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Build a better relationship with your canine companion.

By Appointment Only
Dogs of all breeds & circumstance welcome
Scappoose Dog Ranch
$125/hour

 

Are private handling sessions for us?

We like to say that if you have a canine companion, the answer is most likely, yes.

While group workshops are an extremely valuable tool for learning, some dogs may require more personalized attention in an intimate and less-distracting learning environment. 

Your dog may benefit from 1-on-1 Training if he or she exhibits the following behaviors: 

  • Aggression towards humans or dogs
  • Signs of stress such as whining, barking, shaking or chewing
  • "Bolting" or unwillingness to listen off-leash
  • Pulling on-leash
  • Consistent timid or awkward social displays (e.g. showing shackles, tail-tucking, cowering or ignoring cues from other dogs to "leave me alone") 

 

Curriculum

Our 1-on-1 training sessions will include the same on-leash exercises as our workshop students and Pack members; however, our progression speed and strategies will be specific to your canine's current abilities and comfort level. Training will progressively increase in difficulty as comfort and trust is seen in both the handler and in the dog.

Ideally, we will complete each exercise with a nose band (also known as a 'figure 8') leash, which we will provide for you. If you or your dog is not comfortable with a nose band, we will move to a simple "slip lead" until comfort and trust is gained.

The use of a nose band adds a layer of control and "feel" which helps garner ease through the exercises. It's similar to the way we use halters when riding horses. While the nose band is ideal and something we always work to incorporate, it is not a necessity in our method and using a "slip lead" in its place won't hinder progress.

 

Location

All training will take place on our Dog Ranch in Scappoose, Oregon. You can find us on Google Maps or by using our address is below:

52200 E. Honeyman Rd.
Scappoose, OR 97056

 

 

 

Expectations

Consistency necessary for improvement and growth, and we expect all students to take lessons home with them for continued practice.

We, as humans, are our dog's only guide in this life. While they will be learning how to take direction from us, we must remember that we are also learning how to give direction. 

Patience, neutral energy, and humility are key aspects of our practice as trainers and guides.   

 

Payment Schedule

Once we complete a meet-and-greet and approve your schedule, we'll ask that you complete a non-refundable deposit of $125 in order to book your sessions. 

The remaining balance will be due one week prior to your session dates.

 

Additional Humans

While we ask that the handler remain consistent for the duration of our training, we understand that multiple people in your household may want the opportunity to learn with your dog.

Family our household members may observe at an additional cost of $25 per hour. You'll be able to add this option upon completion of your final payment.

 

Cancellation Policy

Your training reservation will be finalized once your deposit (agreed upon after our meet-and-greet) is paid. This deposit is non-refundable. The remaining cost of your training will be due one week prior to each training date.

If you wish to cancel your session(s) and receive a refund of your payment, you must notify us via email at studentofthedog@ortails.com one week prior to the start date of your session. Please include your full name and session dates in the email.

Cancellation requests with less than one week of notice before the session date will not be refunded. Please email us if there are special circumstances such as a medical emergency.

 

Questions?

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