First, Tanzi Leary, CPDT-KA, PMCT, or Stephen Lewis, KPA-CTP, will speak with you on the phone for a 40-60 minute intake call to identify the issues, to recommend immediate steps you can take to improve the situation and changes to make or recommended supplies to purchase, and to start writing your behavior modification plan.
Second, your trainer will visit you and your dog(s) at home for about an hour to evaluate your dog’s behavior in person and begin working on the behavior modification plan with you to help you understand why your dog is behaving this way and how to change the emotion driving your dog's behavior, which ultimately is how we change the behavior itself.
Within about a week* of the in-home session, you receive a very detailed written report. Your report will include a plan to modify your dog’s behavior, resources, infographics and/or articles, and related support material. (*Stephen's clients, it may be closer to 2 weeks due to his part-time schedule.)
If you are referred to a veterinary behaviorist or another specialist, your trainer will be happy to share a copy of the intake notes.
During the intake call, we may explain that certain cases of aggressive or anxious behavior may require medical workups and a meeting with a veterinarian and/or veterinary behaviorist about anti-anxiety medication before we can proceed with behavior modification coaching sessions. In addition, many cases of reactivity to other dogs are most effectively and efficiently addressed in a specialized group class and we will provide a referral. Dogs with confirmed (via video) separation anxiety will be referred to a Certified Separation Anxiety Specialist (CSAT) for that specific issue and you can opt to continue working with us for any other issues as desired.
It's important that you let us know up front if your dog has bitten anyone with as many details as possible.
Fear, Anxiety, & Aggression
Private, In-HOME MODIFICATION
Your dog's behavior
Evaluation of your dog
How to improve the situation immediately
A plan to modify your dog's behavior over time
Any annoying but not fearful or aggressive behavior issues that should be addressed
Dogs fearful and / or aggressive towards adults or to other dogs in the home
Intake phone call
single follow up session in your home
3 follow up sessions
5 follow up sessions
Referral provided for:
Dogs fearful and / or aggressive towards children, towards dogs outside the home, and dogs with confirmed separation anxiety (usually confirmed via video)
Consult calls are prepaid invoice. The number of sessions you need is determined by you and your trainer based on each individual situation. Single sessions are paid at the end of the lesson. Packages are paid at your first coaching session via cash, app, check, or credit card and must be used within 6 months following that visit. If your dog has both anxiety/aggression and manners issues, pricing cannot be broken out separately until any of the emotional anxiety/aggression work has been adequately resolved. We do our very best to make packages as efficient and effective as possible.