DOG OBEDIENCE and more...
Our Services: Private Lessons: Comprehensive or Focused Obedience Program, Behavior Counseling, Puppy Head Start
Common Scents offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of our fellow dog owners. Two of our programs (see below), Puppy Head Start and Behavior Consultation, are one-session appointments designed to help solve specific dog (and puppy) behavior issues. Our other two programs, described here, are eight-week programs designed to help with basic obedience.
For those that want a more detailed course that includes in-depth discussions of more serious behavior issues, we offer a comprehensive eight-week program. This program will benefit the owner who wants a more in-depth understanding of dog behavior as well as both management and training strategies for bringing these problems under control.
For those who have a relatively friendly, well-socialized dog or puppy without serious behavior problems we offer a focused program that concentrates on the ‘what’ rather than the ‘why.’
Both programs are custom-designed according to the needs of each owner and their dog. Each program is eight weeks (sessions) in length and will work toward a mutually agreed upon goal. Our objective is meeting your objective! Feel free to call us to discuss which program might be right for you and your dog.
WEEK 1: Two-hour in-depth consultation
Handouts: Inclusive, covering all issues of dog behavior
WEEKS 2-8: In-depth discussions as needed Lesson handouts
LENGTH OF SESSIONS: Week 1 = 2+ hrs
Weeks 2-8 = 1 - 1.5 hrs
Program fee: $495.00
WEEK 1: Brief consultation
Begin week one obedience exercises
Handouts pertinent to your dog
WEEKS 2-8: Brief discussions of relevant issues
LENGTH OF SESSIONS: Week 1 = 1+ hrs
Weeks 2-8 = 45 min – 1 hr
Program fee: $395.00
Many dog behavior problems are a normal part of puppy development and can be routinely dealt with. Others, however, are of a more serious nature and require the skill of a professional to establish the underlying cause and develop an effective treatment program. The most common of these behaviors include aggression, fear, and separation anxiety. Dogs never "grow out of" these problems; left untreated, they are self reinforcing and will only become worse over time. Counseling clients on dog aggression is a specialty at Common Scents.
Treating dog aggression requires expert help. Our Director, Steve Robinson, has over 25 years of experience working with police departments and civilians in learning to both train and control dog aggression. This in-depth understanding of aggressive behavior also gives him a unique understanding of how to manage and suppress it.
Steve will meet with you and your dog to both evaluate the
problem and recommend a course of remedial action.
This recommendation involves behavior modification, and
changing the way in which the dog perceives and interacts with
its surroundings. It also involves modifying the way in which the
family interacts with the dog, and development of a more structured
approach to controlling the undesirable behavior.
You will be asked to fill out a detailed questionnaire and pet profile which will provide us with some background information about your dog, his or her relationship with your family, and the nature of the problem. We then will meet with you and your dog to establish the underlying cause of the problem and a plan of action for you to follow. For most owners, a 2 hour session will be sufficient to give you insight into the problem as well as specific recommendations for resolution. We will, however, continue to work with you at your request, until you are satisfied the problem is under control.
Program fee: $175.00
PUPPY HEAD START
Certain elements of bringing up a puppy are universal. These include:
Meeting the pup's physical and psychological needs
Building a bond
Socializing the puppy
Building self confidence
Teaching manners (jumping, nipping, puppy biting)
Developing the pup's ability to interact with people and other dogs
Building responsiveness to the desires/needs of its owner
The Common Scents Head Start Consultation is one individual session which includes an evaluation of your new pup a discussion of its needs, and recommendations for giving your puppy the best possible start.
It has been designed for dog owners who wish to "get off on the right foot" in raising a happy, healthy, well-adjusted pet. We will also help you deal with common puppy "problems" such as housebreaking, chewing, nipping, and puppy biting. While many of your pup's physical and psychological attributes will be affected by its genetic background, you, as the pup's owner, will be able to play a large role in molding these attributes by exercising control over your puppy's early experiences, its surroundings, its training, and its relationship with people and other animals.
Because no two puppies or situations are ever exactly alike, Common Scents does not believe in canned programs. We work with our clients to develop a program and routine that best serves their needs and the needs of their dog.
Program fee: $75.00
You will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire which will provide us with some background information about your puppy, and his or her relationship with your family. We then schedule a one hour meeting with you and your puppy to evaluate, first hand, its personality, reactions, and patterns of behavior, as well as the lifestyle of your family and how to best realize your goals for the puppy.
All information provided to Common Scents regarding owners is strictly confidential. None of this information will be released to any source without express permission of the owner.
Serving the counties of Northern Kentucky: Grant, Boone, Owen, Gallatin, Pendleton, Kenton, Campbell, Scott, Harrison, Bracken. Plus the Greater Cincinnati and Indiana Tri-State area.