PRIVATE TRAINING

SERIOUS HELP USING
PRACTICAL METHODS
​Whether you are struggling
with basic manners or
behavior issues,
we teach easy-to-apply
skills for management and modification.

Learn more about our available programs down below.

YOUR TRAINING JOURNEY STARTS WITH A CONSULTATION

 

All of our programs, except group classes, start with a consultation at our training center in Edina, MN.


WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR CONSULTATION APPOINTMENT

  • You will discuss your dog's training and behavior concerns in-depth with your trainer - together you will prioritize training goals.

  • Our consultations function as an evaluation and first training lesson in one appointment. You will walk away with some ideas to start implementing with your dog, as well as a better understanding of their behavior.

  • This is a hands-on appointment. Your trainer gets to observe your dog and start working with them (and you!) right away.

  • If your trainer determines that additional sessions will be necessary, you can discuss your next steps then and there. Pricing for additional sessions can be found here.

  • After your consultation, you will receive a follow-up e-mail with your trainer's observations, recommendations, and notes about any training exercises that were started.

The consultation fee is non-refundable. All consultations take place in our facility.

If you are booking for Board & Train, please book your consultation with Hannah.

Session Length: 90 minutes

Cost: $200

PRIVATE TRAINING PRICING

 

After your first meeting with your trainer, you may need or want additional lessons.

The pricing structure for additional lessons is as follows:

Your first additional lesson (after your initial consultation):

$125 for 60 minutes

Any additional follow up lesson:

$100 for 45 minutes

In home or off site lessons can be made available for an additional travel charge of $30. In home or off sites are limited to  a 30 minute range from South Minneapolis. Availability for in home lessons is limited. 

WHO IS PRIVATE TRAINING IS BEST FOR?

  • Welcoming a new puppy or dog into your home.

  • Addressing behavioral issues (leash aggression, resource guarding, fearful or anxious behavior, biting).

  • Owners with irregular schedules.

  • Owners who like to be very involved in the training process.

  • Building a relationship with a trainer for lifelong success!

 

 
 
FIVE FAST FACTS WITH OUR TRAINERS

Training is an investment and we value clients who do their homework prior to signing up for training with us. Here are five quick answers from our lead trainers to help you get to know them a bit better, at a glance.

No pressure to choose a trainer yourself-

if you have a preference, you can let us know on your inquiry form.

Otherwise, we will decide for you based on best fit.

Mary Penny
WHAT TYPE OF DOGS DO YOU MOST ENJOY WORKING WITH?
I tend to have the most fun training primitive type and "stubborn"/aloof dogs. I enjoy a challenge, and it's no secret that I have a penchant for hounds and bullies.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SKILL TO TEACH?
It is a toss-up between self control and cooperation for care such as vet or grooming procedures. They both make a world of difference for dog and owner.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAINING TOOL?
Brainpower! I love problem solving to find what will be the most meaningful consequence for the individual dog that I am working with. 
IN JUST 3 SENTENCES - YOUR FAVORITE BEHAVIOR CASE OUTCOME.
A dog that went from severe human aggression to rolling in the grass soliciting belly-rubs. This dog taught me a lot about the many ways that fear and insecurity can present.  The root of behavior is not always as it seems!
WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST IN YOUR
RELATIONSHIP WITH DOGS?
Freedom, cooperation, companionship, and trust. All coming from both ends of the leash.
WHAT TYPE OF DOGS DO YOU MOST ENJOY WORKING WITH?
I love dogs that are great problem solvers - too smart for their own good. Dogs that will keep me on my toes lest they decide to solve a problem I didn't even know we had. Shepherds, Terriers and other working breeds are my favorite. 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SKILL TO TEACH?
I enjoy teaching impulse control and awareness to dogs as well as practical skills they need to behave appropriately in public. 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAINING TOOL?
Ditto! Using my brain and observational skills to carve out the desired behavior from a dog I'm working with is my favorite "tool." 
IN JUST 3 SENTENCES - YOUR FAVORITE BEHAVIOR CASE OUTCOME.
Two dogs in the Reactive Dog class I teach that started off stressed around unknown dogs, seeing each other for the first time and not barking, lunging, or growling. They stayed attentive to their owners and were playful and relaxed for the entire length of class.
WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST IN YOUR
RELATIONSHIP WITH DOGS?
Communication. The fact that we can learn to communicate with a non-verbal species to accomplish incredibly complex goals is amazing!
Hannah Halvorson