During the Behavior Evaluation, I meet with you and your dog 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 then decide whether to work together. If we do, the cost of the Behavior Evaluation will be subtracted from the total cost of your lesson package.
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).
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.
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.
The Day Training program takes place Monday-Friday for 2+ weeks, and I take on only one dog at a time. Your dog spends the day with me, and comes home with you in the evenings. This program has a couple of 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 also allows your dog’s behaviors to be reinforced and shaped more quickly, since your dog will receive more training per day than he or she would typically experience in the home.
Day training is ideal for more serious behavioral issues, but is also a great fit for basic obedience. Dogs can be dropped off between 8 am and 10 am, with pickup between 4 pm and 6 pm. At pickup each Friday, you will receive an hour-long in-person session to go over what your dog has learned that week, with instructions on how best to maintain your pup’s training. In order for your dog to participate, he or she must already be crate trained, and must not bark or howl when crated (as we wish to be considerate of those living nearby).
Group Puppy Classes
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.