Private Training

I do private training lessons to address training issues, raise a great puppy and/or address minor behavior problems. I also do behavior consultations for more severe behavior problems in dogs like fear, anxiety and aggression.  I also do phone consultations for housetraining problems in dogs. I have worked with area veterinarians and am well known and respected for my work with canine behavior.

Let me know what challenges you are having with your dog and I can guide you to which type of lesson you will need. We can do sessions at Petlicious Dog Bakery in Waukesha, WI by utilizing a detailed consultation form and video, if needed. Home visits are also available on a limited basis due to my schedule.

About Me

I am a Behavior Consultant – 1 of only 4 certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (www.iaabc.org) in the entire state of Wisconsin. I am an Associated Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the IAABC and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the CCPDT. I have been training for almost 2 decades. I have also fostered dogs for over 20 years and am the Dog Training/Behavior Manager at Elmbrook Humane Society, where I have been worked for 13 years. I work with challenging dogs, high energy dogs and shy/fearful dogs. I have been voted Milwaukee’s Top Trainer and am an evaluator for therapy dogs through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs organization.

Training Private Lessons

These are for addressing basic issues like teaching alternative behaviors to jumping, teaching your dog to come when called, addressing excess energy and more. These are great for people who are having just a few minor issues with their dog, want to work with 2 dogs per session or that due to scheduling, can’t fit into a regular class and want a great dog. Sessions are an hour in length and handouts are given as needed and are geared to your needs.

Fee: $75-$95 per session at Petlicious Dog Bakery  In home: $175 plus mileage. Additional mileage applies if outside the Waukesha area. Follow up sessions are discounted and discounts are available for multiple packs or puppy training sessions. These sessions are 60-75 minutes in length.

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Behavior Consultations

Behavior Consultations including shy/fearful dogs, aggression, resource guarding, destructive behavior, dog/dog aggression in home, leash reactivity and more!

These consultations are for dogs exhibiting behavior problems. During the consultation, we will take a background history, conduct initial assessments, provide consulting, and discuss recommendations for management and how to modify your dog’s behavior in the future. We will provide educational materials as necessary. The first session will focus on a basic plan and information and reading are shared, however behavior issues, unless mild in nature, will require more than one session. Although I wish I could help all people in one consultation, it’s not always possible. There are no shortcuts to behavior modification. It can take weeks or months of regular behavior modification, training and response prevention to teach dogs more appropriate behaviors. I would love to solve a well-ingrained problem or fear (most aggression is fear and anxiety based) in one or two easy sessions but that is often not realistic. That said I have many clients with great success so it can be done but depending on the number of issues and the severity of issues, often multiple sessions will be necessary.

Fee: $150-175 at Petlicious Dog Bakery  In home: $175 plus mileage if outside of Waukesha area. Follow up sessions,  are discounted. These sessions are 75-120 minutes in length.

Phone Consultations

Phone consultations are available for behaviors that are less serious in nature such as crate training, housetraining and more. Housetraining issues can be done via a phone consultation with great success! I can advise you on whether a phone consultation can work for your particular issue.

Fee: Adopters of dogs I have had in my home(free), Public $40 for 20 minutes. $50 for 30 minutes. $1 each additional minute.

Home Visits

Home visits are also done in the Waukesha County area but there is an additional charge for mileage. I have a lot of requests locally for my services so don’t often travel outside of Waukesha county and there is a mileage charge so Milwaukee area parties often must come to me if possible or pay an additional mileage fee.

Training Methods

As an Associated Certified Behavior Consultant (www.iaabc.org) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (www.ccpdt.org), I follow the science of dog behavior/ethology. As a force-free trainer that follows the science of training and must keep up to date on the latest studies, I do not utilize shock collars or aversive training methods to “correct” the dog but instead utilize positive, force-free training that is backed by science on how canines learn. Read more at https://positively.com/dog-training/positive-training/what-is-positive-training.

The Process/What to Expect at Your Consultation

Once a date is agreed upon, a detailed consultation form will be emailed to you. The form should be emailed back at least 48 hours prior to our consultation. This will help us make the best use of our time.  Payment is due at the time of consultation and is payable via PayPal or cash.

Interested in Private Lessons or a Behavior Consultation?

If you are interested in setting up a consultation, please contact me via email and let me know your issues and your availability (days and times) and I will let you know what appointments are open. I do book up quickly so the more options you can give me the better. I will then send you a detailed consultation form to complete prior to our consultation to help us make the best use of our time together.