Private tutoring

Custom training plans and one-on-one help for difficult behaviors

Private One-on-One Training & Behavior Help

Private training packages provide more individualized training in the convenience of your home and neighborhood.  In addition, some situations (such as setting your puppy up for home success prior to attending puppy class, and resolving fear and separation problems) are more effectively addressed in private lessons rather than a group class.

Private training can be done in your home, in a public space or at my facility. I also offer semi-private lessons, when I have two clients working on similar issues with compatible dogs.

Training package rates for all services range from $175.00 to $1,100.00. Please call or email to discuss your situation.

Puppy Smart Start Package

  • 1 session/$225.00 (90-minute session, in-home)
  • 2 sessions/$315.00 (90-minutes each, in-home)

In-home lesson(s) to get your puppy off on the right paw. Establish good habits and prevent bad behavior before it begins!

The first session will cover the following topics:

  • House training
  • Polite greetings/not jumping up
  • Appropriate chewing
  • Puppy mouthing
  • Body handling (grooming, nail trimming)
  • Interactions with other animals in the home
  • Responding to his or her name
  • Teaching sit and down
  • Answering all of your puppy-related questions

The second session will cover the following topics:

  • Beginning leash walking
  • Teaching pup to bring things to you, instead of stealing and running away
  • Come when called
  • Further help with the things you learned in the first session.

Basic Manners

Sometimes, brushing up on basic manners in your living environment is the best way to go. This is a great option for things like:

  • Polite doorway greetings
  • Walking nicely on a leash
  • Calm behavior in the house
  • House training
  • Resolving sibling rivalry between canine housemates
  • Over-protectiveness around visitors

Call to discuss your goals and I will give you options, a realistic time frame and the associated costs for polishing your dog’s halo!

Behavior Evaluation

  • At your home: $150.00
  • At my facility in Clayton: $95.00

This service is for dogs that are reactive, aggressive, and/or anxiety-ridden. In this 60-minute evaluation, I will meet you and your dog, see how he or she responds to you, to me and to other dogs. And then determine a realistic plan and prognosis from there. If we decide to move forward with a training package, that will be scheduled and I will give you homework to start before our first session.

On-Leash Reactivity

Would you like to enjoy the simple pleasure of going for a walk without dreading the chance encounter with another dog? Or perhaps the site of another person triggers an embarrassing display at the other end of the leash? If so, this program is for you!

Leash lunging, leash reactivity and leash aggression are all behaviors that are caused by a dog feeling restrained, frustrated and uncomfortable in a social situation while attached to a leash.

The first thing I will do is identify the reason for your dog’s discomfort. Once the source of the reactivity is clear, you will learn how to help your dog gain confidence, feel safe, control his impulses and think through those things that currently trigger him, so you can both enjoy going for walks together!

I have several options for working with leash reactive dogs: Private lesson, semi-private lessons, reactive dog class or a basic class. But, it all begins with an evaluation.

Home Alone Training

Does your dog bark nonstop while you are away? Destroy the house? Leave potty accidents? Is there a doggy “meltdown” every time you want to leave? Not sure if your dog is just bored and naughty or you might be dealing with Separation Anxiety? Either way, I can help you get it resolved.  For more information on Separation Anxiety, please visit the Separation Anxiety page (click here)


Shy and Fearful Dogs

These dogs need confidence building and desensitization to the things they are most afraid of. Humans can help by using correct body language and helping the dog feel safe, without pushing or coddling them. I can guide you along the way.


If you are interested in my private training sessions, please contact me using the form below or feel free to call.