Private lessons are an option for individuals who live too far away, or whose work schedule does not allow them to attend our group Basic Obedience Class. In each lesson, you and your dog would work one-on-one with the trainer. These lessons would be scheduled at a time that is compatible for you and the trainer. Lessons are usually set at 1 per week.
Training consists of: sit and down on command, sit stay and down stay under distractions (such as other dogs, or people approaching, petting and talking to him), heeling (so your dog doesn’t pull you) and recall (so he comes when you call him, not just when he feels like it!). We also work to correct problems such as bolting out doors, jumping up on people, biting, mouthing, chewing, digging, barking, getting in the trash, chasing the cat or the kids, and any other problems that you might be having, including shyness or aggression with people or other dogs.
Dogs learn through repetition and conditioning, and positive and negative reinforcement. As with all of our programs, we utilize a fine balance of praise and correction (90% praise/10% correction). We reward good behavior through play, food reward, and verbal and physical praise. We correct bad behavior (jumping, biting, etc.) through proper leash corrections. In addition, a major portion of this training is directed at you, the dog handler. It is our mission to teach you how to be a fair, but strong, leader for your dog—and how to make it fun for both of you along the way. The end result is a well-mannered dog that is happy and willing to look to you as his leader.
The cost for private lessons at our facility are $45 per lesson, or $250 for 6 lessons. If special circumstances require that the trainer come to your home, the cost would be $75 per one-hour lesson. An additional fee will be applied for in-home lessons which are held outside a 20-mile radius of our Monroeville facility. Scheduling is convenient.