Help for your dog’s behavior problem is just a click away. When you work with us, you’ll have over 30 years of combined experience behind you. We’ve developed behavior modification programs based on what we’ve learned works best and is most effective over the years. We have a whole team ready to help you solve problems and get you some much-needed relief. After all, we’re in the business of creating happier dogs and happier humans.

During these training programs, you’ll get practical solutions that get real results, in addition to peace-of-mind, sanity and a big sigh of relief. We use science- and reward-based methods to solve behavior problems, and we’ve got the credentials and experience to back it up.

Dog Behavior Problems & Private Training Packages

How to Choose a Private Training Package

Step 1: Determine the correct private training package based on your behavior issue(s) or training and support goals.

Step 2: Select the appropriate instructor based on their specialization (see below).

Step 3: Purchase a package and schedule your first session!

Each private training package includes:

  • An initial 60 minute consultation get you help ASAP – either in-person at our facility or virtually, you choose!
  • Two to four hours of additional hours of support with your dog for the duration of your package, broken up into 30 or 60 minute sessions depending on the package.
  • The option to utilize in-person and/or virtual sessions to maximize your support hours and your success
  • Written materials, handouts, goal-setting notes and video review, as necessary
  • A training plan that makes sense, is humane and effective, fits with your lifestyle and that you’ll feel comfortable and confident doing (our job is to decrease your stress, not throw you into the lion’s den!)
  • We do not use aversive methods. This means we will not correct your dog, ask you to use a pronged collar, choke chain or shock collar. In fact, we do not allow these on the premises and enjoy helping folks figure out what gear works best for them. Always be sure to ask your prospective trainer about methodology. What happens if they get it wrong? What happens if they get it right?
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Fear, Aggression & Anxiety Package | Initial Consultation + Hours of Private Support

$745

CHOOSE THIS OPTION IF:
Your dog is generally anxious, aggressive, fearful or aggressive towards people, their own shadow, other dogs – you name it.
They can have one trigger or many, we’re here to help!

This package is especially important to choose if your dog has more than one behavior issue or concern, or if it’s severe (like they can’t function outside of your house, are debilitated by anxiety, are very reactive or aggressive towards dogs or people, etc).

WHO TO WORK WITH
Ashley Alden. She works with dogs who are exhibiting human-directed fear, dog-dog fear and reactivity issues, problems with dogs in the household and issues with anxiety. 

If your dog is generally anxious but not “aggressive”, or they are specifically really barky or over-stimulated by dogs while out on walks etc., then Heather Ringwood would also be a good fit. Her and Ashley can both help you in this case.

SCHEDULING & AVAILABILITY DETAILS
Ashley works with clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm, as well as some Sunday mornings. She also has other availability beyond that for virtual support and some offsite sessions, as well as “day school”. Contact us for current availability.

Heather works with clients on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesdays all day long. She sometimes has a 7pm session on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and she also has an early morning Saturday slot. She has some other availability during the day on Saturday depending on meeting location, as you progress through your training program. Contact us for current availability.

**Once you purchase a package, you’ll automatically get an emailed link to self-book your sessions. If you prefer, you can reach out to us and we are happy to do it for you.

WHERE
Happy Dog Institute Headquarters
7924 Sweet Iron Ct SE, Suite 109, Olympia WA 98501

SESSION STRUCTURE
Usually, your sessions will go like this:
-Session 1: 60 Minute Initial Consult at our facility (or you can choose virtually if it’s a human fear and aggression case)
-Session 2: 60 Minute follow-up session
-Session 3 and beyond: 30 minute follow-up sessions

Are you ready to purchase a package and schedule? To work with Ashley, see the two options below.

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Basic Manners, House Training or Puppy Raising Private Package | Four Hours of Private Support

$575

CHOOSE THIS OPTION IF:
-Your dog has one specific pesky issue like house training, poor recall, pulling on the leash, needs help with crate training, is jumping on other people, etc.

-If you are looking for a group class alternative for manners and obedience or puppy support and socialization. If you need help problem solving puppy issues, adolescent dog problems (are they blowing you off all of the sudden?), or other adult dog training support.

-You are overwhelmed with your new dog or puppy and need help developing a schedule, routine, helping them settle in, etc.

-Your dogs are struggling to get along with each other/fighting in the same household.
-You need help integrating a new dog into your home.

-You want some strategies to help your dog tolerate husbandry, handling, grooming or vet visits.

-Your dog is starting to show signs of some anxiety that hasn’t fully progressed yet.

-You want to learn a sport privately like Agility, Scent Work, etc.

WHO TO WORK WITH
Either Heather or Ashley would be a great fit for any of these topics, with the exception of dog sports. If you want to work privately on a dog sport like agility or scent work, purchase a package with Heather.

SCHEDULING & AVAILABILITY DETAILS
Ashley Alden works with clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm, as well as some Sunday mornings. She also has other availability beyond that for virtual support and some offsite sessions, as well as “day school”. Contact us for current availability.

Heather Ringwood works with clients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the day and some Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. She also has an early morning appointment on Saturdays and if you start doing “field trip” sessions with her, she can meet you offsite on Saturdays as you progress through your training plan. Contact us for current availability.

**Once you purchase a package, you’ll automatically get an emailed link to self-book your sessions. If you prefer, you can reach out to us and we are happy to do it for you.

WHERE
Happy Dog Institute Headquarters
7924 Sweet Iron Ct SE, Suite 109, Olympia WA 98501

SESSION STRUCTURE
Usually, your sessions will go like this:
-Session 1: 60 Minute Initial Consult
-Session 2 and beyond: 30 minute follow-up sessions, either at our facility or (sometimes) offsite field trips

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Kick Starter Package | Three Hours of Private Support

$465

CHOOSE THIS OPTION IF:
-You’re not sure what package to choose, or none of the ones we have resonate with you or sound like they quite fit.
-You need some support before your group class starts (like Chaotic Canine).
-You are currently signed up for group class and would like some one-on-one support at the same time for a specific issue

WHO TO WORK WITH
Either Heather or Ashley would be a great fit for this package . Please don’t choose it if your dog is exhibiting more severe behavior issues or aggression and anxiety towards people.

SCHEDULING & AVAILABILITY DETAILS
Ashley Alden works with clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm, as well as some Sunday mornings. She also has other availability beyond that for virtual support and some offsite sessions, as well as “day school”. Contact us for current availability.

Heather Ringwood works with clients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the day and some Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. She also has an early morning appointment on Saturdays and if you start doing “field trip” sessions with her, she can meet you offsite on Saturdays as you progress through your training plan. Contact us for current availability.

**Once you purchase a package, you’ll automatically get an emailed link to self-book your sessions. If you prefer, you can reach out to us and we are happy to do it for you.

WHERE
Happy Dog Institute Headquarters
7924 Sweet Iron Ct SE, Suite 109, Olympia WA 98501

SESSION STRUCTURE
Usually, your sessions for this package will go like this:
Session 1: 60 Minute Initial Consult
Session 2 and beyond: 30 Minute follow-up sessions