What classes do you offer?
Pedogogy no longer offers group classes due to an increased demand for private at-home lessons. Private one-on-one lessons are the most effective way to train your dog since they are tailored to your and your pup’s needs and since they take place in your home environment, where behavior issues occur and where training matters most.
Clients whose needs include socialization, loose-leash walking, and non-reactivity on walks also benefit more from private lessons than group classes since we can meet at various locations that you and your dog visit and where you would likely encounter other dogs: your neighborhood, dog-friendly stores, lakes, and parks.
Whether your dog is fence-fighting with a neighbor’s dog, is barking at the doorbell and jumping on guests, is counter surfing while you are cooking, or doesn’t get along with a dog playmate or housemate, private at-home lessons make more sense since no class can simulate those situations as adequately or as effectively.
What services does Pedogogy provide?
Jen teaches at-home one-on-one lessons for basic obedience, problem solving, and behavior modification. She does not teach tricks, agility, or off-leash work. Off-leash work can be risky and is often an unrealistic goal of owners. A dog’s instincts, especially in a dog genetically bred to hunt, will usually override any training and, therefore, make compliance unreliable. A dog with a high prey drive can easily run off and get lost while pursuing a rabbit or a squirrel. Dogs who are easily distracted or skittish do not benefit from off-leash work, either. As a dog lover and responsible pet owner, Jen would never risk losing a dog or having one get hit by a car. Many cities enforce leash laws as well. These laws are meant to protect dogs and other people. Unfortunately, Jen has known some dogs and people who were bitten by a loose dog. Even if owners think their dogs are safe and friendly off leash, those dogs may encounter another dog who isn’t. And while it may be difficult for dog lovers to understand, not everyone appreciates a loose dog, especially those who are afraid of dogs.
How much do lessons cost?
- For Raleigh residents, at-home one-on-one lessons are $75 per lesson after the initial consultation. Consultations are $50 and are nonrefundable. Rates for each additional dog in the same household are 50% off ($37.50) if multiple dogs are noted during the consultation. Packages of 5 lessons are available at a discounted rate: $350 for the first dog, $175 for an additional dog if purchased at the same time.
- For residents of other towns in Wake County, at-home one-on-one lessons are $85 per lesson after the initial consultation. Consultations are $50 and are nonrefundable. Rates for each additional dog in the same household are 50% off ($42.50) if multiple dogs are noted during the consultation. Packages of 5 lessons are available at a discounted rate: $400 for the first dog, $200 for an additional dog if purchased at the same time.
How long is a one-on-one training lesson?
During the first lesson, Jen reviews your goals and provides important information about dogs and being a dog owner; some training begins during the first lesson, which typically runs 1-2 hours. The second and subsequent lessons typically run 60 minutes.
I’d like to have dog training at my home. How far do you travel?
Jen travels around Wake County for private at-home lessons. Here are a few of the areas she works in regularly: Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon.
Do you sell pet food or specialty pet products?
No. Pedogogy focuses solely on at-home training.
How is Pedogogy different than other dog trainers?
Jen uses only positive, reward-based training. She doesn’t allow the use of choke chains, prong/pinch collars, or shock/”training” collars. She also does not subscribe to a particular TV celebrity’s methods or his belief in dominance, pack theory, or being the alpha leader. Simply put, Jen believes that dogs are not wolves. They are our companions, members of our family, our best friends, and they deserve our utmost respect and love. Jen doesn’t believe in training the dogness out of dogs. Dogs should be well behaved, but they are still dogs, and we should allow them to be. Let them roll in the grass, sniff bushes, chase squirrels.
As a trainer, Jen works with owners and their dogs to make their bond stronger and their lives together more enjoyable. She focuses on relationship building through obedience, problem solving, and behavior modification to make the best out of the dog-owner relationship. Most of all, she believes in accepting and appreciating dogs for who they are, not who their owners want them to be.
How do I schedule a consultation and sign up for lessons?
- Lessons are by appointment only.
- Call, text, or email Jen using the contact link.