Individual Coached Program

Foundations Plus+

For puppies and dogs over 12 weeks of age

1 Detailed Planning Meeting +
1 Month of Immersive Coaching

Investment: $880
Limited Spots, By Application Only


Individual Coached Program

Foundations Plus+

For puppies and dogs over 12 weeks of age

1 Detailed Planning Meeting +
1 Month of Immersive Coaching

Investment: $880
Limited Spots, By Application Only


Individual Coached Program

Foundations Plus+

For puppies and dogs over 12 weeks of age

1 Detailed Planning Meeting +
1 Month of Immersive Coaching

Investment: $880
Limited Spots, By Application Only


Terriers have different care and training needs than other dogs. Get into the best possible position with your dog through this immersive, all-encompassing, customized, terrier-specific foundation program. Experience the life you’ve always dreamed of with your terrier.

How Does Foundations Plus+ Work?


Thorough Hour Intake Meeting

Week 1

Our first meeting is 1-1.5 hours via Zoom where we will discuss your foundations plan in detail, and all of your questions will be answered. Move forward feeling refreshed, in control, and ready!

A Month of Foundations Coaching

Weeks 2-5

Next we will continue to meet weekly for 45 minute meetings on a regular day/time via Zoom. Every week your one-on-one meeting with Emma will include Q&A, progress check-in, live training with your dog, and end with reassuring Q&A.

What Will We Accomplish in Foundations Plus+?

In Foundations Plus+ you will learn fantastic routines that work for your specific lifestyle, troubleshooting, how to communicate with and respond to your dog effectively, how to better your dog’s individual well-being in profound ways, and we will address critical terrier-specific foundations.


No Prior Tech Experienced Needed

All you need is WiFi and a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Fun Fun Fun!

Gone are the days of stressful group classes where your terrier is wildly distracted, or where you seek private help and are met with judgement. In this program you will feel supported and you will see your terrier transform into a more confident, relaxed, and focused dog who relishes working with you.

24/7 Support During Your Program

During this 5-week program you will be able to text message and email me any questions that you have about any and all aspects of your dog’s life. You will be encouraged to send videos for review. I am on your team and known for my supportive detailed approach. I will also work with your veterinarian if helpful.


Will I Need More Coaching?

After this program, those that are all set proceed onward and keep me updated, and those who are really excited about their progress and want to fast track to a higher level can request more coaching. Every case has different challenges and you will feel empowered to make this choice for yourself. Subsequent coaching is $547 per month.

All aspects are covered to get you on track and enjoying life with your intelligent and hilarious terrier. 

Let’s get rid of the stress, and start the life with your terrier you have dreamed of.

You and your terrier want to enjoy life together and relax! What are you waiting for?

1-5 of 32 reviews
  1. SB

    Emma was a godsend in dealing with our newest family member. Calvin came into our lives as a seven-month old, adorably cute, smart, personable and out of control Welsh Terrier. Despite having owned three Irish Terriers, a Norwich Terrier and fostering over 20 dogs, our skills were no match for Calvin who came with “issues.” A traditional dog class was out of the question — we would have been tossed out in minutes. A “generic” local dog trainer (i.e., not a terrier specialist) was $150 an hour plus travel costs. This put Emma’s fees into perspective and made the decision to get her help a no-brainer. We took Emma’s Foundations Plus and Advanced Foundations Programs. The Foundations Plus program set us on the path to our now pleasant and amusing family member. The Advanced Foundations Program furthered that journey. Her Client Supply List and Raw Food Area are invaluable bonuses. The Supply List is akin to having a personal shopper who’s already figured out what works and what does not work AND where to buy these supplies. The recommended raw food diet has benefitted both our dogs. Working with Emma is easy and enjoyable. Calvin loves Emma – he recognizes her voice and is immediately happy. We accomplished the courses with a laptop. Emma knows this breed (and other terrier-minded canines), how they think & react, and how to effectively help them become cordial family members and solid citizens.

