Remote Consultations allow you to work with a certified behavior professional, from anywhere in the world. You don’t need to live near us to work with us.
Remote consultations are done via video and phone chat, with a qualified and certified IAABC Dog Behavior Consultant and trainer. During your remote consultation, we will go over your dogs behavior (including reviewing any video you have taken). Then, we will discuss training and management strategies. During sessions, we will address your dogs specific issues and work on training together. Using video coaching and demonstration, we can work on everything from basic obedience and puppy training to more serious behavior issues like aggression or anxiety.
We Can Help Dogs With:
- Obedience Training
- … AND MORE
Imagine Your Dog:
- Simply ignoring new people—or even saying hello
- Enjoying dog friends
- Able to quietly ride in your car
- Enjoying being petted and groomed
- Going to the vet without fear
- Able to share toys, his bed, and even his food bowl
- Staying home alone, sleeping the day away
- Calmly walking down your street
- Greeting your guests calmly
- Playing at the local park
Using modern, positive-reinforcement based techniques combined with relationship building and boundary setting, your dog can learn how to be a civilized and happy member of your family. Remote training and behavior sessions will provide you with the coaching you need to effectively work with your dog.
Initial Consultation: 2hrs/$225
Follow-up Consultation: 1hr/$100
Follow-up Mini Consultation: 30 minutes/$65
How does it work?
- All remote consultations begin with a 2 hr. initial consultation.
- Before your consultation, you will download a video chat app.
- Payment can be made via PayPal.
- Record any video of your dog and their behavior, and send to me for review.
- Write out any questions that you have for us to go over.
- Have a notebook and pen ready to take notes.
Do you use positive reinforcement?
Yes! We firmly feel that training skills should be done using positive reinforcement. We believe that dogs are family members who deserve to be treated with kindness and respect at all times. We never use pain or fear as a motivator during training or relationship building. Using pain and fear only serve to damage the human-animal bond. We do, however, use consequences. These consequences are always fair and always humane! For example, if your dog barks at you for their dinner, a consequence would be swiftly putting the bowl in a cabinet for 10 minutes as a penalty. We would also begin teaching your dog how to quietly wait for their food to be prepared and placed down. We are firm believers in the Fear Free movement.
Does positive reinforcement actually work?
Yes! When done right, positive reinforcement training results in a dog who:
- Knows What you Want
- Does What you Want
- Is Happy When you Ask!
Just as we work for a paycheck, our dogs can learn to work too. Dogs thrive when given a job. Eventually, you will be able to reward less and less frequently as your dog learns their job, and it becomes easy. Remember, positive is not permissive.
What are the most important aspects of training?
In our opinion, the most important aspects of training are:
- Setting Strong, Clear Boundaries
- Developing a Relationship Based upon Mutual Respect
- Teaching Basic Skills
We set strong boundaries by figuring out how we want our dog to behave, and then being clear and firm about what we want, while setting the dog up for success along the way.
Relationships are developed by providing calm leadership, and respecting your dog as an individual. This means always treating your dog with kindness, and providing lots of opportunities for physical exercise and mental enrichment.
Basic Skills are taught using positive reinforcement training. These skills will give you the tools you need to have a language with your dog. You will be able to ask your dog to work for you, and they will respond with joy.
What is relationship building?
Relationship building goes beyond simple training. It is about how you act as a guide for your dog, and how your dog fits in to your family. How you behave in your day to day life influences your dog even more than how you train behaviors such as “sit”, “stay” or “come”. As a social animal, your dog is learning ALL of the time. This makes training easier than you think! We use a series of techniques and games that go beyond traditional training. They are about building a stronger bond.
What makes your training method unique?
Our approach is holistic. We don’t look at the dog as a series of actions that need to be modified. We look at your dog as a unique individual. Training goes beyond simply teaching your dog to respond to commands such as “sit” and “come”. For most of us, we want a dog who is well behaved because they understand how to act civilized and do so automatically, not because we have told them over and over again what to do. How we approach training, and how we respond to the world around us and our dog, will greatly influence how our dog acts. This is because our dogs are social beings, that actually look to us for leadership and guidance. Our training is just as much about training as it is about relationship building.