Private Training

We offer private training sessions for puppies and adult dogs. We use modern, effective, dog-friendly methods. And, because our methods are force-free, even young puppies and children can participate.  Click on some of the video links below to see our training in action.

There is no “one size fits all” program for every dog or puppy. That makes sense, doesn’t it? All puppies are different and owners’ goals for their dogs vary.  There are no contracts. You can pay-as-you-go, or purchase a package of sessions to receive discounted pricing. Our pay-as-you-go pricing is $98 an hour. The first session normally takes 2.5-3 hrs ($245-$294, cash, check, debit and credit cards accepted). All of training packages include the first orientation session, plus additional follow-up sessions of about an hour each. All of our multi-session training packages include access to the client area of our website.There you will find over 50 instructional videos for reviewing your training exercises and even working ahead. We have sections on impulse control, leash walking, Come! and more.

Why special pricing for puppies younger than 6 months? We discount our professional fees for owners with puppies less than 6 months of age. We want to encourage them to get training while their puppy is still young. It is much easier to teach your puppy good behavior before he’s had a chance to practice “naughty” behavior.

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Puppies Younger Than 6 Months

THE FIRST STEP – 2.5 Hr. Session
Professional Fees: $190

This 2.5 hour session includes the answers to your questions about puppy training – housetraining, puppy biting, socialization (what to do and what to avoid), alone time and more. We’ll also teach you how to “speak dog” (read dog body language). And, we’ll also discuss child/dog safety. Once we’ve answered all your questions on those topics, we’ll teach your puppy how to “say please” by sitting (instead of jumping), “come when called” and impulse control for puppies. See what this family taught their puppy in only one session.

4 SESSION TRAINING PACKAGE
Professional Fees: $425 ($114 savings)
Access to Video Training Library

See some of the behaviors your puppy can learn in this training package. This training packages includes “The First Step” (explained above) plus 3 additional sessions of about an hour each. Additionally, training packages include access to the client area of our web site. There you will find over 50 instructional videos on the behaviors we’re teaching, plus other helpful videos including puppy nail trims and brushing your puppy. During our sessions we’ll review & discuss where  your puppy is in his behavioral development & add some new skills like: Sit, Down, Stay, Come to Me!, Impulse Control with Food & Toys, Door Manners, Using Non-Food Rewards, Intro to Leash Walking & Handling and Brushing.

8 SESSION TRAINING PACKAGE
Professional Fees: $725 ($206 savings)
Access to Video Training Library

See some of the behaviors your puppy can learn in this training package.  Here is another example of a puppy practicing his lessons.  This 8 session training package includes the skills and information reviewed in “One Foot in Front of the Other” plus: Loose Leash Walking with Distractions, “Settle,” Training in Public Settings (as appropriate for each individual puppy), Introduction to Handling for Routine Care – nail trims, eye and ear medication and veterinarian visits.

14 SESSION TRAINING PACKAGE
Professional Fees: $1240 ($279 savings)
Access to Video Training Library

See one of our Gold Medal puppies train in public! This 14 session training package includes everything in the “Running Start” training package plus 6 additional sessions. The added training time allows for increased distraction training, support through your puppy’s adolescence (oh, no – a teenager!) and the opportunity to fine tune behaviors or even get  your puppy started in a canine sport like Nose Work, tricks, agility, obedience and rally.

Dogs and Puppies 6 Months & Older

GETTING STARTED – 2.5 – 3 hr Session
Professional Fees: $245-$294

During this dynamic discussion, our certified trainers will separate fact from fiction, science vs. folk lure. We’ll talk about how animals learn and how to humanely teach them what we’d like them to learn. We’ll also discuss canine body language – how to tell if your dog is “relaxed and happy” or worried and stressed. And, we’ll teach your dog the foundation skills for impulse control, come when called and how to “say please:” by sitting.

4 SESSION TRAINING PACKAGE
Professional fees: $499 ($40 savings)
Access to Video Training Library  

1st session (2.5-3 hrs) – Discussion of how dogs learn, how to modify their behavior, “how do I get him to stop …”, dog body language, and child-dog safety.

Sessions 2-4 Behaviors include: sit, “say please by sitting,” stay, down, “Come to Me!” with controlled distractions, impulse control with food and toys, door manners, introduction to leash walking.

8 SESSION TRAINING PACKAGE  
Professional fees:
$850 ($81 savings)
Access to Video Training Library

1st session (2.5-3 hrs) – Discussion of how dogs learn, how to modify their behavior, “how do I get him to stop …”, dog body language, and child-dog safety.

Sessions 2-8 Behaviors include: sit, “say please by sitting,” stay, down, “Come to Me!” with more distractions, impulse control with food and toys, door manners, leash walking with distractions, and, as appropriate, training in dog-friendly public locations.

14 SESSION TRAINING PACKAGE
Professional fees:
$1344 ($175 savings)
Access to Video Training Library

1st session (2.5-3 hrs) – Discussion of how dogs learn, how to modify their behavior, “how do I get him to stop …”, dog body language, and child-dog safety.

Sessions 2-14 Behaviors include: sit, “say please by sitting,” stay, down, “Come to Me!” with more distractions, impulse control with food and toys, door manners, leash walking with distractions, and, as appropriate, training in dog-friendly public locations.  We will work, as appropriate to the individual dog, to help the dog generalize skills to a variety of environments, including the veterinary hospital.

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