Janet holds the CPDT-KA credential (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed) from the CCPDT. This credential is considered to be the gold standard in the USA dog training industry and is tough to get! She was an obedience instructor at Catoctin Kennel Club in Frederick, MD for 17 years, then started Wagging Tails Training in 2011 as a part-time business in addition to her "day job." In 2016, Janet retired from her full-time job as an instructor/counselor for Frederick County Workforce Services. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Frederick Community College. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling as well as a BA in Psychology (which comes in handy with the dogs).
Janet's own dogs, past and present, have been her best teachers...she has adopted several dogs with "baggage." None have achieved "perfect dog" status, but that's ok.
Stuart (the black and white one pictured above) was found roaming the streets in North Carolina with filthy, matted floor-length hair; a flea, tick and worm infestation; un-neutered; and sporting a huge ATTITUDE. And honestly, um ... he's not real smart (his strength is his high-spirited personality). The shelter placed him in a prison-based "cell dog" program called A New Leash On Life for 8 weeks; then Janet ended up with him because he still needed a lot of work. Once home, it became obvious that Stuart hadn't ever lived in a house, didn't really trust anyone, wasn't housebroken, and had a major marking habit. His eyes were cold and hard as if he were daring anyone to love him. Fast-forward to today - see those big, brown, sappy eyes full of gratitude? Stuart is a wonderful, cheerful character who is well trained, loves life and people, and is housebroken! He is also a survivor of bone cancer. There is hope for most every dog.
The buff-colored cockapoo on the bottom-left is Scout - a real sweetheart and complete wigglebutt! He likes doing tricks and has a Novice Trick Dog title. He's a typical cocker - a bit shy and initially suspicious of strangers, but he warms up to everyone quickly.
Archie (the white one pictured above) was a complete basket case and "not able to be housebroken" when Janet got him at age 4 (he sat in a dirty crate for 23 hours a day for those first years of his life). By the end of his life, he was mostly well-adjusted, gleefully happy and finally housebroken (it took a while). Janet and Archie were a therapy dog team with Wags for Hope. RIP, Arch.
Day Training and Puppy Preschool:
Since services are completely customized, prices vary depending on the training plan.
- Initial Consultation (approximately 90 minutes): $95.00
- Subsequent Phone Support: $15.00 for 10-15 minutes
- Subsequent In-Person Sessions: $70.00 per hour
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Janet Flanagan, MS, CPDT-KA started Wagging Tails Training in 2011 after assisting Frederick County Animal Control with a hoarding case. The 95 dogs that were rescued were a great testament to the wonderful nature of the canine spirit and their ability to thrive under the care of a human.
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