Solving what's keeping you from qualifying

Few things hurt worse than putting in months and years of training into a dog sport to have your dog struggle in the ring or in training. Kindred Companions trainers specialize in behavior modification for competition sports. 

Whether it's as specific as blowing weave poles during your agility runs, or as significant as lunging at other dogs at show sites, we can help. We have a wealth of knowledge not just in the ring but also in canine behavior and modification. We have taken many dogs who were deemed unable to compete and brought them back, behaviorally able and happy, taking home q ribbons and even first places!


Kindred Companions® Dog Sports Counseling - in two ways:

In-Person Training

Personalized Training and Behavior Modification in your home, neighborhood, training school, or trial site.


What You Get:

  • One-on-one coaching with you, and your dog, at the source of the problem.
  • Sessions designed with your dog's needs in mind.
  • Real time observation, evaluation, and feedback of your dog's behavior and progress.
  • Positive, motivating, and confidence-building methods.
  • Written instructions for all techniques and exercises.
  • Email support through the entire training relationship
  • TRIAL COACHING! - on site support during competition.

 

A Perfect Fit If:

  • You are located in our service area.
  • We need to get a handle on the problem first.
  • You prefer in-person instruction.

Remote Training

Personalized Training and Behavior Modification wherever you need us - and from the comfort of your PJs! (Who knew training could be so comfortable!?!)

What You Get:

  • One-on-one recorded video conference coaching .
  • Sessions flexible enough to reach any location and accommodate any schedule.
  • Video based observation, evaluation, and feedback of your dog's behavior and progress.
  • Positive, motivating, and confidence-building methods.
  • Written instructions for all techniques and exercises.
  • Email support through the entire training relationship.

 

A Perfect Fit If:

  • You are outside our service area.
  • We have already have a handle on the problem.
  • You like the comfort and flexibility of learning remotely.

Why Choose Us? Because We Want You to Succeed!

Molly Sumridge, owner and head trainer of Kindred Companions is one of the most highly qualified behavioral counselors in the region. She is also a dog sports competitor. She knows the heartache when things fall apart. Molly is here to teach you and your dog the skills to bring relief from ring stress, reactivity, and wherever else is preventing those Qs. The rest of our staff have been hand-picked for their compassion, skills, expertise, and success in the competition ring. We have thee same passion for dog sports that you do and  want to make a difference in your dog's competition career.


One of our students wants to tell you her story...

Hi Molly! I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all you’ve done for me and Regan. But, as I sat down to write this, I realized that I’m pretty sure you already know how I feel because you’ve witnessed my highs and lows, you’ve seen the difference in Regan first hand, and watched us grow together. Anyway - it hit me that what I really want to do is talk to the person who is reading this right now!

So - hey there - yeah you…the person searching for a way to reach your dog, to help your dog shine, to become a true team with your dog, and/or work on a specific behavioral issue…this is for you! CALL MOLLY!!!

Now let me tell you why I have no hesitation in writing that in all caps with exclamation points…

I have Mastiffs. They’re BIG dogs. They drool a lot. They are Guardians that are also known to be Gentle Giants. And my girl Regan is all of these things. But she is NOT a meandering, unthinking, couch potato…misconceptions that run wild about this Breed. She is smart (sometimes I’m convinced she gonna develop opposable thumbs), boisterous, confident, and excitable. She wants to jump into things full throttle. She’s distractible, and she thinks making noise is the greatest thing in world. I LOVE EVERYTHING about her.

But, needless to say when she barks and jumps - even though she isn’t aggressive - it is intimidating, often misunderstood, and just inappropriate. 20 years of dog ownership behind me and nothing I tried was “working”. So there I was…not willing to give up…not wanting to use negative training methods…but getting desperate to reach her. I wanted to badly to be out there with her, showing off all of the awesome things she does (another one of her favorite past times). CUE MOLLY…

I got a great feeling after our initial email exchange. She didn’t even laugh at me when, after explaining Regan’s outbursts, I still proclaimed that I had the absolutely coolest dog in the world! Anyway…I could tell that Molly “got it”…she understood that I didn’t want to “break” Regan’s spirit - I wanted to be part of it. I wanted her to CHOOSE the “right” behavior AND be happy with her choice. I felt a sense of calm and hope and the feeling that I was failing my dog (one of my biggest fears) eased up a bit. There was HOPE for us!!

