When I met Sara, my self confidence was at an all time low and my anxiety was through the roof. Because of this, Willow began to lunge at people, animals, and even bit a few people, including me. Because of Sara, Willow no longer bites or lunges and I am smiling and laughing more and have a whole new outlook on life.
— Carlie N. (Salem, UT)

Carlie and Willow the Border Collie learning how to walk together as a team under Sara’s tutelage


 
 
 

Are we the right trainers for you?

 
 

Clientele We Work With

The majority of our clients are middle-class, married couples with young kids, and one or two dogs in the home. These families are hard-working, united, dependable, and motivated. They might not know much about dogs and training, but they are dedicated to learning and changing.

 

Dogs We Work With

Puppies (8 weeks to 8 months). We believe the easiest way to stop bad behaviors is to prevent them in the first place! Begin training at this life stage and you’ll get more bang for your buck = Training for life! We cover everything puppy related: potty training, crate training, basic leash skills, socialization, sleep schedule, and the importance of good nutrition. At this age, a consultation is not required prior to training.

Adolescents (6 months to 2 years). You’ve made it this far, but that cute little puppy has grown into a monster! Stop struggling and start loving your dog again! Between 6-12 months there’s a huge shift in behavior and temperament due to puberty!!! Yeah! This is when we get most of our calls, right around the pre-teen to full-fledged, teenage, doggy years. If your puppy is deep into adolescence, we highly recommend getting together for a consultation before signing up to determine whether your teenage monster needs the basics or a dash of “adulting”.

Adults (6 months and older). Perhaps you inherited a “project dog” or life is so busy that you didn’t realize how bad your dog’s behavior was until now. Don’t worry! There is hope! Time for a total reset to rebuild peace, trust, and respect in your home. Take back your life! Adulting sucks. But it is very fulfilling if you are committed to change. At this stage in life, each dog and owner/handler is unique and requires a different set of skills, commands, safety procedures, and lifestyle changes. If your dog is severely aggressive, anxious, stressful, fearful, or displaying destructive behaviors, we will need to meet for an intensive behavioral assessment prior to signing any agreements.

 
 

Clientele We Don’t Work With

In order to be successful with training, you must comply 100% with the instructions, protocols, practices, and tools as taught by your trainer and commit to practicing and implementing them with your dog so that they become habit, a lifestyle, not just a one time fix. If you struggle with being on time to appointments, following instructions, completing weekly assignments, or are opposed to the humane use of certain tools or training techniques and philosophies, then we probably aren’t the right fit.

 

Dogs We Don’t Work With

  • Dogs over 60lbs. Due to an old spinal injury, our physical strength and stamina is limited. If you have a dog that is already over 60lbs, we can meet for an evaluation to see if you can do all the leash handling. If you have a young puppy that will soon grown into a large, over 60lbs adult, we highly encourage you to start training NOW!

  • Dogs with multiple bites on their record. Similar to the above contingency. Dogs who have bitten multiple times have now learned that they can get their way by using their teeth. This is a huge risk and liability. One we are not equipped to handle. But don’t lose hope! There are plenty of qualified trainers in the area who have the facility, staff, and equipment necessary to rehabilitate dogs like this. Just ask!

  • Females in heat. if you or your dog are on your period, we recommend postponing until the cycle is over. PMS is no laughing matter for you or your dog.

  • Wolf hybrids (or their counterparts - coyote, fox, wolverine, you get the picture). Do we really need to explain this? If your dog is any percentage of wild canidae we will refer you to the DNR.

 
 

In-Home Lessons | Semi-Private Classes | Virtual Sessions

In your home, at Bakers Acres on a field trip, or over FaceTime, we’ll get it done.

Training begins within the privacy, comfort, and convenience of your home…and coincidentally, where most of the naughty doggy behaviors manifest. Multiple lesson times are available, including day time, evenings, and weekends (closed Sundays and Mondays).

In-Home Lessons cover topics like: potty training rules and guidelines, be calm in the house, be quiet and relaxed in the crate, the importance of sleep and nutrition, stop biting and nipping, walking nicely on a leash, respect boundaries and personal space, give up toys, treats, and other valuables without a fuss, plus remote collar introduction and functions, and "come" on command. Detailed notes & homework assignments are tailored just for you and your dog.

 

Upon successfully completing the initial in-home lessons, you are invited to attend Semi-Private Classes at Bakers Acres or on a field trip (photo taken at Barnes & Noble) for additional support and troubleshooting (for up to 1 year after the start of training) that you can only tackle while in a group or public setting like working around distractions, walking your dog down the street without exploding, and when and how to safely socialize with other dogs. You’ll share your lesson time with up to 4 other clients and their dogs. It’s like a mini-group class! Class is held on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 10am. You will be notified of your first upcoming Semi-Private Class location during your final in-home lesson.

 

Starting at $1500*

*Additional budget-friendly options are listed below*

NOTE: The total price and number of lessons will vary depending on each dog and situation, but you can expect $1500-$2500 for 4-6 lessons, a year’s worth of semi-private class, a lifetime of email support, and all training tools required for your particular situation. We do the shopping for you!

 

 

You’ll have access to your trainer throughout the training process (via Marco Polo or Facebook Messenger) for the purpose of reviewing homework assignments and answering follow-up questions.

Continued help is always available by joining our Client Only FB Group (The Bakers Acres Pack) and participating in weekly LIVE Q&As with your trainer.

Program Details Request

Contact us to receive details about what is included in your training program!

 

 

Help for All!

No matter your location or the size of your bank account.

 

We are located in Springville, UT and service most of Utah County within a 25 mile drive north and south of I-15. If you need more flexibility, try virtual sessions! Or just give us a call and we’ll see what we can work out.

Many of our clients live out-of-state (California, Idaho, Maine, New York, Texas) and even overseas (Chile, Slovenia). We are one of the few dog trainers in the country, maybe even the world, who coaches clients virtually through social media, video calling apps, and step-by-step email instructions. We encourage you to learn more about Virtual Sessions if distance is preventing you from reaching out.

Price: $395

 

Want to do a trial run? Ask about our Comprehensive Consultation, a question/answer meeting in your home for up to 2 hours with your trainer.

Price: $250 (may be applied to a full program)

 

Watch our How To Train Your Dog Videos! (Sign up link below in the footer.)

Price: FREE

 
 

Sky has become the best possible dog. He hasn’t eaten his bed in over a year. He is great and very patient with kids. And he goes on hikes up Šmarna Gora with me. Thank you for all the advice!
— Tanja S. (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Sky, with his owners hiking in the Slovenian Alps.