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. I do not condone the use of fear, pain, or coercion, which includes the use of aversive equipment or correction-based methods.
You can find more information about me, my experience, and my training methods here.
Are you currently offering in-home sessions?
I am currently offering sessions at or near your home (for residents of Boulder, Gunbarrel, Louisville, Lafayette, Broomfield, Westminster, Superior, and Erie). In-person sessions are being conducted outside with social distancing and/or inside with masks and social distancing due to COVID-19. Virtual sessions are available for clients in any location.
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 dependent on the implementation of the treatment plan and your dog's response to treatment. Expect to commit to training sessions with your dog one to two times per day for a few minutes at a time. You can do this!
Will I need more than one session? How many?
A single session is generally 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 and depends on the complexity of the issue and the amount of time you can spend between sessions to work with your dog.
Most clients have their first few sessions spaced out every two weeks. As their training gets rolling and they feel confident in what they're doing, we will then meet every three to four weeks. For fear, aggression, and reactivity, sessions are generally recommended with greater frequency.
More specific training estimates can be given during an initial session together.
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 quite a bit of talking! The majority of hands-on training occurs during subsequent sessions.
How should I prepare for sessions?
Please expect quite a bit of talking.
Taking notes is encouraged during our session!
Exercise your dog prior to our appointment.
Have some of your dog's favorites treats on hand.
Make sure your pup is hungry.
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 I get started?
Step one is to fill out a client intake form.
After reviewing your information, I can answer questions and get you on the schedule for a session.
I'm looking forward to connecting!
What if I need to reschedule or cancel an appointment?
There are no refunds for paid services if cancellations occur less than 48 hours in advance of our scheduled appointment. If you are not feeling well or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you may reschedule at any time without penalty. Let's stay safe! You may reschedule a session 48 hours or more in advance to avoid being charged for the 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 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.