Training Services

We offer a variety of training options to fit all your training needs including in-home sessions with owner present, owner absent day training or distance/remote sessions.  We also offer pre-adoption/purchase counseling and new dog consults to help get set up for success from the beginning!

  • Fear and Aggression (including fearful dogs, stranger danger, resource guarding, body handling, dog with baby/toddler issues, vet/grooming phobias)
  • Basic Obedience - owner present (sit, down, stay, go to bed, crate training, come when called, impulse control, chewing, housetraining, barking, jumping, etc.)
  • Day Training Basic Obedience - owner absent (sit, down, stay, go to bed, crate training, come when called, impulse control, chewing, housetraining, barking, jumping, etc.)
  • The Family Dog Package (special training package for families with kids that gets everyone involved!)
  • Pre-Adoption/Purchase Counseling - let us help you before you get a dog
  • New Dog Counseling  - Congrats on your new family member.  Now what?
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen & Therapy Dog Training and Certification
  • Project tRade - ditch your current prong or shock collar!
  • Remote/Distance Counseling & Training

Fear and Aggression

Is your dog shut down and afraid of the world?  Does your dog bark at strangers or worse, try to bite them?  Does your dog stop eating or growl at you when you approach his food bowl?  Does he try to bite when you try to take away the bone he’s chomping on?  Does your dog snarl at you when you try to clip her nails?  Is your dog afraid of your new baby or toddler?  We can help!

We help your dog learn to feel safe and secure and teach them to love having their nails trimmed or having their stuff taken away! We can help increase their confidence and work on behavior modification for problems such as body handling, food, resource and location guarding.

Initial 90 minute consult is $340 with additional 1 hour sessions at $225 each.  Initial consult includes a complete assessment, training plan, recommendations and one month of follow-up email support for the initial training plan. (Additional dogs in the home are $50 additional per dog, per session)

Basic Obedience

Adding a new dog to your household?  Adult or puppy, we can help get your dog housetrained, chew trained and fluent with basic obedience behaviors like sit, down, stay, leave it, wait at doors, and coming when called. For puppies we also have an extensive list of important socialization experiences and aggression prevention that we work through to help your dog grow up to be a social and friendly adult.

We can also help correct nuisance behaviors like pulling on leash, play biting, jumping up, begging at the table, chewing the wrong items and excessive barking.  And, we can help enrich your dog’s life with good problems to solve to help burn some mental energy to help tired him out. Remember the old saying, a tired dog is a good dog!

Initial 90 minute consult is $340 with additional 1 hour sessions at $225 each.  Initial consult includes a complete assessment, training plan and recommendations.  Each dog in the home requires their own training session.

Basic Obedience Day Training

Want your dog to learn basic skills but don’t have the time or patience to do a lot of the work yourself?  Day training might be the perfect option for you!  We come while you’re at work for at least 3 sessions and train your dog for one hour each session, installing a variety of basic skills like sit, down, leave it, stay and come when called.  At the end of training, a final “transfer session” with you is done to help show you how to keep the training going.

Day training is sold in packages (3 training sessions plus your transfer session) for $900.  Additional one hour sessions as needed are $225 each.  (Day training is only offered as an option after an initial 90 minute consult ($340).  Initial consult includes a complete assessment, training plan,  and session recommendations.  Each dog in the home requires their own training session.

Got Kids AND a Dog?  You need Family Training!

We know that taking on the mega-job of parenting kids AND a dog together is NOT easy!  Families need specialized training tailor-made just for them.  And that’s EXACTLY what we offer.

Our Family Dog Private Training program is customized to get EVERYONE involved. You’ll get all the tools and support you need to get your kids on board, your dog in check and the whole family playing for the same team! It’s fun, effective and 100% positive!

We’ll provide:

  • 6 IN-HOME PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS
    • Master ONE totally achievable training skill every week
    • Put your new skills to use in YOUR home – where you need it most!
    • Involve your WHOLE family in the training – YES! Kids too.
    • Play training games that make learning FUN!
  • AN ONLINE FAMILY VIDEO TRAINING PROGRAM
    • The parents’ program has all the most important skills for raising kids and a dog together
    • The kids’ program is a “Special Agent Center” where they’ll have so much fun they won’t even know they’re learning!
    • AND there’s even “in a nutshell” videos to help keep grandparents and nannies on the same page.
  • WEEKLY HOMEWORK EMAILS
    • Stay on track with a recap of your session
    • Watch videos that coach you through the skills you’ve learned
    • Feel confident that you’re on the right path!

So whether you want to get ahead of the game or you’re struggling to keep your head above water, our family dog private training program has EVERYTHING you need to look like a PRO in your new role, and actually ENJOY doing it.

Family Training (6 sessions) and the online program is $1350 for one dog. Additional dogs are an extra fee.  Packages are non-refundable and must be used within 3 months from initial payment.

