Please read about private training, and then click the button above to fill out the intake form. Thanks! -Lulu
Private training in your own home
I will come and work with you and your dog in the comfort of your home. Most training problems or issues occur in your own home, so it's usually the best place to start working. After filling out the contact form at the bottom of the page, we will chat via phone or e-mail and schedule either a free Meet & Greet or we can go ahead and set up your first lesson. During your first lesson, we'll make an "action plan" and discuss your training needs further. At this point, I can determine if multiple sessions should be scheduled, or if the single lesson is enough. Sometimes only one session is needed, and other times a series of lessons is best. All training is customized to your dog and what you wish to accomplish. A few possible reasons to get private lessons:
- Get a head start for puppy class, and be ahead of the rest.
- Set your puppy up for success with crate skills and my "proper potty protocol"
- Learn how to teach your dog a multitude of skills, including but not limited to: sit, down, here/come (recall), leave-it, leash walking, crate manners, door manners, polite greetings, place/bed, etc.
- Learn the basics and foundation skills of dog sports like Obedience, Rally, and Agility, before enrolling in a big class full of distractions.
- Work on specific "problem behaviors," such as jumping, barking, handling issues, and leash-pulling.
- And any combination of the above.
I specialize in working with reactive dogs (dogs who bark/lunge/growl at other dogs or people). This does not have to be something you live with for the rest of your dog's life! I am now using a great combination of MTAW sessions as well as private lessons to make the extensive training required to remedy reactivity issues affordable. Growing up with a reactive and aggressive dog has made me particularly sensitive to this issue and I want to help as many people as I can.
While I choose to live with herding dogs and terriers (I may be crazy), I have experience working with all kinds of dogs, from teensy toy Poodles, Maltese, and Chihuahuas to the giant breeds like Great Danes, Newfoundlands, and Bernese Mountain Dogs, and everything in between. Labrador Retrievers, the most popular dog breed in America (according to American Kennel Club), are my most frequent customers.
Hourly rates ($75-90/hr) apply after the free initial meeting. I am happy to accept major credit cards as well as cash or check. Private training is an investment in your dog and your peace of mind. If the cost of private training is too prohibitive for you, e-mail me and we can try to work something out. If you can get a group together, I'm happy to offer group rates, and you can split the cost with friends. If your dog has fear or reactivity issues, a group setting is NOT going to be ideal, at least at first. However, I can point you in the right direction and offer reading suggestions. References are available upon request; I have many clients who are happy to discuss my work!
If you are interested in scheduling a meet & greet or would like more information, fill out the form at the top of the page. Once you send in the form, I'll be in touch, and we can get started! Note: I will never use or sell your information for any purpose other than helping you and your dog!