502-909-2759

Downward Dog

Canine Transformation

 

Our Services

Training & Rehabilitation Services

How Services Work

Downward Dog focuses on the training and rehabilitation of dogs, while also training humans in the process. This is different from traditional training. Traditional obedience training is based on the goal of having the dog perform a behavior in response to a command. This may be achieved with the use of physical and sound reinforcement, leash training, treats, clickers, and a variety of tools and strategies. Obedience training is a terrific thing for any dog owner and their dogs and it serves as an effective compliment to psychology-based training or rehabilitation. Obedience training is not, however, necessary as a pre-requisite to the application of psychology-based rehabilitation.

The Downward Dog training and rehabilitation process is a home based process. Problem behavior in the home is best assessed in the home where multiple influences (human, dog, environmental, etc.) can be observed. The goal is to identify the behavior(s) that the client wishes to change, identify the source of the behavior, and determine the human, canine and environmental adjustments that need to take place. Regardless of the specific issue(s) and rehabilitation plan, every dog needs a home that provides him/her with meaningful exercise, structure, and affection – in that order. What that looks like varies from home to home and dog to dog. The same is true for obedience training.

While in-home work is our primary service, we know that many owners need or just want a jumpstart with training that will make their journey with their dog a little easier. We also have clients whose physical or personal limitations make it difficult for them to perform as much in-home work as needed. Therefore, we also offer day camps here at Mo’s home.

If our list of services does not include what you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss creating a program that suits your specific needs. If we can do it, we will. If we cannot, we will recommend other trainer options.


BASIC OBEDIENCE

Basic obedience is the most common program that dog owners are seeking. With this program owners learn how to train their dogs to achieve basic manners in the home and leash manners on walks and out in public. In general, we will focus on:

Setting boundaries
Sit/Stay
Down/Stay
Wait
Leave It
Short distance/low distraction Recall (come when called)
Leash Manners

IN-HOME SESSIONS:

4 weekly 1-hour sessions in the home = $480.00

6 weekly 1-hour sessions in the home = $660.00

1 session at a time (1-hour), pay-as-you-go = $150/session

If our commute exceeds 45 min one-way, we will charge an additional $20/session. (Our address is 112 Sea Oats Drive, Emerald Isle if you want to GPS to confirm drive time)

DAY CAMP:

5-Day Camp, Mon - Fri, 10am to 4pm = $650.00

10-Day Camp, Mon - Fri (weekends off), 10am to 4pm = $1,250.00

Mo often flexes exact times of day camp to accommodate work/school schedules of clients.


ADVANCED OBEDIENCE

Advanced obedience includes Basic Obedience, but extends your dog’s compliance and response to make her/him “on point”, meaning a quicker response and the ability to hold commands longer with more confidence. Advanced Obedience also adds off-leash recall. PLACE command and remote collar training.

Advanced obedience requires the owner to purchase a remote collar (electrostatic signal, not a shock), which costs about $200.00, in addition to training fees. Mo is always happy to show the collar and demonstrate its signal for you before you commit to Advanced obedience.

IN-HOME SESSIONS:

6 weekly 1-hour sessions in the home = $720.00

8 weekly 1-hour sessions in the home = $880.00

1 session at a time (1-hour), pay-as-you-go = $150/session

If our commute exceeds 45 min one-way, we will charge an additional $20/session. (Our address is 112 Sea Oats Drive, Emerald Isle if you want to GPS to confirm drive time)

DAY CAMP:

10-Day Camp, Mon - Fri, 10am to 4pm = $1350.00

15-Day Camp, Mon - Fri (weekends off), 10am to 4pm = $1950.00

Mo often flexes exact times of day camp to accommodate work/school schedules of clients.


BEHAVIOR REHABILITATION

Behavior rehabilitation is a very individual process. The needs of the dog and the capacity of the owner to address more serious behavior concerns will be factored into a game plan for rehabilitation.

Mo will take cases that include aggression toward dogs, aggression toward humans, leash and barrier reactivity, as well as various forms of anxiety, insecurity and social challenges with humans or dogs. For behaviors that pose a risk to humans or other dogs, Mo is committed to providing an assessment that is honest and promotes realistic expectations for the owners.

First step: An initial assessment with foundational work to thoroughly evaluate the dog and develop an understanding of environment and the human dynamic as it relates to the dog. This session will last up to 2 hours and it is done in the home. Cost is $175.00

Next Steps: Mo will write up a recommended game plan with options for the owner related to time and financial investment. Depending on the dog and her/his home, the game plan may involve in-home work, a day care program, or Mo may recommend a board & train which involves staying with Mo 24/7 for at least 2 weeks, sometimes longer. Most often, the dog will require some combination of strategies and the program will be stretched over time.

Fees for rehabilitation programs depend on the issue, the dog, the humans and what plan, or combination of plans, are required. Mo will design a strategy that is as budget-friendly as possible, with the welfare of the dog (and humans) taking priority. Call or text Mo (502-909-2759) to talk about your dog and learn more.