Dog Training & Behavior Services

The Paw Patch Place is proud to now be offering in-house training & behavior services for our patients!

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Physical health meets mental & emotional health

Comprehensive plans to desensitize and counter-condition your dog towards activities that cause Fear, Anxiety, and Stress (vet visits, grooming, strangers, etc.)

Get your puppy off to a great start with expert advice on socialization, housebreaking & manners training, problem-solving, & more!

Whether you have a brand-new puppy or an adult dog–we can help!

Services Offered:

Puppy Program-Get your puppy off on the right start with expert advice on socialization, housebreaking & manners training, problem-solving, and more!

Comprehensive plans to Desensitize and Counter-condition your dog’s feelings towards triggers that cause Fear, Anxiety, and Stress (vet visits, grooming, strangers, etc.)

Desensitization can be defined as becoming less sensitized overtime to something you don’t like. Counter-conditioning can be defined as strategically pairing something a dog doesn’t like with something they do like in order to change their response to the thing that causes the four “Fs” of Fear: Fight, Flight, Fidget, or Freeze. For example, a dog who might be afraid of ear cleaning would eventually, after proper counter-conditioning, see the ear cleaning bottle and get excited about it! Through training we are able to teach a dog what to expect and allow them to be willing participants in their care, decreasing their FAS and increasing the quality of the care they receive, and their quality of life.

Desensitization and counter-conditioning can also be described as “behavior modification” and can be useful for a myriad of concerns ranging from fear of vet exams, grooming, reactivity on leash, fear/reactivity towards strangers, and so much more.

Pricing for Services:

Half-hour behavior consultation: $75 – Discuss current behavior, behavior history, lifestyle, and behavior goals with our Elite Certified Fear Free Professional, and Registered Veterinary Technician, Cass Goodnight. Within 48 hours receive a comprehensive behavior and training plan. Further sessions are scheduled from there. All training programs come with ongoing trainer support and collaboration with your veterinary and other care team. *A one-hour consultation may be warranted for patients who have more complicated behavior goals.

Puppy Program: $150 – Get your puppy off to a great start! The Puppy program includes a half-hour consultation with you and your puppy to discuss current behavior, puppy raising tips, problem-solving, and prevention. Also includes two follow-up 1:1 training sessions meant to teach your puppy basic cues like sit, down, stay, leave it, work on desensitization to handling, polite greetings, bite prevention, housebreaking, and more. The puppy program includes ongoing trainer support and collaboration with your veterinary team for the duration of scheduled sessions and until 6 months of age. Further puppy training sessions beyond the initial 2 can be scheduled as needed.

Meet the Trainer

Cass Goodnight has been a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVT) since 2012 working in shelters, general practices, specialty and emergency clinics. An Elite Fear Free Certified Professional, she’s had a lifelong passion for canine behavior and runs her own training company based out of Hendricks County, providing in-home behavior and training services. Cass also teaches group classes, runs a statewide nonprofit dog training alliance, and serves as a board member with the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. Cass joined the Paw Patch Place team this year as a member of the Veterinary Team and is now proud to be offering in-house behavior services to our clients.

Cass only trains using ethical, non-aversive methods utilizing positive-reinforcement and careful counter-conditioning. These methods scientifically proven to increase the human-animal bond and create lasting desirable behaviors without fear, force, or pain.