Your path to better

dog behavior & a joyful

life with your best friend

-Say it with a click!

 
 

Proudly Serving Canine Families of Charleston, SC & The LowCountry


Through Positive Reinforcement, we bring out the best in you & your dog.

-Because Behavior Matters


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WHO WE ARE

VivaPaws Training & Behavior is owned and operated by Vivi Myslik Jorgensen, KPA CTP - a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and Professional Dog Trainer.

  • We provide behavioral consultation services and private in-home dog training based on correction free, science based, fun methods you and your family will enjoy.

  • We teach your dog life skills and good manners, and YOU learn more effective ways of communicating with your canine companion.

  • At VivaPaws, we believe in respecting a dog’s choice. Dogs only know dog behavior until we teach them a better way. They do things for a very good reason, not to be ‘stubborn’ or ‘spiteful’. They simply do what works for them and what is safe for them. Through gentle guidance, it is our responsibility to show them what we expect of them.

  • This means giving your dog the freedom to make mistakes without fear of retribution, rewarding him in a way he understands when he succeeds, and most importantly, managing your dog's environment so that his potential for success is high. 

  • This also means that we will not use corrective devices, like prong, shock, choke, or e-collars in our training. We strongly encourage pet guardians to help create better lives for their pets by choosing positive training methods and avoid training techniques or gear that inflict pain and are known to cause stress/fear/aggression in dogs.

  • See The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s statements on the implications of using punishment or aversives in training.

    Our Core Values:

    Quality, Compassion & Education


Dogs are family - our best friend. They deserve to be understood rather than controlled or dominated. When things go wrong, it is never the dog’s fault. We must step up and teach them a better way.
— Vivi Myslik Jorgensen

We Are Veterinarian Recommended

WHAT WE DO

We help with your New Puppy, Basic Good Manners & Behavior Problems.

WE SPECIALIZE IN BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: FEAR/ANXIETY/AGGRESSION:

We understand how frustrating and stressful behavior problems like fear, aggression, and anxiety can be. Life becomes difficult and disturbing instead of fun. You’re stuck, worried, and may even be ready to give up.

You need an educated professional who understands behavior and is able to give you hope for improvement and immediate relief so you can get on the right path to the life you dreamed of with your canine companion.

  • Booking a consultation with us means we come to your home, at your convenience, to assess your dog’s environment and examine the problems you are facing to find a solution most suited to your needs.

  • We’ll remove barriers and resolve your dog’s behavioral problems with compassion, expertise, and a positive training approach.

  • No matter the problems you are facing, we work with your goals to get you the results you need and help you build a positive relationship with your dog.

  • Through clicker training, we teach you a simple, but effective way of getting the behavior you want….as easy as 1-2-3!

CLICK.TREAT.REPEAT

 
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Clicker training is like a dance- a partnership. You simply shape your dog’s behavior in the direction you want, leading gently with each click. Your dog responds eagerly and both end up happy and engaging.
— vivi Myslik Jorgensen

As Charleston’s first Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Vivi Myslik Jorgensen will teach both you and your family this effective means of communication in a matter of a few clicks!

It is easy, fun & smart!

Clicker training is a humane, fun, and more efficient way of steering your dog toward the behavior you want to see.

The clicker bridges the language barrier between us and all other animals.

Your dog learns behaviors incredibly fast because the click is precise, consistent, and unique.

how does it work?

  • Simply click the behavior you want to see more of and remember to pay up…every time!

  • What you click is what you get!

We provide you with a complimentary clicker, a treat pouch, and instruction in proper usage of this effective tool.


WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:

We have a rescue dog who is fearful of people and most loud noises and we’ve been working with Vivi for several months to help him work through his issues. Vivi is patient, thoughtful, and a true professional. She takes the time each session to talk about the progress we’ve made and make sure we are all realistic about expectations. Between each session, she analyzes how the prior session went and tweaks the next session to adjust to our dog’s level of progression. She has sent countless resources to help us continue his training on our own and responds quickly whenever we’ve emailed her with questions or concerns. By her recommendation, we consulted with a behavioral veterinarian and it has made a big difference in our dog’s anxiety level. Vivi gave us the tools we needed to help us give our dog his best life. If you are looking for someone who is highly organized, knowledgeable, and willing to help your dog be the best he or she can be, Vivi is the trainer for you!
— Robyn Sealock & Winston, Bluffton, SC

We Are a Member of The Following Professional Organizations


WHAT WE OFFER:

Private in-home training packages :

Puppy socialization - Basic Manners (Obedience) - Behavior Modification

Individually tailored to suit the needs of your dog and your situation.

We customize a program so you only pay for what you need !

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Private coaching

You train your dog with our guidance and a customized training program.

day training:

We train your dog for you. Personal one-on-one training while you work. VivaPaws will set your dog up for success at every step.


Group Training Classes:

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Life skills classes

We are proud to be offering Life Skills classes based on clicker training at Charleston Animal Society!

First class starts: Postponed to a later date. Update coming soon!

Our focus is on teaching both YOU and your dog important life skills so that you will be able to manage your dog’s behavior in the future and prevent problems from developing.

This class is not about dog performance. This class makes YOU a better handler and decision-maker in real-life situations with your dog. This class is about partnership and will open both your eyes, and your dog’s, to a new world together.



Ask The Trainer

Have questions relating to your dog’s behavior?

We are now offering a new blog service, ‘Ask The Trainer’. Send us an email with your dog training related questions.

We will pick one question, periodically, to answer and will respond in a blog post here on our site.

We will choose a question we believe will be of benefit to as many as possible.

To ensure your question stands out, please give as many details about your situation as possible. The more detailed, the easier it is to give a qualified answer to your problem.

check out Our first ‘ask the trainer’ blog post:

our latest blog: The story behind vivapaws:


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PROJECT TRADE

We were blessed to be awarded Ambassador of the month for October 2018 through this wonderful advocacy program by the Pet Professional Guild. While we remain supportive and loyal to this initiative, we realize that we need to be just as supportive and loyal to ALL our clients. We will no longer be offering the discount for turning in submissive devices as we have restructured our rates to allow ALL our clients to benefit, whether or not they use shock/prong/choke collars. We remain steadfast in our support of force-free equipment and training methods.


Why choose a KPA Certified Training Partner?

Karen Pryor Academy is the leader of modern force-free animal training. It is one of few Elite Dog Trainer schools in the world and has over 1500 graduates worldwide. Certified Training Partners have gone through a demanding educational program requiring continuous assessment of their knowledge, hands-on training and teaching skills, as well as work with multiple species of animals. KPA CTP’s are required to participate in annual continuing education to maintain their KPA status, and in order to provide clients with the most current, scientifically proven, and effective, dog training tools & techniques in the industry.

Karen Pryor is the founder of clicker training, and one of the pioneers of Positive Reinforcement, bringing science to the masses with her bestselling book, ‘Don’t shoot the dog’ (1984).

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  • If your dog pulls on a leash, positive reinforcement trainers recommend buying an Easy Walk harness (front-clip harness), or Head Halter (Gentle Leader). Using a prong/choke/shock collar to ‘correct’ this behavior can have long-term implications for your dog. It can lead to fear, anxiety, stress, and aggression, which can take a long time to modify.

  • We can help teach your dog to walk politely on leash. See our in-home services above.

 
 
 
 

You Deserve a Certified & Qualified Dog Trainer.

Armed with one of the most respected and rigorous educational backgrounds in dog training today, Vivi at VivaPaws is a graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. She is the first Professional Dog Trainer in Charleston to have earned the designation KPA CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner).

You can rest assured you are working with one of the best and most competent in the field who utilizes only positive, force-free, scientifically proven methods and techniques.

 
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HOW WE HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The report you provided was EXTREMELY helpful. I have continued to provide her with the training you outlined. Our vet was amazed with your attention to detail! Thank you! We appreciate all you have done for us. You are truly a gift and got us back on track. Thank you for all you do for animals. This world needs more people like you.
— Maureen & Kyleigh Petersen, Charleston