Learn to train the smart, humane way

and have fun doing it!

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About Joanne Ometz

Combining science-based Positive Reinforcement 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 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 am the go-to referral for several Durham veterinarians, as well as Barnes Supply Company.

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!



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.


A six session repeating curriculum enables you to start at any time. 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, Puppy PE, and free play periods. Play is important to young dogs’ mental health and a chance for owners to learn about dog body language. For safety, puppies are separated by size during play periods. Contact The Dog Lady for more information and to register.



Individual Sessions:
In Home Assessment: $80/hour (1-1 1/2 hours)
Individual Sessions: $75/hour

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 KinderPuppy:
Better Than Obedience: $150/6 sessions
(includes book, clicker)

KinderPuppy: $120/6 sessions

Project Trade

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


Positive Reinforcement Or Shock Collar:
What’s The Difference?