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Help for Challenging Behaviors

EXPERT HELP THAT WORKS FOR YOU

 

For almost 25 years, I have helped dogs and their humans with challenging behaviors. From Chihuahuas to Wolfdogs, from mild fear to severe aggression, I can help. Each dog is an individual and their behavior plan should reflect that, being designed for their unique needs and challenges.

 

A behavior plan is worthless if it's not practical for you, your home environment, and your lifestyle. This is why I take a collaborative approach with my clients, so the strategies I develop are designed to work with the strengths and limitations of each dog and human.

 

I don't just tell you what to do, I work with you to practice implementing the behavior plan, so that you have the knowledge and confidence to continue on your own after your program ends.
 

GET STARTED

Schedule a free 15-minute call to speak with me about your dog's behavior needs and learn how I can help you reach your goals.

BEHAVIOR SERVICES

MONTH-TO-MONTH PROGRAM

​My unique program provides you with ongoing support so you and your dog make continuous progress and you get help whenever you need it, not just during appointments. 

Monthly Support...800

Purchase first two months in advance and save $100

Virtual Support...600

For long-distance clients

 

Most clients should anticipate 2-3 months of support. ​

HOW IT WORKS

WEEKLY APPOINTMENTS​

We meet once a week, alternating between in-person and virtual appointments. The in-person appointments are to coach you on training and implementation. Virtual appointments allow us to troubleshoot problems and/or discuss next steps.

Each appointment is between 1-1.5 hours.

A good behavior program is 10% about training your dog and 90% about coaching you. Virtual sessions provide that extra  coaching so in-person sessions can focus on training while saving you money.

CHECK-IN CALLS

At any time between appointments, you can schedule a quick phone call to ask questions and discuss challenges. You never have to wait for your next appointment to get help.

CLIENT PORTAL

You will have your own client portal where you can find all video and written instructions, recommended resources, access my calendar to schedule your next appointment, upload videos for me to review before our next appointment, and send me messages.​  ​​

SINGLE CONSULTATION

This 90-minute consultation is ideal for anyone who is uncertain about the best path forward for their dog or those considering rehoming or behavioral euthanasia.

 

I provide a full assessment of your dog's behavior, an overview of behavior support and training needs, and strategies for management and training, as appropriate.
 

Local.....350  Remote.....250

GET STARTED

Schedule a free 15-minute call to speak with me about your dog's behavior needs and learn how I can help you reach your goals.

  • Do you help me practice with my dog around triggers?
    YES! Once we've taught your dog the skills essential for managing their behavior, we then practice around dogs, people, or other triggers in gradually more challenging situations.
  • How much time should I plan to train my dog between appointments?
    In most cases, you will need to set aside less than 30 minutes to practice in the beginning. Dogs are more successful with multiple short (5 minutes or less) training sessions than one long session every day. I try to design plans that integrate training into your normal routines like meal times and walks wherever possible.
  • What's the most difficult case you've worked with?
    I work with a lot of challenging and dangerous behaviors. But the most difficult cases are those that involve factors outside my control, including the dog's health, the dog's environment, or lifestyle/family challenges. In these cases, I take those factors into account when designing a behavior plan and, when appropriate, collaborate with the dog's veterinary team to provide the best behavior support possible.
  • Can I have other people be a part of the training?
    Yes! I'm happy to include family, friends, or even sitters/walkers in the process. Ask me more during our phone consultation!
  • I live outside your service area. Can I pay you extra to come to my house?
    Sometimes. Depending on your location and the behavior challenge, I am happy to travel a little longer (up to 45 minutes outside Kirkland) for an additional fee. In some cases, we may be able to meet at a park or other location in my area for lessons. Ask me!
  • What if I have to reschedule a session?
    Life happens and I do my best to remain flexible. In most cases, we'll try to reschedule for another day/time the same week. Otherwise, we can reschedule to the following week. This means you may end up with a virtual and in-person session in one week.
  • What if I have an emergency and can't finish all the sessions that month?
    You will have the option to pause your program for 30 days without losing any sessions.
  • How many sessions do I get and how long is each session?
    Each month includes 2 in-person/local sessions and 2 virtual sessions. Each session ranges from 1-1.5 hours, depending on need.
  • I'm skeptical about the virtual sessions.
    You're not alone! A lot of clients are skeptical in the beginning, then find they get a lot out of these virtual calls. Ask any dog trainer and they will tell you the majority of their job is teaching the human. Virtual sessions save you money because they allow us to work on the human side of training without the added expense of paying me to drive to your house. There's always the option to upgrade to all in-person sessions, if needed.
  • How do virtual sessions work?
    Sessions are held via Google Meet (no downloads needed). We'll discuss challenges and successes and make changes and additions to our plan from the previous week. If you are struggling with any training, you can practice those in front of the camera while I watch and coach you in real time or review one of your recorded videos together.
  • What if I don't want any virtual sessions?
    Depending on the type and severity of your dog's behavior, you may be able to upgrade to all in-person sessions for an additional $100/mo.
  • What equipment do you use?
    Generally, I try to limit equipment to your dog's regular collar or harness, a 6' leash, and a training pouch. The less dependent you are on special equipment, the better control you have in emergencies.
  • I tried positive training and it didn't work. Why are you different?
    Great question! Whether you're learning to play an instrument, a sport, or learning how to manage and change your dog's behavior, there are a lot of ways things can go wrong. Sometimes the plan is flawed and other times, it's just the implementation of the plan. After almost 25 years of working with dogs and their humans, I know how to find the problems and make the changes needed for success.
  • Do you ever use shock collars, prong collars, or other punishment?
    I do not. These approaches are counterproductive - they won't make your dog feel better about the situations that trigger their fear, reactivity, or aggression. However, if you are currently using such tools and don't feel you can safely control your dog without them, I will work with you to minimize their impact and move away from dependence on special equipment.
  • Do you do clicker training?
    Yes! All of my training implements the use of a reward marker. Depending on your preference, we can use a word/verbal marker or a clicker. Most clients prefer a verbal marker.
  • What methods do you use?
    All of the training and behavior modification strategies fall under the umbrella of positive reinforcement.
  • What will you recommend if my dog doesn't listen or does something bad?
    In these cases, it means there is either a problem with the plan or the execution of the plan. I will help you identify the problem and make the necessary adjustments so you can both be successful going forward. I correct the PLAN, not the dog!
  • What if I don't want to use treats?
    I'm so glad you asked! Take a look at this blog post to see my responses to the most common concerns about using food in training. Treat Training If you're still skeptical, set up a free phone consultation. I'm happy to answer your questions.
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