  2. AW

    My husband and I started working with Emma when Pippa, our Wire Fox terrier, was 5 months old. Pippa was our first Wire, but we had two Lakeland terriers before Pippa so terriers were familiar to us. Even with terrier history, I felt overwhelmed and desperately needed advice and support. House training, nipping, and excess energy were just a few of Pippa’s issues.
    Prior to Emma, I had taken Pippa to a puppy class and did training with a local trainer. The puppy class was frustrating because she was distracted and not a pleaser like her classmates. The local trainer during our first session asked if I got this breed on purpose….
    On January 1, 2024 we had our first Zoom meeting with Emma. I immediately felt like she understood terriers and could help us. I slept better that night than I had since we brought Pippa home from the breeder. Emma has a plan for everything! Her website is easy to navigate and each session is reviewed on the website. There are sections on food and suggested supplies and many other resources.
    After the intake session, all others involve you and your terrier working together on Zoom. I didn’t know how this could work on Zoom, but it does!
    Emma listens to your problems and is quick to respond to any questions you have between sessions.
    I highly recommend Miles and Emma Terrier Academy and can’t say enough good things about the program.

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  3. DD

    We are so glad we found Emma! Working with her was so easy; you can tell she cares and she really knows her stuff! She helped us strengthen our connection with Maia, our young Welsh Terrier. Emma was so fun to work with and we never felt judged for our lack of knowledge or prior mistakes in training. Her training methods are kind, gentle, respectful, positive, and never harsh. We wish there were more “Emmas” in the world, as she is truly one of a kind! The training was easy to follow and the results have been amazing. We will definitely be working with her again in the future, and will wholeheartedly recommend her to other people!

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  4. KM

    My spouse and I are lifetime dog people, and previously raised a Welsh Terrier from puppy-hood through to old age. He was the most challenging (and special!) dog I had ever known. After he passed, he left a enormous hole in our lives, but we did not feel totally up to the task of raising another Welsh. We also have a senior Wire Fox Terrier, and we were concerned about how she might adjust to having a puppy in the house.

    That’s when I found Emma’s blog and her Terrier Academy. I contacted her with the intent of maybe adopting a puppy, and she was so enormously kind and helpful. We started talking about a year before we even adopted. She worked with our Wire Fox to prepare her for puppy life, and put us in touch with an amazing WT breeder. Contacting her in advance (before our puppy was even whelped!) set us up for total success, and was the best thing we could have done.

    We had so many issues with our previous WT that we raised on our own (including digestive, potty training, and behavioral); Emma is well aware of all of these, and has detailed plans for how to *prevent* them (prevention is key!). We aren’t experiencing ANY of these issues with our new puppy.

    Puppy-hood is never easy, but with Emma on your side, you can learn to truly understand your developing pup and build important habits that will carry on into adulthood. If you’re considering adopting a terrier, especially a Welsh Terrier, don’t hesitate to reach out to Emma in advance; I am so, SO glad that we did. She is truly the Terrier Oracle, and we cannot recommend her more highly. Thank you so much, Emma and Miles!

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  5. HH

    We are so pleased and fortunate to be working with Emma Kesler (and Miles 🐾). We have always had a dog but in the past failed to get serious about training. This time around, with Griffin, our Welsh Terrier puppy, we are learning so much more about a dog’s behavior as well as our own behavior towards dogs. Emma shares insights that make so much sense, that are so logical from a dog’s perspective it only makes the lessons that much more enjoyable for ourselves and Griffin. Emma has helped us realize just how smart Griffin is and the potential she has. We truly understand how important this short period of time we have, during Griffin’s time as a puppy, to shape her behaviors and skills. Emma has provided us the knowledge and guidance to be successful in training and bonding with Griffin. A true joy and rewarding adventure Emma has embarked us on.

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A Foundations Plus+ Graduate

Concerning Challenges?

Common puppyhood challenges include house training issues, puppy nipping, poor recall, stealing “contraband” and parading around the house with it, trouble settling at quiet times, and difficulty getting your terrier’s attention and keeping their focus. If your challenges involve a bite history, resource guarding, safety concerns with children and/or other pets, or any other concerning challenges, please apply here:

Behavior Help

What Alumni Think of Foundations PLUS+

Emma is the best. I have found the lessons very helpful. Meghan, our four-legged child was very difficult; to handle. Without her help we would not have been able to deal with her.

Our dog, Meghan, was impossible to walk. She was wild. I could not go half a block. She is a pleasure to be with now. She has responded to Emma’s techniques very well. She would not respond to traditional methods.

