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New Dog Training Classes Available!

        Beyond Basics-Level 2 Starts July 6th @715pm

        Combo Puppy/Beginner Class Starts June 15 @6pm

          All Group classes located at the Canyon Pet Lodge in Puyallup! 

         Scroll down to find out more about our group classes and contact to sign your dog up!

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Teaching people how to communicate effectively with their dogs to create positive results and a lasting bond.

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Sunrise Living Magazine's Featured Dog Trainer and Dog columnist! 

Nominated by the Sunrise & Puyallup community as your go to Dog Trainer & Behavior consultant!

Upcoming Classes

Puppy/Beginner Combo-Level 1 
Friday May 10th @ 6pm (Meridian Habitat)
Beyond Basics - Level 2
Thursday May 23rd @ 7pm 
Real World - Level 3
Thursday May 2nd @ 6pm

About Me

ABOUT ME

Ariana Roberson VSA-CDT, CBCC-KA

 I have been working with people and their dogs for over 11 years now. I am a certified dog trainer as well as a behavior consultant. I work with dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds and backgrounds from basic obedience to advanced obedience and specialize in behavior modification.

 

I am extremely passionate about working with clients who have dogs that display behavioral issues such as anxiety and fear as well as severe reactivity and or aggression. As someone who works with dogs like this frequently, I have seen huge success using science-based and modern-based methods that implement positive reinforcement in a way that goes straight to the root of the behavior and aims to change the way the dog feels rather then just suppressing the behavior alone. As a trainer and Canine Educator I want to make sure my clients aren’t limited in their approach to training and working with their dog, however everything I do is always going to be backed by science and canine psychology and will aim to help clients implement the least intrusive and minimally aversive methods when working with these types of dogs.

 

whether you are looking for obedience or looking to modify behavior, each dog I work with is unique and different and may require different techniques and tools to help the dog and client succeed while also creating and fostering a healthy, trusting, respectful relationship. I strive to give clients the best means of communication for aiding in behavior changes and for creating a relationship with their dog that is based on mutual respect and trust. You will learn to be a good leader for your dog and you will also learn how to implement proper structure, rules, and boundaries for your dog that set them up for success! I strive to help my clients communicate and understand their dogs at the deepest capacity and help them execute the changes and the behaviors they would like to see that benefits both the client and the dog.  

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 Expertise

I Train dogs of all sizes, breeds, ages and behaviors. I am an expert in addressing:

  • Basic, Beyond basics, & Advanced Obedience (Including CGC)

  • Behavior Modification

  • Puppy Development 

  • Rescue & Senior Dog training & Rehabilitation 

  • Recall/Coming when called

  • Off-Leash Reliability 

  • Loose-Leash Walking

  • Heeling 

  • Potty & Crate Training 

  • Doorway Manners/Greetings

  • All Nuisance behaviors like jumping, barking, leash pulling, counter surfing, stealing, digging, chewing, mouthing, marking, etc. Anxiety as well as separation anxiety

  • Fear & Avoidance 

  • Fear-based aggression

  • human & dog aggression 

  • Reactivity related aggression 

  • Vet & Groomer aggression

  • Nail trim/object aggression

  • Resource guarding

  • Possession aggression 

  • PTSD related aggression 

  • Phobias & Superstitions 

  • Dogs with sensory impairments (blind, deaf, blind & deaf)

  • and more!

Services

Group Classes

All group classes are located at outdoor parks/Hardware stores around the Puyallup/South hill area and will use these locations indoor/outdoor spaces to create a unique training experience. They will run once a week for an hour for 6 weeks. 

Puppy (10 Wk-5 Months)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

In this course we will cover all of the puppy basics from potty training, puppy biting, chewing, & socialization to laying the foundation in basic obedience and manners. Covering things such as sit, down, wait, recall, leash walking, leave it, and more!

$200

Beginner (5 months-Older)                                                                                                       

$200

This course is great for dogs with no previous training and will help lay the foundation for basic obedience and manners as well as help you break bad habits that may have started. Covering things such as socialization, sit, down, wait, recall, leash walking, leave it and more!

