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PRIVATE LESSONS

One-On-One Training
 

Now servicing Pittsburgh and Akron/Canton areas!

Private lessons can be done at your home or at our facility for specific behavior issues including but not limited to any type of aggression, fear, anxiety, compulsivity, or even basic manners if desired. The initial private session is 90 minutes long. Based upon the information provided to us on our behavior history form, we will prepare a preliminary plan. Upon arrival, one of our highly experienced trainers will observe the situation, begin with management changes, teach new skill sets and develop a customized plan for optimum success. After the visit, we will provide a detailed, written behavior treatment plan for you to keep and use as a blueprint to work from, sent within 72 hours via email or mailed.  With weekly updates, we will adjust the plan as needed based on progress. You will have access to your trainer for the life of your dog via phone, text or email for any questions and/or concerns, however, we may recommend an additional visit. And for certain behaviors, we will work in conjunction with your veterinarian to develop and implement the appropriate plan.  If you feel at any point you would like an additional visit, we are happy to accommodate you.

Payment in full is required before a session can be scheduled. This can be paid with either credit card, cash, or check. You may call in to pay with credit card or stop into our Poland location to pay with cash or check. Checks can be mailed but may delay the scheduling of your session.

 

As of 8/30/22 payments are non-refundable. If you cancel your session with more than 72 hours’ notice the deposit can be transferred to another private or class. If the session is canceled with less than 72 hours, there is a $50 non-refundable fee. The remaining amount of the deposit can only be transferred to future private sessions. 

For packages of private lessons, these must be scheduled within 6 months - any remaining after this will be forfeited. Packages must be paid in full upon the first session.

 

Mileage charges are as follows:

  • 25-35 miles from any Dogsmartz location: $50 round trip / each visit

  • 36-50 miles from any Dogsmartz location: $75 round trip / each visit

  • 51+ miles from any Dogsmartz location: mileage fee to be quoted

There is a fee of $100 for after-hours appointments, which are appointments scheduled for 8pm or later.

 

**Please note, no refunds for any private training sessions.**

Reactive Private lessons

Some dogs that display reactive behaviors may not be ready to enter a reactive class and would benefit from working one-on-one initially. For others, a class setting, even in the most controlled fashion, may not be suitable for them, so working individually will provide the best scenario for success. Because of this, we offer a specific private package for reactivity.

Reactive Private lessons are done at our facility. Hours are typically divided into 30-45-minute sessions, decided by the trainer, for the best results for your dog. 

Reactive Private Options

3 hours....................................................................$395

5 hours....................................................................$695

8 hours....................................................................$995

10 hours.....................................................................$1,250

Additional hour (1).................................................$150

Payment Policy: Payment must be made in full before an appointment can be scheduled. Once we receive your paperwork, we will contact you for payment. Once payment is received, a trainer will contact you within 72 hours to arrange your appointment.

Private Behavior Questionnaire: Click here to complete our fillable form. Please submit it to us via email, fax, or postal mail.

Private Training Price List

90 Minute Session (in-home OR DSU)..........................................  $175

Additional 60 Minute Session (in-home OR DSU) ... $125

1, 90-Minute Session + 2 – 60-Minute Sessions.............................$395

3, 1-Hour Sessions ...........................................................................$350

5, 1-Hour Sessions ...........................................................................$550

VIRTUAL 60-minute session.............................................................$125

VIRTUAL 90-minute session.............................................................$175

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