Wholistic Hound Academy -  "Positive Training - Powerful Results!"
About Us
Sandy Modell, Canine Behavior Consultant and Founder and Head Trainer at Wholistic Hound opened the Wholistic Hound Academy in May 2017. Sandy has been training dogs using reward based positive reinforcement methods for over 20 years. Prior to opening the Academy, Sandy developed her program of group dog training classes that she taught through the City of Alexandria Recreation Department for 16 years, along with private lessons for over 20 years. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator (FPPE), a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), and on the list of national Truly Dog-Friendly Trainers. 
                                                                                                                                                      Our mission is simple: to help people enjoy an easier, fun, and positive relationship with their dogs, while experiencing the 
results and rewards of positive training. Positive training builds trusting partnerships between dogs and people. Our humane methods include clicker training, an approach that not only gets results, but is motivating, fast, and fun. Positive reinforcement techniques can help you to teach new behaviors quickly, effectively communicate with your dog, and increase your dog’s problem solving skills.
Our purpose is:  to teach people how to train their dogs to make incredibly brilliant choices!  A combination of humane training methods, management, behavior modification, and benevolent leadership is used to train life skills and good manners and prevent many of the very normal problems that often lead to backyard banishment or to the shelter.  We believe in using and promoting dog and people-friendly training methods and techniques that teach your dog how to live appropriately in your home so you can enjoy your dog and develop a rewarding, lifelong relationship.
Our values are: first and foremost to do no harm. Compulsion methods and equipment such as choke chains, prong collars and shock collars are not necessary in dog training and will never be used. Instead, reward based training methods based on the simple application of the principles of learning will be used to teach your dog good behaviors, manners, and foundation and advanced skills.  These are the same positive reinforcement methods that have been used by zoos, marine mammal trainers and animal actor trainers with great success for several decades now.


Upcoming classes include: puppy, teens, and adult good dog classes, agility, nose work, workshops, seminars, and more! 

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Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, the Wholistic Hound Academy has developed this Policy to inform you of how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information.

The following outlines our privacy policy:

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
  • We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
  • Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
  • We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.

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