Behavior Consulting & Training

Services Updated for COVID-19

My schedule is extremely limited due to COVID-19. Regarding contacting me, I have a family and am homeschooling two young children. My family is my top priority. Because of this new school schedule I am unable to be available for phone calls throughout the day. Scheduling and corresponding through email allows me to efficiently accommodate my clients and serve my family throughout my day. It also provides me and my clients with a written record of what was discussed. Texting and phone calls are available to existing clients only.

Services Offered

Virtual Consultation: $100*

Best for those who can't decide if they want to work on an issue or not, or for those who feel they only need a little guidance.

Includes: 

  • 1.5 to 2-hour video conference 

  • General discussion and prognosis of your situation

  • If you decide to proceed with a training program, this payment and time can be applied toward the Virtual Training Program

  • Here's what you can expect

*Can be done via cell phone, tablet or laptop/desktop camera/mic​

Virtual Training Program: $310*

Includes:

  • 1- to 2-hour behavior assessment via online video conference

  • Three 1-hour video conference follow up sessions

  • Customized behavior treatment plan

  • Unlimited support in-between sessions through email and text as well as continued development of your pet's customized behavior treatment plan

Benefits:

  • Appropriate choice for most cases

  • Perfect for pets that experience significant fear, anxiety or stress around strangers

  • Here's what you can expect

Additional Virtual Sessions

  • Prerequisite: Completed Virtual Training Program

  • $60/hr 

*Requires a computer, Internet, and a webcam and download the free Zoom online meeting software.

FAQs

Your Questions, Answered

What makes Courteous Canines different from other trainers in the area?

Aside from offering in-home visits and behavior consulting? We also help you get rid of problem behavior without reverting to punishment so your relationship with your pet remains intact. We understand that dogs are our best friends and we treat them as such.

What is your training methodology?

We use behavior science together with LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) training practices. (See the IAABC's Statement on LIMA here.)

The effectiveness of a training method is not always enough for us. The chosen training method must be ethical and humane in addition to being effective. We take great pride in creating effective behavior change while protecting the physical and emotional well-being of the animals in our care.

Why don't you have your phone number listed?

I am a mother and spouse and prefer to be mentally available for phone calls with clients or potential clients. Also, my client load often prevents me from being available for phone calls. Scheduling and corresponding through email allows me to efficiently accommodate many clients throughout my day. It also provides me and my clients with a written record of what was discussed. Texting and phone calls are available to existing clients.

Which types of animals does Courteous Canines train?

The type of animal we see most is dogs, but we also work with cats and pigs. (Yes, pigs.)

How many sessions will I need?

The successful resolution of an animal's problem behavior depends on so many different factors like the intensity of the behavior, how long it's been going on, past learning history including prior training, motivation and genetics, your pet's health, and much more.

Very few issues are resolved in just 1 session which is why I've chosen to provide my clients with customized programs built specifically to address the problem(s) they're having. Each program starts with four basic lessons and allows the client the option to purchase additional lessons at a discounted rate upon completion if they're having fun and wish to continue or if they feel it's necessary.

How will I know if you can "fix" my pet?

Whether a behavior is learned through experience or genetically based, it can't be erased or "fixed" but it can certainly be modified. We have to teach your pet to trust that you will provide something fantastic if he or she makes a more appropriate behavioral choice in a given scenario. Once you've proven yourself trustworthy, your pet's behavior will adjust accordingly. Whether or not your pet's behavior can be modified is completely within your control and depends on how willing and able you are to follow your customized treatment plan.

If you still need an answer, don’t hesitate to contact me at courteouscaninesinc@gmail.com.

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