Behavior change takes time, an effective strategy and commitment. The type of behavior change you want will determine the path it will take to get there.
Fees & Packages
Sessions are arranged at my Behavior & Training Center. Appointments in your home or other pre-arranged location are available year round on a limited basis ($25 surcharge).
Initial Behavior Assessment (2.5 hours)
Problem behavior? Or just want a well-trained dog? This is the first step! Includes Behavioral History and a Functional Assessment of current behavior(s). Examine why problem behavior is occurring and what would be required to change it; identify your training goals and start working on getting there ($125). Includes initial phone consult to review behavioral history and first 90 minute one-on-one work session. Click here for behavioral history form.
Behavior Modification & Training Package (4 hours)
Includes two (2) in-person appointments (approx. 90 mins each), behavior modification & training plan with instructions, modeling, rehearsal and feedback, and two (2) follow-up phone sessions (30 mins each) (requires Behavior Assessment above). In these sessions, owners learn to implement their dog's behavior plan and create the behavior(s) they want ($180) Additional training & maintenance sessions $80 (60 mins each).
Phone Consultation (30-40 minutes)
Discuss a training or behavior problem on the phone; video footage recommended. This option is not available for cases involving aggression. For out of area clients, I would be happy to make a professional referral ($75)
Puppy Obedience & Skill Training Package (4 hours)
Includes 4 private one-hour sessions covering basic skill training and problem prevention for puppies. Puppies must be less than 4 months old. ($75/session, four session commitment).
Training Walks (45-60 minutes)
Available April - November. Real world training in a natural environment. Put on your walking shoes! Participation requires an initial Behavior Assessment (above) and walks can be shared with other owner/dog team(s) $80/session.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN MY ASSESSMENT and BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION PLAN?
The first step in helping to modify the problem is to assess the problem. It is absolutely critical to understand the history of your dog's behavior and what you have been doing about it. Therefore, a behaviorist will ask you many questions about your dog, your family and your living situation. The answers to these questions help in the development of an effective and humane behavior plan to help modify your dog's behavior.
Next, it is important to determine the family's skills and abilities as they relate to the behavior modification plan. A behavior plan that can't be implemented by the family isn't worth very much, so a behaviorist will work with the whole family to determine how to effect change given the current level of skills and abilities. Of course, families learn and change along with their dog(s) so they become better at being effective behavior managers as they work with the behaviorist and the behavior plan and see the dog's behavior begin to change!
Then, the elements of the behavior plan will be demonstrated and family members will be carefully monitored as they implement the same elements. A written description of the plan will be provided to each client and progress will be monitored closely via follow-up visits and phone calls.
Finally, because behaviorists work closely with veterinarians to insure that behavioral problems are not due to underlying medical problems, a copy of the behavior assessment and program will be forwarded to your veterinarian as necessary.
Group Training Classes
3200 square feet of Indoor floor space and acres of outdoor areas arranged specifically to maximize your learning experience.
Class offerings change periodically. Check "class schedule" below for current and upcoming classes. Scroll down for Registration Form.
ORIENTATION: 1.5-2 hours. Get acquainted with expectations for all Canine Consultant classes. Review the basics of dog behavior, how (and how not to!) use food and toys in training, how dogs learn, safety and health concerns for dog owners, what to expect from upcoming classes and explore goals for you and your dog! (Course included in class tuition and required for all new class participants!)
SlicK9! Emphasizing the crucial skills of Stay, Leave-It and Come, this is the ultimate foundation class for your K9! With this groundwork, your dog will be ready for an active life with you or for anything else you want to teach. Skills include attention, stay/maintain behaviors like chin, sit, down, & relax, beginning recall, controlled walking/heeling, go-to-place, back-up and leave-it. (7 weeks; $175 ($150 for existing clients); requires Orientation above and participation in at least one private session, or my permission).
GROW A GREAT DOG (5 weeks + Orientation, $125) specifically for pups ages 8 to 20 weeks. Start your pup off the right way! This class is five weeks in length. Pups 20 weeks and under repeat as many times as you like!
REACTIVE DOG For dogs that have special class needs. This course is an intensive specialty course and requires unique accommodations that need to be arranged with me. Make sure you have spoken with me before enrolling in this class. (6 weeks, $150)
LOVEMYVET For dogs that are worried about visits to the doctor. Classes will be on Sunday afternoons at the Animal Medical Center in Marquette, MI. Please contact me for additional necessary information before enrolling. (8 weeks)
BOOT CAMP (2 full days, $150) An intensive refresher course of the basic building blocks (e.g., stay, recall, attention, leave-it). Content of each camp may vary depending on the specific needs of the group. Typically offered each fall.