How Many Sessions Will it Take to Train my Dog?

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

One of the most common questions potential customers ask me is, "How many sessions will it take to train my dog?"  The most accurate (and frustrating!) answer I have is, "it depends." 

Why can't I give a more specific answer? Here are a few of the factors to take into consideration:

  • How long the animal has been performing the behavior

  • Level of the intensity of the behavior

  • Age of the animal

  • Animal's motivation

  • An animal's prior learning history and/or level of socialization

  • The animal's cognitive abilities and processing speed

  • Age health, weight or other issues (i.e. deafness)

  • Owner's time constraints and ability to practice/do homework

  • The comfort level and skill set of the owner

  • The ability of the owner to implement management

  • The need for veterinary intervention and/or medication onboarding

As you can see, there are many moving parts!  At our initial, goal setting session, all these aspects will be taken into consideration to give the owner a more accurate answer. After the initial session, a Training Plan is created to fit both the dog's and owner's needs.  The Plan is a living/breathing document that is updated and modified as we get deeper into the program and make adjustments to fit the situation (Note: Behavioral Assessments are required for any extensive behavior modification plan).

Rewards based dog training

I hope this makes the "it depends" a little less frustrating.  If you have more questions?  Don't hesitate to reach out to us at

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