90 minutes, package of 4 ($400) or 6 ($550)
A package of training lessons is usually necessary to help you progress from foundation skills to full success. The dog's primary caretakers must be present, though it is best if the entire family can join. Lessons are generally scheduled weekly, or sometimes every two weeks. Owners are expected to practice homework between lessons. This allows you to make continual progress toward your goal with ongoing support. See sample training plans below.
Sample Puppy Package of 6 Lessons
Assessment: Discussion of puppy's needs, socialization, potty-training, bite inhibition, and handling.
Week 1: Sit, handling/grooming, self control games.
Week 2: Down on mat, coming when called foundation, walk with me (off-leash heeling).
Week 3: Stays, leash walking, more self control games.
Week 4: More coming when called, more handling/grooming, drop it.
Week 5: More stays, more leash walking, leave it.
Week 6: Cleaning up any weaker areas, preparing for adolescence, skills that are specific to your plans for the puppy (ie, grooming at home, hiking, agility, therapy dog work).
Sample Leash Reactivity (dog over-reacts to sight of other dogs when on leash) Package of 4 Lessons
Assessment: Discussion of lifestyle changes, management, and overall training protocol for reactivity issues.
Week 1: Introduction of Look at That game, leash work, and beginning BAT work.
Week 2: BAT work with a decoy dog, with trainer providing maximum amount of support.
Week 3: BAT work with a second decoy dog, with trainer providing medium amount of support, and owner learning to make decisions about their dog's needs.
Week 4: BAT work with a third decoy dog or in real-world situation, with owner making most of the decisions, and trainer providing support as needed to finesse training.