During the Behavior Evaluation, I meet with you and your dog in Nahant, MA, to discuss in detail your dog’s history and temperament, any behavioral issues, and goals for training. This meeting is a chance for us to get to know each other in a nonjudgmental setting so that we can decide whether to work together. There is no cost for the Behavior Evaluation.
During this time, we will discuss the basic structure of the recommended training program for you and your dog, and will also cover expectations for program participation. I will not implement any training interventions during this time, nor do I expect for your dog to perform any particular behaviors during our meeting. I encourage you to come as you are, bringing only your pup, any questions you may have, and an open mind. For behavior problems, I strongly recommend bringing a video of the presenting issue to assist with assessment (provided you can obtain footage safely, without putting yourself, your dog, or others at risk).
$594 for 6 private lessons
The 6 lesson Basic Obedience program focuses on 5 core commands: “sit” (with implied stay), “down” (with implied stay), “place,” “let’s walk,” and “come.” We may also address minor behavioral concerns or crate training during these lessons. Topics covered include dog body language, canine instinctual fulfillment, how dogs learn, and getting your dog engaged in the training process.
Through mastering the 5 basic commands, your dog gains confidence and learns impulse control, and you end up with an improved relationship with your dog. Lessons are an hour long, one-on-one, and take place at my facility. Written materials, videos, and between-class support are included with each lesson. For people who live far away or who would prefer it, we can do a combination of in-person and virtual meetings.
$594 for 6 private lessons
Does your dog demonstrate behaviors that are significantly disruptive to your life? The Behavior Modification program is geared towards dogs who display one or more of the following issues:
- Guarding of food or toys
- Barking/lunging while on leash
- Aggression towards other dogs
- Destructiveness and/or prolonged barking/howling when alone
The program has a 6-lesson minimum, with the number of lessons to be determined by the severity and type of the presenting issue(s). The minimum number of lessons recommended for a given issue will be discussed during the Behavior Evaluation. We will cover some of the same topics addressed in the Basic Obedience program, but lessons will be tailored to address specific behavioral concerns.
Lessons are an hour long, one-on-one, and take place at my facility. Written materials, videos, and between-class support are included with each lesson. For some issues, clients have the option of doing a combination of in-person and virtual meetings; however, other issues will be addressed only in person.
$396 a week for a three week minimum
Looking for something different for your pup? The Home School program could be a perfect fit if any of the following situations describe you:
-You are a busy person with limited time to devote to training
-Your dog could benefit from intensive training provided by an expert, but you would also like one-on-one learning time for yourself
-You are reluctant to have your dog spend several weeks away from you with a trainer, but would like your dog to benefit from regular work with a trainer
-You’d like your dog to have something of interest to do while you are at work
The Home School program takes place Monday-Friday for 3+ weeks. I visit your home for an hour Monday-Thursday to provide personalized training for your dog while you are at work. On Fridays or Saturdays, you receive a private lesson, in the convenience of your home, over the training topics covered that week, with instructions on how best to maintain your pup’s training over the weekend.
This program has several advantages:
-It allows me to get to know your dog more deeply, which means I can tailor the training program to address your pup’s exact needs.
-It allows your dog’s behaviors to be reinforced and shaped more quickly, since your dog will receive training from me before you apply the training yourself. With intensive daily lessons, your dog has the potential to learn more, in a shorter amount of time, than with other training formats.
-This program relies less heavily on your ability to train your dog, since I will be laying a training foundation while you are at work. On the weekends, you will be able to put into practice what you have learned in our end-of-the-week private lesson.
-With other training formats, your dog must translate what it has learned in one environment to the home environment. The Home School program allows your dog to learn in the environment where problem behaviors are occurring, which can help dogs more easily apply what they have learned.
The Home School program is ideal for more serious behavioral issues, but is also a great fit for basic obedience and minor problem behaviors.
Group Puppy Classes
$150 For 5 Lessons
Our Group Puppy Class is for puppies who are 8-18 weeks of age at the start of the first class. This 5-week long group class takes place at the same time every week, and the first class takes place without your puppy. Topics covered include how dogs learn, puppy development, socialization, jumping, chewing, mouthing, housetraining, crate training, handling, and basic commands. Prior to attending, puppies must have 2 Distemper/Parvo vaccinations, as well as a kennel cough vaccination. Puppies older than 12 weeks of age must also have had a rabies vaccination.