2012 after years of searching for her higher purpose in life, she found her calling at a high intake shelter in Los Angeles. She went in to save dogs that were on the euthanasia list and, tragically, she was too late for the one dog that needed her most, the one that looked the most frightened and misunderstood.

After looking around the shelter she saw the vast number of sweet looking dogs, all fluffy and floppy, that just needed to be understood and loved. She knew those dogs would be adopted easily if she could help them understand they had loving forever homes waiting to find them. She found two dogs that were deemed undesirable and took them home for their crash course in how to ‘speak human’, which would be the ultimate inspiration for Learn To Speak Dog.

From dogs that were too either frightened to move, too skinny to adopt out for medical reasons, or too aggressive to get adopted from the shelter, she began what would end up being groundbreaking behavior analysis and modification. After working with over 600 dogs over the course of the last 5 years, Michelle has honed her ability to understand what dogs are trying to tell their owners and, conversely, what owners are attempting to tell their dogs.

Buoyed by her uplifting sense of humor and light-hearted training approach, learning to speak dog is actually a fun and rewarding experience both for the dogs and their owners.

Schedule of Services

Puppy Training –
Our puppy training classes are so much fun! It’s also a great time for new fur parents to start off on the right foot with their babies. Besides learning the basic commands, Touch, Watch, Sit, Down, Here, and Stay, the humans learn how to communicate with their pets to give them the boundaries, love, and support they need to be happy and well adjusted.

Group Classes – $150 for 5 classes 
Individual Training – $300 for 5 sessions
In-home training – $100 per hour

Basic Training –

We offer affordable basic training for all ages of dogs. There is no dog that is too old to be taught a new trick! We even teach humans how to walk a dog on a loose leash. These sessions are available by themselves or as a package.

Group Classes – $150 for 5 classes 
Individual Training – $300 for 5 sessions
In-home training – $100 per hour

Service Dog/Therapy Dog Assessment –

We host clinics to assess dogs using our temperament test for working dogs. This is the first step to enter our Service Dog training program.

Group Assessments – $25 per dog
Private Assessments – $50 + travel if applicable

Service Dog / Therapy Dog Training –

Train your current dog, a dog from our rescue, or one that we help you choose. We rescue, train and rehome service dogs for first responders, military, and others, as needed. We offer affordable prices for private parties and scholarships for qualified first responders and military.

Once Service Dog Assessment has been passed we will create a special package for your specific needs.

Behavior Modification –

After the obvious potential causes for behavior problems have been ruled out by a visit to the veterinarian, we take the time to get to know you and your pet. While we observe their behavior we note areas where behavior can be modified to produce the most positive outcome for everyone involved. Many times it is merely miscommunication that needs to be corrected for a successful resolution. Initial assessment takes approximately 2 hours to complete and includes the first training. We leave owners with strategies to start the modification process. No additional charges if time goes over.

Initial On-Site Assessment $175 
Initial In-Home Assessment $250

Once an assessment has been completed a custom program is created to address unwanted behavior.