Beyond Basics (Level 2)                                                                                                          

$200

In this course we will build off of behaviors from our puppy/beginner and start working on proofing and reliability of those behaviors as well as working on more advanced behaviors such as heeling, place, and stay. Get ready to add distractions to everything!

Real World (Level 3)                                                                                                                 

$250

In This Course students and their dogs put their skills to the test in lots of real world situations and work towards preparing for Canine Good Citizen. The class is unique in that it involves meeting at different places outside of the classes normal location such as public parks, Trails, Hardware stores, Etc.. to really give students and their dogs a real world experience of training instead of just a classroom experience (Prerequisite: Beyond Basics (Level 2) or similar skill set)

April Deals

In home (Basic Obedience)

4-Pack: SAVE $80 

Total is $480, normally $560

6-Pack: SAVE $100

Total is $710, normally $810

In Home ( Behavior Modification)

4-Pack: SAVE $80

Total is $600, normally $680

6-Pack: SAVE $100

Total is $890, normally $990

In-Home Privates (Obedience)

All in homes start in the clients home with a consultation. This consultation is time spent getting to know you, your dog, your dogs history, training goals, issues you'd like to solve etc.. We then come up with an enrichment plan, management plan, and training plan that helps you and your dog progress towards those goals.

1-Hour Consultation/Session                                                                                   

$200

Hourly Training and Consultations are available, however its highly recommended that you invest in a training program/package of sessions. A one hour session rarely commits you to the amount of help and training you and your dog truly need. However if you are in need of training or want to see if we may be a good fit for you, this may be a good option to start with.

4-Pack Training Package 
(4-1 Hour Sessions)

$560

Our first session will start with a consultation and lesson dedicated to educating you, the owner. During this lesson you will gain knowledge and tools that will set you up for short and long term success. Then we start getting to work on teaching behaviors we want and progressing towards your training goals. This is a highly recommended package for anyone wanting to get started with obedience and or teach/address any issues listed on our expertise list not related to behavior modification. (Additional Dog Cost: $150 Per Dog) *Save $240 Compared to cost per hour

$810

6-Pack Training Package
( 6-1 Hour Sessions)                                                                                     

This is very Similar to our 4-Pack Training Package, however the 2 extra lessons can help with teaching more behaviors or extra hands on support implementing the training with your dog. Our first session will start with a consultation and lesson dedicated to educating you, the owner. During this lesson you will gain knowledge and tools that will set you up for short and long term success. Then we start getting to work on teaching behaviors we want and progressing towards your training goals. This is a highly recommended package for anyone wanting to get started with obedience and or teach/address any issues listed on our expertise list not related to behavior modification. Also recommended for teaching extra behaviors, owners in need of extra support, or Multi dog households in need of additional lessons. (Additional Dog Cost: $150 per Dog) *Save $390 Compared to cost per hour

In Home Privates (Behavior Modification)

Behavior modification is used if a dog has reactive, fear based, anxious, and even sometimes aggressive behaviors towards other dogs or people. These types of behaviors require much more help then basic obedience and will require modification methods and even management to see a change in behavior or even a decrease. These sessions will start in the home with a consultation that will help me determine what the cause of the behavior is and how we will implement an enrichment, management and behavior modification plan.

1-Hour Consultation/Session                                                                                          

$250

Recommended for anyone who is unsure of dogs behavior and would like to get started with assessing the behavior and its severity. It is usually always recommended that you do more then one session when working on behavior modification, as it is a complex issue that requires much work, consistency, understanding and patience. However this is a good start if you are wanting to assess and see what your options are.

