Behavior Matters Pet Training

Behavior Matters in the way that we help our pet(s) learn to live in the human world. Training with kindness using scientific methods we create animals that like to learn. We only use positive training to encourage a great learning environment and promote an excellent human animal bond. Classes cover basic cues that all pets should learn to promote great manners and a well-versed companion.

We offer small class sizes for more personalized attention that are open enrollment for most classes so there is no waiting to get started! We know life gets busy so if you need to skip a week, we won’t hold it against you. Classes expire 8 weeks after purchase.

Our classes aim to set you, and your pet up for lifelong success!

Current classes being offered

Puppy/Kitten Classes

(6 months and older)

$150

5 Weeks

 (Up to 16 weeks of age): Exposure to novel items in a positive way to promote self-confidence and exploration.  Basic training cues are introduced using positive reinforcement.  Supervised play time with age and size appropriate puppies

(16 weeks to 6 months): Introduction to foundation behaviors to set up your puppy for their best learning. Guidance and coaching for common puppy concerns like house training, play biting, introduction to cues like name recognition, stationary behaviors (sit/down), and paying attention to their handler.   Supervised play time with age and size appropriate puppies.

(16 weeks to 6 months): Builds on the cues your puppy is learning and getting those skills refined and reliable.  This class will also cover how to get polite greetings, introduction to basic handling for grooming procedures (brushing hair, brushing teeth, trimming nails), and the start of a reliable recall.  Supervised play time with age and size appropriate puppies.

(Up to 12 weeks): Exposure to novel items in a positive way to promote self-confidence and exploration.  Basic training cues are introduced using positive reinforcement. 

(12 weeks to 6 months): Introduction to foundation behaviors to set up your kitten for their best learning. Guidance and coaching for common concerns like litterbox training, scratching, play biting, introduction to cues like name recognition, stationary behaviors (sit/down), and paying attention to their handler, harness training.   

Adult Classes

(6 months and older)

$150

5 Weeks

Build on already known behaviors or teaching a new dog basic skill.  Focusing on foundation behaviors that work for your family to promote a well-behaved pet.  

Continuation of building on the behavior your dog knows and introduces how to add in distractions for a more reliable behavior.  

(Classes are online via video format): Yes, it is possible to train your cat, and it is fun.  Teaching basic skills like coming when called, go to a place, sit, which provides fun interaction to promote good communication with your cat.

Just for Tricks (canine and feline version, feline version is online via video format): Teaching tricks can be a fun way to engage your pet of any age.  

Introduction to agility equipment in a fun positive way.  This class is to get an idea if agility is right for you and your pet.  This is not a class for pairs that want to compete, it is just for fun!

Having an older pet is great for many reasons, this class will help get them out of the house and focus on using their senses and engage their brian to think and work and have fun doing so.

Refresher Classes

(open to all ages)

$100

3 Weeks

Does your dog pull on the leash making walks less enjoyable?  This class will help teach your dog to walk nicely on a loose leash and to pay attention to the handler to get the reinforcement they want. 

Does your pet come when called with excitement and speed? Or maybe they have decided that coming when called if no longer fun.  This class is aimed to help your pet excitedly come to you when asked.  

Did your dog forget how to greet nicely, stop waiting at the door, or forget how to stay?  We will cover the basic cues to help refresh your pets memory on how to get back into the practicing basic cues.  

Does your dog need help finding self-control when they see other dogs?  This class may be a great way to help practice their foundation cues in front of other dogs.  We will cover management and emergency tools and help your dog develop a better response when seeing other animals or people. This class is not a fit for everyone, your dog may need to start with a private consult to get solid foundation skills before joining a group class.   

(Canine and feline version via online video format): Does your dog become upset with nail trimming, brushing or basic handling?  This class will focus on cooperative husbandry care to help reduce the stress for you and your pet.