My dog training rates and programs are as follows:
Sometimes its hard to figure out what kind of training you need and how to get started. I start with understanding what you want to accomplish and what is going on with your dog. I’ll do some assessments of your dogs interests and interactions, and get some history from you. Then, we take the first training steps and discuss what a customized training plan would look like for you.
Do you wish someone would train your dog for you? Are you just too busy to train your dog as much as he needs? Day training grants that wish for dog parents that want a well-behaved dog, but don’t have the time or skills to work through the process.
How it works: You tell me your goals and we customize a plan to address them. Then I train the dog in your home and neighborhood. We train in your home because often the things that provoke unwanted behavior are in the home environment. Your dog gets mental and physical stimulation plus training during the day so you come home to a manageable dog.
A typical day training program will be one to two hours a day, five days a week, for two to three weeks. Each week you and I have a session to teach you what the dog has learned and how you can maintain those behaviors. Your consistent follow through at home is integral to the success of the training. This is particularly good for dogs who are in need of a lot of stimulation or for dogs who have aggression or reactivity on leash.
If you like training dogs, have time to work with your dog, and want a more economical solution than Day Training, this is for you. I work with you at your home and together we train your dog. I coach you and show you what you need to know and do to be successful.
How it Works: You tell me your goals, and we customize a plan to address them. Then I come to your home and work with you to train your dog. I work with you on the skills and drills you need to practice and train. The method I teach you uses markers that help you communicate with your dog so that he knows what you want him to do (a clicker or a word). We will use treats, toys, praise and other things your dog values to reinforce what he learns. I will show you the equipment and management strategies that help set your dog up for success and prevent problems (chewing, barking, house soiling) from starting or persisting. Handouts will help you practice on your own.
In one extra long New Puppy session we can cover the basics that you need to know and get you going. We will review a great “puppy primer” together and answer questions. This usually runs about an hour and a half.
For people who would like more support and training, I offer a New Puppy Program which will teach you the management, leadership, and training skills and drills you need to raise a good puppy or adult dog. We work in your home and neighborhood to cover 12-14 key skills and topics. These are designed to set up good communication with your dog, to make it easy for your dog to behave as you like, and to teach you the key commands that you need for a good family dog. We also help you put strategies in place to prevent the development of unwanted behaviors such as food guarding. We cover feeding, housebreaking, and exercise. This program is usually 4 to six sessions long. Handouts will help you practice on your own.
Dogs can be a great addition to a family with kids when you put in place the right strategies for living together. Dogs go through developmental stages just like children and this program helps to set them up to for success. Many dogs are scared of children, or become scared of them as they grow, however, and this can be problematic. So, families where there are children and dogs can benefit from a special training approach. My program includes a dozen or more skills and drills, including some for the kids.
I occasionally teach group classes with the West Los Angeles Obedience Training Club. Group classes are good for training with the distraction of other dogs but are not suitable for dogs who are aggressive or nervous around a lot of stimulation. If you have any questions about whether or not a group class is good for you please feel free to contact me.
Are you thinking about getting a dog? I can help you evaluate a puppy or shelter dog. We will look at your needs and interests and help you find a dog that’s the right match.
I am out and about with my dog a lot, hiking in the mountains and walking in the neighborhood. When you train with me you may join me for drop in sessions that include in morning hikes, neighborhood walks, and dog play meet ups. These informal sessions add to your training skills and give your dog practice with real life skills.
My hourly rate is $125 per hour with discounts for multiple sessions.