Recent Blog Posts
Mind Your Manners
Individualized training sessions in your home, built around your individual needs and schedule.
Basic Lesson Packages*:
7 Visits - $650
5 Visits - $500
3 Visits - $350
Single Lesson - $125
Basic Consultation - $100
Aggression Consultation - $175
*Mileage premium may apply for locations over 30 miles from me.
Structured training in a group environment. Available seasonally at Whistlestop Park in Byron Township, and 6 sessions a year offered at Chow Hound locations in Wyoming and Jenison. Register through the location you are interested in attending.
PUPPY OR DOG EVALUATION
Evaluate a potential dog for your family, whether from a shelter, rescue, or breeder. An evaluation of your family's needs will help determine the best personality traits to look for in a pup or rescue dog, and help find the dog that is the "right fit"!
$100 + travel
One-on-one session in your home. May be used to evaluate your needs, or discuss a specific issue and create a training plan for you to carry out on your own.
60 minutes - $100
Aggression consultation (dog has bite history). 90 minutes - $175
IS YOUR DOG FRIENDLY?
(DOG BITE PREVENTION)
Single session, 45 minutes to an hour, covering dog body language and appropriate ways to greet or interact with dogs. This is a great presentation for Girl Scout or Boy Scout Troops!
BOARD AND TRAIN
Customized board and train packages are available, and include a debriefing session to teach the owner what was worked on and how to continue the training in their own home. May be combined with private lesson packages to help the transition the new behaviors into the owner's home environment.
Cost begins at $100 per night, depending on requested skills trained. Recommended minimum stay of 3 weeks (21 days).
Thank you for your interest in Mind Your Manners! I am here to answer any questions you may have about your dog(s), and facilitate a healthy relationship between your dog and your family.
A little about me: I am a mother of a blended family of 8 (yes, you read that correctly). We have 3 boys and 3 girls - just call us the Brady Bunch! In addition to the gaggle of kids, I also have 4 dogs, 4 cats, and a rabbit - all rescues. In my spare time, I love to be active (hike, bike, run, etc.), and also have been known to paint as well as sing karaoke on occasion.
I grew up in a zoo. Seriously. My dad is a retired veterinarian, and my mother was a zookeeper. From a young age, I was fascinated by animal behavior, and I began studying it independently. I worked in the veterinary field for many years, giving me quite a background in animal health, and how it impacts behavior. I apprenticed under a local dog trainer, Kimm McDowell, at her little training center in Alger Heights. At the same time, I was training and showing confirmation (Beagles and Labradors). While I certainly appreciated the fervor of breed enthusiasts, I also felt that there was more to learn.
I began training for Paws With a Cause, a national nonprofit that trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities, in 2002. During my time at PAWS, I worked with well over 800 individual dogs, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Some dogs were specifically bred and raised for the job, and some were rescued from shelters across the country. I then worked with the client and dog together to help them toward certification. PAWS clients are people with disabilities, and many of the clients had never owned a dog before (much less a working dog)! Many of my clients couldn't physically hold a leash, or give a treat effectively. Some were unable to speak clearly, and needed to communicate through sign language. Others were unable to use their hands, and only had their voice to control their dog. Creativity and flexibility were necessary to help each individual team become successful!
My 10 years working exclusively with Assistance Dogs was invaluable in that I developed the three core beliefs that govern all my training:
1) Every dog is different.
2) Every client is different.
3) Every situation is different.
After leaving PAWS, I began Mind Your Manners. As a private trainer, I have worked with pet dogs as well as working dogs, both in group or individual settings. I also developed course curriculum for CATCH Trainer's Academy in New York. Currently, I teach group classes for local communities (for instance Byron Township Recreation Department), as well as teaching private lessons and consulting. I still operate from my core beliefs, and my goal is to help each individual person learn how to relate to their individual dog in a way that meets their individual lifestyle and environmental needs.
I look forward to meeting you and discussing YOUR individual needs!