Private Dog Training
Most training sessions are in the client’s home or at an outdoor location.
The cost includes the one hour session, a summary sent to you following the session with any additional information or hand-outs, and unlimited phone and email support.
Also available for consultations if you’re thinking about adopting.
Please see below for our Project Trade discounts!
Puppy Training Sessions
- Learn about Active Socialization and how to successfully navigate your puppy through their fear imprint period
- Teach you puppy good habits and basic obedience skills
- Help stop common behavior problems before they start
- Discounts available if purchasing multiple sessions
- Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise for dogs
- A dog can learn obedience at any age
- Training will include basic position cues, exercises to improve self control and good manners
- Learn how to improve your dog’s reliability
- Learn how to help your fearful or reactive dog
- Using only positive, fear free, science-based techniques, we will develop a behaviour modification program to help your dog
- Initial consultation – 1.5hr – $85
- All follow up sessions are $75 – discounts available if purchasing multiple sessions
- Dog working while you’re at work
- Requires an initial consultation, the trainer works one-on-one with your dog, and includes summary emails
- To fit your work schedule
- 1 times per week – $125 for the first week (Includes the initial and wrap-up consultations), $120 for additional weeks. Packages can be customized to fit the needs of you and your dog
Puppy Class (coming soon)
- This class will concentrate on puppy socialization with some basic obedience included
- This will not be offered until an indoor location is available. Please check here or our facebook page for updates
- Minimum age of 10 weeks
- A 5 session course for dogs 20 weeks and older
- It will cover basic position cues, skills for self control and good manners, and information on how dogs learn and communicate
- Dogs must be fully vaccinated or have a current Titer test
- Class size is limited to 4 dogs
Building Confidence (coming soon)
- Group classes aimed at helping fearful or leash reactive dogs
- This is currently not offered but please check back for updates
How Would You Like to Trade Your Old Dog Training Equipment for Great Discounts?
We want to swap great discounts on our most popular services FOR your choke, prong or shock collars or any other qualifying pet gear. By participating in “Project tRade” you can earn up to 15% off our most popular services simply by giving us old pet gear* you have laying around. It couldn’t be easier!
What is “Project tRade”?
Project tRade is the Pet Professional Guild’s (PPG) international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet training equipment by asking pet guardians to swap choke, prong and shock collars (and any other devices that are designed to change behavior through pain or fear). Because we want all pets and their guardians to experience the huge advantages and long-lasting effectiveness of force-free training and pet care, we will give you great discounts on our most popular, effective, fun and pain-free training and pet care services in exchange for your old gear.
Effective, humane animal training and pet care methods are the foundation of any animal’s healthy socialization and training and help prevent behavior problems. Since a wide variety of equipment and tools are commonly used when training pets, the pet-owning public needs to be aware of the potential problems and dangers some equipment may pose. Specifically, the use of collars and leads that are intended to apply constriction, pressure, pain or force around a dog’s neck (such as ‘choke chains’ and ‘prong collars’) should be avoided. Distinguished veterinarians and behaviorists worldwide are joining the discussion and calling for the elimination of such devices from the training efforts of both pet owners and professionals.
What Do the Experts Say?
Respected veterinarian and thyroid expert, Dr. Jean Dodds, recommends against choke or prong collars “as they can easily injure the delicate butterfly-shaped thyroid gland thatsits just below the larynx and in front of the trachea. These collars can also injure the salivary glands and salivary lymph nodes on the side of the face underneath both ears.”
Bestselling author and canine behaviorist, Jean Donaldson, says: “These devices (choke and prong collars), when they work, do so to the degree that they hurt. With the advent of modern methods and tools they are irrelevant.”
According to veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist Dr. Soraya V. Juarbe-Diaz: “Using punishment to stop behaviors is not new. Notice I say ‘stop’ rather than ‘teach’ — I can stop any behavior, but I am more interested in teaching my students, animal or human, to choose the behavior I want them to perform because they can trust me, because I do not hurt them and they are safe with me, and because the outcome is something they enjoy.”
PPG thus encourages all pet owners and pet professionals to embrace modern, scientifically based, training techniques and tools, especially the latest generation of no-pull harnesses which are free of the risks posed by traditional collars and offer far more benefits. So swap your gear and help create a kinder world for you and your pet!
To learn more just visit PetProfessionalGuild.com.
*qualifying pet gear = prong collars, shock collars, pinch collars, choke chains, citronella collars and the like.
One piece of equipment (Prong Collar, Shock Collar, or Choke Chain) – 10% off private or group training
Two or more pieces of equipment – 15% off private or group training
Frequently Asked Questions
If your dog has not been vaccinated (or had a titer test) then private training is an option.
Prior to our first session I will send you a history questionnaire to fill out. This allows me to come to our first session fully prepared. If you are doing private training for behaviour concerns, the first consultation will be in your home and will be closer to 1.5 hours. This allows us to go over the history questionnaire, and begin to work on a modification program.
f you’re having issues with fear, anxiety, or reactivity please contact me for a consultation. In many cases I will be able to explain what the behaviour means and develop a behavior modification program for your dog. There may be some cases where I will refer you to a trainer of my choice for either an in person, or a skype, consultation.
Of course! You dog will thank you for it! In order to create new, positive, associations for you dog, we will teach your dog behaviours, and /or, new cue words for already taught behaviours.
There are a number of factors that come into play in regards to a dog’s success, including the dedication of the owner. Any trainers guaranteeing results should be regarded with a degree of wariness. What I can commit to us using humane, science-based training methods that are enjoyable for you and your dog, and customized training plans that fit your lifestyle.
Group classes are more economical and are the appropriate choice for people wanted their dogs to learn basic obedience skills. Private training is a good option if you cannot commit to a weekly group class, or if your dog is reactive or fearful of other dogs and/or people.
Yes! Food is one of the strongest motivators for our dogs. In training this is called a “Primary Reinforcer”, which translates to “something that is rewarding because it is necessary for survival.” Food is first used in training as a lure to teach a dog a new behavior, then to reinforce the behavior. Your dog won’t need food rewards forever though. As dogs learn to generalize behaviors, the food can be fazed out, so as not to become a bribe.
I can do clicker training. In training the clicker is used as a reward marker. You actually only have 2 seconds to reward a dog for a certain behavior, so clicker allows you to mark a behavior the instant it happens so you then have time to produce the reward. While clicker training can be the best method to teach some behaviors, I prefer to use a word as a reward marker instead.