Available to Continuing Students:
*Only Available to Returning Clients as a follow-up to a Package or Initial Consult
- A single 1 hour lesson at your home or at a well-suited location.
- Email Support
- Emailed Lesson Summary
- Video Links to Exercises
What Can You Expect?
Before we meet
We will chat via text, email, or phone. Once we decide on a date and time, I will send you a link. This link will lead you to a questionnaire about your dog. Don’t worry, it’s fairly straight forward – if you struggle with tech, please let me know.
Where Do We Meet?
This depends on what your dog needs. We can meet at your home, at my training room, on a quiet country road or trail, or downtown at the seawall. One of the perks of private lessons is that we meet at a location that makes the most sense for training your dog. The location can change from lesson to lesson as your dog progresses.
A hungry dog is much easier to train. Unless your dog has a medical condition, please show up with a hungry dog and with way more tiny treats than you think you will need. It’s better to have them and not need them, than to run out. If your dog has a significant behaviour challenge and is food motivated, I will likely ask you to stop feeding your dog from a bowl and to use all of his meals in training – he or she will learn faster that way. Some people have busy lives and don’t have time to do this, and we can talk about how to make it work if that is the case.
Who Trains Your Dog?
It depends. Some people like to do it all of the training themselves, with me instructing. Some people like to join me for an occasional lesson, but prefer that I pick up their dog and do the bulk of the training for them. Other people find it best if I demonstrate how to help their dog, then they copy what I did under my instruction.
I’m flexible. We will do what works for you, and only what both you and your dog are comfortable with.
The right equipment depends on the dog and handler team. I typically use either a flat collar, harness, or head halter for heavy pullers. I will not ask you to use choke chains, prong collars, or electric shock collars. If you are currently using these tools, I can help you transition to other tools as you are ready.