Behavior Consultations and Private Training Lessons

Behavior issues often require more personalized and specific information than can be provided in a group class. With Private Lessons, we'll focus on exactly what is important to YOU!

Possible topics include:

  • loose leash walking
  • coming when called
  • polite greetings
  • housetraining
  • self-control/impulse control exercises
  • confidence building games (shy or fearful behavior)
  • separation anxiety
  • aggression (towards dogs or people)

Build a SOLID foundation for your relationship with your dog!

Sessions will be tailored to address the specific training issues YOU identify. Appointments can be made for mornings, afternoons, or evenings and are generally available 7 days per week.

Rates:

Initial Visit (lasts 1.5 hours) - $75
Follow-up Sessions (last 1 hour) - $50

 

Day Training
Let us do the training for you!

In our Day Training program we come to your home to work individually with your dog on basic obedience behaviors while you are at work or away for the day. This is the perfect solution when:

  • You do not have time to train your dog all on your own
  • You want to speed up the learning process - a skilled trainer can work faster and accomplish more in a shorter amount of time by working directly with your dog
  • You want customized training for you and your dog
  • You want to focus on specific target behaviors of your choice

The focus of our day training program is to transition the behaviors we teach your dog, to you, so you can continue to build on them while practicing these exercises at home. We will proof the behaviors for added reliability, but long term success requires continuous practice and reinforcement, even after the day training program has ended.

Initial Meeting

During the 30 minute initial discussion, we will talk about the use of training methods. We will review your goals in more detail and discuss how the day training program will work. We will set a schedule and a training plan.

Training Sessions

Each training session is 60 minutes. The goal of these sessions will be to work on the behaviors outlined during the initial meeting. NOTE: If during the course of the training sessions, we find that your dog requires more behavioral work (i.e., general socialization, confidence building, reactivity, etc.) the day training program may not be the most suitable training service. While a trainer can work on behavior training with your dog, it is critical that you be involved in the process and the trainer may recommend private at home training instead so that you are present for the training.

Transition Meetings

In this 30 minute meeting we will demonstrate what the dog has learned so far and transition the new skills to you continue to working on at home. We'll also go over how to ask for and reinforce new behaviors, and what to do if you don't get a requested behavior or if they experience an unwanted behavior one popping back up.

Follow-up Sessions

These can be scheduled as needed to ensure long-term success.

 

Family Manners: Foundation

Monday nights at 6:00 starting June 5, 2017
$100/6 week session

Family Manners for basic manners and foundation behaviors. Grown up dogs have grown up problems! Exercises include polite greetings, walking on a loose leash, and your basic obedience tool kit - sit, down, stay and come. Discussions will also cover management and solutions to dog behavior issues. Clicker training is introduced.

Dogs must be at least 6 months old and up-to-date on vaccinations.

Classes are being held at Trilogy Training Center, 631 X Ave, right outside of Ames.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure personalized attention! Please email Erin Topp at erin@toppcaninesolutions.com to register.

 

Family Manners: Beyond the Backyard

Monday nights at 7:30 starting June 5, 2016
$100/6 week session

Take your skills to the final level! Train your dog to listen anytime, anywhere! Prerequisites: Family Manners: Level 1 or dog must be able to hand target, sit, down, loose leash walk for a short distance, and come with limited distractions.

Dogs must be at least 6 months old and up-to-date on vaccinations.

Classes are being held at Trilogy Training Center, 631 X Ave, right outside of Ames.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure personalized attention! Please email Erin Topp at erin@toppcaninesolutions.com to register.

 

Out & About

Saturday afternoons at 11:00 starting June 10, 2017, 2017
$120/6 week session

This course is 'on the go!' to help solidify obedience and manners in real-life situations. We take obedience training on the road in this class and practice all of our foundations of obedience around day to day distractions out and about! Each class is held at a different location. Dogs should have already completed Level 1 or Beyond the Backyard. Note: Location Varies Week by Week

Dogs must be at least 6 months old and up-to-date on vaccinations.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure personalized attention! Please email Erin Topp at erin@toppcaninesolutions.com to register.