Is COVID-19 keeping you home with a dog who needs help? We are currently offering remote behavior consults for the following challenges:
- Aggressive or reactive behavior towards people or other animals
- Growling or biting
- Disruptive or unruly behavior towards people, dogs or other environmental stimuli
- Fearful or anxious behavior
- Challenges with house training
All in person consults and instruction will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. Please feel free to reach out in advance to get on our in-person consulting scheduling list. Our remote consults are ongoing; modern technology allows us to help you quickly and effectively in your dogs own environment. A behavior consult is $95.
About Your Consultation
Andria Young is one of only ten Certified Canine Behavior Consultants (CBCC-KA) in the entire state of Massachusetts and one of 200 in the world. With her additional certification as a Fear Free Professional and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) Andria will meet with you for an initial private consult which is 1-1.5 hours in length. This behavior consultation will include an in-depth assessment of your dogs known history and behavior challenges, a customized behavior modification plan, and follow up handouts/homework. Andria approaches behavior consultation and training with an educational perspective; in addition to helping you help your dog, she will also focus on helping you understand the motivations behind your dogs behavior which allow you to more fully apply the principles of science based learning.
While some behavior challenges may be quickly resolved in a single consult, many are long terms patterns of behavior that require a period of ongoing lessons to modify the behavior. These follow up private lessons are one hour in length and focus on helping you implement behavior modification techniques such as, desensitization, counter conditioning and the teaching of alternate incompatible behaviors.
Professional Qualifications in an unregulated industry
In an industry in which anyone can call themselves a dog trainer, choosing a trainer or behavior consultant can be confusing, daunting and potentially dangerous to you and your dog. Many falsely advertise themselves as “behaviorists” which is a title held only by those who are certified through the Animal Behavior Society having either completed a Master’s Degree in biological or behavioral science, or an individual who has obtained a doctorate in biological or behavioral science.