I offer one-on-one private training, as well as behavioural modification for more complicated problems.
Private training sessions are ideal for anyone who:
Behavioural Modification is suitable for pets who display behaviours such as:
All my methods are force-free, making use of scientifically-proven reward-based training methologies, such as clicker-training. This is the least aversive type of training, and encourages your pet to try new things and learn in a fun, appealing and rewarding way. I make use of food, toys, affection and enviromental rewards, and each pet has a training program tailor-made for what works best for them. Any pet can be trained, at any age, provided they are in good health.
I do not use harsh punishment or corrections, nor do I use equipment that uses fear or pain to gain co-operation from your pet.
Training and/or behavioural assessment typically take place at your home, or out and about, depending on what is being addressed and is required for the session.
You do not need to have any prior experience in animal training for me to help you.
My primary service area is from the R304 (road to Stellenbosch) through to Giel Basson Drive in Parow/Plattekloof, and includes Bellville, Brackenfell and Durbanville. For areas further afield, online options are available via MS Teams.
I offer email support for all training provided, as well as articles and tips to help you maintain the training given.
Fees are payable upfront, before or on the day of the first session. Packages must be paid in full on or before the first session.
EFT (PoP must be provided) and cash accepted.
If you are unsure which option would suit you best, please feel free to contact me so we may discuss your needs and decide which would benefit you the most.
Please be aware that training will not maintain itself if it is not practiced. I can offer guidance and support on maintaining what you and your pet have learnt, but it is up to you to practice it.
Individual Training Sessions
Individual training sessions are suitable for those who need help with 1-2 particular issues that doesn't require extensive training to fix, or if you're needing advice on management, such as how to alleviate boredom or house-training.
Individual sessions are roughly 1 hour long, depending on what is being addressed, and are R400.00 each.
Coaching and Training Package
Coaching is ideal for those who would like to do a course of training with their dogs, but are interested in learning how to train their dogs themselves. The coaching package consists of an initial consultation and assessment, where we discuss your goals, your previous dog owning and training experience, what your dog already knows and where he/she may need some further work. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on what the goal for the day is, and most dogs learn 1-2 cues per session.
Coaching sessions happen once a week, so as to give you some time to practice your new cues with your dog between sessions.
Coaching is offered as a set of 4 sessions at R1400.00.
My behavioural assessment modification techniques are based on COAPE's MHERA™ model.
MHERA stands for Mood, Hedonic Budget, Emotional and Reinforcement Assessment. This means I assess the emotions that are driving your pet's behaviour, the overall mood state that they feel in their day-to-day lives, what is reinforcing and causing the behaviour to continue. By taking all these factors into consideration, I am then able to formulate a treatment plan specifically designed for your family and your pet.
Treatment plans may involve management and/or training, depending on the individual case.
Behaviour consultations are offered in-person and online via MS Teams A consultation typically lasts 1.5-2 hours long. During the consultation, I will give you advice and guidance on changes you can start implementing immediately. I will also email you a concise modification plan after the consultation. This plan is tailored specifically to you and your pet's individual case.
Should you have any questions or concerns after the consultation, support via email and/or phone will be provided.
Online behavioural consultations are R850.00.
In-person behavioural consultation is R1000.00
Additional training sessions may be added on if need be (see aforementioned training pricing).