I am a mixed technique dog trainer who focuses on teaching people how to train their dogs for obedience, distraction, aggression and anxiety. I also train some kinds of service dogs, help prepare dogs for Canine Good Citizen certification as well as Therapy Dog certification. My background is in a biology-based model of pack leadership & dog behavior as well as film & TV dog & cat training; I have been training dogs as a hobby for 40 years and made it my career choice in 2010.
I offer free in-home assessments for distances less than 30 miles and $25 for distances 30 miles or more that can be applied to the cost of training if you choose to hire me. I also offer life-time tech support, meaning I will be your dog training coach via email, text & phone calls for as long as I am still alive and not incapacitated, even if it is for issues we did not cover or for a new dog.
I enjoy working with dog owners to help them make the changes they need to make and teaching them new skills so that they can have the best relationship with their dog(s) and live a less stressful, more fulfilling life with them.
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I offer a free in-home assessment to meet you and your dog if you are within 30 miles of my location.
There is a $25 nonrefundable fee for assesments of 30-50 miles from my location, $50 for greater than 50 miles. If you choose to hire me, the fee will be applied as a credit towards the cost of training.
An assessment will allow both of us to ask each other questions face to face, and I can come up with options which I will thoroughly explain before you make a decision to hire me.
Once you have decided to move forward with me as your dog trainer, or really, dog-owner trainer, you have Lifetime Tech Support from me via email, phone or text. I respond within 48 hours of your questions. My job is to educate you and make sure you are well-equipped to improve your relationship with your dog.
Started training dogs as a hobby in 1979
1991 BS in Biology with emphasis on Veterinary Sciences & Anmial Behavior
2007-2008 Student at Hollywood Paws
2008-2010 Instructor at Hollywood Paws, taught dog owners how to train their pets for film & TV work and was their only Behavioral Consultant, taught Canine Good Citizen test preparation as well as Therapy Dog International.
2010 to Present Private Practice, Blue Collar Working Dog (& The Dog Yard LA) Behavioral Classes, Pack Leadership Seminar, Movie Tricks, Canine Good Citizen Prepatory Classes, Puppy Socialization, developed Street Obedience Classes that has been mimicked across the country since, Guest Speaker for Pet Emergency Evacuation Preparedness, Guest Speaker for Career Days at various elementary and high schools, host of own internationally-acclaimed podcast "That Dog Training Show with Tanya Yarbrough", behavioral consultant for various rescue organizations and fellow dog trainers, service dog trainer for specialized medical conditions.
The standard cost of a session of 1-1.5 hours is $100 for sessions that are within 30 miles of my location. Any sessions that are greater than 30 miles from my location are $150.
Locations 100 miles or greater will incurr a day rate of $200.
Package deals are available for full obedience courses, et cetera. The rate is 6 lessons for the cost of 5.
Lessons are financiable with a deposit and up to six-month payment plan with automatic card payments.
Most people need only 2 or 3 lessons for behavioral issues.
I have been training dogs since I was 10 years old; starting with aggression issues with our family dog. It spread to helping neighbors, friends and professsors, and pet sitting for extra cash.
I also was an avid reader about animals since I was a child, focusing on behavior and care.
It was not until I had my first puppy as an adult and trained her so well with over 50 hand signals and verbal commands with directions without a single piece of food for luring, that I ran out of things to teach her. I enrolled in courses at Hollywood Paws (over half the program my dog already knew and could perform for the trainers there). I was hired as a trainer for Hollywood Paws on my last day.
A year and a half later, my students urged me to open my own private practice so that I could work more on what I did best, behavioral consultations in dealing with anxious and aggressive dogs. So, although I had decades of experience and self-taught knowledge (enhanced by my Bachelor's of Science in Biology), I didn't choose to make dog training my career until 2010.
I've worked with all types of dog owners, from low-income on skid row to celebrities. I've worked with owners with PTSD, various anxiety disorders, to over-worked parents with their kids and people who are just starting out with a new dog and want to do it right.
My advice for choosing a trainer that is right for your situation:
1. A dog trainer who exlains exactly what their methods are and what will be expected of you. Be honest about whether or not you will be able to commit to the work the trainer will be asking of you.
2. A dog trainer who will give you accessibility the session via phone, text, email and know what they charge for it. (I do not charge extra for those things).
3. A dog trainer with whom you feel comfortable. Trust your gut. You and the dog trainer will be working partners in this "project" so make sure you like the dog trainer even if they tell you things you don't like to hear.
Number one question to ask yourself as a dog owner: Do I want to do the work or do I want someone else to train the dog for me and hope it sticks?
There is a huge difference in hiring someone to take your dog away or come to your house to train the dog for you versus do you want to learn how to be your own dog whisperer.
I do the latter; I teach you how to be your own dog whisperer.