Active Animal Services
The rates below reflect the typical range of cost per visit; however, these quotes should only be used as a guide. I offer customized services, the rate will be proportionate to the amount of work and driving required for each visit.
The Animal Training option is limited to clients already in progress of training their animal with me.
The farm is for sale and we are moving out of state.
If you are interested in purchasing the farm, please visit the farm website
Here is the Link to The Animal Training Webpage. If this training option looks great to you please send me an email with "Animal Training" in the subject line to be placed on a future list for when I resume training. The new training will be complete with curriculum and interactive website. Right now, I am dedicted to the sale of the farm.
Standard Visits- Lasting 30 to 45 minutes are $20 per visit. This range is for 1 to 3 animals requiring more attention than fish.
Routine Visits- Lasting 30 to 45 minutes are $18 per visit. This range is for 1 to 2 animals. The rate is based on the frequency of visits, level of difficulty, and location.
Special Needs Animals- Generally, we do not charge for the first injection (IM, SQ, Subdermal), however, a $3.00 per injection after the first may apply in addition to the prices listed above. The charge for delivery of fluids, either SQ or IV, is $5.00 in addition to the prices listed above. We do not charge additional fees for oral, sub-lingual, and trans-dermal administration of medications unless your pet is very difficult and requires advanced restraint methods.
The quotes above mention rates based on the number of animals requiring more attention than fish. For example, if you are looking for a quote for a standard visit and you have 3 dogs and 10 fish, I will care for the fish by feeding them and turning a light on or off without additional charge to the 3 dogs. If you have more than 3 animals then we can discuss details and I will give you a per visit quote based on the amount of work to be performed and the level of difficulty. If you only have fish and/or plants and would like to schedule a visit then your cost would be $15 to $20 based on location.
My typical rate is $30 per session for all life stages and breeds. Each session lasts for 30 to 90 minutes depending upon the breed and age of your dog. The training can be done at either your house or on my ranch. In most cases, the best place to conduct the training is in an environment where your dog is comfortable, large enough to work with your dog, and where your dog is not in charge. If your dog is continualy giving you commands with corrections (snapping) or if you have neighbors with dogs barking at your dog continuously then you are better off bringing your dog to my ranch where the environment is controlled for the foundation part of your dogs training. If your dog weighs more than 75 pounds and throws his or her weight around wildly or uses size or teeth as an aggressive tactic you will have to do all of the handling of your dog while I give instruction or I will require an extra charge for my assistant. Alternatively, I do offer a leave your dog with me service, on my ranch, for large active or aggressive dogs at a rate of $30-$40 per day per dog.
Horses and other Animals- I train more than just dogs. Rates for other animals vary based upon species, goals, trainability, location, and owner participation. Horses to be trained at their owner's home or place of board are typically $20 to $40 per hour depending on tasks and level of difficulty. If you board your horse we may have to take your horse off of the boarding facilities property for liability and insurance reasons.
In-Kennel Training (on my ranch)
Space is limited since I only except a few dogs at a time on the ranch for training. The typical cost per day per dog is $30, you must provide their own food if you want your dog on a specific dog food brand. I feed my own dogs and the dogs that stay with me what ever is good quality and affordable. If your dog is on another type of food I suggest a slow conversion over a two week period before your dog comes to stay at my place and eats the dog food I provide. I also find that unsweetened canned pumpkin added to each meal helps with digestive discomfort while switching from one food to another. Typically, 4 heaping tablespoons per feeding for a 60 to 80 pound dog is sufficient, or 1 heaping tablespoon for a 20 pound dog, call your veterinarian for approval or quantity adjustment.
I find that in my home training is best for dogs with owners that are unable to do the training on their own for whatever imaginable reason. If you are disabled, work too much, have small children and a large dog you are concerned about, etc. this may be the best alternative. Although, I do prefer the one-on-one training method since the owner learns to train their dog and will have a better sense of trouble shooting if needed in the future, without outside assistance. As far as bonding goes, I have witnessed no difference in bonding between the owner and their dog if, and only if, the owner shows up for required handling lessons on a weekly basis. Some people in the past have brought me young puppies (they should imprint to their owners until 10 weeks) , this also works well since the puppy will form a bond with you through training during the required weekly handling lessons. Whether you need me for standard training or specialized training we can work together to find a comfortable and stress free way to train your dog, but understand that sometimes some flexiblity is required.
