Have the Dog You Always Wanted

A dog who you can be proud of… A dog who not only loves you, but also listens to you.

Our membership gives you all of the tools and support you’ll need.

Does This Sound Like You?

You wish you could do more fun stuff with your dog, but everytime you try to take her anywhere, she is pulling and lunging and it is scary and embarassing?

Your frustrated that dog listens to you at home, but outside it’s like you don’t even exist?

You have an otherwise friendly dog, but she acts like Cujo anytime she sees another dog

You have a new rescue with a questionable past, and you want to help her get over some of her fears?

You love your dog, but she barks all the time, and it’s drive you, your spouse, or your neighbors nuts!

Or maybe you work from home, and those on your work call can hear your dog barking… You’ve managed to play it off so far, but it’s unprofessional and it needs to stop.

You have a dog who is well past the puppy stage, but continues puppy behaviors like mouthing and jumping… Only now she’s big, and it hurts!

You have a dog who thinks the trash can and countertops are her personal snack bins.

Is your dog okay with you, but growls at others? 

You dog has some naughty behaviors that you’ve put up with until now, but things are getting worse, and something needs to change.

You have a baby-on-the-way and you want to do your best to ensure your dog is well trained before baby gets here.

Your discouraged because you’ve been trying to train your dog, but it’s just not working!

Or maybe you just want to make sure you’re setting your dog up with the best start possible?

The membership would be perfect for you.

 

Let Us Help You, Just Like We’ve Helped Hundreds of Other Clients!

Our track record speaks for itself…

We are the BEST in the industry for helping dogs who live in urban or suburban environments.

So if you want to….

  • Have A Well-Adjusted Dog
    • More calm
    • More confident
    • Dependable
  • Who Is Also Well Trained…
    • Knows Basic Commands
      • Sit
      • Down
      • Come
      • Stay
      • Leave It, Etc.
    • Walks on a Loose Leash
    • Polite To Visitors At Your Home
    • Under Control
    • No Jumping
    • Walking On A Loose Leash
    • Passing Other Dogs and People Politely
    • Trustworthy In Your Home

The membership is right for you!

Spend the Next Decade with a Dog You Can Count On

Imagine the peace of mind you’ll have, living the next 10+ years, with a dog you can count on…

Investing in training now sets the foundation you need for a dog you can trust.

The foundation for leaving your front door wide open while you carry in groceries and packages… without fear of your dog running out into the street.

The foundation for being able to include your dog in the joy of having visiting friends and family around… and knowing that your dog will never knock anyone over with out-of-control jumping.

The foundation for taking your dog for an enjoyable stroll around the neighborhood on a loose leash… without living in fear of her attacking a passing dog or lunging at a passing child.

Dogs who go through our training program receive a foundation that makes all of these critical life skills possible.

Bad behavior habits solidify over time. So the best time to start training is now.

By starting now, you can rest assured that you will have the best chance at impacting any current behavior issues, as well as the best opportunity for instilling new skills. This will help to create a dog you can be proud of. An adult dog who is reliable, safe, and enjoyable to both her family and others.

Introducing Online Dog Training That WORKS!

With our online dog training program, you no longer have to deal with the exhaustion, overwhelm, and frustration that comes from living with a dog who doesn’t listen to you.

You’ll never have to worry that you’re doing the wrong thing, that you’re making it worse, or that you’re wasting your time on a technique that isn’t right for you and your dog.

Our online training program is the most convenient and fun way to go from stressed by your dog to REFRESHED, CONFIDENT, & CALM.

Our Online Dog Training Program is the ONLY One to…

This isn’t just another online dog training course. We didn’t want to create another massive batch of dog training videos.

Instead, we wanted to create something truely unique and effective.

Here’s how our online dog training program is unique…

Our online dog training program is the ONLY experience out there that that we know of that incorporates on demand courses, community, LIVE classes, and a close relationship with your trainer.

As far as we know, NOBODY else is doing this because it’s really hard to offer all of this!

