Individual Coached Program

Foundations Plus+

4+ Month Old Puppies

Intensive Assessment & Immediate Plan
+ 1 Month of Foundations Coaching

Investment: $880
Limited Spots, By Application Only

 

Individual Coached Program

Foundations Plus+

4+ Month Old Puppies

Intensive Assessment & Immediate Plan
+ 1 Month of Foundations Coaching

Investment: $880
Limited Spots, By Application Only

 

This program is perfect if your older puppy wasn't raised with terrier-specific foundations. Through this program, we will work through common challenges, and you will have a terrier who is motivated to work with you. Is that really possible? Yes!

How Does Foundations Plus+ Work?

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Assessment & Immediate Plan

Week 1

Our first meeting is 1.5 hours via Zoom where we will look at your dog’s history, your needs and lifestyle, and we will discuss any challenges you are having. I will formulate a comprehensive troubleshooting plan that you can implement right away. This will also put you in a wonderful position to begin the Foundations portion of the program.

A Month of Foundations Coaching

Weeks 2-5

Next we will continue to meet weekly for 45 minute meetings at a scheduled day/time via Zoom. This month will include following up on the progress of your initial plan, working on terrier specific remedial socialization, and starting Terrier Specific Foundations.

What Will We Accomplish in Foundations Plus+?

In Foundations Plus+ you will learn fantastic new 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 challenges and critical terrier-specific foundations.

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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 all aspects your program. You will be encouraged to send videos for review. Absolutely no concerns left unaddressed! I will also work with your veterinarian if helpful.

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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?

“Griffin was 4 months old when we applied for Foundations Plus+. We were prepared but were struggling with lots of nipping, house training, digestive issues, eating stuff off the ground, trouble settling, stealing of objects… There were some times where we really weren’t sure what to do. My son’s dream was to have a buddy, and he didn’t feel comfortable around Griffin.

Thanks to Foundations Plus+ we are loving life with Griffin now, and best of all, my son has the sweet fun best friend he always dreamed of!”

– Michelle, OH, USA

Concerning Challenges?

Common 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, it is highly beneficial to 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

Ben

GA, USA

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.

BT & JR

IN, USA

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

NC, USA

Frequently Asked Questions

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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?

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.

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.

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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.
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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