Every dog and cat is unique with a one-of-a-kind personality, and our private training services offer the personalized attention you can’t get from the box store or large chain trainers. 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.
How We Work
Step 1. Initial consultation (90 minutes)
Every training plan begins with an in-depth consult, where we discuss your goals, assess your pet, and choose the training plan that will work for you.
Step 2. Training plan design
The structure and type of training plan will be tailored for your individual dog or cat:
A. Private coaching
We lead you through the training, step-by-step. Our private coaching sessions are ideal for dogs and families with specific behavior issues and/or time constraints. Is your dog bursting out the door or chewing up the furniture? Is she dragging you down the street during ‘walks’? Over the Moon provides individualized, in-home behavior modification plans. We show you how to incorporate rewards-based training practices into your personal, daily routine. This will lead to your dog more quickly understanding the ‘rules’ of living under your roof.
B. Classes (Movin’ on Up)
Clients often start out with Laurie in private sessions, and then their dogs become candidates for working in highly-controlled, small-group settings with other dogs. This class’s main goal is to teach your dog to focus on you in gradually more distracting environments, always setting everyone up for success. Click here for more information about this and other classes.
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. We never use punitive tools, which can cause further behavioral issues and other complications.
Rewards-based training is endorsed by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), 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
- Young puppy socialization
- 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!