Train With Sara2022-08-09T16:00:10-04:00

Training With Sara

Sara offers both in-person and virtual canine behavior modification options. An initial Behavioral Discovery Session is required for all new clients, along with completion of the Canine Behavior Questionnaire.

The first step is to complete the Canine Questionnaire (~5 minutes). Once that is complete you’ll be prompted to schedule your Behavioral Discovery Session.

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Sara Ondrako with Husky Puppies

The Path To Behavioral Success

1. Canine Questionnaire

The Canine Questionnaire is the first step in changing your dog’s behavior. The questionnaire is designed to give Sara the information she needs for your Behavioral Discovery Session, and to help better understand your dog’s behaviors.

2. Behavioral Discovery Session

The Behavioral Discovery Session is a virtual session designed to help identify what may be causing your dog’s behavioral issues (environment, nutrition, stresses, relationships, etc…). This session is the basis for creating a Behavior Plan for addressing your dog’s behavioral issues.

3. Behavior Plan

If Sara recommends behavior modification, and you decide that she is the best person to help you with your dog’s behavioral issues, she will then create a Behavior Plan that will be the foundation of your behavior sessions (whether in-person, virtual, or hybrid sessions).

4. Behavior Sessions

A typical behavior modification case that Sara takes on is structured over an 8 week period, with one session per week with required homework in between sessions.

The Path To Behavioral Success

1. Canine Questionnaire

The Canine Questionnaire is the first step in changing your dog’s behavior. The questionnaire is designed to give Sara the information she needs for your Behavioral Discovery Session, and to help better understand your dog’s behaviors.

2. Behavioral Discovery Session

The Behavioral Discovery Session is a virtual session designed to help identify what may be causing your dog’s behavioral issues (environment, nutrition, stresses, relationships, etc…). This session is the basis for creating a Behavior Plan for addressing your dog’s behavioral issues.

3. Behavior Plan

If Sara recommends behavior modification, and you decide that she is the best person to help you with your dog’s behavioral issues, she will then create a Behavior Plan that will be the foundation of your behavior sessions (whether in-person, virtual, or hybrid sessions).

4. Behavior Sessions

A typical behavior modification case that Sara takes on is structured over an 8 week period, with one session per week with required homework in between sessions.

What is the Difference Between a Dog Trainer and a Behaviorist?

When trying to find the right dog professional to meet your needs, all of the titles thrown around can be confusing. Here is a rundown of the most common terms in behavior and training to help you understand the different, and sometimes overlapping services that these professionals provide.

Read The Article

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Behavioral Discovery Session and why do I need one?2022-08-02T17:23:55-04:00

The Behavioral Discovery Session is really important when it comes to understanding what may be causing the behavioral issues you’re facing with your dog. The process actually begins with the Canine Questionnaire so that Sara could gather information about your dog and look for underlying markers/signs.

  • 45 Minute Virtual Session
  • Behavioral Summary Email
  • 15 Minute Follow-Up Phone Call to Review Summary / Q&A

Customized Behavioral Summaries typically include general case information, objective and subject assessments, behavior recommendations, equipment recommendations, and related videos. If you decide to work with Sara on modifying your dog’s behavior she will then write a detailed Behavior Plan for your dog.

What type of behavior cases does Sara take on?2022-03-15T09:27:05-04:00

Sara works with all sorts of behavioral issues, everything from instilling good behaviors in puppies (to avoid future issues) to severe aggression cases. Many people contact her and have had success working with her on separation-related behavior issues, as well as aggression issues with their dog.

Is Sara a dog trainer?2022-03-15T09:28:55-04:00

This is often a confusing topic for pet parents. Sara wrote an article outlining all of the different titles (and what they mean) in an effort to help pet parents better understand the differences.  You can check out that article here:

What is the Difference Between a Dog Trainer and a Behaviorist?

The short answer is that you can think of dog trainers as those that focus on obedience (sit, down, stay) and canine behavior professionals as those that focus on why the animal is acting a certain way (and how to correct that behavior).

 

What comes after the Behavioral Discovery Session?2022-08-02T17:22:51-04:00

Once you’ve had a Behavioral Discovery Session with Sara she will send a summary via email. You can then schedule a 15-minute post-session phone call to review the summary and ask for any clarification on the topics covered (if needed).

If you decide that working with Sara is the best fit for your situation we will then schedule sessions for you and your dog on modifying behavioral issues.

Does Sara offer single training sessions for behavior modification?2022-03-15T09:41:12-04:00

No. Changing the behavior in a dog (and the human) takes time, and is not something that can be accomplished in a single session or two. When Sara takes on a behavioral case it is typically for 8-weeks. She has found that when you combine individual sessions with homework and consistency you can shape the behaviors you want to see over a two-month period.

Do you offer board & train?2022-03-15T09:42:10-04:00

Due to her current schedule, Sara is not offering a board and train service at this time.

Are virtual appointments any good?2022-03-15T09:43:10-04:00

Absolutely! Sara works with people (and their dogs) all over the country with great success. It’s amazing what can be done virtually to help improve your dog’s behavior.

Does Sara wear a mask?2022-03-15T09:45:24-04:00

Sara will not be wearing a mask when meeting for the first time. It is important for dogs to be able to read her facial expressions and wearing a mask impairs that from happening.

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