If you are ready to get started with training, you may fill out the Client Intake Questionnaire HERE. Please read our FAQ below before using the Contact Form for General Questions (at the bottom of this page). Thanks!
Are you currently offering in-home sessions?
I am currently offering OUTDOOR sessions at or near your home. I will be wearing a mask and ask you to do the same. We will keep social distance from each other. For your convenience, virtual sessions are available by video call.
What is your training philosophy?
I strongly believe in using the most modern, humane methods for training dogs. Force-free, positive reinforcement training has proven to be effective for training numerous animal species and dogs are no exception. You can find more information about me, my experience, and my training methods here.
What if I need to reschedule or cancel an appointment?
If you are not feeling well or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you may cancel at any time without penalty. Let's stay safe! You may cancel a session 48 hours or more in advance to receive avid being charged for your session for any reason unrelated to COVID-19. You will be charged the full session fee for cancellations within 48 hours of the session.
Do you offer classes for reactive dogs?
I offer invite-only, advanced outdoor practice classes for dogs who have had private sessions with me for reactivity. I have found that starting with private sessions before practicing in groups results in a larger improvement in reactive behavior.
Do you have a guarantee?
In the dog training industry, it is professionally unethical to guarantee training results due to the variable nature of animal behavior and the number of factors affecting it. You will be provided with the tools and support needed to succeed, but it’s ultimately up to you to put in the time to train and work with your dog. Prognosis is always dependent on the implementation of the treatment plan and the patient’s response to treatment.
What should I expect at my initial consultation?
An initial consultation is essential in allowing me to gather relevant background information on your dog, your goals, and for us to work together on formulating a realistic training plan. I will also help you create and implement a management plan to give you and your dog immediate relief. Please expect there to be quite a bit of talking! The majority of hands-on training will occur during subsequent sessions.
Will I need more than one session? How many?
A single session is likely not enough to achieve optimal results, as training and behavior modification takes time. Think of it like going to the gym: exercising once won’t yield long-term results. It takes time, repetition, and perseverance to achieve behavior change and maintain it.
The number of sessions and amount of time to improve your dog's behavior is difficult to predict. It all depends on the complexity of the issue, and the amount of time you can spend between sessions to work with your dog.
How should I prepare for my initial consultation?
It is recommended that your pup is exercised and a bit hungry before our session together and that you prep some of his or her favorite treats ahead of time to use during the session. Please expect there to be quite a bit of talking! The majority of hands-on training will occur during subsequent sessions.
If you have a dog who is worried about unfamiliar people, please mention this on your intake form so we can formulate a plan and set your dog up for success when I arrive at your home.
How do Virtual Consultations work?
We’ll use Zoom to have a face-to-face video meeting. Zoom is free to use, and you don’t need to sign up for an account. All you have to do is click on the link I send via email to join our meeting! Depending on whether you use a computer, tablet, or phone, you may need to download the app.
What happens during a Virtual Consultation?
In many ways, a virtual session is similar to an in-person session. Here is a typical outline:
Check-in: Updates on progress and obstacles since our last session.
Consultation: Discuss training goals and methods in detail and troubleshoot obstacles, including explaining new concepts and exercises. As always, you’ll be able to ask questions.
If desired, you can work with your dog and I can give feedback on your mechanics.
How do I prepare for a Virtual Consultation?
Here are some helpful tips to make the most of our sessions together:
Set up and test out Zoom before the meeting (see Using Zoom below)
Send any updates or video before the meeting, click Training Update Form
Write out a list of questions or concerns ahead of time
If you want to work with your dog live during the session, set up a place for your laptop or prop up your phone/tablet