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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 brief intake form, I'll be in touch to find out more about you and your dogs and to schedule your first lesson. During your first lesson, I'll want to see your dog's environment, what you're currently experiencing with your dog, and we'll start making an action plan. Often, there are subtle tweaks we can make in your dog's schedule, living situation, or exercise plan, which we'll discuss. We'll also jump right into training and going over how to teach necessary skills and foundation behaviors with your dog.
At the end of the first lesson, I can usually determine how many lessons would be ideal for your dog, but at the end of the day, that's totally up to you. 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 group.
- 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), impulse control, 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.
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 ($75-100/hr) apply to all in person consultations and phone consults that are longer than 20 minutes. I ask that you respect my time, just as you would any other hourly appointment. More often than not, I have other appointments to get to and more dogs to help. 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!
Interested in scheduling a lesson? Please 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.
Please use e-mail to contact me whenever possible. I am working with clients and dogs during the day, and spending time with my family in the evening. E-mail is the easiest way for me to get back to you quickly, but if you'd rather talk on the phone, we can schedule a phone consult.