Personalized Dog Training Programs

Personalized Dog Training Programs

Effective March 2022 - I will be taking new private training students on a very limited basis on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. This will be for general manners or enrichment (i.e. tricks, fitness, sport) only, not for behavior modification.

For clients seeking behavior modification, please contact our wonderful colleague Jill at www.happyhoundtraining.com  

Individualized lesson programs meet your needs where group classes may not. We offer two types of private training: Lessons WITH you, where you are an active participant and learner, vs day training.

Day Training leaves the training to the trainer. While you are at work, we come in and work with the dog for you. Your dog gets "Trained, While You Work." Some benefits of day training: quick results, dog gets mental exercise to break up the day, there can be multiple sessions per week vs 1x per week with traditional private lessons at our facility, and you may save money on pet sitting (Part of the lesson is a potty break).

Due to the intensity of the program and multiple visits per week, we only take a few Day Training / Trained, While You Work clients at a time. Day training is appropriate for basic manners, general puppy training. Day training is NOT appropriate for dogs with human aggression issues, territorial aggression or protective tendencies.

Location for TWYW must be in Winchester / Stephens City / Stephenson, potentially Berryville - please contact us to check scheduling before purchasing the TWYW programs

Typically, these are the common reasons people prefer individualized training over group classes. 

  • 1 Your dog overall just needs some refinement of his household manners, but the group class schedule doesn’t fit your availability or is inconvenient.
  • 2 You are looking for specific type of skill training programs that would not be covered in a general group class.
    We have four traditional lesson programs and three day training to accommodate any of these situations.
  • 3 Please note: With the exception of "Trained, While You Work" program participants, we are no longer doing in-home lessons. Lessons take place at our location. A NEW LOCATION COMING SOON! JANUARY OF 2023! (RARE exceptions may apply)

2022 - Currently we are not offering  Behavior Modification ConsuItations.

We are scheduling new basic manners private training clients on a limited basis.

All private training programs begin with an  intake questionnaire prior to your first appointment. (If it is determined you would benefit from a more thorough behavior modification session, we will refer you to someone who can help you.)

At the first appointment we review the form, discuss possible causes of the annoying behaviors, brainstorm managing the situation for prevention, and preview of potential short and long term solutions.

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Request behavior intake form by emailing headoftheclassdogtrainingllc@gmail.com. The questionnaire will be in the form of a google document

Questionnaire must be completed a minimum of 48 hours before your appointment or your session will need to be rescheduled.

Perfect for your busy family that wants to learn the foundations of canine manners scheduled to fit your hectic schedule. You are actively involved in the training process as we work together to perform and perfect the exercises, communicate expectations effectively with your furry family member and set up the environment to eliminate the potential for error. You learn to confidently guide your dog towards choices YOU find desirable instead of typical nuisance behaviors, resulting in a well behaved and trusting family pet.

This package is best suited for families seeking basic manners help or for puppies.

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Topics covered: Focus, Sit, Down, Stay, LLW, Trade / Drop, Leave it, Come, (for puppies: puppy related topics such as house training tips)

Three private lessons of approx. 1 hour each. Sessions at WAPC

Choice of two: Polite Pooch,  Puppy Kindergarten, or Phy Ed for Fido Classes (PLEASE USE ALL GROUP CLASS CREDITS IN 2022. Our programming will change in January 2023 and these will not be useable)

Written instructions and follow up emailed after each lesson

Email availability for questions and support for the duration of the package

Basic manners training manual, treat apron, clicker

EXPIRATION DATES: Package expires after 8 weeks from date of sign up. All lessons must be completed, and group class must be started within that time or they are forfeited.

Offers a balance between basic manners and a more customized plan for individual behaviors to fit your needs. Are you looking for more advanced “Basics”, like proofing your dog’s behaviors and fine tuning for Therapy Dog work? Or maybe your dog has a specific trouble spot you are desperate for help with… like barking at school buses or wanting to chase birds…? You will learn to communicate clearly with your dog and also learn what he is trying to communicate to you for a more harmonious and trusting relationship.

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This option gives you the utmost in flexibility and support in helping you learn to manage, understand, treat, and improve your dog’s behaviors. You will learn how to communicate your expectations with your dog, and also to understand what his behaviors are trying to communicate to you. Basic Manners instruction is a component of this plan, but it is the most customizable to build upon the successes of each lesson to modify behaviors. This program is best for dogs who need some mild behavioral modification with a budding issue, and some basic manners refreshers, and/ or for a specialty interest that is not being offered in a class format ( Canine conditioning, tricks, etc.)

Five private lesson of approx. 1 hour each,  at WAPC (or in some cases “field trip”* lessons as determined by individual needs

Three Polite Pooch,  Puppy Kindergarten or Phy Ed for Fido classes (if appropriate for your dog)

Supplemental handouts emailed to you after each session to guide you towards optimal success

Basic Manners training manual, treat apron, clicker

Equipment for basic training – dependent on YOUR dog’s behavioral needs (i.e. long line or tether)

Supplementary reading materials/booklets specific to your dog’s behavioral concerns

 

EXPIRATION DATES: Package expires after 12 weeks from date of sign up. All lessons must be completed, and group class must be started within that time or they will be forfeited.

