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DOG OBEDIENCE and more...

Our Private Lesson Services: 

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, Puppy Head Start and Behavior Consultation, are one-session appointments designed to help solve specific dog (and puppy) behavior issues.


Our Dog Obedience program is an eight-week program designed to help with basic obedience.  


At Common Scents, our approach to training is to immerse both dog and handler in a series of 8 weekly private lessons that are tailored to the specific needs of each individual dog and owner. Group classes, while effective for some, are very general in nature, and most often do not address the needs of each individual dog and owner. Our approach addresses this insufficiency. 


Your first session will consist of a two-hour in-depth discussion of your dog's issues and your objectives. Notes and detailed handouts will be provided to help explain and clarify our recommendations. The balance of your sessions will consist of weekly meetings where we will review your program and build additional skills toward your goals. Detailed handouts will be provided to support each week's lessons. 

There is maximum flexibility in the scheduling of lessons. A personal written lesson plan is given to the client each week to help maximize progress toward program goals. 

Program fee:  $450.00

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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 both family dogs and police K9s learning to control

dog aggression. This in-depth understanding of aggressive

behavior 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 modifying your dog's behavior and changing the way in which your dog perceives and interacts with its surroundings. It also involves modifying the way in which the family interacts with the dog, developing 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

dog behavior counseling

Certain elements of bringing up a puppy are universal.

These include: 

  • Meeting the pup's physical and psychological needs
  • Housebreaking
  • 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 1 to 1 1/2 hour session that includes an evaluation of your new pup, a discussion of their 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 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.


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.

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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.