I am currently doing BOTH in person and on line virtual training for basic training and for behavioral issues including fear, anxiety and aggression.
As a Certified Behavior Consultant, I am part of an elite group of professionals who specialize in dogs with behavior issues – anxiety, trauma and aggression. There are only about 200 certified behavior consultants in the US certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (www.iaabc.org) and I am 1 of only 4 certified in the state of Wisconsin. I’m also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CCPDT) with over 2 decades of experience.
I also do in person private training lessons to address training issues, raise a great puppy, help with crate training, jumping, teach your dog to calm/relax or build a better bond and relationship with your dog. I also do remote/phone consultations for housetraining problems and other behavior issues.
The majority of my work is in the area of behavior. I do behavior consultations/assessments for more severe behavior problems in dogs such as dog/dog aggression, leash reactivity, fear, anxiety and human directed aggression. The consultation will provide a framework for management, discuss next steps/options, assess for risks, and provide additional reading and resources for dogs exhibiting more severe issues. With severe behavior issues, there will often be multiple sessions.
I have worked with many area veterinarians and am well known and respected for my work with canine behavior and aggression. Please note I only take a set number of new clients per month based on my caseload and schedule. Also a high level of client commitment is required to work through these cases.
In Person or On Line Consultations for Training & Behavior Consultations/Assessments
Puppies, Basic Training, and Relationship/Bonding Training Consultations – $95-$125
- In person sessions at Petlicious Dog Bakery in Waukesha and a Brookfield location. Sessions are 60-75 minutes in length and included lesson plans/handouts.
- If virtual – 45-60 minutes live, online video remote conferencing. Reliable WIFI connection, basic tech ability and webcam/mic required.
- Training for jumping, crate training, recall/come, games/enrichment, relationship building or work on basic issues or train just for fun! With over 2 decades of experience, these sessions are packed with excellent information and exercises!
Behavior Consultation/Assessments – $250
- NOTE: I am part of a small and elite group of certified behavior consultations (ONE of only four in the state of Wisconsin certified with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) and work with and am referred by area veterinarians. I also work with clients all over the country.
- 11/2 to 2 hour in person OR online video remote conferencing
- Sessions are done at Waukesha or Brookfield location – some home visits available. I do not need to “see” the behavior. We can make use of history and video as needed to successfully assess the dog.
- Client report post consultation/assessment.
- Includes report to your veterinarian per client’s authorization as needed.
- On line is a great option for clients without a certified behavior consultant in your area.
- All appointment times are CENTRAL standard time.
- These sessions are for fear, anxiety, bite cases, dog/dog aggression, leash “reactivity” (barking/lunging) and other behavior issues. The assessment will outline the basic framework for working through these issues and management and other initial steps will be discussed. For behavioral cases, most clients require multiple session beyond the initial assessment/consultation.
- Management tools, recommendations will be provided at your assessment along with a plan template, however with behavior issues, more than one session is almost always needed. Follow up sessions are $150 and you must contact me to set those up within 30 days of the initial assessment.
Follow ups – behavior – $150 – Must be booked within 30 days of assessment for discounted rate.
Other Behavior Options:
Behavior Relief/Help ASAP! – This VIRTUAL or PHONE Behavior Consultation is for behavioral issues and the goal is to answer your basic questions, give you guidance and discuss management/safety measures and next steps. These sessions are 30-40 minutes and length and the cost is $80. (This does not replace a full behavior consultation but can give you some much needed management, next steps and guidance promptly!).
Behavior Case Review $125
- 1 hour virtual session via live, online video remote conferencing
- Discussion of case, prognosis and risk assessment
- This service is provided for owners, foster homes or rescue that want additional information before proceeding with adoption or a full behavior assessment
- Designed to help owners or rescue organizations decide if they wish to proceed with an adoption or a full Behavior Consultation/Assessment
Phone Consultations – $40
- Basic questions about training or mild behavior issues – 15 minutes
Housetraining Consultations – $80
- For helping with housetraining (puppies or adult dogs) – 40 minutes
Interested in booking an appointment or want more information? Please complete form at
Do you take on all behavior cases?
I work with clients with aggression, anxiety, trauma and more. Because these cases take dedication and work, I only take a set number of behavior clients/consultations each month in order to give my clients the time and attention they need for success. Client must be serious and committed to work through behavior cases. Please complete the contact form with details to be considered for a behavior consultation.
