Four Footed Pals Pet Service

Training & Rates



Four Footed Pals OFFERS IN-HOME PRIVATE TRAINING – Let us help you to help your dog become a better family member!  

Important note before we get started:  

  •  Currently, training services are available to established pet sitting clients only.
  •  We do not train dogs with aggression issues.  These cases should be handled by a Canine Behavior Specialist.  We'll be happy to provide you with names of several that we have worked with in the past.


Today's clients are busy people. Many work outside the home, sometimes with multiple jobs.  Parents have to balance their hectic work schedules with those of their children.  It can be difficult to fit in all the school and sports activities, plus community responsibilities.  Private lessons are very accommodating to people who already have a lot on their plate.

Also, some cases are best suited to private instruction, such as:

  • People with young puppies who are not fully vaccinated yet may not want to expose their puppy to public places where he/she could contract diseases.  With puppy training in the home, you can still get “puppy off on the right paw”.  It is also easier for a puppy to learn in a less distracted area than in a group class.
  • Dogs that are fearful or shy may find a group class too intimidating.  They may do better learning in the familiar home environment.
  • If a dog is having behavioral issues, such as housetraining, chewing, jumping up on people, or digging it's often best to address those issues where they take place, in the client's home. 
  • There are some clients, both dogs and people, who learn better with one-on-one attention.


A Little About the Trainer:

Debbie Tiefenbacher is the owner of Four Footed Pals Pet Service.  She is a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College (ABC), which is an internationally recognized school approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.  ABC's licensed and accredited program was founded by Animal Behavior and Training Associates, Inc. (ABTA), the largest independent dog training company in the United States.   Debbie's one-year program included online study and exams, working at an animal shelter to help homeless dogs become better candidates for adoption, and an externship working with a professional trainer/mentor.  Prior to this, Debbie worked and trained with five other experienced professional trainers.  This provided her the opportunity to observe and use a wide variety of training methods.  There are a lot of ways to train dogs.  It is always amazing how tolerant dogs are of our attempts to train them!

Since 2006, Debbie has owned and operated her pet sitting and dog walking business.  Over the years, she has had the opportunity to learn a lot about individual breeds and personalities of so many different dogs (and cats).  She has learned to understand dog body language and pack mentality.   Debbie likes to keep her knowledge fresh and up to date with Continued Education Programs through Animal Behavior College, seminars, and reading every training book she can get her hands on.


Debbie's training philosophy: 

Dogs are a part of our families.  We include them in our daily lives and activities.  A well-trained dog is a joy to be around!  Dog training is all about forming a cooperative relationship with your dog.  It is a process that we do with our dogs, not to our dogs.  You teach them what you want and motivate them to do it consistently, while learning what they need from you to live a happy life.  Dogs thrive when they have basic training, consistency, and the opportunity to just be a dog.

Debbie's training philosophy is logical and simple.  It is based on consistent, clear commands and emphasizes positive reinforcement for good behavior.  To praise a dog for what they do right is much more effective than to punish them for an error.  Most dogs want nothing more than to please their people.  Unfortunately, most people don't know how to communicate their wishes to their dog. Debbie can show you how to understand your dog, how to teach your dog to understand you, and how to fit training into your busy schedule.  Her goal is to improve the relationship between dog and owner and to help your dog become a more pleasant and enjoyable family member.


Debbie's training methods include:

  • Food & praise rewards
  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Demonstrations with your pet
  • Homework that easily fits into your daily life and schedule
  • On-going support for you after completion of your training program.  You can call whenever you have questions or just need encouragement.


Training Services Include the following:  


Initial Behavioral Consultation        

All training services begin with an initial behavioral consultation.  This allows us to meet with owner and dog in the home to discuss specific behavioral outcomes desired and helps us gather general information that we need to put a training program together.  Every dog is different. Some are hyperactive, others are more laid-back. A few are shy and need more self-confidence, while others may have too much confidence.  Some have common behavioral problems such as jumping on people, digging, barking, chewing, etc. Every dog, as well as family goals, is individually evaluated and a training program specifically designed for that dog.  When developing a lesson plan, obedience goals, behavioral problems and breed-specific needs are all taken into consideration. The training program will include a course outline of subsequent training and goals.

This is not a free consultation – an $30 hourly rate does apply, but can be credited towards a training program.          


