Behavior Modification

Using positive reinforcement, I can help you and your dog address troublesome behavior like separation anxiety, reactivity, aggression towards people or other dogs, or resource guarding.

Behavior modification is a training approach to change the undesirable behavior your dog displays by using management to prevent the rehearsal of the behavior; training to teach a new/alternative behavior; and counter conditioning to change your dog’s underlying emotions and the reason they are displaying the behavior. Behavior modification plans are specific to each dog.

Training is usually in your home or virtually;
but can take place in other locations, depending on the behavior concern.

A note about virtual training: Using Zoom (and the assistance of my own dogs for demos when needed!), we can accomplish just as much as we can in person. For some dogs, not having a stranger in their home is less stressful and much better for their mental health.

What to Expect

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Once an initial session is scheduled, I will send you some history and intake forms to complete prior to your appointment. During the first appointment we will go over all of your concerns and goals, then establish a training plan. You will receive a detailed training plan via email after that initial session. You’ll be given some homework - training as well as other supplementary activities to help your dog’s behavior. Expect your initial session to be about an hour to an hour and a half. You can ask questions and reach out with follow up questions for two weeks after receiving your plan (or until your next appointment, if you schedule further appointments).

For some people, they just need the information from their initial consultation and their training plan to move forward and work with their dog on their own. Some clients need to have some follow up contact, but don’t need to meet in person; and some clients prefer regularly meeting in person for a few months while they accomplish their training goals. It all depends on your preference and your dog’s behavior concerns.

Behavior Modification Pricing and Options

All Behavior Modification starts with an Initial Consultation, in person or virtual; and includes a detailed written training plan and notes from the session, sent to you by email; and two weeks or until your next appointment to ask follow up questions about your plan. $150 in person, $125 virtual.

Follow Up

For humans that want to meet in person regularly to stay on track and work on their training goals. I also am available in between sessions for questions.  

2 Follow Up Sessions: $185 (Virtual $140)

3 Follow Up Sessions: $275 (Virtual $220)  

6 Follow Up Sessions: $550 (Virtual $440)

A 2 lesson package should be completed within one month; a 3 lesson package should be completed within 2 months; and a 6 lesson package should be completed within 4 months.

Paws Off Follow Up

For humans that want to check in to ask questions or touch base about progress on their training plan. Or, add on to an above package for additional follow up after completing in person lessons.

4 weeks of follow up via text, phone, or email + 1 virtual lesson: $150

4 weeks of follow up via text, phone, or email + 2 virtual lessons: $200

Additional lesson added to an above follow up package: $75 in person, $50 virtual

Follow up will occur by phone, text, or email weekly. Significant changes in behavior between contacts or issues that cannot be addressed in a simple phone exchange, complex situations (such as intra-dog aggression), or situations that require more than just “checking in” will require a Paws On package - we can discuss at your initial consultation.


Single follow up lesson (no package) $95 in person, $80 virtual

Additional one month of phone / email follow up (add to any package) $100

Contact Us

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Dog training and behavior
Kristen Hanley

Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
Accredited Dog Trainer
Certified Family Dog Mediator

Buffalo - Tonawanda - Kenmore - Amherst - Williamsville - Cheektowaga- North Tonawanda - Lewiston - Wheatfield - Lockport- Niagara Falls

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