I graduated from Muskingum University in 1998 with a B.S. in Psychology. A love of animals then sparked an interest in pursuing veterinary medicine. In 2008, I graduated from Columbus State Community College with an Associates of Applied Science, specializing in Veterinary Technology. I have been a practicing Registered Veterinary Technician at Avery Animal Hospital since that time, although my career started at Avery in 2006. During my employment at Avery Animal Hospital, I have attended many behavior workshops and seminars, including Purdue’s Dogs! Course. Through this continuing education, I gained the desire to help people and dogs in the way of training. In February of 2015, I graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional course and am now a KPA Certified Training Partner. https://www.karenpryoracademy.com/academics.
Currently, I am working to become certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior and help Dr. Vesper with his behavior consultations. I live in Hilliard with my husband, two children, two dogs and cat. I am passionate about creating healthy environments for all dogs and their people, especially children, by involving the whole family in training sessions. I am also a member of Doggone Safe, which promotes safety for dogs and children. http://www.doggonesafe.com
I am now offering adult dog classes and private training sessions, which can be done in your home or at our office. I am currently servicing the Hilliard, Dublin and Upper Arlington area (but will travel anywhere in the Columbus area for an additional fee). While working with me, you and your pet will receive a detailed training plan, handouts and updated feedback as your pet progresses. I can offer help with training issues (puppy training, house training, pulling on walks, barking, jumping, etc.) and behavior modification (help with separation anxiety, fear of people and places, general anxiety, etc.)
If you are interested in training sessions, please go to the webpage listed above. Fill out the questionnaire and either send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or return it to the hospital. I will contact you to set a consultation and schedule your first session.
The training prices are as follows:
General training problems:
Initial consultation (30 minutes)= $50
Pay per session= $75*
6 sessions= $400
3 sessions= $200
Additional dog fee= $50
Behavior Modification Services:
Initial consultation (30 minutes) = $50
Pay per session = $100*
6 sessions = $550 (no consultation fee)*
3 sessions =$300 (no consultation fee)*
Additional dog fee = $50
Discounts available to behavior consultation clients
Additional travel fee will be applied to locations at a distance greater than 10 miles away from Avery Animal Hospital.
* Average session is between 50-90 minutes.
At Avery Animal Hospital, we believe in using only positive reinforcement based training methods. These methods are science based and force-free. This training is fun for your dog, and will strengthen the bond between you and your pet. We do not support the use of punitive, dominance based training. For more information on positive reinforcement methods, see Sophia Yin’s website http://drsophiayin.com/philosophy.
If you have questions, please call the hospital at 614-876-5641 or Gretchen at 614-638-7533.
I offer dog training and behavior modification services through Avery Animal Hospital. I do private in-house sessions and classes at the hospital.