Please keep in mind that there are no guarantees in dog training.  How well your dog learns and how much he improves will depend on many factors such as his level of socialization, genetic predisposition, and most importantly, how much time you work with your dog. 




Private, In-Home Classes

We will come to your home for a lesson.  You and your dog will learn basic skills and a few tricks, too.  Weekly lessons are tailored to set realistic goals for you and your dog.  We will concentrate on your needs and can address behavioral issues as well.

Learning the basic commands sit, down, stay, walk on a leash, and come when called are essential for the dog to become an enjoyable, well-mannered companion.  The time taken to train your dog is well worth it considering the results!

Listed below is an example of common goals and what type of program may be needed.   We understand that your dog may already know some of the behaviors.  In that case, we can replace it with something else he could use help with.  Sessions typically run 45-60 minutes.


Obedience:  watch me, sit, leave it, down, sit/stay, down/stay, come, Loose Leash Walking (LLW)

Behaviors:  Housetraining, no jumping, stop excessive barking, teach bite inhibition, digging

4 Week Basic Dog Obedience & Manners        $120

A four-week plan can address up to three behavioral issues and five basic obedience cues.

7 Week Basic Dog Obedience & Manners      $210

A seven-week program is good for addressing between four to six behavioral issues and up to seven basic obedience cues.


Day Training      

30 minute sessions, $20 ea.

This service is for any dog in need of training and for owners who have busy schedules that don't allow time to attend group classes or spend enough time training their dog to a level of their liking.  We will do the training for you.

Typically, 2-4 thirty-minute training sessions will be done each week one on one, just trainer and  dog.  Transfer sessions will be done weekly, bi-weekly, or at the end of the program to teach you what we have taught your dog.  This service is customizable to your specific needs.  We understand that your dog may already know some of the behaviors listed in certain programs.  In that case, we can replace that with something else he could use help with.

 A Few Benefits of Day Training:

  • Training is done in the dog's home, so transferring the behaviors is much easier than with a traditional Board & Train program.
  • Training can be done while you are at work, so you get to come home to a dog who hasn't been sitting in his crate all day.
  • Also, if your dog could use a potty break while you are away at work, that can be taken care of along with the training.


Train While We Pet Sit 

Hour-long visit includes all care offered during a pet sit visit (see Regular Visit under pet sitting services), plus a 30-minute training session.  Number of sessions will be determined at time of booking based on behaviors taught.  Daily notes will be left for owner.


Behavioral Modification Visit     

  1 hour, $30         

This is a private training session with dog and owner, following a training program to achieve desired goals.  This service works well for when a client is addressing specific issues such as jumping, digging, chewing, etc.


New Puppy Program

When to Start Puppy Training:

You can start training your puppy as soon as you bring him home – it's never too early!  Puppies are like little “sponges” when it comes to learning because they just soak up the lessons and fun.  At this age, it is possible to mold them into the perfect dog.  This is the time when you have a “clean slate” to work with!  A puppy just needs the right guidance and education.   It's much a better alternative to put your puppy on the right path from the start, rather than trying to correct established problem behaviors later on.

Training Method:

It is especially important with young puppies to use lots of encouragement, praise and rewards (positive reinforcement).  Training sessions are short, consistent, and fun!  Since training is based on positive motivation, the puppy will feel like he is playing, rather than working.  We will not be using old school methods based on punishment and harsh corrections.

Topics Covered:

  • Basic obedience cues (such as sit, watch me, leave it, come, down, stay)
  • Good house and social manners
  • Typical puppy “problems” (such as chewing while teething, housetraining)
  • Tips on puppy health, grooming and nutrition
  • Price depends on # obedience cues and behaviors taught (see Private, In Home Classes above)


Additional Puppy Service Available:                   

  • Help deciding on the right puppy

 Finding the right breeder if purebred is desired

  • Preparing for puppy's homecoming

Puppy proofing the home

Preparing family, children, other pets

Deciding on rules

Obtaining correct puppy equipment and supplies

Introducing puppy to family and other pets


  • Puppy Potty Breaks

Puppies up to the age of three or four months usually require 2 potty breaks during a normal work day. This helpful service is geared to take the stress out of puppy potty training especially during busy work days when you simply cannot break away every 2 to 3 hours for potty breaks.  Basic training may be included.  (see Pet Sitting & Rates page for pricing)