Michael Nichols, BA, CDE, CPDT-KA
Private lessons : $75/session (approximately 1 hour).
when working with particularly fearful or reactive dogs, I may recommend clients book 1.5 appointments for our first meeting.
Nominal driving fee may apply to outlying areas.
There is no reason to hurt dogs, not even their feelings.
In addition to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers Code of Professional Conduct and Responsibility, I adhere to the Pet Professional Guild’s Guiding Principles, agreeing to train with only force-free methods. “Force-Free Means: No shock, no pain, no choking, no fear, no physical force, no physical molding, no compulsion-based methods are used to train or care for your pet… Force also means any intentional physical act against a pet that causes psychological or physical pain, harm or damage to the pet.” When people hear “reward-based” or “force-free”, we sometimes think that means rude behavior will be accepted, or that high expectations for skill performance must be abandoned. In fact, my expectation is that dogs I teach or live with are well-behaved, happy, and polite members of our community, whose minds are engaged and challenged on a daily basis, and who excel at the skills they practice.