Over the Moon now provides private training sessions virtually!
Being stuck at home has changed everyone’s routines, including your pets’, and your entire family may be experiencing behavioral issues. Over the Moon can help you find places in your routine where you can work in some enrichment time for you and your pet – activities that can help stave off those behaviors like inappropriate chewing and incessant barking that can stem from boredom and a lack of direction.
We provide training that is enjoyable for everyone, making games out of basic good manners and creating life-long bonds between you and your dog. Further, our training philosophy and methods are respectful enough to be used on other species besides dogs and cats (especially spouses and teenagers).
Every dog and cat is unique with a one-of-a-kind personality, and our virtual private training sessions offer the personalized attention you can’t get from the box store or public training operations. We tailor our training to your needs and your pet, using only humane, effective methods backed by science.
Is your dog a gentleman at home but a beast in public? Is your puppy chewing everything in sight? Is your resident cat unhappy with a new addition to the family? We can help with these and other situations.
At Over the Moon we believe that the best, most effective training results happen when the clients and their pets are least distracted and most able to focus on the learning experience. We also know that smaller successes build to larger successes and as your team improves, we add personalized challenges that we know you can overcome.
The Over the Moon Experience
Step 1. Determine Your Needs
Our first step together is a complementary 15-minute phone conversation where you tell me about your dog, the troubles you’re having, and your goals for your dog’s training. For some people I refer out to other trainers who focus on types of training I don’t offer (for instance, I currently don’t train service dogs). Whether I refer you to someone else or explain how I can help you, I almost always give some quick tips that offer improvements immediately, or at least some better management of the problem until we have a chance to meet. At the end of that conversation, if we decide to schedule an appointment, I text you a link to my behavioral intake form (the links are also at the bottom of this page) and the link to my virtual meeting account.
Step 2. Initial In-Person Consultation
Due to social distancing, and trying to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, our first visit together occurs virtually, using a webcam (usually folks use their phones), and with as many family members (including other pets)in attendance as necessary. During this 90 minute session we will discuss your answers to the intake questionaire, and I will assess your pet’s behaviors, living spaces and interactions with others. We will get started addressing your training goals, and I will give you pointers that will help you see a marked improvement in your pet’s behavior right away.
By the end of our first session together, we will have devised a continuing training plan and you will have some skills to help you continue what we’ve started.
Typical Training Plans
Because Over the Moon Training is individualized to you and your pet’s lifestyle, our training plans are also tailored to fit you and your pet’s needs. At the end of our first session together we might recommend one or more of the following:
Continued Private, Virtual Coaching
Private virtual training works well for pets who have behavioral issues: Separation anxiety, Inappropriate marking, scratching and chewing, reactivity to strangers (both dogs and people), inter-family conflicts (dog-dog or dog-cat or cat-cat, etc.), biting, resource guarding, escaping, jumping on people, incessant barking.
Private, In-Person Coaching
[Due to COVID-19, Over the Moon is only providing in-person training in select cases where training sessions can safely be set up outside, but you’d be surprised but what we can accomplish in a virtual appointment!]
We lead you through the training, step-by-step. Our private coaching sessions are ideal for families with specific behavior issues and/or time constraints. Is your dog bursting out the door or chewing up the furniture when you leave? Is your kitty attacking people or urinating on your bed? Over the Moon provides individualized, in-home behavior modification plans. We show you how to incorporate rewards-based training practices into your daily routine, so that your pet learns to behave by the ‘rules’ of living under your roof.
Board and Train
Let Over the Moon do the training for you! In some circumstances we might recommend our exclusive board and train program. These dogs become special guests in Laurie’s home, one dog at a time, learning all the great behaviors you want your dog to display, while also breaking away from bad habits. Because of the individualized approach we take with every dog, this program is perfect whether you are looking to teach your new dog good manners and obedience, or if you are dealing with more serious issues like reactivity, hyper-activity or anxiety. Plus, after your dog comes home to you, Over the Moon provides an additional private consultation with you and your family to help teach everyone how to maintain your dog’s good behaviors.
Some dogs benefit from 20-minute walking/training sessions where we practice your dog’s skills out in the real world, so to speak. These walks are great for young, high-energy, and/or reactive dogs.
We use rewards-based training, backed by the most current animal behavioral science. Because we continuously study animal behavior and motivations, we are more adept at using natural rewards (treats, toys, praise, petting) to get the fastest training results. So far, we haven’t encountered a training situation necessitating the use of punitive tools, which can further exacerbate behavioral issues and cause other complications.
Rewards-based training is endorsed by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, humane societies nationwide, and countless expert dog trainers and behaviorists.
Get Help With
- Dog reactivity
- Resource guarding
- Jumping, barking, chewing
- Cat litter box issues
- Cat aggressive/inappropriate behaviors
- Pre-adoption counseling
- Introducing cats and dogs
- And more
A Tip From Laurie
Play Hide-and-Seek with pieces of your dog’s food. Start by ‘hiding’ it in plain site, and gradually advance to making him find it under under blankets, etc. This is a great thinking exercise for your dog!