Private Courses & Training

Why is Private Training necessary?

Dog problems are usually categorised as either obedience issues or behavioural issues. Most obedience issues can be remedied in group classes. Group class curriculums are designed to be very general in nature in order to provide cost effective training. Generally, the topics covered are general obedience and problem prevention.  Behavioural issues are very different to obedience issues and are often very individualised and require the assistance of a suitably trained and qualified behavioural trainer to diagnose and then implement a behavioural modification plan. This requires Private tuition.

What are Behavioural Issues?

Below is a list of common behavioural issues, please bear in mind that this list is not necessarily exhaustive: Private Dog Training by Urban Dog Training

  •   Barking
  •   Aggression
  •   Separation Anxiety
  •   Fears and Phobias
  •   Adult House Soiling
  •   Escaping
  •   Resource Guarding
  •   Sibling Rivalry
  •   Shyness/Under Socialisation
  •   Submissive Urination
  •   Reactivity
  •   Hyperactivity
  •   Handling Issues
  •   Leash Aggression

Training should be fun for both you and your dog so Urban Dog Training uses only Positive Reinforcement Methods. Reward based training is an effective and easy to follow technique based on the sound scientific principles of learning theory. Your dog will learn in a positive, nurturing environment.

How Does Private Training Work?

Urban Dog Training can provide tuition in the following ways:

1. Coaching

Weekly one hour sessions where your trainer teaches you how to perform the behavioural modification and provides you with homework to carry out for the following week.

Coaching is ideal for:

  • Housetraining issues
  • Separation anxiety
  • Fear aggression or extreme shyness (where the dog is too fearful to work with the trainer)
  • Issues that require high levels of management such as chewing, escaping, digging, barking, counter-surfing etc

Coaching is the cheapest form of private training but unfortunately has the lowest success rate due the commitment required of you. It takes a great deal of time and skill for an inexperienced person to modify a dog behavioural issue and experience tells us that compliance to programs wanes significantly after the first couple of weeks. Progress is often very slow with coaching.

2. Day Training

Your trainer trains your dog in your own home then teaches you the necessary skills to maintain the training in the long-term. Day training is usually 3-5 sessions per week with a weekly transfer session with you where your trainer demonstrates progress made and advises the implementation any necessary management techniques.

Day training is ideal for:

  • Most behavioural issues
  • General obedience
  • Puppy training

Day training is a very effective form of training that produces excellent and fast results. You are not required to be present except for the weekly transfer sessions. The level of commitment required from you is minimal.

3. 'In Home' Board & Training

Your dog stays with your trainer in their home for 1-4 weeks and the training/behavioural modification plan is implemented. Once the training is complete a number of client transfer sessions are scheduled to ensure your success in the long-term.

'In Home' Board and Training is ideal for:

  • Most behavioural issues
  • General obedience
  • Cases where repeated ‘training' attempts have resulted in failure

Board and train is the most effective form of training but is also the most expensive, especially since your dog will not be kenneled and will live indoors and spend almost 24 hours a day with the trainer while undergoing training. Since we have our own dogs and their safety is our priority, most aggressive dogs will not be considered for board and train.

How much will it cost?

That depends on the severity of your dog’s issues and whether you choose Coaching, Day Training or Board and Train. Once your dog’s issues are diagnosed at an initial consultation your trainer will determine the length and cost of the program. Coaching generally costs $300 per hour if you come to us, or $350.00 per hour if we are required to travel to you. Day Training generally costs around $350.00 per hour. Board and train can vary depending on the issues involved but usually costs around $375.00 per day

How do I get started?

Contact us to make an appointment for an initial consultation. Generally this is a two-hour consultation where a full history is taken, the behaviour is observed (where possible, we do not need observe aggression), and your dog’s issues diagnosed and management techniques are discussed. You will be required to complete a full behavioural profile/questionnaire beforehand. This consultation costs $700.00. An individualized training report is provided within 7-10 days after your consultation. This report includes the history of the issue/s, training goals, areas of concern, management techniques, prognosis, training instructions and suggested plan for moving forward.

  • Option 1 - 1 - 2 hour consultation with a written report
  • Option 2 - 1 - 2 hour consultation with a follow up 1 hour consultation (most popular) 

Methods of payment

Urban Dog training accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Cash
  • Credit Card or EFTPOS
  • Internet Transfer/Direct Deposit
    Payment must be made at the time of consultation and a receipt provided
    Our banking details are as follows:
    Urban Dog Training
    BSB: 064 179
    Account No: 10190169

To make an appointment contact Urban Dog Training via email or telephone.

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