In-Home Consultations

When most people think about getting a dog they imagine walking side by side in the park, sunny afternoons playing fetch in the yard and peaceful evenings curled up together on the couch. Very few imagine being pulled mercilessly down the street, non-stop barking and chewed up belongings. Unfortunately, you are often faced with a number of unexpected behavior problems that quickly eclipse the everyday pleasures that come with sharing your life with a dog.

Most of the time it’s just a simple matter of miscommunication, which can be easily fixed if we just learn to think more like a dog. Now I’m not saying we should start sniffing butts and try to lick those hard to reach places.

No, what we really need to do is to put aside our human way of thinking and try to get inside our dog’s head so we can truly understand why he does what he does. Once you learn to think like a dog and understand the reasons for his behaviors (both good and bad) you will be on your way to having a happy, well-balanced pooch.

A little annoying behavior exhibited by your dog now could very quickly turn into a major problem that could jeopardize your future together. Whether it’s jumping up when people come to the door or major separation anxiety, it’s worth addressing the issue and having a happier, well balanced dog, as well as a more peaceful life together.

I do sessions in the Montclair, New Jersey area.

The number one reason why people give up their dog is behavior problems.

How lucky we were to be referred to Fern! From the time our dog Eva was a puppy, Fern has helped to advise us on many behavioral situations and has been a great resource to us, both in class and out. Especially as a first-time dog owner, there is nothing like knowing that you are providing the best environment, experience and training for your dog’s and your happiness in the future. It shows in the many compliments we get on our dog’s disposition and good manners. Fern is a good listener, generous with his knowledge and uses a multi-faceted approach to training. He allows each owner to use their own judgment and comfort level in working with their dog, which we appreciated. We can’t say enough good things about our experience working with Fern.

Heidi and Michael Macalle

FernDog client

In-Home Consultation Options

Single Consultation

About 2 hours long  $245

Private consultations are typically done at your home where we fully analyze and discuss the issues you’re having with your dog. In addition to addressing the problem behaviors that prompted the meeting, I also look your dog’s overall behavior and interactions and then make suggestions on how you can better communicate and live better with your four-legged best friend. It’s a comprehensive session filled with lots of information and techniques to help specific concerns, as well as improve your entire life with your dog.

Multi Session Package

Sessions are about 2 hours long

For many issues multiple sessions are needed to follow up, troubleshoot and progress on behavioral problems. Dog training is all repetition and consistency and getting guidance while working on behavior challenges and/or learning new skills really amplifies results.

3 Session Package

$695 (save $40)

5 Session Package

$1,075 (save $150)

Happy Puppy Package

For pups 6 months of age or younger

3 Sessions: One 2 hour session followed by 2 one hour sessions  $495

During our initial session I’ll help you set up your home for your new arrival, tell you what to expect and give you guidance on house training, household rules, socialization with other dogs and children, as well as make recommendations on diet, toys and supplies. Then we use the next two sessions to troubleshoot any issues or difficulties you may be having as well as teach some basic obedience and household manners. If you invest the time and money in your dog when he is a puppy, the result will be a perfect adult dog that will pay you back tenfold in love each and every day.

Basic Obedience Package

4 weekly 45 minute sessions $495

We’ll come to your home and work with you and your dog to teach the foundational basic obedience skills like sit, down, stay and come. We’ll also cover some basics on structure and how to increase compliance of any skills you teach your dog. Each week you’ll learn a new skill or two, refresh what you’ve already learned and begin to work around some distractions. You’ll get homework after each session so that you and your dog have a plan to make progress as you go. 

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