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Dog Training Puppy Training Dog Behavior Modification Kitty Visits! Dog Visits Pet Selection
Initial Consult $150/1.5-2 hours
Follow Ups $85/hr
Initial Consult + 2 follow ups: $300
Initial Consult + 4 follow ups: $475
Initial Consult + 6 follow ups: $600
Service includes a training and management plan, follow up via e-mail or phone/text and additional resources sent via e-mail.
Your home initially. Field trips as needed for the modification process.
Some dogs and their owners need more help. Behavior Modification is usually different from basic training in that it focuses on changing negative emotions driving the undesirable behavior. Perhaps your dog barks, straining at the end of his leash when he sees other dogs or skateboards. He destroys your blinds when people or dogs walk by, or chews the moldings around your windows and doors when he's home alone. You come home to huge messes of chewed up household items and house soiling. Your dog bit a vistor. He growls at you when he's eating. He growls at your husband when your husband tries to get into bed. You acquired a new dog who is terrified of leashes, cars going by, strangers, beeping noises, being touched, or bigger dogs. Your dog gets carsick on every ride. Your new dog won't go to the bathroom outside.
These are but some of the issues brought to dog behavior consultants. There is a lot of information from Dr. Google, Reality TV, and well-meaning friends that can unfortunately dig you and your dog into a deeper hole, so to speak. Some of these issues can be resolved fairly easily after some good detective work by a trainer. Most, though, take time and dedication since we are changing a dog's emotional responses--literally changing their brains--for the longterm. Some behavior, often aggression, can be greatly improved, but we do not consider it "fixed" or "cured." No trainer can honestly make guarantees about a dog's future behavior in the same way we cannot make guarantees about a human's future behavior. I can help you identify the cause of the behavior, help you read your dog's body language, and give you a comprehensive plan for changing the behavior. I take a holistic approach in understanding your dog's history, your lifestyle, and your dog's lifestyle to make sure I am correctly identifying the problem and designing a behavior modification plan tailored to be most successful for you and your dog. Sometimes, with a mix of genetics, lost socialization opportunities, and a dog having practiced the behavior for years, we are swimming against a stronger tide. It's rare that no improvement can be made, though! Often, significant improvement is made in your life with your dog; neither of you has to worry so much and you both have more freedom!
Location: Your home for the initial consult.
Private Good Manners Training
for Puppies and Dogs
Some dog owners prefer one-on-one training in the comfort of their own home, and some dogs do, too! You will get my undivided attention to answer questions, coach you as you learn to train, and focus on your individual priorities for your dog.
Examples of what we can work on:
Jumping Up Mouthing
Chewing Housetraining Problems
Barking Pulling on leash
Begging Stealing Food
Licking Eating roadkill, poop, etc.
Digging Other destructive behavior
Name Response Loose Leash Walking
Down (Lie Down) Come
Trade Leave It
Fetch Go to Your Place/Bed
Tricks Crate Training
This can also include getting puppies used to grooming and medical items, and other specific training tasks.
$85/hr $60/half hr*
*Half hour sessions are available after an initial hour session for dogs who do better with shorter training sessions, dependent on location within Santa Cruz.
Packages are highly recommended and a more realistic way to make progress. Recommended packages and progress depend on your training goals and the dog.
Initial hour + 2 hour sessions $245
Initial hour + 4 hour sessions $400
Initial hour + 6 hour sessions $550
Just Me and the Dog: Day Training
After an initial hour consult so we can discuss priorities, make a plan, and I can explain the training to you, you can sign your dog up for training sessions with me while you are at work or otherwise occupied. This is a good solution for people with busy schedules who want to make sure their dog is getting mental stimulation and who would like training progress. We will then meet all together so I can coach you as your dog learns to follow the cues from you.
*Service dependent on proximity to Santa Cruz
Three hour sessions/wk x 4 weeks: $800
Best results if you attend one session/wk.
Inquire for multi-dog household rates.
Drop in Visits for Dogs and Cats!
I love taking care of animals. I love the happy greetings. I love breaking up their day and giving them a chance to relieve themselves. I love that their owners have the reassurance their babies are in good hands with a message and photos from me. Having worked in many kennels, I also know how stressful they can be, so I highly prefer most dogs and cats are able to stay in the comfort of home.
I have very limited availability for overnight petsitting and when I do petsit overnight, my Border Collie accompanies me.
My availability is more for drop in visits for kitties who don't need someone to stay overnight with them and for dogs who already have someone else staying overnight with them or whose owners happen to need a visit or two during the day for another reason. Know you have an extra long commute coming up a certain week? Planning a day trip? Have a dog or cat who needs medication when you can't be home? This is a great choice for dogs who could use a play session or walk for physical and mental stimulation during the day! I have veterinary experience and can also give injections and subcutaneous fluids, depending on the situation.
$25/30 min visit
For Birthdays, Adoptaversaries, or just to see your dog having a blast!
It's time for some FUN! One hour of toys, games, and puzzles! Opportunities to chew, destroy, sniff, and seek! Learn a new trick! Get TWO new Top Trainer Pick toys to keep and a special treat! Mom and Dad are welcome to get out the camcorder to share the celebration with friends and family!
Book at least two weeks in advance so we can tailor the Celebration Package to your pup!