Happy Tails Group Dog Walks: this is a free training service that is available to the public. These walks are held in different locations from Long Beach to Knappa to Cannon Beach to work on social skills, walking skills, and environmental desensitization. These walks are hosted every other week on a rotating morning/afternoon weekday/weekend schedule. Some locations have a $5 parking fee.
Therapy Dog Classes: this is a free training service that is available to the public with an important note that dogs MUST be reasonably well behaved on leash around dogs, people, and unusual distractions. These classes are sponsored through the Angels on a Leash via Providence Seaside, and Columbia Memorial Hospital. You must contact Cati prior to attending if you are not already part of a registered Therapy team so she can help determine if this is an appropriate class for you.
Private training: learn how to work with your dog in the calm of an empty facility. We can address common missing exposure like children as well as practicing in a highly distracting environment when necessary. Reactive and Aggressive dogs must attend private training and will not be allowed in group classes until such a time as determined the dog is safe for a group environment. A non-refundable deposit must be paid to reserve a slot with trainer.
Cost break down for private lessons- $40 per lesson in my home in Astoria (no reactive or aggressive dogs allowed) $60 per lesson within 30 minutes of Astoria, $80 per lesson within 30-60 minutes of Astoria. Deposit of $60 required to book ($40 for my home.)
I will consider going outside of a 60 minute range on a case by case basis, but will charge $100 for 60-90 minutes of travel and $120 per lesson for 90- 120 minutes of travel and must limit it to when I will be travelling in that direction (i.e. I will not drive to Tillamook if I am scheduling appointments in WA and vice versa on that day.) Deposit of $60 required to book.
Group classes: are also available. For a comprehensive list of group classes offered see the class catalog.
Cost break down $100 for 4 week classes, $125 for 5 week classes
Day Boarding: want to make sure your dog’s training is getting started on the right foot? Don’t want to leave your dog in the kennel all day while you’re at work and want to enrich their day so they come home tired and more well mannered? This is a great option for you! Spots are limited as the dog gets priority over most of Cati’s day. A non-refundable deposit must be paid to reserve a slot with the trainer.
Cost break down $120 per day with drop off and pick up in my home in Astoria. Deposit of $60 required to book.
Board and Train: going away for a weekend? A week? A month? Want to be sure all the hard work you put into your companion doesn’t diminish while you are gone? Want to advance your dog’s training in a fun and enriching way while you’re away? Select dogs can come live with Cati while you are away as long as they meet specific criteria (must not be aggressive or reactive, must be able to be managed around children, a medium/small dog, and a cat. Dog must be able to sleep overnight in a closed crate, must be able to ride safely in a car without a crate, and owner must be easily reachable during their dog’s boarding in case Cati needs to confirm or update you on your dog’s visit.) Space is limited in the boarding program as they will be living and travelling with me, so I need to be certain my schedule will be clear for your dog as best as possible! All fees must be paid in advance before dropping off dog. There is a non-refundable deposit that is included in the fee in the event of a cancellation.
No guarantees on what dogs can do at the end of boarding, but they will be guaranteed to be worked on social skills around dogs, adults, children, multiple environments. They will be worked on place, long sits and downs, leash manners, threshold manners, crating, slip leash and muzzle desensitization for the groomer and vet, participation in any group or private lesson in which they will help or are able to do the required skill set. I will video and photograph training and regularly post to Facebook and can send images through text message, e-mail, or messenger.
Cost breakdown $1000 per week $142.50 per day. Deposit of $100 in the event of a cancellation.
A note about service dogs and training: while I do my best to help educate those interested in learning more about service dogs, I only teach public access training. Please note that public access training is a key factor in determining *if* your dog could potentially be a service dog. Most dogs being declared as service dogs could not pass a simple public access test and this is where I put my focus to help eradicate fake service dogs. If your dog can successfully complete public access training, then you can find a trainer that can help you provide the specific tasks your dog will need to mitigate your disability if the task isn’t already trained. In some instances, I can help, but make no guarantees. If I determine that a dog will not make a good service dog or it is discovered that the dog is too reactive/aggressive to proceed with training, trainer will not vouch for said dog in any type of written verification in the event of a dispute, no training fees will be refunded for those that do not pass training. Please note that there is NO certification for service dogs and no doctors’ note can make a dog a service dog. For more information, please read the ADA website or contact the ADA about rights and requirements about Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals. Be aware that Emotional Support Animals have NO public access rights and I will do my best to determine if your need is Service or Emotional Support before training proceeds.