Available to Continuing Students:

Single Lesson

*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.

Treats

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.

Equipment

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.

What People Are Saying:

We have had an amazing training experience with four kids and pup is doing great! Trainer is thoughtful with incredibly useful tips. Definitely recommend this trainer
Christina is very knowledgeable about dog behaviour and is an excellent teacher. Her seminars and classes not only teach skills but also give insights into why your dog might be struggling. Every lesson, private, class or seminar, has been well prepared and I have come away with new ideas to work on with my dogs. I feel that Christina loves to help bring out the best possible relationship between dog and human that she can.
Excellent trainer …. very knowledgeable in dog behaviour and I love her approach to dealing with reactive dogs. Love  her easy relaxed style of teaching …. she makes it easy for even us beginners to ‘get it’. Highly recommended.
So thankful for the training help that Christina provided us for our reactive/fearful dog Phoebe. Christina’s passion, knowledge, skills and dedication to positive training methods shines through the changes we’ve seen in our Phoebe in just a few lessons! We continue to work on our goals and look forward to progressing through more training with Positive Dog!
Christina is an excellent dog trainer and teacher. If you want a knowledgeable trainer who has your dog’s best interests at heart and who uses science based training methods, look no further. I highly recommend her!
Christina helped me with a reactive foster and I was so grateful for the methods and education she provided. She gave me the tools to be able to help this dog learn how to appropriately greet new dogs, and she did it with positive training methods NOT harmful or painful methods. Thank you Christina!