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Private Training

We travel to you, & train at your desired location!

Are you envisioning delightful outings in the city with your furry companion? Perhaps you're planning on exploring parks, cafes, and new experiences together. Or maybe you simply need a "tune-up" on your dog's basic commands to ensure smooth and reliable obedience. At Sammye's Dogs LLC, we're here to cater to all your needs, whether you're starting from scratch or looking to reinforce existing skills. Private training sessions with Sammye's Dogs LLC are conducted one-on-one with our owner, Sammye Darling, BS Hons., CPDT-KSA, providing undivided attention to you and your dog. Private training sessions take place in the comfort of your own home or desired location. This environment provides flexibility and convenience for you and your dog, and allows for better focus with less distractions resulting in efficient learning and behavior modification.

 

Whether you're looking for improved obedience, behavior modification, or advanced training, private training with Sammye's Dogs LLC is tailored to deliver the results you desire. Private training offers you a personalized and focused approach to address your dog's specific needs and behavior concerns. The topics we cover with you and goals set are completely customizable.

 Our ultimate aim is to help you achieve your training goals and strengthen the bond between you and your dog. We believe in positive reinforcement training methods that make the learning process enjoyable for everyone. Through treat rewards, toys, and praise, we reinforce desired behaviors and help your dog understand what you want them to do by responding to trained hand signals, verbal or situational cues / "commands." 

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Here's how it works:

The process typically begins with an initial consultation where we meet you and your dog for the first time. This meeting helps us understand your goals, your dog's behavior history, and any issues you'd like to address. 

 

Based on the information gathered during the consultation, we create a customized training plan that's designed to meet your dog's unique requirements and your objectives. We utilize management, skill development, Differential Reinforcement of an Incompatible Behavior, Counter Conditioning and Desensitization, Behavioral Adjustment Training (BAT), etc.

We work at a pace that's comfortable for both you and your dog, ensuring steady progress and a solid understanding of the training concepts. Private training doesn't stop with the sessions. We provide a weekly training chart, ongoing support and guidance, including follow-up emails or communications to solidify what has been learned during the training.

Our commitment is to empower you with the knowledge and skills needed to nurture a well-behaved and happy canine companion. With private training from Sammye's Dogs LLC, you can look forward to a harmonious and fulfilling relationship with your dog.

We are a group of highly experienced and skilled Certified Professional Dog Trainers with a combined experience of over 35 years. We are delighted you're interested in working with us!

 We offer Day Training and Coaching options in your home!

Coaching VS Professional
Day Training?

Do you want us to coach YOU to train your dog or for US to train your dog (then coach you)?

Step 1

Consultation

Licensed Professionals

The process typically begins with an initial consultation that lasts

75 - 90 mins where we meet you and your dog for the first time. This meeting helps us understand your goals, your dog's behavior history, and any issues you'd like to address. Based on the information gathered during the consultation, we create a customized training plan that's designed to meet your dog's unique requirements and your objectives. 

Step 2

Teaching You Our Proven Training Methods

Eco-Friendly Design

Included in our initial consult, we first begin by teaching you our fun, game-style training methods and then we demonstrate and coach you through training your dog with positive reinforcement techniques.

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Step 3

Training Your Dog

First-Rate Materials

After getting to know us a little better, decide do you want us to to coach YOU to train your dog or for US to train your dog. We can suggest a Bare Bones, Essentials, Solid Skills, or Elite Mastery Private Training Program for you and your dog. 

Professional Day Training

 

We are a group of highly experienced and skilled Certified Professional Dog Trainers with a combined experience of over 35 years. We are delighted you've chosen to work with us - we offer Day Training and Coaching options in your home!

With Professional Day Training, our Certified Professional Dog Trainers work one-on-one with your dog training in your home, on walks, and/or on around town, THEN directly teaches YOU so that you can feel confident and have a well-trained dog without all of that heavy lifting! You will still be responsible for reinforcing and practicing your dogs skills, however. 

 

Your trainer will come to your home to train with your dog 2-3 days a week, and then every other week, your trainer will have a Transfer Session to focus on you (the dog's owner) in developing your dog training skills (this is similar to a Private Coaching style appointment).

Day Training sessions are generally 45 - 60 minutes long in the comfort of your own home or desired location. Appointment times are generally scheduled out in advance to yield the best training results. Please always check with your specific trainer's availability! 

You do not have to be present for Trainer Sessions but DO need to be there for Transfer Sessions (generally every other week).

All Private Professional Training begins with an initial consultation which is 75 - 90 minutes ($175) where we meet you and your dog for the first time. This meeting helps us understand your goals, your dog's behavior history, ensure we are a mutually great match, and any issues you'd like to address. Based on the information gathered during the consultation, we create a customized training plan that's designed to meet your dog's unique requirements and your objectives. We will begin by teaching you our training methods and then suggest an Essentials, Solid Skills, or Elite Mastery Private Professional Training Program for you and your dog. 

