Private, In-Person Lessons
Teaching Good Manners
Resolving Behavior Issues
These dogs demonstrate both STAY and LEAVE IT very nicely!
Life is easier and more enjoyable when your dog has good manners and basic obedience skills. Let me help you and your dog with:
Basic obedience skills, like sit, down, stay, settle on a mat, come, leave it, drop
Walking nicely on a loose leash
Polite greeting behavior with family and guests
Good manners in the house, like chewing only on dog-appropriate items, respecting boundaries like keeping body and paws off furniture and counters
- Waiting at open doors (instead of dashing out)
These lessons are designed to meet the needs of you and your unique dog, whatever your goals are. I'll suggest skills that make living with your dog more pleasant, and will point out any early signs of trouble brewing, along with strategies to avoid those problems. Depending on your goals, we may meet just a few times, or on a more regular basis. Lessons are often in your home, or we may meet at public spaces for more polishing of skills.
My teaching technique is based on positive reinforcement, which is a fun and efficient way to train. We'll select a variety of rewards (not just food), giving you many effective ways to enhance your dog's focus and eagerness to work with you.
During each lesson I'll explain the 'how' of training a skill, and then coach you through the steps so that you can confidently continue with training after our lesson ends. One of the things my clients appreciate is that I send a follow-up email to recap each lesson, including additional resources like training handouts and video clips. I'm also very responsive to any questions you might have after a lesson. I want you to make the most of your training time before we meet again.
Having some doggie problems?
Sometimes the problem is just a mild nuisance, and sometimes it reaches a level where quality of life is impacted for both you and your dog. When possible, I like to catch the first whiff of a developing issue and address it right away, before it has a chance to become deeply entrenched. But even if the problem has existed for a long time, chances are good that significant improvement and even resolution are achievable. And while some solutions are quick, others will require your time, patience, and dedication. Smart management is often an important piece of the puzzle as well.
The point is, you don't need to just live with the problem! Let me help you turn things around so you can enjoy a more peaceful and enhanced relationship with your best pal. Using gentle, humane, and effective techniques, I can help you with:
Inappropriate play with people, including jumping and mouthing
Excessive barking in the home, yard, while on walks, and/or in the car
Barking and pulling on walks when exciting things are in view
Shyness of people, other animals, sounds, novelty, and/or new environments
Body handling issues (fear or uncooperative behavior during grooming, vet care, restraint, etc.)
Food or object guarding (being reluctant to release an item to you)
Inability to settle or relax
What a pleasure when a dog walks on a loose leash!
Click image for tips on introducing loose leash walking.
the best training package to reach your training goals.
Basic training packages, depending on location and number of visits, range from $460-840 for in-person lessons.
Included in the package are detailed follow-up notes to recap each lesson, training handouts,
video links, and phone and email support between lessons as needed.
Sales tax for CT and NY residents is additional.