Sometimes our dogs are just being dogs; digging, barking, chewing, jumping, stealing socks, and so on, and well, they are just doing what dogs do. We love our dogs, but sometimes all their doggie-ness can be a bit much when they bring it into our homes and our gardens, but how do we get them to stop?
Then there are other dog behaviors that are downright disconcerting, such as barking at our house guests, or growling, lunging and even biting our family members or guests. These displays are a dog’s way of saying that he is uncomfortable, afraid, frustrated, or feeling protective of his resources, such as toys, bones or food. Regardless of the reason for a dog’s aggression, from the human perspective, living with a dog who displays these behaviors can be alarming, disconcerting and stressful.
Whether it’s aggression, barking, digging, house soiling, pulling on leash, senior dog behavior and wellness, compulsive disorders, fear of vet visits, or anything in between, our Certified Professional Dog Trainer can help you manage and change those unwanted behaviors, so you can enjoy your canine companion to the fullest! Animal behavior and learning is a scientific field of study, and Christine has proven her qualifications and expertise through the numerous certifications that she has earned. If you are serious about changing your dog’s unwanted behaviors, we are serious about helping you. All training and behavior modification for your beloved family companion will be scientifically sound, rewards-based and force-free. For more about what this all means, please visit our training methods page.
What our clients say:
“Five stars are not enough for Christine! She is AMAZING! When we adopted our Kona, she was very shy and fearful, especially around people. Christine worked tirelessly with her using positive praise and yummy treats. She was so patient with Kona – and with my husband and me! Kona has made phenomenal progress – if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I wouldn’t believe this is the same timid pup we adopted! We could not be more thrilled with the training she received from Christine. I highly, highly recommend her! What a great experience. You can really tell that she truly cares about her clients (canine and human!)” ~ Jane, Fairfax Station, VA
How to Schedule a Consultation
If you would like help modifying your dog’s unwanted behaviors, please begin by contacting the trainer, using the form on this page, and the trainer will contact you within 1 business day to discuss your dog’s behavior and schedule a consultation. A consultation session is required for all new clients, and the consultation fee is $225. At the consultation, the trainer will assess your dog’s behavior, discuss goals for your dog’s future behavior, get immediate management solutions up and running to stop the problem, and discuss training solutions that are right for you.
Day Training Packages:
This training is done primarily by the trainer, during the weekday, while you are at work, at play, or watching from the sofa. When the training is complete, the trainer will meet with you in transfer sessions to show you how to maintain the dog’s new behaviors.
4 – 6 week Basic Package: The program includes the initial consultation, 12 private day training sessions, 2 transfer sessions and follow up. $1,520.
2 week add-on: Once you have completed the basic 4 week program, additional training can be purchased, if desired, in 2 week increments. The add-on package includes 6 training sessions and 1 transfer session. $ 760
Please note. The amount of training that is required for any given dog, can vary widely, depending on a number of factors, including, but not limited to, the dog’s behavior and learning rate, presence of fear or anxiety, the number of dogs in the household (and possibly other animals), and your goals for training. The trainer will work with you at the consultation to give her best estimate of time needed to reach your goals for your dog’s behavior. Just like people, dogs are individuals and learn at different rates. Day training is not be suitable for all dogs and all behavior problems.
Hourly training session (Coaching): $110/hour
Package of 5 training sessions (Coaching): $525
What people are saying….
“Five stars are not enough for Christine! She is AMAZING! We adopted our Kona – an 8 month old lab mix – about 2 1/2 months ago. She was very shy and fearful, especially around people. Kona has made phenomenal progress – if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I wouldn’t believe this is the same timid pup we adopted! We could not be more thrilled with the training she received from Christine. I highly, highly recommend her! What a great experience. A+++++” – Jane, Fairfax Station, VA