Private Training

Private dog or puppy training lessons

**Please note: Due to limitations in availability, we are currently only scheduling private lessons for current or past students and their personal referrals. If you would like a referral to a trainer, visit for a list of qualified local trainers. If you are a past client and would like to schedule lessons for yourself or refer a friend, please send an email or a text message indicating such, and your email will be returned within one week. 

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Private training sessions are a good fit for clients who prefer one on one interactions, clients who prefer to train their dog at home (or another environment besides the classroom), or dogs who aren’t comfortable or don’t get along well with other dogs or people in a classroom environment. Private lessons also help us work together on behaviors that are outside of a general class curriculum, where we will need to dive into the details of your specific situation.

The price for hourly private training sessions is $110/session. A package of sessions is also available, and the rate for a standard package is $400 for four one-hour sessions.

How does the process work?

If there are existing behaviors you’d like to change, you’ll start by completing a behavior questionnaire during your registration process.

Your first session will likely include:

  • Discussing your questions and goals, and any remaining details of the behaviors we want to train and/or change
  • Discussion of management of unwanted behavior, if needed, to help you see change quickly
  • Developing an initial training plan for behaviors that will be taught
  • Hands-on training preview, so you can get a feel for how to start the training
  • A training summary after our session, and we’ll be available for questions via phone or email to make sure things are clear.

If you have a new dog or puppy who is learning behaviors for the first time and doesn’t need any behavior modification, you will likely spend your first session prioritizing the foundation you want to work on with your dog and getting started on the training right away.

As you continue your training, the goal during the first few sessions is to help you communicate more clearly with your dog, manage problem behaviors, and train new behaviors the dog will need in order to be successful in the training plan.

You’ll continue to receive email support as-needed, to keep you on track throughout your sessions. In the beginning, training sessions are usually held once per week, unless another schedule is more beneficial.

Once you’ve laid the foundation for communication with your dog, we can continue to work together to advance this training according to your needs. If you choose to, we will continue implementing what you’ve learned, making sure you are on track to meet your goals, and working through any plateaus that occur along the way. These can be weekly sessions, or you can spread them out over more time, if you’re ready to do that.

Email using the form below to request registration instructions, including a behavior questionnaire. 

Virtual training sessions

Phone/FaceTime/Skype sessions may be a good way to get training tips, discuss a training plan and management setup, troubleshoot and problem solve, or get coaching that doesn’t require in-person work. The cost is $85/hour.


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