Examples of skills achievable:

  • Sit-stay (implied stay) with distance, distractions, and duration

  • Down-stay (implied stay) with distance, distractions, and duration

  • Place-stay (implied stay and down) with distance, distractions, and duration

  • Recall with distance and distractions

  • Loose leash walking skills (no pulling on leash)

  • Heeling with distance, distractions, and duration

  • Extended eye contact and focus or attention

  • Basic house manners including threshold manners, counter-surfing, chewing, barking, jumping, and begging for food

  • Leave it

  • Handling (touching paws, tails, mouth, blow dryer, cutting nails, etc.)

  • Dog neutrality

  • People neutrality

  • PRIVATE COACHING STYLE TRAINING CALLED A "TRANSFER SESSIONS" ARE INCLUDED

    • This allows us to transfer knowledge to you so you can feel confident and maintain the training long term

Pricing:      (All in-home private training begins with an Initial Consultation $175)

 

Package Options: 

 

  • Bare Bones: Tailored to achieve basic-level obedience training. (only for certain cases)

 

3 weeks of training plus two weeks of follow up

8 Trainer Sessions, 1 Transfer Session, 1 Follow Up Coaching Session

$1,662.50

 

  •  Essentials Program: Tailored to achieve basic-to-intermediate level obedience training, and/or address some mild behavioral concerns.

 

4 weeks of training plus two weeks of follow up

10 Trainer Sessions, 2 Transfer Sessions, 1 Follow Up Coaching Session

$2,047.50

 

  • Solid Skills Program: Tailored to achieve high-level obedience training and/or address moderate behavioral concerns. (recommended for leash reactivity)

 

6 weeks training plus one month of follow up

15 Trainer Sessions, 3 Transfer Sessions, 2 Follow Up Coaching Sessions

$3,150.00


 

  • Elite Mastery Program: All-inclusive, comprehensive program tailored to achieve high-level obedience training and/or address moderate to severe behavioral concerns. (recommended for leash reactivity / leash aggression)

 

10 weeks training plus over a month of follow up

25 Trainer Sessions, 5 transfer sessions, 3 Follow Up Coaching Sessions

$5,197.50

Private Coaching Training

Private Coaching is extremely personalized in-home dog training designed to coach and instruct owners to train their dog alongside one of our experienced Certified Professional Dog Trainers.

 

Private Coaching training sessions are generally 75 - 90 minutes long and can take place in the comfort of your own home or desired location. Coaching appointments generally are made on Tuesday and Thursday between 10:00am - 7:30pm and between 10:00am - 2pm every other Saturday. Please always check with your specific trainer's availability and pre-book in advance as much as possible!

Private Coaching Training typically begins with an initial consultation where we meet you and your dog for the first time. This meeting helps us understand your goals, your dog's behavior history, and any issues you'd like to address. Based on the information gathered during the consultation, we create a customized training plan that's designed to meet your dog's unique requirements and your objectives. 

We first begin by teaching you our training methods and then we demonstrate and coach you through training your dogs before assigning manageable homework to practice during the week.

(All  in-home Private Training begins with Initial Consultation which is $175)

Coaching you to train your dog!

Pre-paid package price options:

Essentials: 5 sessions

Pricing: $787

Solid Skills: 8 sessions

Pricing: $1,190

Elite Mastery: 12 sessions

Pricing: $1,680

Why you should choose the positive route

In the often challenging search for the right dog trainer, we are proud to be transparent about our philosophy, training methods, process, prices and our expertise and background. Much like other service-based professions, NOT all dog trainers are equal. Dog training is an UNREGULATED field, meaning anybody could call themselves a "dog trainer." "behaviorist," or "behavioral trainer." However, we hold ourselves to the highest degree of ethics and commitment to voluntary certification and adherence to current, educated practices. Dog trainers can differ significantly in terms of their methods, philosophies, experience, and overall approach to training, so we understand you must be careful with who you select. We appreciate your seeking of professional help, research, and trust in us. 

 

We have observed numerous "highly recommended," "highly rated" local dog trainers opting for the quick route of employing outdated, and harsh techniques to train dogs. From their perspective, using pain and fear seems effective, yielding faster results compared to alternative methods. However, the issue lies in the potential damage to the dog's psyche and relationships, often leading to the emergence of more undesirable behaviors, typically expressed through stress, fear, and aggression towards people or other dogs, or property damage. Moreover, when employing aversive and brutal methods like shock collars, prong collars, and whips, the dog likely develops apprehension towards its handlers or owners. This could also lead to a slippery slope of always having to turn up the intensity of punishment to achieve the previous result. This approach doesn't contribute to fostering a balanced and positive relationship between you and your dog, and should be avoided at all costs.

In the interest of transparency, it is important to note that proper dog training requires extensive experience, specialized skills, and a solid educational background. Unfortunately, many local trainers may not possess the qualifications necessary to offer advice or guidance on behavior modification protocols and consultations. Please be careful on who you trust and do your research! We are always happy to refer, and for severe cases, we work in concert with Vet Behaviorists at Texas Veterinary Behavior.

