Behavior Modification

Using positive reinforcement, we 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!), 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. You can ask questions and reach out for follow up for one week 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 like to have some follow up contact but don’ need to meet in person; and some clients prefer regularly meeting with me 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; that includes a detailed written training plan sent to you by email after the session and one week to ask questions about the plan. $140 in person, $125 virtual.

Paws On

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.

3 Follow Up Sessions: $275 (Virtual $220)
6 Follow Up Sessions: $550 (Virtual $440)

The 3 lesson package should be completed within 2 months; the 6 lesson package should be completed within 4 months.

Paws Off

For humans that want to check in to ask questions about progress on their training plan.

5 weeks of follow up via text, phone, or email: $175
5 weeks of follow up via text, phone, or email + 1 lesson (in person): $200
Additional lesson to above follow up package: $75 in person, $50 virtual

Follow up will occur by phone, text, or email weekly. Significant changes in behavior or issues that cannot be addressed in a simple exchange, or situations that require more that once weekly contact, may require an add-on lesson or a Paws On package.


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

Additional one month of Paws Off (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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