A Pleasant Dog helps urban dogs and their owners thrive amid the rigors of city life. Our training program meets the needs of dogs and their owners short on yard space and heavy on population density.
Our grandparents’ dogs famously never needed leashes, roamed the countryside, always came home, and never had any behavioral problems. These dogs were able to meet their needs for exercise and outside stimulation, and there was usually someone home to monitor them if they hadn’t. Sure, they probably had behavioral problems, but at least in hindsight, they seemed pleasant. The modern urban dog spends most of his or her time locked in the house (or worse, tied outside). Without training, our dogs can suffer from behavioral problems, including separation anxiety, aggression, and anxiety. Fortunately, dog training has evolved to meet the needs of our modern dogs without the use of dominance or force. Our modern, urban dog can also be A Pleasant Dog once again.
A Pleasant Dog teaches people to communicate with their dogs through rewards and positive reinforcement and without force or domination. We do not believe that punishing dogs to behave better is effective or humane. We believe that modern, gentle training produces faster, better results.
A Pleasant Dog is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and is insured.
A Pleasant Dog was founded in the Heritage Hill neighborhood and is now located in the East Citizens Action neighborhood of Grand Rapids.