dog training

dog training

Ready to share your life with an attentive dog you can take anywhere?

Enjoy a dog who makes heads turn (for all the right reasons)

Imagine a dog who looks you in the eye, settles next to you, greets people and other dogs politely, and walks calmly on leash. We’ll teach her how!

Concerned about your dog’s behavior?

Let’s restore balance and harmony to your household

Jumping on people Waiting politely for an introduction
Whining and barking Calming and regulating herself
Ignoring you when you call Running to you when she hears her name
Chewing on things you care about Chewing on her favorite toys

Jump on people TO Sit politely and wait for an intro

Whine and bark TO Calm herself

Ignore you when you call TO Eagerly come running

Drag you down the sidewalk TO Walk nicely at your side

Lunge at other dogs when on leash TO Check in with you instead

Counter Surf TO Keep four feet on the floor

Chew on the things you care about TO Find and chew on their favorite toys

Two Ways to Train — Live Online or In Person

Have questions on the how, what or why?

Choose your ONLINE Manners Package

BASIC MANNERS On Line

Trainer Support Includes:

  • customized live online coaching sessions
  • personalized Q & A
  • video review
  • simple step-by-step instructions
  • practice exercise tracking and consistent updating via shared spread sheet

We’ll tailor this program to meet your needs. People opting for this program may work on basic behaviors like sit/stay sitting, down/stay, stationing, dropping and leaving things, leash walking, coming when called. We can also work on jumping and barking issues, mouthing, chewing, digging, barking, polite leash walking and in-home greetings.

Each week I’ll map out simple steps to move your progress forward. We’ll meet online two times each week to coach you through your steps and teach you how to get and maintain your dog’s best behavior. Video review sessions will provide a unique opportunity for me to experience and review your real-life training in action, and I’ll also check in with you via a shared online task list several times each week for a bit of extra support. My goal is to have you feeling relaxed and confident, and to make life easier for both you and your dog. (We’ll use our 2 follow-up sessions to make sure that relief sticks!)

Choose Your Live Online Package

Obedience – Best Manners 1

Complete this program in 3 or 6 weeks.

11 total hours of trainer support

$1,870

Obedience — Best Manners 2

Complete these program in 5 or 10 weeks.
17 total hours of trainer support

$2,550

Special Short Programs

Less Stress, More Fun

Happy Leash Walking Package

In this online training program that moves at your pace, I’ll teach you how to master the art of reward-based leash walking. You’ll learn and integrate all that you need to know for happier outings.

At the end of this course, you’ll know how to:

  • get and maintain your dog’s attention without corrections
  • identify and effectively use your dog’s best motivators
  • communicate clearly to your dog while walking
  • assess your dog’s body language and environmental stressors
  • make informed decisions about dog-dog meetings and walking routes
  • get out of tight spots quickly
  • hone your leash handling skills

For dogs without leash reactivity. If you dog growls, barks, lunges or can’t “hold it together” on leash, see our Leash Reactivity options. Click Here.

Happy Leash Walking Package

Complete this program in 2 – 4 weeks.

5.5 total trainer support hours

YOU GET:

  • 60-minute getting started session
  • 7 30-minute live online coaching sessions
  • personalized Q & A
  • video review
  • simple step-by-step instructions
  • practice exercise tracking and consistent updating via shared spread sheet

$935

Three Steps to Start

Schedule a complimentary Discovery Call.

Meet with me for a 90-minute assessment.

Choose a training package to meet your goals and begin!

Unsure about Online Training?

Take A Test Drive

Experience a sample 1-hour session and decide whether online training is for you. Added bonus — learn some classic and foundational skills you can put to use now.

Online Trial Session: 1-Hour. $145

 

Choose your IN PERSON Manners Package

BASIC MANNERS In Person

 

Trainer Support Includes:

 

  • Private in-home training
  • I travel to you
  • Out-in-the world experiences for your dog
  • Ongoing Support: Weekly Q& A

We’ll tailor this program to meet your needs. People opting for this program may work on basic behaviors like sit/stay sitting, down/stay, stationing, dropping and leaving things, leash walking, recall. We can also work on jumping and barking, mouthing, chewing, digging, barking, polite leash and in-home greetings.

Each week I’ll meet with your dog, either at your home or out in the world, depending on your goals and our progress. Using positive techniques, I’ll teach him new solutions for his old behaviors. I’ll transfer his progress to you in a fun, hands-on session at the end of each week, so you know how to get and maintain his new behavior. Then we’ll use our two follow-up sessions to make sure everything is feeling good before we call it a wrap. My goal is to relieve some of the stress of your dog’s unwanted behavior so you can relax and have more fun with your best friend.

Choose Your In Person Package

3-Week Package

14 total in person training sessions

$2,790

Includes:

  • 9 training sessions
  • 3 results transfer sessions
  • + 2 follow-ups (to make sure your training sticks)

5-Week Package

22 total in person training sessions

$4,290

Includes:

  • 15 training sessions,
  • 5 results transfer sessions
  • + 2 follow-ups (to make sure your training sticks)

2-Week Package*

10 total in person training sessions

$1,990

Includes:

  • 6 training sessions
  • 2 results transfer sessions
  • + 2 follow-up (to make sure your training sticks)

*Only for experienced clients and savy handlers with a solid, reward-based training background who need help with a specific issue.

Meet your Trainer

Nothing gives me more pleasure than teaching my client’s dogs to behave. Whether in a training session or on a group walk, I seek every possibility to create positive learning opportunities. I am thrilled by the moment they get it, when you can see that light bulb switch on, when they understand good things are coming their way and they offer you their best behavior. Then doing the right thing becomes fun and training progress accelerates. Regardless of breed or age, I approach every dog with curiosity and respect. Because I’m passionate about getting the best results for both you and your dog, I look for the best in your best friend, and seek to combine the specific and unique ingredients that will help you live a stress-free, fulfilling life together.

Our Vizsla developed some unnerving and scary reactive behaviors on the trail when encountering other dogs. Thanks to Sara, we now have great tools to keep her focused and relaxed around other dogs she doesn’t know. It’s an incredible relief to have worked with Sara and our girl feels that way too!

Gina Fidel

Sara was wonderful and fun to work with and my dog loved her too! Her training methods are positive, loving, humane, and effective. After completing her four-week training program, I feel like I have all the right tools to work with my super high energy dog. My dog is so much calmer and relaxed and happier than before, and therefore, so am I!!

Nancy C.