My dog needs basic training. Do you offer that?

Yes! I offer everything from basic training to help with serious behavior issues. Not sure if your case is something I can help with? Contact me and ask!

My dog bit someone. Can you help?

Yes! I am a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and have expertise in dealing with fearful and aggressive behavior. Learn more about how I can help you here.

I am very busy and don't have time to train my dog. Is there hope?

Yes! A Day Training program may be the right fit for your case. Not sure how I can help? Contact me and ask!

What kind of methods do you use?

As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge & Skills Assessed and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, I have signed a pledge to follow Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) guidelines. In practice, that means I focus on teaching better behavior through positive reinforcement. Whatever kind of training program you choose, I will use treats, toys, and other reinforcers to help your dog learn to choose behaviors you like.

How much will it cost?

That depends. Some clients only need an Initial Consultation to get on the right track. Others need follow-up sessions. The Initial Consultation is $349 for in-person clients ($279 for online clients). Training after the Initial Consultation—both Coaching and Day Training—is $199 per session if sessions are purchased individually ($159 for online clients). You can also buy training in blocks of five sessions for $879 ($703 for online clients, and a savings of about $100 in both cases ) or ten sessions for $1499 (a savings of nearly $500, or $1199 for online clients—a savings of nearly $400).

How long will it take?

That depends. There are many factors that affect how fast training progresses. They include, among other things, how much effort you put in, how long the behavior has been happening, and how quickly the dog (or other pet) is able to learn new things. It’s hard to make predictions, but I can tell you this much: The more you are willing to put into the training, the better it will go.

Where do you work?

The Sophisticated Dog offers Online Training via video to clients all around the world. Wherever you are, as long as you have an internet connection, I can help!

My In-Person Training area is a lot more limited. The core area is between Barrington Drive and the Pacific Ocean, in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and Santa Monica north of the I-10 freeway. I also offer training during limited weekday hours in other areas, including Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Beverlywood, Cheviot Hills, Marina Del Rey, Malibu, Palms, Santa Monica south of the I-10 freeway, Westwood, and other nearby areas of West Los Angeles.

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