Fastforward…

After several meetings, Molly asked if I was ready for a challenge. Regan had shown a good amount of progress…so while a little hesitant…I agreed. We were going to take Regan on a stroll…thru a town where lots of dogs would be. I was a bundle of nerves…and that was before I had to drive over that rickety, wooden bridge. 🙂 Well…Regan didn’t sound her barbaric yawp or get over excited once…NOT ONCE!!! So many feelings…shock, pride, and thankfulness. What Molly may not know is that that moment meant so much to me that I had to pull over on the way home. I jumped into the back with Regan, and cried into her big, Mastiff neck while telling her that she was the best dog in the world!

Molly’s methods work! I will never be able to thank her for what she has taught us and continues to teach us, her constant support (like celebrating the first time we walked through a huge parking lot filled with dogs at a scent work trial without a sound), taking the leash when needed, her help in rebuilding my confidence, challenging us, and believing in us. So that’s our story…and that’s why I have no hesitation in writing “CALL MOLLY” in all caps with exclamation points…
— M.R. - Monroe, Pennsylvania

The steps we'll take to reach your competition goals: In-Person

In-Person Dog Sports Coaching

Training starts with a 60 minutes consultation designed to include the primary training situation*. At the consultation we with review your dog's history, meet your dog, and listen to your needs and goals. Then we’ll formulate a personalized plan, and start foundation exercises, and behavior modification skills. Following the consultation our instructor will send you written instruction for all recommendations, techniques, and exercises. 

To ensure you're on the right track and making progress, we included in your consultation fee, your first remote follow up. Your instructor will schedule that with you shortly after your consultation.

We may recommend additional training sessions or remote sessions. Training sessions and remote sessions will average 60 minutes and usually take place once or twice a week. Schedules for follow ups are developed on an individual, case-by-case basis.

In-Person Dog Sports Coaching rates are as follows:
$150 consultation (includes 1 remote follow-up session)
$100 per session following the consultation
$75 per remote session following the consultation

FREE - If one of our instructors is available, we will support and coach you at your next trial! Because you're not in this alone.

*These rates ala carte. Packages are also available. Our service area is within a one hour drive of Frenchtown New Jersey. Rental fees for sessions at dog training schools or trial environments are the responsibility of the student.

Behavior Counseling requires a commitment of both time and dedication. Results don't happen overnight. Practice is required between sessions. If problems occur, contact us immediately.


The steps we'll take to reach your competition goals: Remotely

Remote Dog Sports Coaching

We start with a review of your dogs behavior submitted via video shared through Google Drive or Dropbox. We then meet via Zoom Video Conferencing software for a 60 minute consultation. During the consultation we with review your dog's history, analyse your videos, and listen to your needs and goals. Then we’ll formulate a personalized plan, and start foundation exercises and behavior modification skills. This will include live instruction through video chat, and the sharing of pre-recorded instruction. Following the consultation our instructor will send you written instruction for all recommendations, techniques, and exercises. 

We may recommend additional remote sessions. Follow up remote sessions will average 60 minutes and usually take place every few weeks. Schedules for follow ups are developed on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Remote Behavioral Counseling rates are as follows:
$150 consultation (includes 1 remote follow-up session)
$75 per remote session following the consultation

*These rates are ala carte. Let us know if you would like to request a package.

Behavior Counseling requires a commitment of both time and dedication. Results don't happen overnight. Practice is required between sessions. If problems occur, contact us immediately.


But Do You Have Experience In My Sport?

The likey answer is YES! We have experience and titles in all of the sports listed below*. Also most of the time cometition problems are not sport specific. We also address problems getting into the trial site and being around envrionmental triggers.

  • Agility
  • Obedience (AKC, CDSP)
  • Rally (AKC, WCRL)
  • Nose Work (NACSW, PSD)
  • Barn Hunt
  • Tricks (DMWYD, AKC)

Don't see your sport of venue here? Check with us, sometime we are too busy competing to update this list!