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Help for your dog's behavior problems

Transform stressful and stressed-out pets into enjoyable companions with the help of a dog behavior specialist

Relief for dogs who have big feelings

two photos side by side: a dog lunging and barking while walked on leash and a dog hiding under a couch

Does your dog explode at strangers or other dogs, or cower at the least little thing?  

 

You probably have big feelings too.

You don’t know what to do.

You wish you could just relax and enjoy life together with your dog. 

 

I can help transform your:

  • Embarrassment at people thinking your dog is aggressive

  • Fear of what might happen

  • Sorrow for your fearful dog's distress

  • Pride in your calm, attentive dog

  • Confidence to deal with situations

  • Sharing enjoyment of life together with your dog

With my gentle, evidence-based approaches your dog will behave better, and both of you will feel better.

A personalized approach to your unique situation

1.  Consultation

To customize a program to your needs

2.  Training and coaching

To modify your dog's problem behaviors

3.  Relief

Enjoyable life together with your dog

1.  Consultation

Because every case is unique, we begin with a consult (approximately 90 minutes) to learn about your situation in depth. 

 

If you live in Lexington, I come to you to address the problem where it occurs*. 

  • I will advise on measures you can take to prevent problems and maximize safety,

  • map out a plan,

  • start foundation training. 

*Wherever you are, I can help via live online sessions.

 

Consult:  $210 plus tax.

For certain cases, we may request 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.

2.  Training and Coaching Packages

Enjoyable Walks

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 excitable dogs to relax and cope with distractions in public, so they can: - stop acting aggressive - walk politely on leash instead of dragging you, - turn away from or ignore dogs, moving objects such as cars and bicycles, and other distractions - learn skills for getting away from situations that catch you by surprise.​

How does it work?

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 and relaxation techniques to keep learning fun and minimally stressful for you and your dog. After the initial consult we meet at your house for 2-3 weeks for 1 hour each time, to teach some foundation skills. After that, we meet for 1/2 hour at a time at a quiet outdoor location to practice skills. First we practice with a realistic life-sized toy dog for no-risk practice. Then we progress to practicing at a safe distance from my calm personal dog. For non-anxious dogs who have not experienced trauma, this typically takes 6 1/2 hour sessions. When your dog is comfortable with my dog, we set up "mix and match" sessions with other advanced students and their dogs.

How much does it cost?

The Enjoyable Walks basic package ($960) includes: 1. Initial consult. 2. Foundation skills taught in your home (3 one-hour sessions). 3. Six 1/2-hour outdoor coaching sessions personalized to your needs. Followup options: Small group sessions to practice with a variety of dogs: When you and your dog are ready, we will meet in a spacious park with 1 or 2 other teams to help your dog generalize their new coping skills to other dogs and locations. 1/2-hour shared sessions $35

Pleased to Meet You (Introducing your dog or cat to a new dog or cat)

Bringing a new pet into the home doesn't always go as smoothly as you hoped.  You're excited about the newcomer, but the pet in residence is not impressed.  They find the puppy annoying, the cat too exciting, or they just don't want to share. The last thing you want is sadness, hiding, or even fighting or injuries. We will advise you on steps to reduce everybody's stress and to maximize the chance that your beloved pet will make friends with the newcomer.

Pre-adoption Planning

Your new pet has one chance to make a good first impression. Let us help maximize the chance for peaceful integration.

Repair a relationship that's in trouble

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. Sometimes a single consult is sufficient to lay out a plan for keeping the new puppy from provoking 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 the option to blend in-person coaching with regular, brief followups via video conference (If you prefer an entirely in-person package, we're happy to oblige). 1. We'll start with a consult to learn about your household layout, routine and your pets’ current behavior. 2. At the consult I'll help you make a plan for preventing conflicts. 3. I'll teach you to recognize subtle signs of stress and acceptance. 4. I'll help teach the pets skills to promote successful relationships and coach you on practicing them. The rate of progress for cases involving aggression depends on many factors. Sometimes weeks or months of tiny steps are needed to achieve success. To keep these very long projects affordable I offer a blend of in-person coaching and brief virtual check-ins (usually weekly) to help you stay on track and proceed at just the right pace during long periods of delicate negotiations. 1. I provide behavior benchmarks to help you progress at just the right pace during the period when we meet virtually. 2. As each benchmark is reached, we will again meet in person to coach the skills for the next phase.

How much does it cost?

initial consult: 90 minutes, $210 plus tax.

Packages start at $388 plus tax.

Other behavior problems

I can help with:

  • fearful behavior,

  • problem barking,

  • destructive behavior,

  • aggressively guarding resources such as food or resting places

  • and more!

How does it work?

The size of the training package depends on many factors. I will recommend a package based on what I learn during the consult. 1. I can come several days a week to do the bulk of the training for you and teach you how to maintain the good behavior, 2. I can coach you on how to do the training, if you wish to economize.

How much does it cost?

initial consult: 90 minutes, $210 plus tax.

Packages start at $388 plus tax.

What our clients say

A Golden Retriever sitting, wearing a birthday party hat

"I could not be happier"

"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.

 

...we received some basic behavioral training as well as tips and tricks for making the world a little less scary (rest, relax, happy mat, etc.)...

 

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

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

"HE'S NOT THE SAME DOG!

When we started, our shelter-rescue large dog was fearful and very reactive on the leash, hard to walk and a little wild at home too. Wendy knew just what to do and how to teach him -- and more importantly US -- how to behave and work together to have pleasant walks, good behavior, and an eagerness to learn new tricks and games as well.

 

He is happy and well behaved, we are happy and impressed, and we feel confident we have the tools necessary to continue to progress with him. All with no negative training techniques at all. I would give six stars but that's not an option. Not only would we use her again, we ARE."

Mark for Hershey

A large dog calmly walking toward his person who is holding his leash

Hershey stopped lunging and barking at other dogs, and became able to walk peacefully in the park

"Wendy has made such a difference in our relationship"

A happy looking black dog licking her lips as she looks up at the camera

"Penny got very anxious when she saw other dogs, joggers and moms with baby strollers and would bark almost uncontrollably.

 

Wendy has given us all kinds of tools to deal with those distractions. We are now walking Penny in our neighborhood every day, and it’s such a joy!"

Kim for Penny

“Wendy has done an amazing job with our pack of unruly pups"

"I seriously did not think they would be trainable!  In a matter of a few weeks she is making a nice transformation...with very little help from me and in a busy and chaotic home!"

Peggy for Gracie, Sawyer, Nikki and Rusty

Two dogs are sitting and two are lying down, around a woman sitting in a chair.  A child stands nearby.

A Welcome from your trainer

A Welcome from your Trainer

The trainer and her two Australian Shepherds pose at the University of Kentucky Arboretum

I love that the growing edge of dog behavior modification is focusing on developing strategies to foster two-way communication.  Dogs are great teachers, and when we learn to see what our dogs are telling us they need, and when we create space for them to do so, it is so much easier to teach them what we want them to do.

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing frustration replaced by mutual pleasure.  Together we will create solutions to fulfill your needs and those of your dog.

Wendy

An adult dog and a puppy lying nose-to-nose on the floor

Puppies are annoying!  Learn tips for keeping peace between the puppy and your adult dog

A speckled dog and black cat sleeping side by side on the rug

Cats deserve to feel safe when the dog is near

A cute picture of an adult dog and a puppy lying side by side on a dog bed with their paws crossed in the same direction

Help your pets become best friends

A golden retriever and a blonde cat cuddling together

A peaceable dog makes a warm cat bed

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