The most important and gratifying part of being a Dog Behavior Counselor, Dog Training Class Instructor, and Dog Trainer is sharing with you my long experience with dogs and showing you how to have the truly SPECIAL experience of owning a well behaved, relaxed, and willing companion that you can involve in your daily lives as a cherished family member.
Dog training is NOT just for “bad” dogs! Training your dog calms and relaxes them, giving them a language they can recognize and respond to, allowing all of you to live together in peace and comfort.
All of my training uses MODERN, science based, DOG FRIENDLY methods that CAREFULLY shows or demonstrates to your dog EXACTLY what we would like from them, repeatedly, and showing them a HOST of enjoyable consequences for getting things RIGHT, RATHER than always focusing on what they get wrong... This approach is now fully accepted, EXTREMELY common, and very SUCCESSFUL!! This way, your dog learns to enjoy SUCCESS, rather than constantly experience failure!!
With MOTIVATIONAL, “relationship” training, your dog learns to WANT to listen to you! Your dog should be willing to respond to your requests, knowing there will be a happy consequence, rather than FEARING what will happen if she doesn’t!
THE BOND YOU CREATE WITH YOUR DOG USING THESE METHODS IS BASED ON MUTUAL RESPECT AND COOPERATION, NOT COMPETITION AND INTIMIDATION!
SPECIALIZING IN COMPREHENSIVE “PRIVATE “AT-HOME” DOG TRAINING
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PRIVATE TRAINING ONE-ON-ONE “AT HOME”
For adolescent & ALL adult dogs 5 months or older
for 7 Training lessons
(1st session is 2 to 2 1/2 hours long, each session after is an hour and a half)
$595 (if you live within 0-10 mile radius of the GT Civic Center)
$695 (if you live within 10 - 20 mile radius of the GT Civic Center)
$795 (if you live within 20-30 mile radius of the GT Civic Center)
$895 (if you live within 30-40 mile radius of the GT Civic Center)
Training two family dogs at the same time add $200
Individual Behavioral Evaluation - Human Training session
Behavior Counseling - A two and a half hour home visit:
$125 (if you live within 0-10 mile radius of the GT Civic Center)
$150 (if you live within a 11 - 20 mile radius of the GT Civic Center)
$175 (if you live within a 21 - 30 mile radius of the GT Civic Center)
$195 (if you live within a 31 - 40 mile radius of the GT Civic Center)
After 20 years as a professional drummer/musician and Manager/Buyer for Sam Ash Music Stores in the New York/New Jersey area, I made a major LEFT turn and began my career as a Dog Trainer, Behavior Counselor, and Training Class Instructor in 1995. I first worked at the Nationally renowned St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, mentoring under and working for Internationally known Dog Trainer Pia Sylvani.
In 2000, I moved my dog training business to Traverse City where I have vacationed each Summer throughout my life. (NOT hard to move from New Jersey to Traverse City, NO?) I have worked for, volunteered for, and studied under many internationally recognized Dog Trainers and Behavior Counselors including, Dr. Ian Dunbar, John Rogerson, Sue Sternberg, Karen Pryor, Gary Wilkes, Jean Donaldson, Dr. Pam Reid, Pat Miller, and many others!
I have worked with over 8000 dog owners and their pups both in classes and privately up here in the Traverse City area and in Northern and North Central New Jersey. I know that each of your dogs are different and I am here to help you with a training plan designed specifically for you AND your dogs needs! Over the last year I have been recovering from a series of serious health issues and am so HAPPY to be back helping Traverse City dog owners and their pups!!
Thank You for checking into Training your dog with me and I look forward to the chance to help you!