Let's see how I can help make life easier for you and your dog.  
Behavior Modification Counterconditioning and Desensitization

Initial Consult $175 about 1.5 hours

Follow Ups $95/hr

Service includes behavior modification and management suggestions, behavior modification practice in most cases, and review and additional resources sent via e-mail.


Your home or a public location in Santa Cruz or Capitola initially.  Field trips as needed for the modification process.

*Consultations available via zoom as requested or in compliance with local requirements.

Behavior Modification
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 teach you how to modify 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!

Dog Tricks
Real World Dog Training
Mouthy Puppy
All Dog Breeds
Puppy Training

Location: Your home for the initial consult, then location(s) appropriate to the training.

*Private training available via zoom as requested or in compliance with local requirements.

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:
Undesirable Behavior:
Jumping Up                   Mouthing
Chewing                       Housetraining Problems
Barking                         Pulling on leash
Begging                        Stealing Food
Licking                          Eating roadkill, poop, etc.
Digging                         Other destructive behavior
Desirable Behavior:
Attention/Focus            Wait
Name Response            Loose Leash Walking
Sit                               Housetraining
Down (Lie Down)           Come
Trade                           Leave It
Fetch                           Go to Your Place/Bed
Tricks                           Crate Training
Trail Manners
This can also include getting puppies used to grooming and medical items, and other specific training tasks.

Drop in Visits for Dogs and Cats!
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? This is a great choice for dogs who could use a play session or walk for physical and mental stimulation during the day!  
$25/30 min visit
$45/hr visit
I do not have availability for overnight petsitting at this time.