Private Training & Behavior Consultations

Schedule a private consultation with Skye Poitras, the Salt Lake area's ONLY certified canine behavior consultant! (Check out to find out more about the certification for CBCCs - Certified Behavior Consultant - Canine). Private training consultations are available for dogs and puppies any age for any training or behavioral issue. Training sessions can be held in your home or at Skye's Dog Training's facility in West Jordan. Consultations can cover such topics as:

  • Behavioral issues: aggression, anxiety, destructive behavior, house training, barking, digging, separation anxiety, resource guarding, dog reactivity and fearfulness. Skye's Dog Training specializes in fear, aggression and anxiety issues and can work with you to build an effective behavior modification plan.
  • Basic cues: sit, down, stay, watch me, come, off, quiet, wait, drop it, go to your bed, and leave it (to name a few!).
  • Dog manners: food stealing & counter surfing, jumping up, self-control, door & car manners, walking on leash, chewing, and acceptable attention seeking behaviors.
  • Fun tricks: shake, roll-over, back it up, spin, bow, hula hoop jumping, and the "leave your treat on your paw" trick as well as ideas for toys and games.
  • Puppy Right Start: Get your puppy off on the right foot by being fully prepared. You might even want a consultation before your puppy arrives home so you will be ready for success with house training, chewing and all those other puppy challenges.

Location/Travel Details: Private consultations are held either in your home, at your desired location (park, store, etc.) or at Skye's Dog Training facility (indoor, climate controlled) in West Jordan just off I-215 Redwood Road exit (your choice). For in-home training or on location (parks, etc.) sessions, a $30 travel fee applies to anywhere in the greater Salt Lake area including Salt Lake City, Draper, Sandy, Cottonwood, Holladay, Millcreek, Sugarhouse, Murray, Midvale, West Jordan, South Jordan, Taylorsville, Riverton, West Valley, Downtown, Avenues, etc. Consultations held outside the greater Salt Lake area will include a $45/hr travel fee.

Since there is no travel fee for consultations held at Skye's Dog Training facility, most clients choose this neutral ground for observing the dog's behavior and working in a new environment. Specific details about the Skye's Dog Training facility location (including address and directions) can be found on the Facility Information page.

Private Training Rates:

Training sessions for basic puppy or dog manners and behavioral issues (such as house training, jumping, digging, food stealing, etc.) or obedience (commands, tricks, therapy training, etc.) are $95 per hour. Training sessions may last anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on number of issues and owner's preference.

Aggression and anxiety issues (such as aggression with people or dogs, separation anxiety, fearful behavior, etc.) require a two hour initial session which will include a detailed evaluation and behavior modification plan. Cost for the two hour initial session is $220 (a $95 deposit is due upon registration to reserve spot, remaining amount due the day of the session). Follow-up sessions are often not needed for these issues since you will have the training plan to work with the dog on your own after the session, but they are an option if desired.

All follow-up sessions (any issue, including anxiety/aggression) are $95 per hour.

There is no extra charge for multiple dogs from the same household sharing a training session.

Evaluations requiring write-ups (for rescues, court cases, etc.) are $120 and include a 30-45 minute evaluation plus write-up.

Private Training Appointment Times

Private training sessions tend to book very quickly and may not be available without advance notice. Everyone who signs up for a training session will be put on the wait list and will be contacted if a spot opens up before their session date.

Available Initial, Follow-Up or Phone Consult Sessions* (can be 1 or 2 hour sessions unless otherwise indicated):

Wednesday, September 27th at 11:00am (1 hr only)

Friday, October 13th at 10:30am

Monday, October 16th at 12:30pm

Wednesday, October 18th at 10:30am

Monday, October 23rd at 12:30pm

Wednesday, October 25th at 11:00am (1 hr only)

Wednesday, October 25th at 12:30pm

Monday, October 30th at 12:30pm

Wednesday, November 1st at 11:00am (1 hr only)

Wednesday, November 1st at 12:30pm

Friday, November 3rd at 10:30am

Monday, November 6th at 12:30pm

Wednesday, November 8th at 11:00am (1 hr only)

Wednesday, November 8th at 12:30pm

Friday, November 10th at 10:30am

Monday, November 13th at 12:30pm

Wednesday, November 15th at 11:00am (1 hr only)

Wednesday, November 15th at 12:30pm

Friday, November 17th at 10:30am

Monday, November 27th at 12:30pm

Wednesday, November 29th at 11:00am (1 hr only)

Wednesday, November 29th at 12:30pm

Friday, December 1st at 10:30am

(more December dates will be posted)

*If you have an urgent training situation and need training assistance before I am available, please visit this website for a list of other qualified trainers who use science-based positive reinforcement techniques: Utah Dog Trainers Alliance

How to book your session: To reserve your appointment time, please register as soon as possible to guarantee your chosen date/time. Please note that a deposit of $95 is required to reserve your spot with the remaining payment (if any, based on lesson type and length) due on the day of the session (cash, check or credit accepted).

Please note that these available dates/times are updated as frequently as possible; however, there is a slight chance that the time you register for will have already been taken before the website could be updated. In such a case, Skye's Dog Training will contact you as soon as possible to schedule a new date or promptly refund your payment if a new date/time cannot be accommodated for you.

You can learn more about Skye's training philosophies and techniques by visiting the "Meet the Trainer" page.