To anyone thinking about working with Emma I say JUST DO IT



A past trainer used coercive training techniques. The dog and I both disliked the class. The trainer did not seem to know the dog or care about anything but her own techniques. She did not give the dog the desire to comply.

Training sessions with Emma are enjoyable. She addresses our specific concerns and issues rather than just a standard list of topics. Emma let’s us set the pace with our questions and needs. Emma has helped with training, feeding, housebreaking, and keeping both Stella and our furniture safe.

I had some doubts about online training, but it has been very easy. We can watch Emma demonstrate with Miles and then Emma can watch us work with Stella.



Emma is approachable, supportive, positive, and a great problem solver! We have appreciated working with her to help us help Puck! It was great to have a specific plan to focus on each week, and know that we would review again the following session, and Emma would help correct and fine tune our training.

I think we have more respect for how hard Puck is working and trying to learn and please us. It feels more natural for us to focus on good behavior than focusing on “no” and negative reinforcement. He is so smart, and Emma’s training has helped us see that!

We think this is a great investment in helping us all live together happily!

Doug & Elizabeth


Frequently Asked Questions



Why should I invest in coached foundations for my terrier?
Terriers often respond marginally or even poorly to one-size-fits-all methods. What works for one type of dog can be confusing or stressful for another. I do not work from a “method” where you must follow steps 1-10 to achieve the perfect dog. Method based programs can result in dog guardians feeling like failures if they try to implement the method and it doesn’t work. Instead, I come to you as a coach who is well-educated in learning theory and behavior science, and it is my honor and my thrill to adjust your program to what will allow you and your terrier to THRIVE.
Why does Foundations Plus+ cost more than Puppy Foundations?

Is your puppy already home?

Once your puppy comes home, they are learning in every single second. My puppy programs work through very targeted “training” sessions that you will do with your puppy for around 5-10 minutes a day… But, the bulk of the work and thought actually relate to your daily routines, and getting you set up for success and relief! If your puppy is already home and you are feeling a little overwhelmed, Foundations Plus+ is the right fit for you. It begins with a much longer meeting where we can back track a bit, come up with temporary solutions while you wait for your new recommended supplies, and we can make sure that you are on the right path forward.

Is your puppy over 4 months old?

Puppyhood is a precious time for terriers. Once your puppy is more than 4-5 months old, they will be past the socialization period. The socialization period is critical for terriers, not just because it is such a wonderful time for accelerated learning, but also because it is the age where clever little terrier puppies will very rapidly establish routines and associations. Rapid development of set behavior patterns can be a blessing, or a curse! Terrier puppies raised with routines that might work for a more classic “companion” type of dog can develop behavior challenges very rapidly. Maladaptive behaviors can escalate quickly in terriers and become quite challenging long before a dog is even a year old. It is not uncommon to be feeling overwhelmed very early on. If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is because strong and complex patterns have already been established, and it will take some careful organization and troubleshooting to unravel established behaviors.

A more intensive program

The Foundations Plus+ program is more intensive because we are no longer working from a preventive perspective. We will be regrouping in a major way. In Foundations Plus+, I will spend some valuable early time with you in the Assessment to really figure out what is currently going on, so that I can develop a plan to troubleshoot and address immediate concerns as efficiently as possible. I get it, you need relief and you need it yesterday. In the following month of coached sessions, your program will also include extra Q&A, and additional weekly notes and documentation.

My puppy/dog will be older than 4 months, but I don't have him/her yet. Is this program the right fit for us?

The first meeting is a 1.5 – 2 hour scheduled meeting via Zoom where we will look at your soon-to-be puppy or dog’s history, age, and we will talk about your lifestyle. We will look at the type of environment in which the dog was raised and develop a plan that will included all aspects of their new life with you: appropriate and important socialization plans, carefully set-up home environment and early routines, and more. Within 48 hours of our meeting you will receive a detailed 5-10 page plan that you can begin working on immediately.

My dog and/or I have had negative experiences with training before. Why should we work with you?

My approach is data and science-based, and is based overwhelmingly on positive reinforcement for dogs AND people. If you or the dog are stressed when you are trying to take in new information, you won’t be learning optimally. I want the best possible experience and outcome for everyone involved. Methods and routines should feel approachable and comfortable – and most of all, flexible! If something isn’t working, it isn’t because someone is “bad” or “wrong,” it is because we need to adjust things and fine-tune. Given that I work with very “creative” terriers, adjusting and fine-tuning routines to the individual at hand is my passion and speciality! I always start every meeting with, “How are things going? Do you have any questions?” This allows me to prioritize what YOUR foundation needs truly are.

