Training Options

Individual Sessions In Your Home  * Zoom Training Sessions * Loose Leash Walking Packages * Puppy Pre-School Packages

Training In Your Home

I come to your home and work one-on-one with you and your dog to achieve your training goals.  Whether you need help introducing a new puppy or dog to your home, or have a beast on leash, I will observe your dog in your home, show you techniques that will jump start your training, and help you set up management tools to prevent problems until training can be achieved.  Training in your home sessions include access to your own private video-tutorial library, which will have videos related to your training needs.  Each session lasts approximately 1 hour and costs $100 in the Morganton/Hickory/Lenoir area of NC.  Call (910)431-5680 to see how I can help you and to schedule your sessions.

Zoom Training Sessions

Zoom sessions are actually an ideal for training.  You and your dog will be free of the distraction created by an extra person in your house while we share information and you practice training in the privacy of your home.  I'll be able to see you and your dog (I will help you learn to set up a camera-friendly training area). You'll be able to watch me demonstrate methods and share short video-tutorials related to your training needs.  Sessions are recorded for you to review at anytime, and additional video-tutorials that relate to your training needs will be provided in your own private video library that you access through our website.  The cost for the zoom session is $85, and lasts approximately 1 hour.  Call (910) 431-5680 to schedule your session.

Walk This Way Loose-Leash Training

Does your dog constantly pull towards every smell or squirrel in your path?  Do you get frustrated when you call your dog closer and get no response?  Loose-leash walking is a skill that is not generally covered in detail in most basic obedience classes, but it is essential to ensure that you and your dog both enjoy walks together.  Dogs love to get out and about, and pleasant walks with your dog are great mental and physical wellness opportunities for your both.  Did you know that you can teach your dog to avoid pulling on leash without the use of aversive tools such as prongs, shocks, or choke collars?  This 6 session package will set both you and your dog up for calm walking success and it's FUN, too!  Walk This Way is a comprehensive program developed by master trainer Louise Stapleton Frapell.  I've taken the trainer's course and am qualified to coach you and your dog through the 10 steps to calm, loose-leash walking.  Each session will cover 2 exercises.  If you can dedicate 15 minutes twice daily to practicing the skills you learn, you'll see improvement each week, and will be ready to take your new learning to parks and busier areas as your dog's skills become reliable.  Each session is in your home, but we may choose to meet at a park as your learning progresses.  I've priced this package at a very affordable rate because I believe this essential knowledge is a must for every dog and person.  The six session package is $450.  If you'd prefer to try 1 session to see if a few tips and exercises will help, individual sessions are $100 each.

  Puppy Pre-School

I am a  graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy Puppy Start-Right program and I specialize in foundation training and socialization of puppies during their critical socialization period (between 7-16 weeks).  During this time, it's important to provide safe and positive exposure to all things your puppy will likely experience throughout life.  Early, safe, positive training and exposure dramatically lessens the likelihood of behavior problems later in life.  Puppy pre-school is designed for puppies who are too young for training classes due to vaccine status.  Your puppy will be learning from the minute s/he comes home, so it's important to start right away!  Even if you haven't brought your new friend home, we can start sessions to set you and your puppy up for success from minute one.  These sessions include foundation behaviors such as sit, intro to leash walking, leave-it, drop-it, and recall, safe and positive socialization activities, problem prevention strategies (jumping, counter-surfing, separation anxiety, and more) and the basics of crate training, house training, and positive handling to prepare for future grooming and vet visits, and information you'll need to assess when and how to socialize your puppy with other dogs.   Sessions are via zoom or in your home and include personal coaching for you and your puppy and access to the puppy-preschool training library, which includes weekly training topics, enrichment activities, field-trip ideas, and problem-prevention tutorials.  4 weekly sessions plus access to the Puppy Preschool training library is  $360.00  If you would like me to come to your home for the sessions the rate is $400.00 for the 4 home visits.  If you prefer the self-study option, it is available for $200.00