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Always tailored

to you

Dog Pet
What to expect:
The Initial Consultation


My services are one-on-one and held in the comfort of your home, giving you and your dog 100% of my expertise, attention and focus. Each Tailored Training session is customized to you, your family and your dog's needs. A session is between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours long. Your first session will be around 1.5-2 hours and include a Family Dog Mediation® Consultation, designing a tailor made plan for you and your dog's success and steps to get you started. Future sessions will provide follow-up, support and advancement dependent on you and your dog's needs.

 

SERVICE AREA:

I serve Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer counties and some surrounding areas. Contact me if you are outside the surrounding areas to find out if I can help. Additional cost may apply.

*PROOF OF RABIES VACCINATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL SERVICES.

Scheduling & Rates

Schedule

Mondays & Wednesdays between 9:00am-8:30pm
Saturdays between 10:0
0am-6:00pm

Times may vary 5-10min depending on locations and traffic. I sometimes book out 3+ weeks. It is recommended to book more than one session at a time so you don't have long gaps between sessions.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Clients are permitted up to three cancelations before being dropped as a client. If you cancel within 72 hours of your scheduled appointment time you will be charged half the total cost for the appointment and a processing fee if applicable.

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  • Dog reactivity

  • Leash lunging

  • Aggression towards people or dogs

  • Aggression around food, water or toys (Resource guarding)

  • Anxiety/Anxious behaviors (ie: Unable to settle in public settings or certain situations)

  • Trauma based issues (eg: Rehoming, Attacked by other dogs, Abuse, Accidents, etc.)

  • Destructive behaviors

  • Car anxiety

  • Excessive chewing or barking

Smart Dog

Rates
(*Cost Per Session)

Tailored Training ........................... $83*

Therapy Dog Prep (6wks)............... $130

Aggression Help............................. $104*

Additional fees apply if you are outside my service area.


 

Behavioral Help

Dogs are complex creatures! Just like us, they can experience anxiety, fear, depression, anger, sadness, boredom, trauma, frustration and so much more. What makes them different and sometimes difficult to understand is how all those emotions are received and/or experienced. Furthermore, like people, dogs react differently to scenarios, experiences and people/dogs in their environment. Listed are a few examples of behavioral issues. If your dog exhibits any of the listed issues/behaviors or others, let me help.
Dog pulling on leash
Group Therapy Dog Prep Classes
Are you and your dog ready to become the ultimate team and serve your community? This 6-week info-packed class will prep you and your dog for the world of therapy service and so much more!







This class goes WAY beyond training! We will dive into the inner workings of your dog to understand behavior, learn about body language, handling skills and so much more to be the best possible team you can be with your dog. 

Each class is held weekly and is roughly 1 hour, except the first which is about 1.5-2 hours. A maximum of 5 dogs per class will ensure training classes are not over crowded and teams receive the time and attention needed. 

During weeks 3-5 you will be guided through field visits. This puts you and your dog in a realistic setting to set you up for success! Field visit locations include (but not limited to) retail, Fire Dept., Offices and more! 

It is recommended for dogs with basic-advanced level of basic obedience training. The AKC CGC title is recommended but not required. This class will not offer basic skills or cover dog reactivity issues. If your dog struggles with either, I can help privately.
 

The First Step...
Complete a
Therapy Dog Prep Class 
Application.
Once received and reviewed you will be contacted. If accepted, you will be invited to a Meet & Greet where teams are evaluated to ensure they are ready and a good fit for the class. Attendance at the Open House, Meet & Greet is required to attend the prep classes. If you have been accepted you will be enrolled and payment will be collected at that time. A class start date will be announced, if enough participants have enrolled. 

I am very proud to join The American Red Cross to bring therapy training and teams to the Capital Region Communities and to Service to the Armed Forces! The classes are held at the ARC warehouse at 337 New Karner Rd. in Albany and around the Capital District. Once teams are certified and if they are looking for some direction they can join the American Red Cross Animal Visitation Program completing visits for the Service to the Armed Forces.

"This is unlike any group
    training class you have                       ever taken!"
-Chris

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Want to learn more about Therapy Dogs? Check out the provided links below to learn more about therapy certifications, what it means to be a therapy team and the benefits of therapy dogs in your community.

Alliance of Therapy Dogs: https://www.therapydogs.com

Benefits of therapy dogs: https://www.therapydogs.com/therapy-animals-offering-comfort-and-cheer-to-people/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/pet-therapy/art-20046342



Therapy Dog Certification doesn't stop there! There is a huge demand for Crisis Response Teams! These teams volunteer and deploy to natural disasters to help those affected through the difficult times they face. For more information contact me!
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