This option gives you the utmost in flexibility and support in helping you learn to manage, understand, treat, and improve your dog’s problematic behaviors. You will learn how to communicate your expectations with your dog, and also to understand what his behaviors are trying to communicate to you. Basic Manners instruction is a component of this plan, but it is the most customizable to build upon the successes of each lesson to include activities such as sport foundations and introduction to specialized interests

Eight private lesson of approx. 1 hour each  at WAPC (in some cases “field trip”* lessons as determined by the training plan)

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Four Polite Pooch,  Puppy Kindergarten group classes  (if appropriate for your dog) (PLEASE USE ALL GROUP CLASS CREDITS IN 2022. Our programming will change in January 2023 and these will not be useable)

Supplementary handouts emailed to you after each session to guide you towards optimal progress

Basic Manners training manual, treat apron, clicker, interactive training log

Equipment for basic training – dependent on YOUR dog’s behavioral needs (i.e. long line or tether)

Supplementary reading materials/booklets specific to your concerns over your dog’s behavior

 

EXPIRATION DATES: Package expires 6 months after sign up date. All lessons must be completed, and group class must be started within that time or they are forfeited.

This is available for basic manners trouble shooting, not for more serious behavioral problems. Those require a more in depth consultation.

Behavioral goals form is required in advance. Request it by emailing headoftheclassdogtrainingllc@gmail.com The form will be a Google document that must be completed 48 hours prior to your appointment.

Please schedule your one hour session using the calendar.

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To schedule a lesson in your lesson package, use the calendar below to reserve your spot.  Lessons are 1 hour time slots.

Please note: We do not take same day bookings.

Same day cancellations will count as a completed lesson, or deposit forfeiture as it is too late to fill the appointment with another client.

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Many people enjoy training their dog and want to be part of the process.  Others want their dogs to be trained, yet they may just not be able to dedicate the time and consistency that doing the training requires. If this describes you, then the Trained, While You Work - Day Training program may be for you!

The Chihuahua consists of:

5 visits of approx. 50-60 minutes – First one - 1 intro / goal setting session – up to 60 minutes

Last lesson - Transfer lesson

2 Group classes – Polite Pooch or Puppy K

Video clips of exercises, written notes / handouts

Finish in approx. 2 - 3 weeks – approx. 2 sessions per week

$725

Many people enjoy training their dog and want to be part of the process.  Others want their dogs to be trained, yet they may just not be able to dedicate the time and consistency that doing the training requires. If this describes you, then the Trained, While You Work - Day Training program may be for you!

The Labrador consists of: 

Labrador:

10 visits of approx. 50-60 minutes- First session - Intro / Goal setting session – up to - 60 minutes 

Last lesson - transfer lesson

Video clips of exercises, written notes / instructions

Training booklets - to go with exercises as applicable

4 Group Classes – Polite Pooch 1 or Puppy K

(Finish in approx-6 weeks) (av. of 2 -3 visits per week)

$1285

Many people enjoy training their dog and want to be part of the process.  Others want their dogs to be trained, yet they may just not be able to dedicate the time and consistency that doing the training requires. If this describes you, then the Trained, While You Work - Day Training program may be for you!

The St. Bernard consists of:

15 visits of approx. 50-60 minutes – First lesson - Intro / Goal setting session – up to 60 minutes

Video clips of exercises, written notes / instructions

Last lesson – transfer lesson

Training booklets, as appropriate

6 Group classes – Polite Pooch 1 or Puppy K

(Finish in approx. – 8-10 weeks) (av of 2-3 visits per week)

$1875

Frequently Asked Questions about private lesson training

A: It depends. Each person’s needs and dog’s needs are highly individualized based on the human’s disability and existing abilities of the dog. In general, a service dog will need at least one and a half to two years of training in a combination of group classes and public manners type training and task specific training before being reliable enough to be of service. Lessons or classes or both would occur on a weekly basis for best results, and a commitment to daily at home independent practice would be required.

A: It depends. Everyone has a different idea of what a “trained” dog looks like. For best results, whatever your end goals, your dog will be trained faster if you and your family are consistent with following instructions, always preventing the undesirable behavior from happening with appropriate management, and practicing the skills you learn in class and in lessons several times a week between lessons. Doing your homework pays off.

A: It depends, but for most dogs, weekly supervised lessons for a year to two years, and daily practice on your own is necessary.

A: Since ESAs are not allowed public access as service dogs are, and are not specifically task oriented, there is no special requirement for training. You are free to train or not train your ESA as you would a family pet.

However, a well trained pet is likely to meet less resistance from landlords and apartment neighbors. Training for and passing the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, the UKC S.P.O.T. Test, or even more appropriate to in-home manners, the AKC Virtual Home Manners Test demonstrates that your dog is more likely to be a calm and quiet neighbor.

A: No. We are not allowed to utilize proprietary materials to conduct “run thru” tests. Depending on which program you will be choosing to evaluate with you will have to follow their guidelines for therapy testing. Pet Partners prohibits evaluators from running “practice evaluations” using their testing materials. If you feel your dog is ready for the evaluation, visit www.petpartners.org and create a volunteer profile. Follow the requirements to become a volunteer, and sign up to take an evaluation. If you prefer to evaluate with Alliance of Therapy Dogs, you will contact an evaluator to set up an initial evaluation and subsequent observations. Each organization has their own methods, and you will have to determine which program best suits you. All therapy dog tests are similar in that  they are looking for well mannered and friendly, social dogs, that are clean and neatly groomed for visits.

If you feel your dog likely needs more work on basic manners, our Polite Pooch 1 and Polite Pooch 2, Public Polite Pooch 3 class levels are designed to systematically guide you from beginner dog manners to Canine Good Citizen, Advanced Canine Good Citizen, Urban Canine Good Citizen, to be better able to pass any therapy dog test or even provide public access manners practice for potential service dogs.

A: No. The best way to perpetuate bad behavior is to allow the dog to practice it. The best thing to do is fill out the behavioral questionnaire as completely and with as much detail as possible so we can discuss it. In some cases, allowing the dog to act how he usually does would be annoying at best, and at worst unsafe or even dangerous to people and the dog. Follow all instructions about confining dog, leashing dog, muzzling dog, etc. that you receive after you submit your behavioral questionnaire.