Gray House Dog Training
Gray House Dog Training

Gray House Dog Training

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Introduction: At Gray House, I take a personalized, balanced approach to dog training so you and your dog can overcome: Leash pulling House and crate training Basic and advanced obedience Possessiveness Anxiety and fearfulness Aggression ...and more! Training is planned specifically for you and your dog's success and happiness. I work one-on-one in the comfort of my clients' homes, using techniques from many different training styles to find what works for your dog's personality and teach you how to implement those techniques successfully. I love that moment when my dogs and their owners finally understand each other and we see results start to happen. I hope I can be there to see that moment between you and your dog. Virginia Houser Owner and Lead Trainer Gray House Dog Training
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Hired 99 times

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5 years in business

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Jul - Dec

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Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

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Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, professionalism, and work quality.

Excellent 4.9

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Debbie J.

Dog Training

Excellent dog trainer bc a big part of the job is training the dog owners. Virginia is excellent at this. We are so glad we found her! She’s experienced and knowledgeable.

Details: 0 - 6 months old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private lessons • Puppy training • Leash pulling • My home, venue, etc.

Aug 22, 2019
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Casey B.

Dog Training

I can't say enough good things about Virginia Houser and Gray House Dog Training. She is passionate, professional, always on time, and always available by phone when we had questions throughout the program as well as post-program. Our rescue German Shepherd Husky, Taniel has fear aggression toward strangers and we knew we needed some help before the worst happened. She helped us understand Taniel's mindset behind the behavior and gave us great techniques to help him over time. Not only did she assist with Taniel, but our husky Apollo who needed some help being put in line as well. She gave me and my husband as dog owners some necessary training as well on how our behaviors impact the dogs. Taniel has already begun to see improvement after the 6 week program! Even though we still have a long way to go, her services got us heading in the right direction with him. We can't recommend her enough for your dog training needs!

Details: 2 dogs • 2 - 10 years old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private dog training lessons • General obedience training • Leash pulling • House training • Barking • I travel to the dog trainer • The dog trainer travels to me

Gray House Dog Training's reply
Hi Casey! Thank you so very much for your review. It's been a pleasure working with you all, and I look forward to hearing how Taniel improves in the coming months.
Jun 6, 2019
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Barbara M.

Dog Training

Virginia is an excellent dog trainer. She is patient and kind. We have a 10-year-old Golden who likes to sit and take in the neighborhood on walks. Tough to convince her to keep moving. In just two sessions, Virginia helped all of us have happier walks. Virginia explained what to do and why. We appreciate her knowledge and insights. She also trained our two dog walkers. We highly recommend Virginia!

Details: 1 dog • 2 - 10 years old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private dog training lessons • General obedience training • The dog trainer travels to me

Nov 18, 2018
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Jodie w.

Dog Training

Wonderful! Patient, kind, and great educator. Gray House Dog Training has great resources and practical expectations! Sessions individualized to problems and concerns!

Details: 1 dog • 0 - 12 months old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private dog training lessons • General obedience training • Barking • Biting • Chewing • Destructive behavior • The dog trainer travels to me

Oct 9, 2018
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Margie P.

Dog Training

Virginia was always available to consult on my dog and her issues. She provided valuable training to my dog as well as me. I would not hesitate to recommend her services. She had an excellent manner of controlling my dog. Thank you Virginia

Details: 1 dog • 1 - 2 years old • Medium (26 - 40 lbs) • Private dog training lessons • Aggressive behavior modification • Biting • The dog trainer travels to me

Sep 2, 2018
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Sharon Virginia Houser

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Training begins with an in-home consultation to meet your dog, discuss the dog's behavioral problems, and collect any additional information about the dog and the home. This helps me to pinpoint the cause of the behavior and develop a plan around correcting the core problem, not just addressing the symptoms. Consultations are $50 for non-behavioral dogs and $75-$100 for behavioral issue dogs, including aggression cases. Multiple dog households are an extra $50 per additional dog. I offer tiered training packages. Training Packages as of January 2019: Tier I - $600-$1,500 for minimum of 4 sessions over 4 weeks, including equipment and 2 free follow-up sessions up to a year after package sessions are completed. Additional follow-ups beyond these 2 will be offered at a reduced rate. Tier I packages are typically recommended for puppy training and basic commands like sit, down, off, stay, as well as the Place command, recall, and leash walking. Equipment includes a training journal, documented training materials, a Place elevated dog cot, training loop leash, clicker, and training collar (if needed). Multi-dog package discounts are available. Tier II - $1,200-$2,500 for minimum 8 sessions over 8 weeks, including equipment and 2 free follow-up sessions up to a year after package sessions are completed. Additional follow-ups beyond these 2 will be offered at a reduced rate. Tier II packages are typically recommended for dogs with non-aggressive behavioral issues. This includes hyperactive dogs, destructive dogs, and dogs with disruptive levels of fear or anxiety. You will learn how to address your dog's behavioral issues through clear communication, developing a bond of trust and respect with your dog that will let your dog's self-confidence bloom. Equipment includes a training journal, documented training materials, a Place elevated dog cot, training loop leash, clicker and training collar (if needed). Multi-dog package discounts are available. Tier III - $1,750-$5,000 for minimum of 10 sessions over 10 weeks, including equipment and 5 free follow-up sessions within the first two years after package sessions are completed. Tier III packages are reserved for dogs with severely aggressive behavior. This could be food and water aggression, toy aggression, dog aggression, or human aggression. Equipment includes a training journal, documented training materials, a Place elevated dog cot, training loop leash, muzzle (required), clicker, and training collar (if needed). Multi-dog package discounts are available. A la Carte Sessions - $150 per session, does not include equipment or follow-up sessions. If you feel you do not need the extent of training our packages provide, you may ask for a la carte sessions. The trainer will make a recommendation for number of sessions, to be carried out once a week. Owners will receive a free training journal to record homework and progress between sessions, and a clicker. Any additional equipment recommended by the trainer will be the responsibility of the owner, and any additional sessions beyond those recommended by the trainer will be at additional, standard cost. Multi-dog a la carte sessions are offered at $75 per session per additional dog.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I take a more individualized approach to training. You have specific behavioral concerns, but those behaviors may be only symptoms to a bigger problem. I take the time to find the root cause of your dog's behavioral anomalies and give you the tools to not just address the symptoms, but fix the source problem.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have worked with dogs my whole life. At an early age I have contributed time toward fostering and training dogs for adoption for local rescues and shelters. I have only recently decided to contribute my experience on a private basis, to benefit not only dogs but the owners who wish to keep them and love them without concern for unwanted behaviors.

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