Learn to train the smart, humane way

and have fun doing it!

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How I train dogs

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

My background in Social Work means I am a dog trainer who loves working with both dogs and people. You will learn dog training techniques in a positive, supportive environment, free of judgement and criticism.

I am the go-to referral for several Durham veterinarians, as well as Barnes Supply Company.

I offer individual lessons, group classes, workshops, and in-services in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough.

Sometimes clients ask why I don’t do, “Board and Train,” where the trainer takes the dog for several weeks and does the training themselves. If your dog needs training, YOU need training. If I do all the work, you do not reap the benefits of learning dog training skills to apply throughout their life, along with the deeper relationship that working with them brings. And when you learn to train your own dog, it is much more cost effective, as Board and Train programs cost thousands of dollars. Along with all those benefits, you will have the peace of mind that can only be found when your dog is at home with you.

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




I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to briefly discuss the issues and how I can help.

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.

The Dog Lady’s innovative classes include Kinderpuppy (8 weeks up to 5-6 months), Adolescent Class for dogs 6-18 months, Reactive Dog Class, and Better Than Obedience I and II. See our Classes page for more information.

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.



Individual Sessions:
In Home Assessment: $80/hour (1-1 1/2 hours)
Individual Sessions: $80/hour

Buy A Package And Save: 4/$304 (5%) and 6/$432 (10%)


Group Classes and KinderPuppy:
Classes: $142/$160/6 sessions
(includes book, clicker)

KinderPuppy: $142 (includes book, clicker)


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


Watch a man being ‘trained’, first with positive reinforcement and then with a shock collar. Decide for yourself which you would choose for your dog.