We are Veterinarian recommended!
We work with & offer discount to rescue groups.
Suitable for all training purposes:
We work with & offer discount to rescue groups.
- In-home for convenience and comfort
- Flexible weekday and weekend appointment times
- Customized training plans for dog's specific needs and issues
- Family-friendly training techniques that incorporate exercises for the kids
Suitable for all training purposes:
- Behavior Problems: Jumping, Biting/Nipping, Barking, House soiling, Destructiveness, Dog-Human and Dog-Dog Reactivity/Aggression, Shy/Fearful Dog Rehabilitation, Separation Anxiety
- Obedience: Basic Manners, Foundational Behaviors and Commands/Cues (i.e. Sit, Stay, Come, Heel), Advanced Obedience Cues
- Puppy Training: Housetraining, Crate training, Husbandry, Biting/Nipping, Chewing, Jumping, Chasing, Stealing
- Agility Training: If your dog is not good with other dogs & therefore can't do our "Agility For Fun" class, you can still give them the opportunity to engage in this mentally & physically stimulating sport for fun via private session at our facility. Pricing for private agility session is different, so please contact us for information.
- 1.5-hr initial consult: $85
- 3-session pack, $75 per session
- 5-session pack, $70 per session
Private sessions are great for “puppies” that have not completed their shots or are not quite ready to start classes. Because of our use of gentle training methods, your puppy can start his/her training with us as early as 8 weeks* of age.
Private sessions are a good opportunity for owners to ask questions and discuss common puppy issues like housetraining, crate training, puppy nipping, grooming, diet, etc., and learn how to prevent future problems from developing.
[*It is not recommended by veterinarians or behaviorists to train a dog younger than 6 months of age using training methods or equipment that apply pressure or shock to the dog’s neckline. A puppy’s bone and muscle structure is not developed enough to handle this type of correction-based training. Use of training methods and equipment such as the choke chain, slip collar, prong collar, shock collar, etc. has been shown to cause physical and emotional damage to dogs.]
Senior or Physically Challenged Dogs
Whoever said “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” wasn’t talking about the dog. Training doesn’t have to end just because your canine pal is not as active or physically fit due to age or health issues. On the contrary, private sessions can provide your “senior” pal with the kind of mental stimulation s/he needs to perk up. It can give him a purpose, something to look forward to in his day.
From low-impact tricks to ‘I can’t get enough’ interactive games, there are many options for the seasoned canine. Utilizing your dog’s well-functioning senses, olfactory being the strongest, in a playful manner can be very rewarding to your dog, not to mention the joy you’ll feel in watching him regain his confidence and perform the task with enthusiasm.
Who is it for?
What is it for?
1. Basic Manners Training
As in most situations in life, consistency and practice are necessary in achieving success in your dog’s learning. Most training attempts that fail are due to the limited time and commitment that owners are able to put in to the training program. With Day Training, which is a one-on-one session between the dog and trainer, your dog will receive a consistent, ongoing education.
2. Behavior Modification
To help resolve behavioral issues, training accurately and consistently is so vital to the program that failure to do both can cause the behavioral problem to worsen. Therefore, having a professional administer the prescribed protocol correctly each and every time will help you progress in your training if you are not getting it right every time. Therefore, doing Day Training for Behavior Modification purposes, is intended to be a supplement to support you and your dog’s ongoing training.
Our Day Training Program includes a private session with the owner(s)* already built in to the cost of the program to allow for the transfer of information and skills.
5 lesson pack, $275.
10 lesson pack, $450.
Please call or email to set up a consultation for your day training program.
*Please note, any sessions that the owner is present for, other than the included session, will be charged the Private Session Rate. All dog training programs require an initial consultation to meet and evaluate the dog in order to determine the right training service for both owner and pet.
Board & Train
What makes our Board & Train program so good?
1. In-Home Boarding. Having good manners and obedience means your dog is well-adjusted to home life and social settings. Therefore your dog will live "in" the home of the trainer, not out in a kennel, and will go on daily outings to new places around town.
2. Individual Attention. We accept only 1 dog per boarding period (unless it's 2 dogs from the same household) so that your dog gets plenty of attention and training.
3. Honesty is the best policy. We are open and honest about our training techniques. If a pet owner wishes to observe a board & train session to ensure the mental and physical well-being and safety of their dog while in our care, we are happy to set up a time to visit.
4. Let's be real. A big part of achieving training success comes from setting realistic goals. A dog's personality and breed traits are what determine the level to which a dog can be trained to perform a given behavior. Therefore, during the consult we will review your desired goals for your canine, assess your dog's knowledge and skill level (determine baseline), and advise on the length of time and training construct needed to accomplish them.
Initial consult: $85 (for all new clients)
Board only: $50 per day
Board & Train: $100 per day (minimum 2 weeks)
630 Skylark Dr, Unit D, Charleston, SC 29407 I 843-697-6808
Adolescent or Petite Dogs
Private sessions are beneficial for high-energy “adolescent dogs” that are going through the “I don’t know what you’re talking about” phase. Working on compliance, teaching new cues for communication and mental stimulation, and practicing impulse-control exercises in the calm, non-stimulating environment of the home is sometimes a better option for dogs of this age than a highly-distracting class setting.
Similarly, the home can be a more productive and successful learning environment for “petite dogs” who, due to their small size, can feel overwhelmed and lack confidence when placed among a group of large, unfamiliar dogs. Research shows that high levels of stress and fear significantly hinder learning ability in both humans and animals. By training in a familiar and comfortable setting, your little companion can thrive and excel in his/her training with better results.
Dogs with Behavior Issues
Shy, fearful, reactive or aggressive dogs usually don’t do well in class settings* because they feel trapped amongst the very things that cause them discomfort. Private sessions on the other hand, allow owners and their dogs to work on these issues in a controlled setting where the dogs can keep their composure (stay under threshold) and concentrate on learning rather than reacting.
It’s important that any type of behavior issue be addressed early on. Any behavior that is practiced for an extended period of time will be deeply routed in that dog’s response patterns and will be difficult to alter.
Whether the behaviors were learned by the dog through trial & error, unintentionally encouraged by owner(s) or are a reflection of the dog’s genetic makeup, they are always governed by the dog’s physiological (emotional) state. So owners should understand that this is not about the dog’s lack of obedience or compliance, and therefore cannot be resolved through basic training and punishment.
The protocol most appropriate for addressing such behavior issues is Behavior Modification, the altering of how a dog feels toward a person or object (trigger) that causes him/her immense discomfort. For example, If you were riding in a bus and someone yelled “loose snake”, how likely are you to comply with the driver’s request to “stay seated?.” Not likely.
[*A specialized class for reactive/aggressive dogs, which is created to specifically work on the reactivity issue, is a suitable alternative.]