Services: What We Do

Training and behavior programs designed for you, your dog, your life.


Foundation Training
& Good Manners

If you’re looking for a training program that’s customized for you, your dog, and your life, private training is the way to go. We will work with you to create a training plan to teach your dog all the things they need to learn so you both can live a happy, safe, and peaceful life together. We can work together one-on-one or the whole household can participate (kids can make excellent trainers!).
Lessons can cover any or all of the following:

  • Basic obedience cues
  • Loose leash walking
  • House training
  • Jumping and adolescent mouthing
  • Destructive behavior
  • Good manners in public places (parks, cafes, etc)

Behavior Modification

Dogs who behave fearfully, aggressively, or generally “out of control”, are likely experiencing high levels of stress. This stress may be caused by a specific acute trigger (ex: strangers entering the home, an unfamiliar dog approaching, being left alone), or it may be the culmination of multiple smaller provocations. Birch Bark takes a holistic approach to behavior modification by addressing not just what the dog is doing but taking a look at what he experienced that generated the emotional response, which then produced that particular behavior.
We deal with problem behaviors from the roots, not the leaves.

We are ready to help you and your dog with:

  • Fearfulness
  • Leash reactivity
  • Over-arousal/hyperactivity
  • Resource guarding/possession aggression
  • Isolation distress/separation anxiety
  • Aggression (with restrictions)

Whether you’re working on house training your new puppy or dealing with a serious behavior concern, we are here to help.


Initial Consult

All in-person services will begin with a 75-90 minute consultation. In this session we will lay the groundwork for success with your dog: we will take an objective look at your dog’s current behavior, the challenges you face, and map out a plan to help you reach your training goals. In addition to planning the “long game” of a training program, we will provide you with some immediate steps you can take to see positive movement in behavior.

Initial consult
75-90 minutes
$175
Travel fee may apply to some areas


Private Training Sessions

This is where the magic happens! We work with you and your dog to create and reinforce the behaviors and habits you want to see. Sessions are typically held weekly or biweekly in your home, with email support and troubleshooting available between sessions.

Single 60 minute session$140
4 Session Package$545
8 Session Package$1075
12 Session$1590
Per session travel fee may apply to some areas

Live Zoom Consulting & Coaching

Whether you’re far away from San Diego, stuck at home, or just want a quick coaching session, we are happy to provide live, online training and behavior services over Zoom! Same expert advice you’d receive in person, without the need to wear a mask or put on deodorant. ; )

Initial 60 minute session$125
Half-hour follow-up $65
4 half-hour sessions$240