Horses- If you board your horse with me for training at my ranch then the typical cost for one month of training with board and feed included is $600. With this option you are required to participate in at least 2 lessons per month throughout your horses stay or I will not accept your horse for training, firm. There is no additional charge for owner participation up to 4 lessons per month. If you want me to break your horse then there is a separate charge added for the first ride or you can do the first ride at no additional cost; of course there are liability waivers you will have to sign.
Take Your dog Home on the Weekends- The rate quoted, $30 per day per dog for in kennel training, is purposely quoted in that format because I encourage most owners to take their dogs home on days they are home, like weekends or other days of the week if those are your days off. However, you will need to follow a few rules while your dog or puppy is home with you. I have found this approach beneficial for the owners and the dogs and puppies I have trained in the past. If you do this option correctly each time, the length of time your dog stays with me for training is shortened, often drastically.
All dogs staying on the ranch for 7 or more days receive a free bath.
I offer a pick-up and drop-off service at a rate of $5.00 per 15 mile increments after the first 15 miles from the Fallbrook Village area. Additonally, after your first visit to the farm with your dog, I will meet you at either the Home Depot on 76 or at the gas station on 76 and the 15 for drop-off and pick up of your dog at no extra cost.
I am experienced in training dogs in agility, herding, tracking/scent detection, and service dog work. I love doing specialty training and welcome new ideas for tasks dogs can or maybe able to perform. I do not give quotes for this service, too many variables.
Occasionally, I train a puppy without a home in the direction of service dog work without a recipient so that one is available should someone require the companionship and assistance of a service dog. I do this because the pre-training for service dog work is structured and organized according to the puppy’s life stages, leading to a better out come. When training service dogs I use a general method for the first 2 to 6 months of training then specialize the training when a recipient is found. By pre-training a puppy the first 2 to 6 months of training is already done by the time I get the request. This saves time. The puppies I elect for this special training are typically mixes (or mutts, if you prefer to call them that) and begin conditioning between 6 and 12 weeks old. I will list these puppies on the current events page. When I have a pre-training service puppy that does not find a recipient by the time he or she is 9 months to 18 months old the puppy is available for purchase or I place the puppy in a permanent or temporary home with a senior citizen that lives alone.
The only specialty training I do not do is Chapter 9 certification training for dogs for the blind (guide dogs), there are plenty of organizations out there set up with wonderful donations to lower the cost, and even eliminate the cost, for this valuable service. I am simply not set up at this time to coordinate special funding for cost reduction and I do not have enough human resources for this option, sorry.
Soon to come are group classes and field training. Visit the Contact Us page and fill out the online form expressing interest in group classes, include days and times that work for your schedule and how this service might help you and your dog. Also provide some information on your dog like age, breed, temperament around other dogs, etc.
Do you have a list of characteristics you want in an animal and need someone to research a species or breed, how about temperament, or ability, or trainability testing. I measure animal and human behavior and have successfully completed advanced primatology classes for reasearch methods and care. I can review parents and offspring for confirmation, temperament, and utility. This service is usually free if I do your animals training and the duration is for two or more weeks. Otherwise, my fee is $10 per hour at my leisure.
Well behaved companion dogs are welcome to stay at a rate of $25 per day per dog.
Less than well behaved or aggressive dogs are welcome to stay at a rate of $25 to $30 per day per dog.
I now offer deluxe accommodations for pampered fur-children. I have an 11 X 11 room with a day bed, dog beds, TV, DVD, working refrigerator, positive re-enforcement and play time for $45 per night for up to two well behaved dogs, add $15 per additional dog.
I require a meet and greet to rate your dogs temperament before guaranteeing a cage free stay; this ensures everyone gets along and gives you a chance to see where your dog will be staying.
All dogs that stay on the ranch for 7 or more days receive a free quick bath.
After you have visited once, I do offer a pick-up and drop-off service at a rate of $5.00 per 15 mile increments after the first 15 miles from Fallbrook. Additonally, after your first visit to the farm with your dog, I will meet you at either the Home Depot on 76 or at the gas station on 76 and the 15 for drop-off and pick up of your dog at no extra cost.
You can use this option as a Doggie Day Care for $20 per day, from 7 am to 7 pm, any day of the week.
Please see the Bathing and Grooming page for on the ranch bathing and grooming services.
If you want to add a bath and brush to a pet sit at your house then the charge is $15 (small), $25 (medium), or $35 (large), if we use your products and your utilities. We will bring nail trimmers if needed.
All dogs that stay on the ranch for 5 or more days automatically receive a free quick bath.
The rates quoted above are to be used as a guide only. We offer customized services and base the rates off of the location, length of time to complete a task, level of difficulty, and the amount of effort or knowledge applied to reach the desired end result.
Active Animal Services