Private Obedience and Behavioural Dog Training
Whether you’re seeking training to teach your adult or young dog the basics, lay a solid foundation for the new pup you just brought home, or are dealing with upsetting behavioural problems, I am here and happy to help!
Every dog learns a little differently, much like us. Finding out how to complement their learning style and which methods will work best for your dog is one of the main objectives of our initial consultation, which is where we will begin.
In our sessions, we will be using positive reinforcement-based training techniques to accomplish your goals. I believe that behaviours that are rewarded, are repeated. I will teach you how to establish leadership without dominance, set boundaries and communicate effectively with your dog.
I will help you form a lasting cooperative working relationship formed on the basis of trust and mutual respect. I will walk you through each step of the process and provide you with homework to continue the training until the next session.
Let me help you create the well trained, balanced dog that you can feel proud to boast about!
Frequently asked questions
Private training has many advantages. The following are just a few examples that my clients find make a big difference:
- Our one-on-one sessions allows for my undivided attention to be solely on you and your dog.
- You can book in for times that work better for your schedule, so that you’re not missing classes and getting behind (ending up in private sessions to catch up!).
- If you’ve got a dog that is high-energy and easily distracted in a classroom setting, private training is perfect!
We will begin with the consultation, typically lasting up to an hour and a half. There we would get a chance to meet, get to know each other, talk about the problem behaviour(s) and discuss your goals. I would would do a behaviour assessment and temperament evaluation and develop a training plan that is customized to you and your dog. I believe that with consistency, structure, guidance, love and boundaries, anything is possible! No dog is “too far gone.”
To put it simply, I use positive-reinforcement based training (and a little bit of my own magic sauce that I’ve learned over the course of many years). My methods are mostly based off of Behaviourist Learning Theory.
Scientific evidence proven in how we learn, can and is also applied to how dogs learn. The four major concepts of Learning Theory are applied in different situations during our training sessions.
Depending on the issues we’re working on, whether behaviour modification or obedience training, will determine the best course of action and methods for your dog and his or her temperament. Applying the principals and concepts of Learning Theory with methods like; gradual desensitization, exposure therapy, classical conditioning, counter-conditioning, shaping, luring, timing, schedules of reinforcement, etc.
This may sound complicated, but don’t worry, my job is to break this down into practical skills.
Some clients only need a couple sessions, others with more serious issues need more. Our programs are tailored to fit you and your dog so that you see real results right away and are confident and able to continue the training on your own. On average training programs last 6-8 weeks, depending on how much time owners practice concepts with their dogs in between sessions.
The following list are the most common behavioural issues that will bring a dog and their owner to start training. Don’t despair if what you need help with is not on the list. Please contact me to discuss.
- Dog or Human Aggression
- Separation Anxiety
- Pulling on the leash
- Food or Toy Possession
- Jumping up
- Not Coming When Called (recall)
- House Training
- Basic Obedience (sit, come, stay, side, down, stand, heel)
- Prey Drive (cats, deer, or the dreaded neighbourhood squirrels taunting your dog!)
- Everything Puppy Program! (Everything you need to know to get your new furkid on the right track!)
Dogs need 3 important things to be balanced, happy pups. Exercise, socialization, training and continued guidance.
Pack walks with our certified trainer meets all of those things. We head out to one of the East Kootenays many beautiful trails and the dogs get to run and play with their buddies, chase the ball and sometimes even swim! We pick up and drop off, so all you need to worry about is reserving your dog’s spot with us!
To participate in our pack walks (for the safety of all dogs in the pack, including your pup); dogs are pre-screened at a complimentary meet and greet. Dogs must be able to respond reliably to recall, and must meet certain minimum social behaviour criteria. If your pup isn’t quite ready yet, I will let you know what needs to be worked on. Most of the dogs who want to join our pack walks can do so without any further training required.
personalized training plan
price dependant on type of training
basic obedience from $60
behaviour modification from $80
Pack walk for one dog
second dog from same home $15
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I’d like to know what you and your dog need help with and how I can help you make those changes. Let’s schedule a call to see if I’m the right trainer for you. Call, text or email me to set up a time.