 

At Sammye's Dogs, we take pride in upholding elevated ethical standards and remaining committed to ongoing education based on the latest scientific evidence. Sammye Darling, CPDT-KSA, stands among the select group of 181 professionals worldwide who have undergone rigorous assessment and received certification from the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers whom has been committed to Skills Assessed Continue Education Units. Sammye is a Professional Member of the The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and is an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator. Furthermore, Sammye graduated with honors from Texas A&M University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Neuroscience with a specialized focus on canine cognition and behavior with a heavy research based background. See Sammye's CV here. Additionally, she is a highly regarded Golden Retriever breeder and holds membership in prestigious organizations such as the Golden Retriever Club of America and the Greater Houston Golden Retriever Club. Her commitment to breeding excellence is further exemplified by her AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T. status, which signifies her adherence to the American Kennel Club's rigorous standards for responsible breeding practices. With a focus on health, education, accountability, responsibility, and tradition, she ensures that her AKC Golden Retrievers are bred with utmost care and dedication to puppy rearing with Early Neurological Stimulation, Puppy Culture and AVIDOG protocols and will always accept her pups back at any time. Sammye has founded and directed 501(c)(3) non-profit rescues and service dog training organizations as well and has been involved in both communities since 2011.

 

We believe in providing our clients with the highest quality of service and expertise. Rest assured, with Sammye's extensive knowledge and credentials, you can trust that you are in capable hands when it comes to addressing your dog's training and behavior needs.

 

Please do not hesitate to reach out with your questions or concerns! We are here to ensure the best possible outcomes for you and your beloved canine companion.

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BEWARE OF FLASHY SALES TACTICS
"Guaranteed results" "Results in X amount of time"

 

Real dog trainers CANNOT "Guarantee" behavior of a living, breathing animal or state an issue can be "fixed" in any certain amount of time. It is unethical to mislead potential clients into thinking otherwise.

 

Our favorite example is Nicole Wilde's friend's rhinoplasty procedure. "Her parents eventually agreed to allow her to have a rhinoplasty—a “nose job.” After careful research and consultations with various plastic surgeons, they settled on one who guaranteed that if they didn’t like the results, he would modify it again, free of charge. Armed with this assurance, they moved forward. As it turned out, my friend did not like the results. In fact, she hated them. As promised, the second surgery was performed free of charge. Unfortunately, it yielded results no better than the first. My friend was not any closer to having the straight, narrow nose she’d envisioned, and although I would never have said so, it now looked downright odd. It took a third surgery, performed by another surgeon, to get it right."

 

What value does a guarantee of additional services hold if the provider lacks the proficiency to achieve success initially? Think of a dog training company that pledges results, asserting they can solve your dog's issues in a single session. Even if unsuccessful, they commit to returning until the problem is resolved. Is this a worthwhile arrangement, particularly if the initial session comes with a hefty price tag? Doesn't the foundation of this "quick fix" approach suggest a lack of appreciation for the time needed to modify certain intense or deeply ingrained canine behaviors? 

Of course simple, basic obedience skills like teaching sit and down can be taught quickly. However, in the majority of instances, trainers who pledge immediate guaranteed resolutions for significant issues such as aggression often rely on aversive and punitive methods. While the quick fix may appear miraculous, there are repercussions associated with the use of punishment—it merely stifles behavior rather than tackling the root problem. Furthermore, attempting to replicate the trainer's actions may not yield identical results for the owner, and there have been instances of individuals being bitten in the process. And the transfer sessions with these trainers, if any are given, are not in the owner's home and usually these skills do not transfer to success in the owner's home rendering their attempt at training provided at their kennel useless. Additionally, is it truly desirable to treat your dog harshly and potentially jeopardize the trust between you and your furry companion? Certainly not.

Another example referencing a similar concept is teaching a child a foreign language. Can fluency really be guaranteed in the true meaning of the word? 


Every dog is unique, with distinct temperaments, personalities, and responses to training. Positive reinforcement scientifically works for ALL mammals (they must not be doing things correctly, if these trainers think otherwise). A dog trainer cannot predict or control all variables that may influence a dog's behavior. Ethical trainers acknowledge and respect the individuality of each dog, understanding that outcomes may vary.


 A dog's behavior is often influenced by its environment, including the owner's home, lifestyle, and other external elements. Ethical dog trainers recognize that factors beyond their control may impact a dog's behavior, making it impossible to guarantee specific outcomes.


 Successful dog training often requires active participation and consistency from the dog owner. Ethical trainers understand that if the owner doesn't follow through with training techniques or fails to maintain a consistent approach, it can affect the dog's behavior. Guaranteeing results without considering owner commitment is not ethically responsible.


Dogs may encounter new and unpredictable situations that can affect their behavior. Trainers cannot foresee all potential scenarios that a dog may face, and therefore, they cannot guarantee how the dog will react in every circumstance.


 Health issues or genetic predispositions may influence a dog's behavior. Ethical trainers recognize that these factors are beyond their control, and guaranteeing behavioral outcomes would be unrealistic and potentially misleading.

 

In summary, ethical dog trainers emphasize the importance of a customized and flexible approach, understanding that living beings, including dogs, exhibit variability that cannot be entirely controlled or predicted.

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