***COVID 19 UPDATE***
I am seeing clients. We can take precautions according to your comfort level. I can work outside or in with a mask and maintain distance.
Or if you prefer, I am offering online options now as well. If you are local and wish to choose those options with equipment, please choose the local option but discuss with me that you want the online version. I will deliver the appropriate equipment to you.
Welcome! Tess (pictured here) and I are excited to have you visit!
Training is an investment into your life with your dog. I understand how important and valuable a well behaved and happy dog is. I will honor your investment and help you achieve your goals, whether that looks like a calm and safe family member or a working companion to help you excel in your profession or passion! I have close to 20 years of education, real life experience, and practical work in family pet, working companion, and shelter/rescue pet training - my experiences include rehabilitation of feral/aggressive/fearful behavior, and practical work or trialing in herding, tracking, hunting, and agility.
I reside in Fremont County, WY but I offer services statewide, and regionally. Travel fees may apply to areas outside of the immediate Lander/Riverton areas. Video or phone consultation and online options are also available.
Training is often a combination of actual training and management of the immediate environment. Management can include certain training tools like leashes, harnesses, crates or x pens to safely confine the dog to a certain area when unsupervised, and even dietary supplements. Some behaviors are motivated by emotions, and we can't train an emotion, we must first treat the underlying anxiety or fear in order to allow for learning how to manage that emotion to occur.
I am a member of the Pet Professional Guild, where I am able to stay current on new knowledge of animal behavior that is guaranteed to be rooted in science and guide me on the most humane approaches to training. I also learn from many other trainers, sometimes they have tips or procedures that just make sense to me and are a little different from each other. Many have authored inspirational and motivational books that are fun to read.
Click to learn about my favorite resources for tools, supplements, and other trainer's techniques!
Want to know more about me?
Click to learn more about my journey and passions!
All of the services I offer, with the exception of some specials will begin with the Behavior History Form. This is free to fill out and it helps me get to know you and your pet's relationship and what your specific needs might be. Once I have reviewed this I will contact you to discuss the best options for your training needs.
If you are simply interested in learning more about what I offer, or want to enroll in a special class, click on any of the following to learn more!
The nitty gritty...
All services must be paid for in full at beginning of first appointment unless payment arrangements are worked out prior to first appointment.
After the 3rd consecutive missed or cancelled appointment a $10 fee will be added to each remaining appointment (exceptions do apply!)
Fees reflect a handling charge for online payments. Local customers who pay in cash will receive a discount.
Travel fees will be added to distances beyond 40 miles of the 82523 zip code.
If you know you are interested in booking a private session or package with me, please fill out the Behavior History Form.
If you feel like you need more info, shoot me an email!
Read and watch videos of Kinnear, a feral dog who found friendship and family with a herd of longhorn cattle. His story is evolving, and while he is not currently with "his" herd, he is learning how to make new friends in a new life.
Kibbles and Bits Blog
A tasty treat of tips, fun, and informative current topics!
Click to go to the blog post!
Animal Shelters, Rescues, and Fosters
When I first became a certified dog trainer, I found myself without many dogs to train. I lived in a small community and there were several "free" trainers who offered their services to the public, free of charge, their experience based on years spent training their own dogs to compete in various sports or with clubs. So, I reached out to local shelters and rescues for "clients" and eventually began my own rescue to assist local shelters that did not have the resources to care for the stray animals, and often resorted to euthanizing.
I understand the challenges for funding trainers and yet the importance of training to help pets (I have experience with all species!) become adoptive, and STAY in their adoptive homes! I also understand the challenges of foster programs and the critical role they play in the adoption process. Please reach out if you have a need- there are many free resources and I am very invested in helping! I also have a lot of options that will put money back into your organization, grow your volunteer/foster base and their skill level, or increase adoptions.
It is worth exploring and maybe an email or two!