• Basic manners and obedience skills

  • Fear and anxiety

  • Reactivity toward people or other dogs

  • Puppy socialization and potty training

  • Separation anxiety

  • Resource guarding

  • Jumping/mouthing behaviors

  • Leash-walking

If your dog needs help with...

 

Choose Positive Dog Training

Then you've come to the right place! In addition to the issues listed, I can help you address a variety of issues your dog may be experiencing. I prioritize providing personalized individual attention to each private client I work with, and specialize in positive reinforcement clicker training methods. Services include puppy packages, behavior consultations and in-home private coaching or day training sessions in Oakland, Piedmont, Emeryville, Berkeley, Alameda, and the surrounding East Bay Area. All sessions begin with an Initial Consultation. Rates and details for each training option are listed below. 

Initial Consultation

$150 for 1.5-2 hours

 

I will gain as much information about your dog as possible and assess your long and short-term goals. You will be given immediate practical advice to manage and prevent the behaviors from getting worse. I will then create a training plan tailored to fit both your dog's issues and your family's needs. From there, we will discuss what kind of private sessions would be the most beneficial for your dog- private coaching or day training, both described below in more detail. A $10 travel fee/session may apply for locations beyond Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Alameda.

Puppy Package

$100-115/session for 5 weeks (includes Initial Consultation for $100)

 

I offer a special 5 Week Puppy Package that includes all the benefits of foundation training and proactive socialization to prevent puppies from developing behavior issues when they grow up. This can include socialization to different kinds of people, dogs, cats, vet visits, grooming, novel sounds, and field trips to a variety of places (see the full checklist here). In collaboration with Doggy Lama Pet Care, one of the most highly rated and positive dog walking services in the East Bay, we are also able to offer full coverage for potty breaks to make sure your puppy's house training and positive reinforcement training methods remain consistent. Plus, if you'd like to continue with group dog hikes or need a trustworthy pet sitter once your puppy grows up, you can easily transition to Doggy Lama's group hikes or pet sitting services. Learn more and register for your Puppy Package here <<link>>.

Private Coaching

$120-$130/session depending on consultation assessment

 

In private coaching, I come to your home to coach you how to train your dog. Typically sessions are once a week and last 1 hour. This is a good option for owners who have the time and ability to work consistently on their own with their dogs. 

Day Training

$110-$130/session depending on consultation assessment

 

This is the best option for your dog to learn more quickly, and ideal for busy professionals or families. I come to your home to personally train your dog several times a week. We then schedule owner-update sessions where I show you what skills your dog has learned and how to maintain them. Typically, a minimum of at least 3 sessions/week allows for optimum results, and each session lasts 1 hour. Day Training helps your dog learn faster and cuts down on the confusion when first learning a new behavior. You can benefit from a professional's quick mechanical skills and ability to read your dog accurately, in order to effectively achieve progress and minimize stress for both of you!

Photos by Sachiko Eubanks and GNS Photos

Getting Started

Before signing up for sessions with ANY trainer, it is important to understand how they will be teaching you to train and interact with your dog to make sure it is a good fit. Below are a few articles and videos that show the type of positive reinforcement training I use with dogs. With Choose Positive Dog Training, you can rest assured knowing that your dog is being trained with up-to-date researched methods using positive reinforcement and clicker training principles. If you feel comfortable with these methods after reviewing the information below, I'd love to hear from you to discuss setting up an Initial Consultation. 

Articles

Dominance and Dog Training

by The Association of Professional Dog Trainers

 

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers wishes to inform the dog owning public about the ramifications of a reliance on dominance theory as it relates to understanding dogs, interpreting their behavior, and living harmoniously with our canine companions.

Progressive Reinforcement Training

by Dogmantics Dog Training

 

A type of animal training exists that involves no forms of intimidation, confrontation, violence, reprimands, or domination. This non-violent type of training has gone under many names: “Clicker Training,” “Positive Training,” “Positive Reinforcement Training,” and “Reward Training,” among others.   There is a need for a more specific, more accurate, more inspirational term. 

Videos

10 Behavior Problems Solved!

Courtesy of Sarah Owings

 

Here's is a compilation of success stories and inspirational moments, showing that clicker training is not just for tricks!. Each of these dogs were trained with 100% force free, reinforcement-based strategies. No "pack leader" needed! 

How to Stop Unwanted Behavior

Courtesy of Kikopup

 

I can empathize with pet parents who may be thinking "I am all for positive reinforcement, but what am I supposed to do when my dog is doing something I don’t want her to do?!"   A simple effective solution is to choose a positive, friendly noise that you can use to get your dog’s attention, called a positive interrupter. You can also read Choose Positive Dog Training's blog article about the Positive Interrupter.