Dog Training Rates and Services
Frustrated by living with an untrained dog, or one with behavioral issues? We can help your dog become the companion you’ve always wanted. Custom-tailored solutions for each individual dog and family are our specialty. Whether you’re struggling with behavior problems such as aggression or separation anxiety, feeling overwhelmed with a new puppy, or just hoping to improve your dog’s obedience skills, we can help. In-home sessions are available for clients in the Asheville area, and phone/Skype sessions are also available if you’re not nearby.
We will work only on the issues you need help with – you can still give your dog affection, let her sniff while walking on leash, and snuggle on the sofa together. Dog training doesn’t have to involve shouting commands or marching in military formations – positive reinforcement training creates a dog who wants to work with you, and who enjoys training!
Problems we can help with include:
- Fearful behavior
- Separation anxiety
- Reactivity/aggression toward other dogs
- Aggression toward humans
- Territorial behavior
- Guarding toys, food and other possessions
- Handling problems
Dog training packages:
Single visit: ($175): If you have a simple issue you’d like help with, like jumping up, introducing a new dog or cat, or if you’d just like a refresher on house training a new puppy, this 1.5- 2 hour in-home session may be the option for you.
Behavior/training four pack ($500): Our most popular option, this includes your 1.5 hour initial consultation, followed by a set of three one-hour lessons in your home, in the park or at my farm. These are generally held one week apart, and we teach you how to train your own dog. This is the preferred format for more complex problems such as leash aggression, territorial barking, or mild separation anxiety, where skills need to be added a few at a time. It’s also a great way to get your dog up to speed on basic obedience, or get a new puppy started while they’re still too young for classes. Additional sessions can be added for $125 an hour. (Up to 20 miles from my farm in Mars Hill, there’s no cost for my travel, after that, $1 a mile up to 40 miles.) Also available remotely via phone, Skype, Zoom or FaceTime
Behavior consultation ($300): If you would like a written treatment plan for a dangerous dog hearing, a court case, or for your veterinarian (if your dog may need behavioral medication) this is the option for you. A full behavior consultation takes approximately two hours, and you will get follow-up notes and handouts with a training plan, as well as two months of phone and email support, within reason.
Skype, FaceTime or phone behavior consultations are also available: $150 for the initial 1.5 hour session, if you take your own notes. If you require a written training plan (for a veterinary behaviorist or dangerous dog hearing, the total will be $250. Follow-up calls are $125 an hour.
“Old dogs can learn new tricks! We have a rescue dachshund (Lulu) who is about 14 years old. She was from a puppy mill and suffered physical abuse which caused her to be fearful, but in aggressive ways. She would always bark and even charge at my son every time he came to the house. She also didn’t meet other dogs well on our walks. This went on for four years until Trish came along and gave us some pointers.
Lulu is very treat oriented and using the clicker and treats she was able to learn to sit, lie down, find it, stay, watch and touch. The most profound change was with my son. We taught her to touch his hand with her nose on cue, and used treats to desensitize her to his movements. She finally has calmed down when he is here. She has also gotten more comfortable when other people come to the house. We haven’t had much time on the leash training, but with the success with my son I believe that will come also.
Trish is very easy to work with, and her methods and knowledge brought success to our household”
– Susan, Asheville
“The connection Trish has with animals is magic. I tell people all the time that if it weren’t for her help many years ago, Honey wouldn’t be in my life. I cannot stress enough the rewards of hiring an animal behaviorist. It’s not always easy, it does take work, but I’ve now had more than a decade with a well-behaved companion. Trish saved BOTH of us, we’re so lucky!” – Tanya Young Howett