4-Pack Training Package   
(4-1 Hour Sessions)                                                                                   

$680

Our first session will start with a consultation and lesson educating you, the owner. During this lesson you will gain knowledge and tools needed to work with your reactive/aggressive dog to set them up for long term success. Recommended for everyone wanting to start behavior modification with their dog. This will give you the knowledge and tools you need to start working with your dog on his/her reactivity, aggression, or anxiety on your own. (Additional Dog Cost: $200 Per Dog) *Save $320 Compared to cost per hour

6-Pack Training Package 
(6-1 Hour Sessions)                                                                                    

$990

Similar to the 4-Pack Training Package our first session will start with a consultation and lesson educating you, the owner. During this lesson you will gain knowledge and tools needed to work with your reactive/aggressive dog to set them up for long term success. Recommended for anyone wanting to start behavior modification with their dog that feels they could benefit from longer help and support. This will give you the knowledge and tools you'll need to start working with your dog on his/her reactivity, aggression, or anxiety on your own but with extra hands on support and more repetition, which may be needed depending on the severity of your dogs reactivity/aggression. (Additional Dog Cost: $200 Per Dog) *Save $510 Compared to cost per hour

There are travel fees that do apply depending on your location. I do serve the Puyallup area mostly but am able to travel to surrounding areas as well such as but not limited to: South hill, Graham, Eatonville, Roy, Tacoma, Lakewood, Spanaway, Parkland, Federal way, Edgewood, Sumner, Bonney lake, Buckley, Auburn, Kent, Renton, Maple valley and many more. 5-22 min travel is free; 22-30 min travel is $5 per session; 31-35 min is $7 per session; 36-40 min is $10 per session. Anything over 40 minutes may be considered with a higher travel fee.

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Ariana is fantastic!! We were having some major resource guarding/behavioral issues between our two puppies, and over the course of 4 sessions we made SUCH significant progress. She throughly listened to the issues to create a plan for our specific needs. She taught us skills and methods to help us with their issues and we are now able to manage and prevent the issues. The results have been wonderful, more than I can express completely in a review. She’s amazing!

Ana B. & Elsa, Norman

Questions-and-Answers

Previous Clients: Do keep in mind, if you have done previous training with me or have purchased previous training packages, you may not need to pay the higher 1-hour consult/session price. Previous clients who have already committed to their dogs training with me as their instructor sometimes only need 1-2 new in home sessions, or 1-2 follow up sessions depending on what they are needing/wanting to address. You may be able to receive a discounted price on the 1-hour sessions instead of purchasing a package. 

 

Payment: The cost of your training class or training package is due in full prior to your first lesson. Training packages help clients save money over hourly rates which is $200 for Regular in homes and $250 for behavior modification. I do offer payment plans if needed to accommodate clients financially, please let me know if you'd like to go this route. I can accept payments via cash, check, or electronic payment methods using zelle, venmo, or paypal. 

Length Of Training: Training is most effective when done on a consistent basis. When purchasing a package of sessions, I do try try and schedule our training sessions once a week. The times and days of these sessions may differ depending on my and your availability. However, if purchasing a 4-Pack of any kind, sessions should be completed within 6 weeks of purchase and if purchasing a 6-pack of any kind, sessions should be completed within 8 weeks of purchase. Its understandable that things come up and cancellations/reschedules need to be made due to sickness or emergencies, I can also accommodate for vacations/getaways. However, it is extremely hard to accommodate clients who do not finish their sessions within the time frames listed above, because of new clients coming in. When clients "take time off" or cancel sessions, the extension of time they are involved in training causes financial hardship for my business, as new clients have to wait. I ask that you stay committed to your training sessions the same way I am committed to aiding you and your dog through these sessions. 

Your training will be considered completed at the end of the allowable time period for your training package, if you wish to extend, you will need to pay for that extension of training. If I myself have to cancel a session for any reason, or cant get you in on a weekly basis due to my availability and scheduling, the time allowed to complete your training packages will be extended by one week. 

Cancellation Policy: Please allow me 48 hours notice if you need to cancel/reschedule a session as this allows me time to fill it. Please do not cancel your session in less then 12 hours, in order for my business to be successful I need to ensure my time is profitable and well spent. I thank you in advanced for your considerateness and good will.

Refund Policy: All Sales Are Final; I Do Not Issue Refunds.

Should a confirmable injury, illness, or bona fide emergency occur to you, you're pet, or you're family member that requires a short or long delay in training; I am happy to resume when you're ready.

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509-480-2065

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