To get more of a sense of my coaching method, I recommend that you check out the client story videos that are peppered around this website. They probably can speak best to what I am like!

Do you work with other breed types of dogs, or mixed-breed dogs?

Any dog with a spirited terrier-style personality is welcome! I love working with rescue dogs with unknown genetic lineage who are clearly part of the terrier family. I foster tough cases now and then and am a big fan of giving misunderstood dogs a second chance.

I am just one person, so I dedicate my time to terrier types. If I feel your concerns are more general, I will provide you with an expert referral.


Non-terrier-types are 100% welcome to apply for Terrier Academy Courses or On-Demand programs. Training that is effective for terriers has to be pretty dang rock-solid… For your viewing pleasure, please enjoy the following video of my sister who is a very busy professional with her cats. She only had time for two sessions with me and these are the results for her rescue cats:

Do I need to be technologically savvy?
Nope! Many of my clients had done very little on a computer, tablet, or smartphone before working with me. As long as you have a smartphone, iPad, tablet, or computer and a WiFi connection, you are good to go! I use Zoom and will be happy to help you with it.
How do I book live online coaching?
Live online coached programs are by application only. Please look carefully over the different programs and pricing, and once you are ready, apply by clicking the “apply” buttons and filling out the intake form. I read applications carefully and admit clients if they are the right fit. After reviewing your application, I will email you know if you are a good fit for the program, and from there, we will discuss details and scheduling. Foundation Program spots are limited, so please try to apply as much in advance as possible.
For the Coached Sessions, can we meet at different days/times or with gaps in the schedule?

Foundations Plus+ is all about setting up a strong foundation for a successful present and long-term future for both you and your puppy. For the Coached Sessions portion of the program, is important that you are able to meet once a week with Emma on a set day/time. The good news is, even if your location shifts during the program, meeting virtually is very accomodating for travel or location changes. 

Foundations programs are not scheduled where there will be planned gaps outside of the weekly format for the Coached Sessions. The first 4 weeks are absolutely critical. If you foresee that that this sort of scheduling may be challenging, you will still want to apply in advance, but you will want to share what month(s) in your application that would be ideal start times for you.

* Terrier Academy books on holidays, but never on weekends.

What do the online "Coached Session" look like?

About a week or so after we meet for the 1-1.5 hour Assessment and Immediate Plan, we will dive into foundations coaching. Foundations Plus+ includes a month of weekly meetings for the Coached Sessions portion. Each session is 45 minutes long and typically looks like this:

  1. We check in about how everything is going, and make sure all of the Immediate Plan setup, care, and health stuff is going smoothly. If there are any areas for improvement, we will discuss ways to streamline your routines to suit your pup and your lifestyle.
  2. I will explain the week’s topics, and run through the homework that is in your Terrier Academy account.
  3. Usually I will then demonstrate the exercise(s) with my dog Miles so you can see what you will be doing this week.
  4. Then you get to try! If you aren’t tech-savvy, don’t worry at all. I am a master at online coaching as I have been doing this for over a decade. You will feel supported and relaxed as you try the exercise(s) with your pup.
  5. I get to watch your dog and observe how they learn and what motivates them, and I can offer really exciting and unique tips and insight as we work together.
  6. At the end of the session, we check in again to ensure all of your questions are answered.
  7. After the session, you will have access directly from your Terrier Academy account to course materials, and the ability to text message or email me any and all questions you might have, and to send me video for review if you like.
What happens after I complete Foundations Plus+?

After you complete Foundations Plus+, your terrier will understand how to work with you, you will both learn how to communiucate with each other, and you will both have great socialization and home routines under your belts. At this stage, alumni are amazed at how different their relationship with their terrier is and surprised at learning who their terrier really is! At this stage, you may be inspired based on your success to go to the next level.

Advanced Foundations delves deeper into more advanced skills that you will both retain for life.

After completing Advanced Foundations, the sky really is the limit for what you can achieve with your terrier! Check out Terrier Academy Courses!

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