Behavior Consulting Services
Is your dog exhibiting fear, aggression, reactivity or other problem behaviors? Are you and your family afraid of your dog or your dog's behavior in certain situations? Is your dog's problem behavior(s) creating stress for your family or strain on your relationships? These behaviors require a different type of training called Behavior Modification. This type of training often involves appropriate management, counter conditioning, desensitization, and creating new coping skills for your dog in their environment. We understand your stress, concern and frustration and are committed to helping you successfully change your dog's behavior choices!
How Does Behavior Modification Work?
The Initial Behavior Consult: You and your dog will come to our Studio for an assessment. This session will take an hour and in this session, one of our Certified Dog Behavior Counselors will meet with you, observe your dog, discuss your dog's behavior history, create an appropriate management plan and develop a Behavior Change Plan for you & your dog. Our objective is to affect change humanely, quickly and with respect for your family & dog's needs. We follow the current AVSAB recommendations regarding humane treatment of your dog and will never use force or pain while affecting behavior change.
Aggression does not cure Aggression!
Why Chose Us?
Behavior Modification is a specialized field. Using Applied Behavioral Analysis, our Behavior Consultants have advanced education in this field and have chosen to Certify through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants whose standards for certification include:
A minimum of three years and 500 hours experience in animal behavior consulting with client present is recommended for this level of membership. These hours are a guideline representative of the experience needed for successful completion of the application.
400 hours minimum of coursework, seminars and mentorship related to the Core Areas of Competency
Consulting Services at Nazareth are provided by Renee Hall, BS, CDBC, CPDT-KA, owner of Let's Speak Dog, Ltd. Her experience, committment to continuing education and effective results are a few of the reasons many of the local Veterinarians refer their behavior clients to her. Renee brings education and experience to her work, with an empathetic approach for your family and effective protocols for case resolution. Resumé
Consulting Services at Palmer are provided by Pamela Dennison, CDBC, author of 5 books, 2 time Maxwell award winner. Pam's experience with her own human aggressive dog Shadow, inspired her first book "Bringing Light to Shadow". Pam's compassionate and effective methods have inspired trainers around the world to learn her effective approach to Behavior Change! More about Pam: Positive Dogs
Let's Speak Dog Nazareth
Renée Hall, CDBC
Let's Speak Dog Palmer
Pam Dennison, CDBC
What About Costs?
We offer 2 options for Consulting Services:
Option 1: Pay per Session
Intial Consult $150 In-Studio Sessions $125/hr In-Home Sessions $160/hr (15 mile radius)
Option 2: Package Pricing
Basic Plus Elite
Initial BC Initial BC Initial BC
4 In Studio Privates 4 In Studio Privates 6 In Studio Privates
Personalized B-Mod Plan 2 In-home Privates 4 In-Home Privates
Dog Language Book Personalized B-Mod Plan Personalized B-Mod Plan
(Turid Rugas) Turid Rugas Book Turid Rugas Book Clicker/ Treat Pouch Click/Treat Pouch Clicker/Treat Pouch
Freedom Harness Freedom Harness
Save 10% Save 12% Save 15%
$590 $845 $1514
Other Behavior Problems
Many general behavior problems can be addressed in one or two sessions. All sessions include unlimited email/phone support.
Some Common Problems Include:
Some Reactive Behaviors
Leash lunging and pulling
Resource Guarding: Guarding of location, things or people
Fear of Strangers/Dogs
Some behavior problems often need follow up sessions or ongoing support.
Behaviors that are well practiced such as fencing running
Emotional issues related to phobia
We recommend the Balance Harness: You can purchase prior to our session below:
General Info & FAQ
We accept Aggression and Reactive Dog cases including guarding issues, territorial guarding, and bite cases involving humans and other animals. Aggression does not cure aggression! We are committed to dog friendly techniques based on the ABA model.
No shock, prong or other aversive tools will be used while we develop your individual Case Protocol.
Fear based issues are our specialty and we take these cases very seriously. Behavior modification is a process, and we have an intensive program to work through these cases.
1. There is no quick fix for aggression or reactivity.
2. Behavior Modification is a time intensive process and cannot be addressed in a single session.
3. General training issues will be addressed prior to working on the aggression issue. A strong relationship of trust must be established to be successful in modifying behavior
4. Cases involving bites to humans or other animals may require use of a muzzle.
5. We have a proven track record of success with these cases, but not guarantee we can 'fix' your dog, we can modify behavior, but we cannot change the genetic disposition of your dog.
6. There is no quick fix-suppressing behavior does not change how the dog feels about their fears and can create dangerous alternative behaviors.
7. Costs: We have package pricing and we offer Feisty Fido Class to help defray costs for dogs that need multiple sessions.