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 Private Training 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, I text you a link to my behavioral intake form (the links are also at the bottom of this page) and we get you enrolled in the perfect program for you and your pet.
Step 2. Initial One-on-One 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 one hour session we will discuss your answers to the intake questionaire, and we will assess your pet’s behaviors, living spaces and interactions with others. Further we will get started right away with making changes 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 provided some skills to help you continue what we’ve started.
The fee for the one-hour assessment and training plan advice is $100, but if you choose to enroll in any other of Over the Moon’s training services, the price of this assessment will be included for no extra charge.
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:
Relaxing Rover Private Club
For most dogs who need help with specific behavioral issues, Over the Moon recommends our Relaxing Rover Private Club Membership. This program 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, and more.
This exclusive program includes the following:
- Two 30-minute, one-one-one sessions each week for 4 weeks with a certified dog trainer addressing your dog’s specific behaviors, OR one 60-minute on-location session per week (to be determined as skills and social distancing progress)
- Attendance at any (or all 3!) of the 40-minute live-online Family Dog classes Over the Moon provides each week (optional, but recommended)
- Access to the video recordings of all sessions you attend (Youtube link) for later reference
- Access to the Over the Moon Facebook Group
- Small, in-person group classes (skill dependent)
- Other occasional workshops (both online and in person) addressing specific dog ownership challenges and fun activities
The regular price for the Relaxing Rover Private Club is $425/month. A discounted rate for first responders, veterans and educators is available.
Board and Train
Let Over the Moon do the training for you! In some circumstances we may recommend our exclusive board and train program. These dogs become special guests in LaurieAnn’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 a solid foundation of 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 training with you and your family to help teach everyone how to maintain your dog’s good behaviors.
Regular Price for Board and Train is $1,000 for 7 days. A discounted rate for Veterans, First-Responders and Educators is available. Call/Text or Contact us for more information and to get started.
Some dogs benefit from 30-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. Prices for this service are dependent on travel distances and start at $25/walk.
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!