Do you know you want help, but aren't sure how to label your needs (for instance, would it be dog skills training or behavior modification)? I offer a complimentary initial consultation to help you
organize your thoughts, prioritize your needs, and envision
an action plan to get us from Point A to Point B most efficiently.
Because the way we'll work will strengthen the bond
between you and your pet and enhance your overall relationship,
we'll often find that working on one thing affects another,
resulting in overlapping improvements--yay!
I hope to continue to offer this initial consulation to clients
at no charge, and keeping it fairly brief will help me do that.
To maximize our efficiency, it will be very helpful
if before calling me at 288-1376 you spend a few days
keeping a journal of your observations of, and
concerns about, your pet's behavior during a typical day. Please
also jot down what atypical events seem to cause problems
(vet visits, package deliveries, passing motorcycles,
tall men on roller skates juggling plates, etc.)
One last pre-consultation request: imagine that I ask you
what you love most about your pet. Write down that
answer on the first page of your journal,
and remind yourself of it frequently,
until remembering it becomes a habit.
I've found this very helpful at times
when my patience has to stretch further than usual.
A certain Treeing Walker Coonhound puppy comes to mind.
She's who started me on my path towards
becoming a trainer.
I knew she needed and deserved more owner skills
than I had when she was a baby, and
she motivated me to learn quickly.
I know I shouldn't have a favorite, but I do love that dog an awful lot. She's the one on the left on my home page.