Pre-Adoption/Purchase Counseling

We are here to help you before you even bring a dog home!  We offer pre-adoption counseling to help guide your breed choices when bringing a new dog or puppy home.  We can also assist in the process, working with your rescue to ensure you bring home the right breed (or mix!) for your home size, energy level, household makeup and lifestyle.  The first step to a successful and happy relationship with your dog is making sure you select the kind of dog that fits your lifestyle, not just the cutest one you see!  We can help guide you with our extensive breed knowledge and understanding of the genetics at play.

Adoption counseling is $225 for a one hour session.  On site meet and greet with the dog can be arranged within a reasonable distance or for an additional travel charge.  Distance video option also available for $100 for one hour session.

New Dog Counseling

We are here to help you get started off on the right paw!  Our New Dog phone consult session will help you get started with all the right management tools, enrichment guidance and information to ensure you and your new pup are set up for success from the beginning.  We can help answer any questions you may have about integrated your new dog into your home, whether this is your first dog or you’re a seasoned dog owner.  Learn all the things to do and not to do in those critical first days and weeks.

New dog counseling is $75 for a one hour phone session and includes relevant handouts, age appropriate guidance, information on socialization, dog play and best practices for setting your new dog up for success in your home.

AKC Canine Good Citizen & Therapy Dog Training and Certification

If getting your dog certified as an AKC Canine Good Citizen, we can help train for the requirements that are part of the CGC Evaluation.  This is great preparation if you are thinking about training your dog as a therapy dog,  which we can also train and certify (through Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs).

  • Accepting A Friendly Stranger
  • Sitting Politely for Petting
  • Appearance and Grooming
  • Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead)
  • Walking Through a Crowd
  • Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place
  • Coming When Called
  • Reaction to Another Dog
  • Reaction to Distraction
  • Supervised Separation

CGC Exam prep and evaluation is $225 per 1 hour session.  CGC Testing is $50 on-site or additional travel fee applies.  Therapy dog certification is an additional charge and testing fee is paid directly to the certifying organization.

Project tRade

Project tRade is the Pet Professional Guild’s (PPG) international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet training equipment by asking pet guardians to swap choke, prong and shock collars (and any other devices that are designed to change behavior through pain or fear). Because we want all pets and their guardians to experience the huge advantages and long-lasting effectiveness of force-free training and pet care, we will give you great discounts on our most popular, effective, fun and pain-free training and pet care services in exchange for your old gear.  Click here for more details.

Remote/Distance Counseling & Training

No qualified, positive reinforcement trainers nearby?  Too inconvenient to go to a location for training?  Is your dog fearful or hates car rides?  Don’t need in home training but need some solid training guidance as you DIY your own training?  Have questions you just want answered by a professional?  We can help you remotely!

Distance training has been very effective for many clients with a variety of issues, including fear and aggression.  Distance training starts with a one hour phone consult (scheduled after you’ve completed our registration and history form).  After our initial call we may schedule addition video follow-up sessions or have you submit short video clips via text or an online upload service for coaching , video review and feedback.  You get consistent support, professional guidance and help with troubleshooting any issues that arise so you can achieve your training goals efficiently and effectively. I may not be physically there with you but I’ll be with you every step of the way!

You will need a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer with a webcam and internet connection for video sessions or to be able to send me video clips.

Phone Consults

Phone consults are prepaid and are 60 minutes ($75)  and includes a remote assessment, history review, training plan, relevant handouts, management protocols, recommendations and two weeks of follow-up email support for the initial training plan (where you send me short video clips via text or Dropbox for review). 

Remote Training via video (Skype, Facetime, Zoom)

Video sessions are prepaid  – up to one hour sessions ($100) and are  scheduled after an initial phone consult.  Video sessions include any relevant handouts as we work through the training plan, as well as coaching you as you work with your dog and/or the trainer demoing training for you to watch either with one of my own dogs or with a stuffed dog.

ALL PRICES QUOTED FOR IN-PERSON SESSIONS ARE ONLY FOR WITHIN MY SERVICE AREA:  WESTCHESTER  COUNTY NY, FAIRFIELD COUNTY CT., MANHATTAN/NYC, BROOKLYN AND LIC.   ADDITIONAL TRAVEL FEES WILL BE APPLIED FOR DISTANCES OVER 45 MINUTES FROM TRAINER TO YOUR LOCATION VIA GOOGLE MAPS. (Clients of record in NJ, please contact me directly since I have relocated.)  DISTANCE/REMOTE CLIENTS CAN BE LOCATED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!

NEW CLIENTS: PLEASE COMPLETE OUR REGISTRATION AND HISTORY FORM TO SET UP A CONSULT. If you are being seen at Gotham Vet for behavior services, please use the registration link they provided you!