Vermont Dog Pack was started in 2007 by Vermonter, Rhonda Bilodeau. Rhonda is a certified S.A.T.S. trainer, a TMD E-cademy Graduate and E-Touch Certified but her program is primarily based off of the Training Between the Ears (TBTE) system. Learn more about TBTE Here. TBTE is similar to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in that it helps dogs feel differently about their triggers. This NLP style of training helps to rewire their brains, changing how they view the word. This is how Rhonda trains reliable dogs- focusing on a dog’s opinion about the world not just their behavior. Rhonda developed a strong interest in NLP because of how much anxiety both dog and owner were passing between each other. She is completing her Master NLP Coach and Clinical Hypnotherapist course through Thrive Collective Learning to help assist her clients in remaining calm and positive when with their dogs. She also plans to use these skills to enhance her mentoring skills in the community.
Rhonda has sought out the very best teachers in the dog training field. Most notably Mark McCabe and Jay Jack. The knowledge gained watching, working with and studying these teachers helped her develop a program that offers real solutions for any breed exhibiting fear aggression, hyperactivity or dog to dog aggression.
Rhonda holds certifications and completion of programs in;
- Advanced Dog Socialization
- Behavioral Training Related to Fear Aggression
- Condition Relaxation & Perception Modification
- Off-Leash Electronic Remote Collar Training (over 1000 hours completed)
- Puppy Training & Raising
- Basic & Advanced On-Leash & Off-Leash Obedience Training
Rhonda strives to offer you a service that surpasses any one else in experience, education and results! She’s one of the head trainers for Passion 4 Paws, a local dog rescue organization that prides themselves on early behavioral intervention to keep dogs in homes and to educate fosters for more reliable dogs going out into the community. She also co-owns My Dog Camp with her life partner. Together, they have helped over 40 dog lovers and aspiring entrepreneurs live out their dream of hiking and training dogs for a living. In her spare time Rhonda enjoys lazy days with her dog Gabby and partner Mateo. They love traveling the world and starting new projects. They are naturally entrepreneurs at heart and love dancing to music.
Vermont Dog Pack is conveniently located 25 minutes away from Burlington, VT, 15 minutes from Winooski and 20 minutes away from Essex Junction
“We adopted our boxer Bella when she was about 7 months old. Within a few months she started exhibiting reactive behaviors–barking at bicycles passing by, lunging towards people walking around us, barking/chasing people if off leash etc. The reactivity was mostly towards people until she had a negative interaction with a dog at the dog park (she approached the dog and it growled and snapped at her). After that time she was not trusting of other dogs and became visibly uncomfortable and reactive towards any dog she did not know. For fear of being yelled at by the people she barked at or her getting into a fight with another dog, we stopped taking Bella to public places. This was excruciating for me because I wanted a dog to join me in my outdoor activities: hiking, swimming etc. After trying trying to solve her problem myself and even hiring another trainer, Bella’s reactivity showed no improvement and I had accepted the fact that Bella had to be a “home dog”.
In a final/desperate attempt to get Bella’s behaviors under control, I contacted Rhonda. She was quick to get back to me and set up an evaluation. After meeting Bella, testing her with another dog and seeing her behaviors, she recommended the “Well Mannered Dog” package and was confident that Bella could behave appropriately in social situations. Obviously I was skeptical at first, but after one session I actually started to believe I could have the dog I always wanted. Bella took to the training right away. Rhonda was direct, patient and extremely informative, taking time to thoroughly explain her methods in conjunction with Bella’s behaviors. During Bella’s reactivity she showed us how to redirect her attention and have her “think” instead of react. She was always available through texting for support/answer questions we had while practicing on our own. After just a couple of weeks we started taking Bella into environments that she used to blow up at and she showed incredible improvement. Through training she didn’t bark at the person walking down the road or growl at the man at the dump.
We continued to follow Rhonda’s directions and by the time we officially finished the training (about 6 six weeks) Bella was a different dog in a GREAT way. A few weeks post training, she is still doing great. Overall, she is more relaxed. She still has her boxer exuberance, but the frantic energy is almost gone. I now take Bella hiking off leash and to the park on a regular basis–no more hiding for us! She acclimates to new people in a fraction of the time it used to take and doesn’t panic in new situations, she looks to us for direction. We even went downtown the other day and she didn’t bark at anyone!! She spends far less time staring out the window for things to bark at and more time relaxing and playing with her toys. Her anxiety has decreased so much, we do not need to crate her when we are not home (she has destroyed furniture in the past).
I cannot recommend Rhonda enough. Her skills/knowledge far exceeded our expectations. She has helped us achieve what I honestly didn’t think was possible–I have a social dog again! Thanks for everything Rhonda!”
–Phoebe Cole owner of Bella