All private training & consultation services are provided by Sue Brown, practicing since 1996, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and author of 2 books on dog training.
Private training might be the right choice for you if:
- Your dog has specific behavior issues that make your dog an inappropriate candidate for group class;
- You have specific training goals that are not covered in a group class environment or are better addressed in a private setting;
- Your dog does not get along well with other dogs or people;
- Your dog has difficulty focusing around other dogs or in new places;
- You have a schedule that makes attending a group class difficult, or;
- You prefer the one-on-one focus of the Trainer that private training provides.
Training time with Sue is primarily for you, not your dog. During these sessions, she will teach you how to most effectively train your dog and address any issues you are having. She could train your dog for you, but that would only ensure a dog who responds to her! It is important for you to work with your dog to ensure you know how to communicate clearly so that your dog understands and responds well to you. By conducting training in your own home, most dogs are able to focus and learn more quickly than in a strange and distracting environment.
The Initial Consultation lasts approximately 90 minutes. During this time, you and Sue will discuss your dog’s daily routine, your household rules, any specific problems you are having, and your goals. Sue will work with you to develop a training plan that will meet your goals and fit your needs. For some situations, the initial consultation is all that is needed. For most behavior issues or training goals, however, follow up training will help ensure the training and behavior modification plan is most effectively implemented and allows for the greatest opportunity for success.
Private training offers the opportunity to address a wide variety of training needs, such as: household manners, developing proper social skills, basic training or obedience-type skills, polite public manners, behavior problems and other issues. Behavior problems can include a wide variety of issues such as destructiveness, separation anxiety, boredom, resource guarding, aggression toward people or dogs, jumping on people, countersurfing, getting into inappropriate things (trash, litter box, dirty laundry, etc.) or any other behavior issues you might be dealing with.
In addition, we can also help if you have goals for your dog to become a therapy dog, an emotional support dog or even a service dog. While often confused, these three are very different and if you are interested in any of them, you should do your research to understand what each of them means.
We offer a 5 session Private Training Package at a discounted rate over the session-by-session rate, consisting of the initial 90-minute consultation and 4 additional follow-up sessions of 60 minutes each. If you prefer, you may sign up for follow-up sessions one at a time.