Dog Training Private Lessons


Positive reinforcement training for both of you!

I have spent more than a decade studying the relationship between a dog’s behavior and his/her environment. Working together during our dog training private lessons, we will identify the behavior concern, establish environmental root causes, and implement management strategies to prevent the concern from escalating.

From there, we will design a canine enrichment plan to ensure your dog's needs are being met and develop a customized training plan to teach you and your dog alternative behaviors.

With positive dog training private lessons, there is no need to punish the problematic behaviors. Instead, this proactive approach teaches your dog what behaviors you'd like to see instead. It's a fun, engaging process for everyone involved.     

Dog training private lessons from Paws & Reward are available in-person in Colorado, serving the Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, Erie, and Louisville areas.

The Positive Dog Training Process:

#1: Your Dog's Environment

  • Understanding your dog's behavior and their relationship to the world is the first step in dog training private lessons
  • Understanding what your dog is communicating with you and others

#2: Your Environment

  • Noticing how your thoughts and behavior impact your dog’s behavior and the training process
  • Developing realistic training and behavior expectations
  • Introducing The Six Connection Principles for success enhancing the human-canine bond

When we practice observing and shifting our thoughts and behavior patterns, our relationship has the possibility of including more connection. My Six Connection Principles is a framework that can be used in all relationships, especially the one between you and your dog.

Check out The Six Connection Principles

 #3: Behavior Change for Everyone

  • Implementing management strategies and positive reinforcement training techniques 
  • Achieving successful human and canine behavior change

#4: Enhancing Everything

  • Using the learned process during dog training private lessons to increase self-awareness and curiosity in all areas of your life

More than just dog training private lessons!

When we learn the why and how dogs respond to their environment, we become more aware of ourselves and our behavior. From that awareness, transformation is not just possible, it’s inevitable. This process is more than just dog training. It’s the pet parent and dog working together, learning from one another, and transforming simultaneously.

During our dog training private lessons, we’ll focus on my Six Connection Principles between you and your dog, noting how important they are to the overall training process. My hope is that you will utilize this process as a framework to navigate who you are in all relationships. 

Noelle & Finn

Marissa’s approach catalyzed a paradigm shift, challenging me to reconsider what it means to have a relationship with my dog. In talking with other pet parents, it seems like people think training is imparting a set of rules that the dog follows in order to make life easier for the pet parents. I used to think of my dog purely in the service of my own needs, which meant that when he misbehaved he was thwarting me, instead of recognizing him as his own being with his own needs and desires separate from mine. This mindset shift really helped me to view the relationship more as a dance and less as a dictatorship.”

Dog Training Private Lessons

Start with an Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, we will:

  • Discuss your dog’s behavior history.
  • Identify your training goals and their impact.  
  • Observe and discuss your dog’s body language and communication.
  • Discuss the dog behavior modification training process and how to incorporate The Six Connection Principles.
  • Implement enrichment, management and prevention solutions to provide immediate relief. 

Investment: $175.00, 1.5-2 hours

You'll receive a written, customized plan with additional resources emailed to you within 48 hours of the consultation.   

Package of 3 Sessions

In order to create lasting and successful behavior change, at least one package of dog training private lessons is a must. The package includes three training sessions (in-person or virtual depending on the situation). Behavior change is not a linear process, for both the dog AND the human. There are many variables that can affect the success of the training plan. Together, we explore the best strategies and solutions for you and your dog!   

During the training sessions, I will:

You'll receive a written, customized plan with additional resources emailed to you within 48 hours of each session. The package includes in-between session email support. If we need to connect via phone in between sessions: $80.00/hour.

Investment: $375.00 ($45.00 savings). All sessions are 1 hour. We can reassess at the end of the package to see how many additional sessions you need to meet your goals.  

Single sessions: $140.00 per session

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Tyler & K

I had the pleasure of working with Marissa when I was facing some difficulties with my German Shepherd, K. He was great in most contexts, but he would bark whenever someone new showed up at the house. Marissa helped me understand what was actually going on. She helped me understand how scary it was for him to suddenly have someone else in the house. Marissa showed me how to set up the environment for success, and showed me the training process in order to change his behavior. I love the big, fuzzy guy - and Marissa is the reason he's doing so well now. I can't recommend her enough.