Dog Training and Behavior Consulting, LLC

Laura Donaldson, PhD, CDBC, KPA CTP

Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, IAABC
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Lead Behavior and Training Consultant,
Cayuga Dog Rescue


I normally work in groups of 4 sessions, although single behavior evaluations are also available.  In the 4 session package, the first session entails a behavior consultation in the privacy of your own home.  It includes an extensive interview that lasts from an hour and a half to two hours.  All follow up sessions are also private training lessons in your home that last from 45 to 60 minutes (or more if there are multiple dogs).  All packages include design of an appropriate behavior modification/training program.  Four Paws, Four Directions provides free training and educational handouts that are appropriate for each session.  In addition, I offer up to an hour of free follow-up telephone or video consulting after the training sessions are finished  All skills and behaviors can be taught with or without a clicker (my preference would be with a clicker), but all use positive reinforcement as a force free method.  For separation anxiety consulting packages and fees, please see the relevant page on this website.

The life skills and behaviors listed below are descriptive but not prescriptive.  They give you a general idea of the appropriate skills that puppies and dogs should have, but it can be changed to accommodate the issues of each individual dog.  I give a 25% discount on all rates for those who adopt animals from the Tompkins County SPCA or the Cortland Community SPCA.

Feisty Fido (for dogs with aggressive or reactive behavior issues)
I use a combination of counter-conditioning, desensitization, and Touch Associated Clicker Training (T.A.C.T.®) and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help dogs learn to be calm  both on and off leash and to focus on you even during very arousing circumstances (e.g., the approach of another dog, child or strange adult human).  Even dogs with bite histories will benefit from this training!  If you have ever been discouraged about making progress with your reactive or aggressive dog, please give me a call.  Although no one can guarantee that your dog won't ever bite, lunge, or growl again, my techniques have proven to help even the most habitual problem behaviors. 

Life Skills
Wait at the Door
Come & Leashing Up Manners
Backing Up
Meet & Greet
Name Game
Reliable Recall
Emergency Recall
Leave It
Go to Mat
Mine/Take It

Problem Behaviors
Excessive Barking
Destructive Chewing
Leash Pulling
House soiling
Resource Guarding
Reactive Door Behaviors
Sibling Rivalry
Cat/Car Chasing
Predatory Behaviors
Thunderstorm/Noise Anxiety
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