skip to Main Content

Building Confidence In Your Dog

So you both can worry less and enjoy life more.

Force-Free Dog Training In Waco, Texas and McLennan County!

About The Confident Hound

Our mission is to build confidence in dogs and their guardians so you can both worry less and enjoy life more.

We have approximately 8 to 15 short years with our dogs. Stress, anxiety, fear, frustration, and insecurity can take a toll on health and happiness, shortening that time and diminishing your memories together. You and your dog deserve peace of mind, to feel in control, and to have predictability and harmony in your home. We want you both to worry less, so you can simply enjoy your precious time together. Confidence happens when you know what to expect, how you can achieve your goal, and believe your efforts will be rewarded. We love helping dogs and guardians grow their confidence and strengthen their bond. We achieve this through positive reinforcement training methods that are free of force, fear, pain, intimidation, and coercion. We choose this method because it is ethical, effective, efficient, and works for every dog.

Your Trainers

Lisa Corcoran, VSA-CDT

Lisa is a lifelong lover of dogs, learning new things, and solving puzzles. Her background is in Psychology (B.S., Virginia Tech; M.A., Catholic University of America) and she currently works in the veteran mental health research field. Lisa is a graduate with distinction of the prestigious Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior and has been granted official status as a VSA-Certified Dog Trainer (VSA-CDT). Since 2017, Lisa has volunteered weekly at shelters and rescues to rehabilitate dogs looking for good homes.

These experiences help Lisa understand why both her canine and human clients do what they do. Lisa’s detail-oriented nature helps her to identify the cause of your dog’s behavior problems, and her creativity leads to a solution that works for both you and your dog. If you’re looking for a total dog nerd, Lisa is the trainer for you.

Mike Corcoran, CSB-D

Having grown up with dogs that displayed fearful and aggressive behaviors, Mike made it his mission to specialize in helping dogs like these be more confident and content in their surroundings.

Mike’s educational background is in Computer Science (B.S., Mary Washington College; M.S., George Mason University), which gives him a unique perspective of dog behavior problems as being similar to bugs in computer software. Combined with his experience as a rifleman in the United States Marine Corps, where he learned that true leadership doesn’t rely on using fear or punishment, Mike brings a systems-based approach to dog training.

Mike is a Certified Shelter Dog Behavior Consultant (CSB-D) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and recently completed Michael Shikashio’s Aggression in Dogs course.

Follow Us On Social Media!

Puppy training should prioritize socialization

When working with puppy clients under 4 months of age, I do very little "basic manners" training. Why? Because it can wait. You know what can't wait? SOCIALIZATION.

Your puppy has a prime socialization window up until ~16 weeks (max). During this time, they are more open-minded and optimistic about new people, places, object, situations, etc. That window is your critical time to lay a foundation of belief that the human world is safe and fun.

It can be so tempting to teach your puppy sit, stay, come, etc when they first come home. But guess what? They can learn 2+2=4 at any age with relative ease. What's more tricky is trying to teach an adolescent or adult dog to FEEL confident in their daily life. I still make room for troubleshooting puppy problems and learning cues in my training plan, but the emphasis is on socialization first.

If you only have 5 minutes to spare for training at the end of your day, I recommend spending it on proactive socialization rather than teaching your puppy to heel on a leash.

If you have a new puppy under 6 months of age or will be getting a puppy soon, my Puppy Primer guide was meant for YOU! It'll get you off on the right foot so you can make the most of this important time in your puppy's life. Click the link in my bio to check it out!

#theconfidenthound #puppysocialization #dogtrainingadvice #puppyproblems #positivedogtraining #wacotexas #dogsofwaco
...

31 1

Thank you for voting me the #5 force-free trainer in Texas! Click the link in my bio to see all of the top Texas trainers. ...

37 3

✨ Potty Training Tip: Use A Bell ✨

Did you know we have a FREE Potty Training Protocol available for download? Click the link in our bio to get yours now!

#theconfidenthound #puppytraining #dogtrainingtips #pottytraining #pupsofinstagram #dogsofwaco
...

16 2

✨ Favorite Grocery Store Finds For Your Dog ✨ ...

10 2

✅ Please vote for me to be Texas' top dog trainer! 🐾

🎉 As of this morning, Sniffspot informed me that the votes so far have gotten me to the #6 rank in Texas!!! Can you please vote for me so I can reach that top spot?

⏰ Each person can vote once, but you must do so by Fri 3/4!

1️⃣ Click the link in my bio
2️⃣ Select "Lisa Corcoran" from the drop down menu

Thank you! ♥️
...

32 2