In-person Consultations

Kathy offers private behavior consultations for families in Tacoma & Gig Harbor Washington (and surrounding communities) seeking help with their dogs. Common concerns addressed include aggression toward family members, strangers or dogs; separation anxiety; fears and phobias; house-training; destruction and barking.

As of February 2024, Kathy is accepting new clients on a limited basis, typically booking initial consultation appointments ~4-6 weeks in advance, Tuesday–Friday between 10:00 AM–4:30 PM (Pacific US Time).

Initial consultations will take place in the client’s home. For new clients, Kathy will book a two-hour initial assessment & planning session. The fee is $390. A pre-paid, non-refundable deposit of $90 is required to reserve this initial appointment; this can be paid by via Venmo, Zelle or PayPal and it will be deducted from the total $390 fee. 

Follow-up lessons, if desired, are available at $150 per hour. These may take place at the client’s home or a public location. (Kathy will charge a travel fee if the commute is more than 15 miles each way from her office in North Tacoma, Washington.)

During the initial consultation, Kathy will ask many questions about your dog’s daily routine and behavioral history. She will observe your dog’s behavior and his/her interactions with family members. Clients may provide video of their dog’s problem behaviors; Kathy welcomes this and will review the videos as part of the assessment process. Then, with input from the family, Kathy will suggest a behavior-modification plan for the dog and describe its implementation. On rare occasions, behavior modification will be deemed impractical or too risky. In those cases, Kathy will discuss other options (i.e., strict management; rehoming; euthanasia).