Help for behavior problems

Private Coaching

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You love your dog, but behavior problems are distressing and can be embarrassing, costly or even scary.

 

We offer training and coaching in your home to help solve behavior problems such as

  • Barking and lunging on walks

  • Dog-dog dog-cat and cat-cat introductions

  • Fearful behavior

  • Destructive behavior

  • Guarding food, toys or other resources

  • Inter-pet relationship coaching

  • Separation anxiety

For certain cases, we may work in collaboration with your veterinarian and sometimes a veterinary behavior specialist to make sure that problems possibly related to pain or other medical issues are properly addressed.

Because every case is unique, we begin with a consult (approximately 90 minutes) in which I learn about your situation in depth.  We will then discuss options, advise on short-term management for safety, map out a plan and start a simple foundation training exercise. 

Initial consult (90 minutes):  $180 plus tax 

"Wendy is amazing at what she does. I contacted her about 3 months ago for help with my golden retriever puppy's anxiety and fear-aggression. We scheduled a video consultation, and from that first conversation, it was clear that she is passionate for helping dogs. She truly cares. I enrolled my puppy in virtual group training, where she received some basic behavioral training as well as tips and tricks for making the world a little less scary (rest, relax, happy mat, etc.). I also scheduled private training with Wendy, which has been really helpful. She is incredibly responsive to texts and emails, offers excellent advice, and always follows up with resources (videos, links, etc.). I could not be happier that we have chosen to train with Wendy, and recommend her to anyone. "

 

Alex for Ellie

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Ellie has grown up to be a confident and happy dog who enjoys going places with her family.

“Thank you for your amazing knowledge in teaching me, and giving me the confidence to teach Potter to be a well behaved dog.“

 

Esther for Potter

Packages

Enjoyable Walks

Transform a barky-lungy dog into an enjoyable walking companion

Pleased to meet you

We'll help your existing pet and new pet learn to live in peace and maybe even enjoy one another's company.

Help Separation Anxiety

Teach your anxious pet to relax and stay calm while you're away

Enjoyable Walks Package

It can be scary and embarrassing when your dog barks and lunges at passing dogs.  We can help!  Our program coaches you through a progression of fun games to teach:

  • walk politely on leash,

  • turn away from or ignore dogs that are passing

  • skills for getting away from situations that catch you by surprise.

Every team learns at their own pace. Our system of gradual challenges provides opportunities to experience steps of success on the way to your goal of calm, drama-free walks.

We teach a variety of training games to keep learning fun and minimally stressful for dogs and their human partners.

 

All of our behavior programs begin with a consult in which we get to know you and your dog, set goals and start you on some foundation exercises (90 minutes, $180)

 

The Enjoyable Walks package includes:​

  • Twelve weekly 1/2-hour coaching sessions personalized to your needs     $600

  • Optional 3-session extensions as needed:  $150 

  

Followup options:

A.  Private sessions to practice in locations of gradually increasing challenge (parks and/or your neighborhood). 

     3 1-hour sessions: $338 + tax; 6 sessions $600

B.  Small group sessions to practice in the vicinity of other dogs.  

     We will meet in a spacious park to practice games that develop focus and coping ability, then practice walking together on the trail. 

     3 1-hour sessions $338 + tax; 6 sessions $600

 
 

Pleased to Meet You

Maximize the chance for peace when introducing a new pet to your household 

Your new pet has one chance to make a good first impression.  Let us help you get off to the right start. 

Bringing a new pet into the home doesn’t always go as smoothly as we hoped.  We’re excited about the newcomer but the pet in residence is not impressed.  They find the puppy annoying, or the cat too exciting, or they just don't want to share.  The last thing we want is sadness, hiding or even fights or injuries. 

 

We will advise you on steps to reduce everybody’s stress and increase the chance that your beloved pet will make friends with the newcomer.

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We start with a consult to learn about your household layout, routine and your pets’ current behavior.  From there we

  • Help make a plan for preventing conflicts

  • Teach you to recognize subtle signs of stress and acceptance

  • Help teach the pets skills to promote successful relationships 

The rate of progress for every case is unique.

 

Sometimes a single consult is sufficient to lay out a plan for keeping the new puppy from provoking objections from the resident dog.

Sometimes a small package of coaching is needed to teach the pets appropriate manners towards one another.

 

For more complex cases where a very patient, gradual approach is required, we offer a blend of in-person coaching and regular, brief followups via video conference. 

  • We provide behavior benchmarks to help you progress at just the right pace. 

    • Brief virtual check-ins each week provide the most economical way to assure that you stay on track and proceed at just the right pace for even the most delicate negotiations. 

  • As each benchmark is reached, we will again meet in person to coach the skills for the next step.

  • Of course, if you prefer an entirely in-person package, we're happy to oblige.

The size of package you will need depends on the dispositions of the pets and the training foundations already in place.  We can recommend packages once we have met and assessed the situation.

Initial consult, 90 minutes: $180

Packages starting at $338

End Separation Anxiety

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Shredded door frames…bent and broken crates…bloodied paws and gums…

Do you feel like you’re imprisoned in your home because of your dog’s panic and self-destructive behaviors when you leave?

Are your neighbors complaining about barking or howling when you’re away?

Help is here!

 

Overcoming separation anxiety takes time and patience, but with diligent application of the right training plan, separation anxiety is curable.  Your dog (or cat) can learn to remain calm and contented when left alone. And you can get your life back! 

You will benefit from the help of a professional to guide you through the process and keep you on track.  Here are three paths to success:

Daily Detailed Support from a specialist

Receive daily support from a certified separation anxiety trainer. This is best if you prefer to be led through every step of the process and have a highly trained expert make the decisions.  I can help you find one if that is the case.

Do-It-Yourself Approaches

We've partnered with DVM and Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer Moira Hechenleitner to offer two self-paced, video-on-demand programs. 

1.  Do-it-Yourself Separation Anxiety Program

This self-paced course is designed so you can learn step by step what is (and is not) separation anxiety, how to find out if your dog suffers from it, and how to set up an effective daily training plan to help him or her overcome it.  

The program includes 20 dynamic, easy to follow video modules that guide you through each stage of your separation anxiety journey, so you can move forward knowing what to do next and when to do it. 

Cost: $325

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2.  Separation Anxiety Shadowing program

Follow the journey of a family as Dr. Hechenleitner guides them day by day through the assessment and first three months of training.  In this on-demand series you will see the initial video assessment and counseling, the records of daily progress, and videos of weekly assessment sessions accompanied by in-depth discussions of how to make strategic decisions and how to solve common problems that may crop up along the way. 

Cost: $299

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Of course I'm happy to come alongside to help with any planning and decision making questions you have at whatever frequency you find helpful.  Contact us to work out a support package that suits you.

Coaching wherever you are

IAABC: Imternational Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Supporting
CPDT-KA: Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed
Aggression in Dogs Certificate of Completion
Karen Pryor Academy Certifried Training Partner
Fear Free Certified Professional