Private Dog Training

I offer private dog training sessions in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Sandia Park, Cedar Crest, Los Lunas etc.

 

Prior to each private session we will have a free, no-obligation 10 minute phone conversation to discuss your training needs and for me to explain the general approach I will be using.

 

Private, one-on-one training is the fastest way to address specific issues.
I will always strive to develop a training plan tailored to you and your dog.

I will not offer you a cookie cutter approach. Instead, I am taking into account factors such as your dog’s breed, activity level and history; other household members, prior training experience, your time frame for training etc.

This makes our private trainings highly individualized. I keep notes on the progress of every client and will collect a lot of information about your dog over time, allowing me to make training decisions based on his specific personality. Just as no two people are the same, no two dogs are the same and will respond the best to a type of training that considers the individual in front of it. I will be teaching the owner how to best train their dogs based on these very individual factors.

I have many private clients that have been training with me for years. If you are interested in pursuing dog training as a long-term hobby, we will definitely not run out of ideas of what to teach your dog next!

 

I will travel to your house in the Albuquerque area (additional driving fees may apply to clients in Bernalillo, Los Lunas, Laguna etc.) and we will work with your dog together in an environment that is safe and familiar to him.

Want to see a case study of a dog I trained, including before and after videos? Check out this Albuquerque Dog Training Case Study.

How does private training work? Do I have to go to a specific place to train?

Not at all! The convenience of private dog training lies in its flexibility.

I will travel to your house in the Albuquerque area (additional driving fees may apply to clients in Bernalillo, Los Lunas, Laguna etc.) for the lessons. We will then work with your dog together in an environment that is safe and familiar to him.

In many cases, it is useful or even necessary for the trainer to be able to observe the dog’s home environment. Many issues are easily fixed by implementing small management or set-up changes. This applies for example to potty training issues – often just modifying the access of the dog to different rooms of the house as well as starting a potty training schedule will solve the problem quickly.

 

Having an adult dog with behavior problems can be daunting. Again, our one-on-one approach lets us address any issue directly. Our training programs are reward-based and utilize positive reinforcement to show your dog how he should behave.

 

If you have a dog who is not ready to attend training classes, private dog training can help you get there. While some dog trainers allow reactive or anxious dogs in their group classes, this can actually be detrimental to the dog’s behavior without the right “ground work”. If your dog struggles around other dogs or people, we can help him in a setting that is not too stimulating and will enable him to learn as quickly as possible.

What if my dogs needs to be trained at a different location?

For some issues it is useful for me to guide your training process in different places. If your dog has troubles behaving in public, we will visit different public places in Albuquerque to help him focus and not be distracted.

We will generally start out with “easy” locations – such as parks that are not busy, less frequented walk-ways etc. Then, as your dog progresses over time we can meet at busier places such as Home Depot, Uptown or the airport.

 

Again, this is your time individualized for you and your dog. 

 

I will always strive to develop a plan that will help your dog progress quickly and fix his behavior issues as fast as possible.

My dog doesn’t have behavior problems – can we take private lessons for tricks and agility?

Absolutely!

Often owners discover the joy of training and connecting with their dog and don’t want to stop after their dog has completed his basic training.
If you are interested in an individualized training plan that will guide you through continuing training, you are at the right place!

Depending on your goals and your dog’s strengths, we can explore a variety of training together. I offer lessons in clicker and tricks training, dog agility as well as man trailing (the sport of having our dogs find hidden people).

Dogs are able to learn incredible amounts of different behaviors over time with consistent training. If you live in the Albuquerque area, I can provide this on-going one-on-one training for you!

  • Private sessions

  • $95/hr.
  • Private agility sessions

  • $30/30min.
Private Dog Training Sessions in Albuquerque

Private lessons can address a variety of topics, such as:

  • Household manners issues:
    These are very common problems that mostly are easily resolved with the right approach and consistency!
    We can work on jumping up, chewing, not walking well on leash, not coming when called, chasing cats, resource guarding (check out our post Tips For Preventing Resource Guarding to get a first idea) etc.!

 

We will solve these kind of problems by modifying your dogs behavior and showing him how to follow household rules.

 

  • Fearful dog problems:
    leash reactivity, separation anxiety, fear of thunder or hot air balloons; anxiety of rescue dogs coming from an abusive background, anxiety around other dogs.

 

We will solve these kind of problems by re-training our dog’s brain so that the anxiety in the presence of his triggers will be replaced by a calm emotion.

 

  • Agility training:
    Private agility lessons will let me work with you on your dog’s strengths and weaknesses in a targeted way. I will set obstacle courses tailored to help your team advance as fast as possible and reach your full potential.

 

  • Trick training:
    Trick training is a fantastic way to bond with your dog, and have fun in a small space. In our private trick training lessons you can pick specific tricks you would like your dog to learn (from waving over rolling a ball to doing a handstand or jumping through your arms) and I will help you and your dog train them.

 

  • Man trailing:
    Have you ever wondered how Search and Rescue dogs are trained? We can train your very own dog to be able to find hidden people! This is a sport that is growing quickly and provides much fun for both dog and owner. Dogs are worn out very intensely by searching for people with their nose. At the same time this is a low arousal activity in which the dog has to keep a clear head at all times. As such it is perfect for over-the-top, wild dogs looking for an energy outlet!

 

  • Frisbee training:
    We can teach your dog not only to catch and retrieve a frisbee, but a multitude of related tricks that will challenge his fitness and coordination and are very fun for both of you!
    You can watch a trailer with examples of the frisbee tricks we can teach here: Frisbee Games

What We Do Not Do

I do not utilize any kind of collar training. This includes prong collars, choke collars and e collars. If you are currently handling your dog with any one of these, we will start out with it and gradually move away from it during our training process.

I strive to use a positive training method that will let you and your dog become a team. This means using communication, not intimidation.