The Downstay Method

There are a handful of central relationships in every person's life.  Often these key relationships involve partners, children, close relatives, co-workers, and other very important people.  When these relationships are healthy, we feel content, supported, and secure.  When these relationships are sick or struggling, we feel frightened, isolated, and anxious.  For many people, there is an additional central relationship: it's a bond with an animal. From the animal's perspective, your relationship directly impacts her quality of life because she relies on you for everything. 

If you can relate, there is nothing wrong with you. In some ways, our animal companions are what defines our humanity.

 Happier people and animals too.

Happier people and animals too.

The method of "dominating" your animal is outdated and tends to cause more problems than it solves. About 10 years ago, a movement began toward clicker training, thanks to trainers like Karen Pryor. The Downstay Method is the next step in the evolution of training techniques. Our method uses only the most modern, evidence-based approaches. It's also more effective than other types of training because we tailor each training plan precisely to your individual situation. It may sound daunting, but individualized treatment is the key to long-term success.

Preventing or curbing unwanted behaviors is only one aspect of our "whole-animal" approach. In order for training to have a long-term impact, there must be a clear treatment plan that the owner understands and is actually willing and capable of executing, or at least supporting while we do the work. Furthermore, treatment must support the overall psychological balance and wellness of both animal and owner which we achieve through therapeutic exercise and human-animal bond strengthening.

That's why Downstay's method works--we listen closely to you in order to heal trauma and strengthen relationships. Using force or bribery, you can't get the kind of long-term results we see every day.

If you're not sure, send us an email at, or text or call our toll-free number +1(833)587-STAY and let's talk. We think that our method is the best training available, but you can be the judge of that!