Talking Dog 2022 – Free Dog Training Events & $10,000 Dog Training Giveaway

By: Becca Crowley

Published Date: May 23, 2018

Does your dog or puppy have some behavior problems you need help with? Doesn’t listen to you? Jumps up, barks for attention, digging, steals things, counter surfing? Is your dog fearful of people, noises or other dogs? Does your dog have an aggression problem?

Dog Gone Problems will be presenting a series of 10 free, dog training and behavior workshops on Saturdays around Omaha through this fall. These workshops are designed to offer tips and suggestions to help people stop some of the most common dog behavior problems.

2022 marks Dog Gone Problems ten year anniversary of fixing dog problems. To celebrate, we are going to give away $10,000 of free dog training services at these 10 events.

At each one of these family and dog friendly events, we will share the tips we share with our clients with a free dog training workshop, dog training demos and of course, give away thousands of dollars of free dog training services from our 3 Dog Behavior Consultants; David Codr, Laura Schaeffer and Christina Ferency. Combined they have over 30 years of hands on experience with dogs.

To date, our founder David has rehabilitated over 4,000 dogs with all kinds of problems in only one visit. He accomplishes this by helping you understand things by seeing it from the dog’s perspective, then sharing dog psychology secrets to stop the problem for good.


David consoles an anxious puppy in dog daycare

In addition to fixing dog behavior problems in Omaha, David travels around the country helping people  with their dogs, developed and teaches Omaha’s Best Puppy Socialization Classes and has been writing a dog behavior advice column for the Omaha World-Herald for the last 5 years.

Laura Schaeffer moved to Omaha from Illinois to join the Dog Gone family. Laura is incredibly knowledgable in dog behavior modification and training and has helped DGP provide even better services for our clients.

Laura gets kisses blown her way by a frisky Husky in an in home session.

Christina Ferency was the lead Behavior Modification Specialist at the Nebraska Humane Society for a decade before joining Dog Gone Problems. She developed the Diamond Dog program that is still in use today and is our go-to staffer for dogs with aggressive behavior problems.


Christina shares tips to help a fearful rescue dog gain confidence.

In addition to our Behavior staff, DGP also has several positive dog trainers on staff who can help teach your dog to walk with a loose leash, learn some new tricks, show them how to stay, etc.

Unlike many of the dog trainers in Omaha, everyone at DGP is 100% force free and only use modern, positive dog training techniques. We do not use pain causing tools like shock collars, choke chains, prong collars, harsh leash corrections, alpha rolls or other out of date aggressive and unnecessary punishment based approaches (Often referred to as “balanced” trainers).

Our approach works so well because we show people what they are doing that is confusing to their dog, then how to fix it. We love helping people understand where their dog is coming from. Knowing the why is a crucial aspect in fixing any problem so its not wonder people call us  “Dog translators.”

We would like to thank the The Green Spot, Dogtopia and Omaha Dog Parks Advocates for supporting these events and helping us help you with your dog. They will be giving away gifts for the dogs as well as some prize packages to people who RSVP. Additionally, everyone who attends will get one free day of dog daycare compliments of Dogtopia.

Each workshop will cover a different dog behavior or training topic, followed by a Q&A session where you can ask questions about any dog behavior problem you have.

Here is a list of the workshops and their topics:

Sat April 30th   11 – 2 PM      Doggy Barket Event at Dewey Dog Park               30th & Dewey
Sat May 14th      2 – 4 PM      Barchen Beer in the Beer Garden                           6209 Maple St
Sat June 4th      2 – 4 PM       Inner Rail (Outdoor courtyard) Aksarben            1911 S 67th St
Sat July 2nd      10 – 11 AM    Riverfront Dog Park                                                  1111 Douglas St
Sat July 16th     2 – 4 PM        Grainery (New Patio) @ Bushwackers                  7401 Main St
Sat Aug 6th       2 – 4 PM        Trucks and Taps                                                         5402 S 108th St
Sat Aug 27th     10 – 12 PM    Riverfront Pavillion                                                   1111 Douglas St
Sat Sept 10th    ??                    TBA
Sat Sept 24th    10 – 11 AM     Riverfront Dog Park                                                 1111 Douglas St
Sat Oct 22nd     2 – 4 PM        Inner Rail (Outdoor courtyard) Aksarben           1911 S 67th St

Thousands of people have attended these Talking Dog Workshops  in the past, so we strongly suggest you RSVP and arrive a little early to get a good spot.

After each workshop’s main topic, we will take questions from the audience.

These events are all held at dog friendly spaces so friendly pooches are very welcome. However, we are asking anyone with dogs that have aggressive or reactive behaviors (such as anxiety, fears and nervousness) to leave their dog at home. We will show you how to help them at the workshops and you’ll get more out of them by listening to the workshops instead of trying to calm or soothe your dog.

We recommend you bring a pen and something to write on as you will want to take down all the amazing dog training tips and secrets we will be sharing. Please tell your friends as well. We put on these workshops to help as many people as we can so tell your friends or bring them along with you.

So that we can make sure we have enough room, MAKE SURE YOU RSVP with this link to guarantee your spot.

After you RSVP, we will send you an email to confirm your spot is reserved along with a map to make it easy to find the workshop.

We look forward to seeing you at these Saturdays events!

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