Private Training - Northern Tails Dog Training

Private Training

Private One-on-One Training & Behavior Help

Even nice dogs can develop problem behavior and experienced dog owners can find themselves in need of  help. Sometimes a personalized training plan is the answer.

Serious Behavior Concerns   Normal (yet annoying) Behavior
Aggression towards people   Not coming when called
Aggression towards other dogs   Jumping up
Fighting with pack mates   Pulling on leash
Possessive aggression (resource guarding)   Nuisance Barking
Fence (or window) aggression   Mauling visitors at the front door
On-Leash Reactivity   House Training
Separation Anxiety   Rude, pushy, demanding behavior
Shy and fearful behavior    

What can you expect in an in-home training visit? The first visit is designed to get an indepth look into your dog’s behavior. It’s motivations, reinforcements and temperament will be assessed to determine the underlying issues that may the cause for your dog’s unwanted behavior. This will provide a very clear picture of the number of training sessions required and exactly what they will entail. And from there we will discuss which training package would be right for you.

At the end of each lesson, you will receive training homework notes and instructions in writing. And phone support between lessons, as needed.

I offer both pre-set training packages (see below) and custom packages, based on your need and budget. Feel free to call to discuss the best options for you!

Smart Start for Puppies (click here to add to cart or call to schedule the old fashioned way)

$150 for one in-home session

One comprehensive lesson to get your puppy off on the right paw. Includes everything puppy…House training, crate training, chewing, jumping, home-alone strategies, interaction with other animals and children. Also covers beginning training basics for “sit” “down” and “come.”


CollinsPuppy“We just wanted you to know Jake has been like a different dog since you came.  I don’t think it is coincidence either. He has been much less in “puppy brain zoomies” mode and much calmer overall. He even seems to have grown a much larger bladder overnight! Can’t wait to get started in puppy classes.”  Marty & Kathy Kaylor

House Training (click here to add to cart or call to schedule the old fashioned way)

$150 for one in-home session

Sometimes house training is a bugger! The number of reasons why are as plentiful as the number of dogs and people trying to get it right. In a house training consultation, I will spend time in your home with your and your dog (or at length on the telephone if you are long distance), develop a detailed plan of action and then talk to you via phone or email, daily, until you’ve reached success.

Polite in Public (click here to add to cart or call to schedule)

$750 for ten lessons.

The goal of this package is calm manners while on-leash in public.  For dogs that are socially well-adjusted, but just need to master the fine art of impulse control. This package will take the relationship between you and your dog to a whole new level.

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)


Behavior Modification – Aggression, Anxiety, Reactivity

The training packages and cost for this service varies. Please call to discuss your situation. I often can determine how many lessons you might need and what they will entail in a phone conversation. From there we can book a lesson package that makes sense OR you can schedule an evaluation. In that one-time evaluation I will meet with you and your dog, see how he or she responds to me and to other dogs and to you and then determine a realistic plan and prognosis from there.

Evaluation at your home/$125.00 (click here to add to cart or call to schedule.)

Evaluation at my facility/$95.00 (click here to add to cart or call to schedule)

One size does NOT fit all. The underlying motivation for your dog’s behavior matters…and most “bad” behavior is not about dominance. Good training plans factor in the dog’s personality (or is that canine-ality?), temperament, early social experiences and whether or not the dog is bossy,fearful,anxious, stressed, and/or confused about his job and your expectations. Each training and behavior modification plan is custom designed for your dog and your personal situation.

I have only one constant in my work with behaviorally challenged dogs: I never use electronic training collars or prong-collar corrections for ANY aggression based in anxiety, confusion, stress or fear. And that covers about 99.9% of all aggression. Am I a softy? No. But, I get results without the use of force and intimidation. If interested I can talk to you about the behavioral science underlying my work. Or we can just get started and you can see the results for yourself.