Every new client is required to bring their dog to Dog Days for a private evaluation before you may join an obedience class, work privately with a trainer or schedule your dog for our Board and Train program. This assessment gives us an opportunity to observe your dog, as well as allow us to define your goals, suggest training techniques, and ultimately help you to choose the best method of training for you and your dog. A standard evaluation for a new puppy or dog is an hour long process that Laurie will always personally handle. Evaluations concerning more serious behavioral issues or bite cases are more intensive and in-depth sessions that usually require 1-2 hours with Laurie. For both standard and behavioral evaluations Laurie will often incorporate additional dogs and staff members to create a variety of situations so she is able to best observe and understand the full range of your dog’s behavior.
Private evaluations typically lead to a “next step.” The most common path is for your dog to join an obedience class or our Board and Train program. If Laurie determines that your dog is not ready for either of those options, she can provide additional private training and further assessment. In “dog bite” cases, a court-ordered training program can be organized and completed through behavioral evaluations and additional private training. All scheduled Private Evaluations are a charged service with price determined by the nature of the evaluation. Our days are often extremely busy with a tight schedule to accommodate all of our clients for Private Evaluations, in addition to working with all of our Board and Train dogs. Your punctuality for all appointments is greatly appreciated, however there will be a $25 late fee for all appointments that arrive 15min or later without notice. Please Contact Us with any questions, and visit our How To Start page to schedule your evaluation now!