Active Animal Services
The rates below reflect the typical range of cost per visit; however, these quotes should only be used as a guide. Since I offer customized services, the rate will be proportionate to the amount of work and driving required for each visit.
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 $17 per visit. This range is for 1 to 3 animals. The rate is based on the frequency of visits, level of difficulty, and location.
Overnight Visits- Lasting 12 to 14 hours are $50 per visit. This range is for 1 to 4 pets requiring more attention than fish. The rate is based on the frequency and number of animals to be walked, 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 $17 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. Exceptions include Fridays in Orange County and Tuesdays in San Diego, see the Current Events page.
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.
Dog Walks typically last for 30 to 45 minutes from the time we leave your front door with your dog to the time we bring your dog home. The rate is $20 per visit for randomly scheduled walks and generally lower, $17 per visit, for routine walks scheduled weekly after the first week of service.
Dog Hikes are done with most of my own dogs and training service puppies so there is a pack like setting. We typically do these hikes once a week on different days. You may accompany your dog or I will walk him or her on a leash in your absence, sometimes I have an assistant. I do use sub-contractors (i.e. good friends that live on the ranch with me) for this service. If you accompany your dog there is only a fee if your dog requires training for this activity. If you would like to have just your dog attend this hike then the rate is $30 for the day. The hikes last between 3 and 6 hours and your dog will be tired. A tired dog is a happy, well behaved dog.
A note about dog walks and hikes: Water is very important and we carry tap water with us on walks along with a bowl cleaned after each visit with soap and hot water. If the temperature is above 85 degrees and you still want your dog walked you will have to sign a liability waiver. Otherwise, a dog walk visit is changed to a short outing in the beginning of the visit, then play indoors or in the shade; followed by, a short outing at the end of the visit.
We are now offering horse boarding for retired horses or horses needing some lay-up time in a large pasture. All horses must be vaccinated. This type of boarding is for those of us horse owners with older or injured horses, or if you just need to put your horse some where for at least a month. The rate is $220 per month per horse in the pasture or you may rent the paddock for $300 per month for one horse or $500 per month for two horses.
Alfalfa/Bermuda twice daily (extra charge if other type of feed)
Salt/mineral block (Spring/Summer/Fall)
Supplements (you supply)
Psyllium supplement once a month or week (you supply)
Farrier assistance every 8 weeks (I will hold your horse's lead rope and watch the farrier trim the hooves in your place). No extra charge for this service or to take your place for a routine vet visit up to once per week.
Minor wound care
Supplements or medications (you supply)
De-wormings (you supply)
Anything else you can think of, just ask!
You can sign up to receive weekly updates and photos via email without additional charge. I have experience as both a veterinary technician and a horse owner, you will be notified of anything regarding your horse’s health immediately.
This boarding is for owners who will be visiting their horse by appointment and do not require a public toilet. You may request additional services for reasonable fees like hand walking your horse, blanketing, medication via any route as frequently as needed, minor wound care, large amounts of emailed photos, etc. The ranch is near the Santa Margarita Preserve.
These rates are guides and are formatted per horse. If you have more than 2 horses we can discuss an individual quote. Horses boarded here must not have any problems with dogs or goats.
These rates are guides and are either formatted per horse or for up to three horses. If you have more than 3 horses we can discuss the details and I will give you an individual quote.
A standard visit consisting of feeding, fresh water, and waste removal for up to 3 horses is $20 depending on location.
A deluxe visit consisting of feeding, fresh water, waste removal, brushing, minor wound care, and hoof care is $25 to $30 per horse depending on location, temperament, and condition of coat, mane, and tail. If you have three horses and want only one to have a deluxe visit and the other two to have a standard feeding/waste removal visit then your total would be $40 for all three horses.
A full bath with your own products is $30 per horse depending on the size of your horse, temperament, and location.
Assistance with a farrier or vet call. I basically take your place when you are absent is $20 for the first hour and $10 for each additional hour. No limit on the number of horses.
A visit to give a medication or de-wormer, etc. is $20 per visit for up to 3 horses receiving one each if you supply the products.
If you would like me to exercise your horse I can hand walk, lounge, or ride your horse, English, Western, or neck reining. The rate is $20 for the first horse per hour and $10 each additional horse per hour. If your horse is "hot" I may quote you a higher rate. If your saddle is over 25 pounds I will request to use my own synthetic saddle on top of your own saddle pad. A visit minimum is $30 for exercising horses under 20 years old.
Tack Cleaning, braiding mane and/or tail, assistance with chores etc. are services best requested when paired with a service listed above. My minimum charge per visit is $20 depending on location and $10 for each additional hour. This rate also applies to assistance with self-vaccinations and assistance with labor/delivery.
I will take care of any horse in any life stage, including stallions. If your horse has a potential of being dangerous, just show me what you do and I will mimic the process.
Other livestock services are available.
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 7 or more days automatically receive a free bath.
Do you want to go horseback riding on my horses? How about at Santa Margarita Preserve? How about on the ranch? The rate is $20 for the first hour and $10 for each additional hour per rider. There is a $30 minimum per ride. You must sign a liability waiver.
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