Private dog training in Victoria BC

Your time is at a premium – it’s never been more difficult to balance work and family life. Fitting into the schedule of a group class is a nightmare, and your dog has some behaviour ‘quirks’. Some dogs and people(!) do better with private training. Flexible scheduling, working at a self-directed pace, and individual attention, means that private training is the best way to uncomplicate your dog training. With private lessons, the focus is on you!

We can work on the basics and you’ll learn how to get your dog to pay attention to you; sit, down and stay; come when called and walk nicely on a leash. Or we can work on really annoying behaviours specific to your dog like jumping up, counter-surfing, barking, eating inappropriate items or chewing on coffee tables.

What’s included?

  • Goal setting – so that we’re working on what you want your dog to learn
  • A management plan – so that during training your life is easier and your dog is set up to succeed
  • We’ll discuss simple concepts of dog learning – so that you can more quickly implement your  training plan
  • We’ll discuss simple techniques for behaviour change– you get training techniques and exercises that let you see real behaviour change
  • You’ll get homework handouts that outline your training steps.
  • Simple scheduling: my easy online scheduler lets you pick from a variety of days and times to fit into your hectic life. No need for phone or email tag…just click and pick.
  • House calls! I come to you at the scheduled time – nothing could be easier.

"Janet provided us with fun, friendly expert advice, educating both us and our puppy. Her rapport with dogs is truly amazing and her training sessions were invaluable. We were looking for a positive, loving approach to training and we found it!"  Deborah & "Henry"

Clever Canine Programs

Bite-sized sample session - Go ahead - pick my brains.
This session is perfect for single issue basics. You’ve got lots of questions about your dog’s behaviour and you just need to know “what’s it going to take to get from A to B?”

Perfect Bite-sized issues:  your dog is peeing in the house (for puppy or adult); your puppy is biting you, your kids and your older dog; you are preparing for a new dog; you need help with kid & dog interactions; you aren’t sure how to properly socialize your new puppy; you want your dog to stop chewing your stuff; …and just about anything else you can think of!

Note: this session is NOT for dogs that are fearful, reactive, aggressive, or who tend to bite people or other dogs. Please see “Behaviour Consultations” to get help with serious issues.

This program includes:

  • A single 60-minute session in your home.
  • Email & phone support from me for 1 month after your session is finished.

Investment: $89


Back-to-School Jump-start Program - Your dog is perfect!...except for this one annoying habit and it’s driving you crazy!
You’ve got 1 or 2 behaviours you want to get under control and you are a “self starter”. This is a crash course in dog training for busy peeps. When I give you a plan, you’re going to be able to run with it with just a bit of help and support.

Perfect Jump-start issues: your dog is a hurricane on a leash and can’t be walked; your dog jumps on everyone (it seems no one is a stranger!); your dog barks out the window and in the backyard and the neighbours are complaining; your dog won’t settle inside; your dog is stealing your stuff and won’t give it back…and anything else that’s been frustrating for you.

This program includes:

  • 3 1-hour sessions in your home
  • Email & phone support from me for 3 months after your program is finished.

Investment: $249


Training Fundamentals Program – basic obedience foundations for a dog you can enjoy.

Is your dog a hurricane on a leash? Is she up on the counter, the furniture and everyone you meet? Do you feel like he just doesn’t listen? And then there’s the barking and the begging!

Dogs can be a joy to live with…or a total nightmare! The difference is in training the essential fundamentals that can change life with your dog from frustrating to fun.

This program includes:

  • 5 1-hour sessions in your home
  • Fundamental obedience and listening skills including –
    • Paying attention to you
    • Chill out around the house
    • Walk nicely on a leash
    • Come when called
    • Greet people politely, without jumping up
    • Remedies for annoying and embarrassing nuisance behaviours
  • Email & phone support from me for 6 months after your program is finished.

Investment: $399


Real World Ready Program - Perfect for you if you want a “go anywhere” type of dog.
It’s so frustrating! You can’t walk your dog on-leash because of the pulling and you can’t walk your dog off-leash because he’s running away and just won’t come back. You wish you could have people over like you used to, but between the dog jumping up on guests, and begging for food, it’s just too embarrassing.

When you got your dog you were imagining off leash hikes, long beach walks, chilling on a coffee patio with friends, or going to the in-laws for a family dinner. With this program you can have that dog!

This program includes:

  • 5 1-hour sessions in your home
  • 3 “real world” field trips to dog-friendly areas – so that you can practice the skills where you NEED the skills
  • Fundamental obedience and listening skills including –
    • Paying attention to you – even with other dogs and people around
    • Chill out when you want him/her to
    • Walk nicely on a leash – no pulling towards other dogs or people
    • Come when called – with distractions
    • Greet people politely, without jumping up
    • Remedies for annoying and embarrassing nuisance behaviours
  • Email & phone support from me for 1 year after your program is finished.

Investment: $599


Behaviour Consultations
Are you seriously worried about your dog’s behaviour? Dog behaviour can be not only frustrating, but scary. A dog that growls or tends to bite can impact your life, your family and your emotions in a negative way.

Perfect Behaviour Consultation issues include: barking, lunging and growling at people or other dogs, guarding food or objects, shyness, fearfulness, separation anxiety and extreme hyperactivity.

This program includes:

  • A 1.5 hour session in your home
  • An evaluation of your dog’s behaviour and prognosis
  • A recommended training schedule and protocol devised specifically for you and your dog.

Investment: $150

Ready to uncomplicate your dog training with simple training techniques and concepts that are easy to learn, easy to understand and practical to implement?  Here’s how to work with me:

Step 1: schedule a free, no obligation 20-minute phone consult with me. You can do that right here

Step 2: Fill out the questionnaire that appears when you schedule your call. Before we hop on the phone I’d like to know a bit about your dog and what you’d like to get out of working with me.

Step 3: At the scheduled time of your consult, I’ll call you and we’ll consult! We’ll use the opportunity to make sure that we’re the perfect fit before you commit to in-person sessions.

Step 4: Then we’ll get started! If we decide to work together, I’ll tell you the next steps to dig right in.