Consultations & Behavior Modification Programs
When faced with challenging behavior problems the path to satisfactory solutions can seen very long and confusing. You need an experienced guide—that is the role Leea will play as your behavior consultant. Leea respects the trust you place in her and your commitment to your dog or cat. You are entering a partnership, the goal of which is to help you choose and implement a training plan that produces the best possible outcome for you and your companion.
You will begin with a 1.5 hour consultation that includes:
• an initial phone or email discussion of your behavior needs.
• an in-person thorough history and dialog about your dog
(dog present for consultation) and the problems you encounter.
• observation and discussion of your dog and your handling skills.
• an explanation of the approach and steps needed to address the behavior challenge.
• a personalized education packet of handouts specific to your training needs.
• a written summary of your meeting and your initial training assignments.
• a written report to your veterinarian when necessary.
• email or phone access to Leea for questions before your next appointment.
After this initial consultation, individual working sessions or a 3 or 5-session package would continue to include behavior modification and training techniques for both you and your dog to support your learning and practice. In between sessions you can communicate with Leea as needed by phone or email to troubleshoot immediate problem areas until your next appointment. Your commitment to practicing the outlined techniques between sessions will greatly influence the success of the program.
Leea is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, and a Certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner II. She has worked hard to achieve these standings in the professional dog training community and continues to attend cutting edge trainings and seminars each year to keep her knowledge and expertise current. Leea will conduct all matters with you and your dog ethically, confidentially and using only techniques that are relationship-based and do no harm.
Frequently Requested Behavior Challenges Include:
- Fear related issues*
- Separation Distress
- Behavior concerns in your home
- Multi-dog competition or fighting
- Food or possession guarding
- Preparing a dog for a new baby
- Inappropriate elimination or marking indoors
- Noise and thunderstorm phobia
- Rude, bullying or out-of-control behavior
- Shyness, nervousness, anxiety
- Compulsive disorders
- Geriatric changes and needs
Behavior Consultations and Behavior Modification Training Programs are available year round by appointment primarily at Foranimals, Lenox, MA or your location when necessary.
- 1.5 Hour Consultation / $135
For less extensive behavior issues see Private Training—basic skill building, manners and common adolescent problems—for fees and services.
- One Hour Working Session / $90
3 Sessions Package / $255 or 5 Sessions Package / $425
Training equipment: for safety or ease of handling may be recommended or required. Purchase will be at the owners' expense and is not included in the above training fees.
Travel fees: If it is essential to work with you at a location other than Foranimals in Lenox, MA, travel fees will be assessed individually but the minimum travel fee will be $15 beyond the Lenox-Pittsfield area.
To schedule your consultation, contact Leea to discuss your dog's behavior challenges. You will then be sent a questionnaire to complete in preparation for your behavior consultation and behavior modification program along with information about what to bring to the session and the latest COVID guidelines.
* Please note: Leea will no longer be addressing extreme bite cases. If your dog has aggression issues and a history of seriously biting/injuring humans or dogs, please seek the help of a veterinary behaviorist.
Foranimals will work directly with you to impart contemporary animal behavior knowledge that best fits your needs. Successful companion animal programs depend on a combination of learned skills by both the pet and the owner. Behavior is not static; an animal will not continue to perform even trained behaviors without ongoing practice. Especially in cases involving any type of dog aggression, although behavior may be modified, the dog is never considered "cured." A pet's behavior is ultimately the owner's responsibility. Leea Foran will make every reasonable effort to outline the steps necessary for you to take in order to attain the goals you articulate but makes no guarantees of performance on the part of you or your companion animal as a result of providing professional animal behavior services.