Have fun with your dog again!

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About Joanne Ometz

Combining science-based Positive Reinforcement training methods and informed by Neuroscience and knowledge of Dog Body Language, I work in highly effective ways to solve behavior problems and teach you to prevent new ones from developing. And we will have fun doing it!

My background in Social Work means I love working with both dogs and people. You will learn how to train your dog in a positive, supportive environment, free of judgement and criticism.

I offer individual lessons and group classes in Durham, North Carolina.

All people are welcome regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender identity or sexual orientation. All breeds are welcome, from Chihuahuas to Bullies, to Great Danes!


The Dog Lady participates in the Pet Professional Guild’s Project Trade. 




I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to briefly discuss any issues and whether we are a  good fit.

When we meet I do a thorough 1-1.5 hour assessment, including behavioral observation, health and behavioral history, and observing your dog’s movement for signs of any physical discomfort. Pain can affect behavior!

After that, we discuss options for improving your dog’s behavior, which may include training, changes to the environment, and suggestions for questions to ask your veterinarian.


Individual sessions focus on training and other positive techniques to improve both your dog’s behavior and your relationship.

Our innovative classes include Kinderpuppy (8 weeks up to 5-6 months), Beyond Kinderpuppy for older puppies, Better Than Obedience I and II, and Kids and Dogs Training Class. See our Classes page for more information.

Free hour-long workshops on a variety of dog-related topics, held at various locations in Durham. Classes held at The Dog Lady in West Durham.

Skype/FaceTime consultations are available for those outside of the Durham area.


Kinderpuppy teaches the skills to start your puppy on the road to being a well adjusted, well mannered adult dog. Humane, positive reinforcement training is interspersed with mental stimulation games and free play periods. Play is important to dogs’ mental health and a chance for owners to learn about their individual puppies. Puppies are exposed to everyday situations like vacuum cleaners, and lots of different people. They may attend separate sessions based on size and age. Contact The Dog Lady for more information and to register.



Individual Sessions:
In Home Assessment: $80/hour (1-1 1/2 hours)
Individual Sessions: $80/hour or $300/4 Session Package

I am able to take one client at a time who pays only what they can. They must have adopted a rescue dog and truly be in need of this option.  Please check availability before first session.

Group Classes and Puppy Camp:
$120/6 session class

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Joanne is a skilled and compassionate trainer of all dogs – big or small ... Her techniques helped me develop a whole new relationship with my little terrier mix. Plus she made the whole experience fun for both of us.
— AC Warden & Monty
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My husband and I benefited greatly from working with Joanne … We have continued practicing the technique over the past year, and it has significantly reduced pulling, making our walks much more enjoyable for everyone!
— Emily & Family
I’ve been meaning to write for quite some time to tell you what a positive and lasting change you’ve brought to our life with Piper. And to Piper’s life, of course … The dog club was a wonderful experience for both of us.
— Christine & Piper
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Joanne Ometz is truly a wonderful dog trainer. My dog loves when she comes over for a lesson. Joanne’s manner is calm, gentle, and caring. She uses creative ways to improve my dog’s issues, and makes sure I know how to continue the improvement. We discuss different activities to help my dog improve his alertness, and use all of his dog senses to have fun and learn. I highly recommend Joanne.
— Sarah Feldman
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Hi Joanne - I just had to share this with you. In the 4.5 years that Holly has been with us this is the first time she has been this close and comfortable with Matt. My heart is so happy!
— Daniela & Matt Stone
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Joanne was tremendously helpful with my dog Rocco. I’ve had Rocco for 3 years and he has always been scared of other people coming into the house. Joanne listened to all of the things I’ve tried before to calm Rocco down and observed him before making a plan. Joanne came to the house to help with training and gave us “homework” between visits. Rocco has made a lot of progress in a few months and I really appreciate Joanne’s dedication.
— Rocco & Sarah Hatter

Project Trade

The Dog Lady participates in the Pet Professional Guild’s Project Trade. Trade in your choke, prong, bark and shock collars for for a 10% discount on 6 private lessons.