Pet Solutions

Your initial in-person consultation will include an observation and assessment of your pet with a training plan formed with your wish list in mind. Additional training sessions are then scheduled to meet your training needs and goals. The number of sessions needed to meet your goals and move from learning to maintenance of behaviors is dependent on the family proper application of methods, attention to homework, and communication with your trainer.

 

Fees are based on your location within Oakland County with fees starting at $85 per 2-hour block.


Are you ready?  complete a New Clients Form here


Special Needs for Snarls & Growls
Dogs with a documented bite history are eligible for this program and will be considered for treatment on a case-by-case basis. A pre-training phone interview about your pet's history is mandatory prior to the first training session.

Some dogs have special needs. Behaviors such as guarding food or toys; snarling, snapping and biting needs careful handling and solid advice on how to manage that behavior. Determining potential triggers and developing a plan of prevention can help to create a safer environment for your family and pet.


Fee: $150 includes evaluation time, program plan for your pet and a 2 hour session.
Additional, ongoing sessions are $85 per 2 hour block.

What is clicker training?
Clicker Training is an animal training method based on behavioral psychology that relies on marking desirable behavior and rewarding it. Desirable behavior is usually marked by using a "clicker", a mechanical device that makes  a short, distinct "click" sound which tells the animal exactly when they are doing the right thing. This clear form of communication, combined with positive reinforcement is an effective, safe and humane way to teach any animal any behavior that it is physically and mentally capable of doing.


Why is clicker training effective?
When an animal intentionally performs a behavior in order to bring about a desired consequence, as clicker trained animals do, they are learning in a way that  researchers call "opperant conditioning".  The difference between an animals that behaves with purpose, rather than habit, is vast. Clicker trained or opperantly conditioned animals try to learn new behaviors. They develop confidence because they have control over the consequences of their actions. They are enthusiastic because they expect those consequences to be pleasurable.

How much training do I have to do?  How long will this take?

Over the course of a dog's life learning happens every day - from the the time their eyes open until they hit the pillow. Dog's learn from everything you do - and don't do. It is important that you take life from your dog's pawspective and work early-on to create a clear bridge of communication so your dog can understand your expectations and house rules and you can meet your pet's needs as well.

Helping you to manage your pet's behavior and teach him to practice the behaviors you want, and make this a part of your daily practice is what I do!  How long it takes to learn a behavior and how long it takes to make it a solid part of his repetoire are often different. The work you do daily, your patience in building up success with baby steps and the consistency you and your family have all contribute to your dog's success

I trained my last dog with "traditional methods". Why change now?
Because you can! Traditional force-based methods use harmful corrections and coercion to make a dog behave. Dogs trained with choke, pinch and electronic collars are not "behaving" to show they understand what you want, they are "behaving" to avoid further punishment. There are hidden consequences to such types of training and they do nothing to build any meaningful bridge of communication between you and your pet. Traditional methods destroy relationships. There should never be a need nor is there any scientific basis to place your hands on your dog, put pressure on them, throw things, roll them over, spray or shock them -- ever.



Frequently asked questions ... My 'A' to your 'Q' about pet training with Managing Manners