What to expect at a on line/live Behavior Consultation/Assessment?
During the consultation, I will take a background history, conduct an initial assessment, identify triggers and reasons for the behavior(s) to help with understanding. We will also discuss recommendations for in home management and discuss plans to modify your dog’s behavior in the future. I will provide educational materials as necessary. Consultations are 90-120 minutes in length.
Equipment needed for on line consultations
Mic, camera via a tablet, laptop, desktop computer or phone. Make sure all devices are charged. No need to clean the house. I am here to help you with your dog and relationship😊!
Frequently Asked Questions
What training methods do you utilize?
As an Associated Certified Behavior Consultant (www.iaabc.org) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (www.ccpdt.org), I follow the science of dog behavior/ethology. As a force-free trainer that follows the science of training and must keep up to date on the latest studies, I do not utilize shock collars or aversive training methods to “correct” the dog but instead utilize positive, force-free training that is backed by science on how canines learn. Read more at: https://positively.com/dog-training/positive-training/what-is-positive-training
Are sessions guaranteed and behaviors “fixed”?
There is no guarantee that behavior will be “cured”. We manage the environment, lower anxiety and help the dog make better choices and change how the dog feels emotionally.
Why are your rates higher than some professionals?
As a Certified Behavior Consultant, I am part of an elite group of professionals. There are only about 200 certified behavior consultants in the US certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (www.iaabc.org) and I am 1 of only 4 certified in the state of Wisconsin. This certification included hundreds of hours of behavior counseling and seminars. I am also a Certified Dog Trainer. I have been training for almost 2 decades. I have also fostered dogs for over 20 years and am work in training and behavior at a local shelter. I work with challenging dogs, high energy dogs and shy/fearful dogs. I have been voted Milwaukee’s Top Trainer and am an assessor/evaluator of therapy dogs through the following organization – The Alliance of Therapy Dogs organization. I serve as a the Wisconsin representative with Whippet Rescue and Placement and the Italian Greyhound Club of America Rescue.
Why is most of your communication done via email vs. phone to set up an initial consultation?
This allows me to most efficiently help my clients vs. a phone call. Phone and text options are available for my current clients.
But don’t you need to see the behavior?
This is a misconception that clients often think we must see the behavior to help. By taking a detailed history, finding the triggers and making use of video if needed, we can help the dog. Often the behaviors are based in fear and anxiety and we do not want to trigger the dog to growl, bite or lunge nor do we need to see it. A professional doesn’t need to see the behavior to help any more than a human counselor/professional needs to see a person who might have road rage in action. I work with dogs that have bite history and we don’t ever want to see that to help the dog.
Will I need more than one session?
With behavior issues, more than one session is almost always needed. We all would like to “fix” behavior (human or dogs) in 2-3 sessions but it doesn’t happen. It can take weeks or months of DAILY behavior modification and response prevention to teach the dog more appropriate behaviors and there will almost always be some “management” for life. The age of the dog, the age of onset, the severity of the behavior, the number of behavior issues, how long the behavior has gone on all impact the amount of time and work needed with behavior cases as well as the success. I would love to solve a well-ingrained problem or fear (most aggression is fear and anxiety based) in one or two easy sessions but that is just not realistic. That said I have many clients with great success in working with their dogs so it can be done.
Equipment needed for in person consultations
Dogs with fear/aggression history or a bite history require 2 points of contact for safety during session so muzzle and leash or leash and harness.
Equipment needed for remote consultations
Mic, camera via a tablet, laptop, desktop computer or phone). Make sure all devices are charged.
As an Associated Certified Behavior Consultant (www.iaabc.org) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (www.ccpdt.org), I follow the science of dog behavior/ethology. As a force-free trainer that follows the science of training and must keep up to date on the latest studies, I do not utilize shock collars or aversive training methods to “correct” the dog but instead utilize positive, force-free training that is backed by science on how canines learn. Read more at https://positively.com/dog-training/positive-training/what-is-positive-training.
The Process/What to Expect at Your Consultation
Once a date is agreed upon, a detailed consultation form will be emailed to you. The form should be emailed back at least 48 hours prior to our consultation. This will help us make the best use of our time. Payment via PayPal is also due 4 hours prior to the consultation.
Please feel free to email me with additional questions.