This Is So Important Because…

  • Our on-demand dog training courses let you go at the pace that YOU need.
  • Our supportive community really makes us stand out. Wondering if what you are going through is normal? Connect with other dog parents who are going through the same things! It just really great to have a community who knows you and your puppy, and who can support you every step of the way!
  • Having access to an expert dog trainer is key. You don’t have to spend time going down the path of an approach that doesn’t make any sense. If you’re confused or stuck, just attend office hours, a live class, post in the forum, or direct message your trainer in our community.

The result? A MUCH higher success rate among our clients. Our clients are able to more easily move through the more challenging phases of dog ownership, and on to advanced work – sometimes as soon as the first couple of months!

Hi! I’m Michelle…

I’m not some tech-savvy, marketing guru who opened up a dog training membership to make tons of money… I’m the farthest thing from that!

I am a really good, really experienced dog trainer that just so happens to be moving into the digital space in order to serve my clients in the best way possible (I truly think virtual puppy training makes the MOST sense and is the way of the future).

Want to hear about what I was doing before Savvy City Dog? You can read my Yelp reviews from working with clients in Washington, DC.

  • I have 15 years of experience working as a dog trainer in the Washington, DC area.
  • I’m a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (https://www.ccpdt.org/)
  • I’m also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (https://www.ccpdt.org/)
  • I’m a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (https://apdt.com/)
  • I’m a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator through the American Kennel Club (https://www.akc.org/)
  • I have many years of experience in animal rescue, including as the Behavior and Training Director of a nationally-known rescue organization where I developed shelter training programs, the volunteer program, and the group class program. This includes working with hundreds of reactive, aggressive, fearful, traumatized, and anxious dogs. Every day.
  • I’ve personally fostered dozens of dogs.
  • I owned and operated my own dog training studio in Kensington, MD, where we conducted private training, group classes, and board and train.
  • I’m a German Shepherd owner and enthusiast!
  • I’m a Cavapoo owner and enthusiast!
  • I’m a mom of two little humans as well 🙂

This Is Perfect for You If…

  • You’re busy and you just want to know what really works.
  • You want professional support.
  • You don’t want to train your dog alone.
  • You have no desire to wade through everything online to try to piecemeal a house training plan, crate training plan, no biting, socialization plan, and leadership plan from scratch.
  • You know that the fastest way to get results is to work directly with an expert.

Here Are a Few of the Perks Our Members Enjoy…

Amazing Community

A community of dog parents, just like you!

Get support, feedback, and accountability along your dog training journey.

Have a question? Post in our Community and get Michelle’s feedback within 24 hours Mon-Fri.

We even have an app, which makes expert help and your community available any time, any place. So easy!

Expert Help

Our membership gives you direct access to Michelle, our Certified Behavior Consultant and Certified Professional Dog Trainer. 

She will be there with you, every step of the way on your dog’s training journey.

You can follow her exact program via our on-demand lessons.

You can get in-person feedback at our live classes and office hours.

And, you can get detailed answers to any of your questions anytime in our Community. Just post a question to Michelle, and she’ll answer it!

Great Training

Specific training plans for – household management, clicker training, obedience foundation, loose leash walking, sit, down, come, leave it, stopping unwanted behaviors, and more!

Dog training classes with graduation certificates

Title your dog with American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen title. This is a nationally-recognized title that shows that your dog successfully passed a 10-item test demonstrating her obedience skills. It is also the gateway training to therapy dog work and advanced obedience training.

Have a Great Experience, or We Won’t Take Your Money!

We are 100% confident that you will love your membership, and your training time here!

We run a TINY online business. This is not a big box store or mega-corp! Customer satisfaction is super important to us. No customer is too small to matter.

We definitely do NOT want to take your money if you are unhappy.

That’s why we offer a 7-day money-back guarantee. 

Come on in… Check everything out, at no risk! 

Attend a LIVE chat, message Michelle a few questions in our community or in the forums, go through a few of our courses.

If you don’t like what you see for any reason, just send an email to [email protected] and you will not be charged.

No hoops to jump through! No number to call. Just easy, do it yourself, instant cancellation.

We Offer Two Ways to Join the Membership

The most popular way to join is via our annual membership. The annual membership is what I recommend for anyone who wants to do significant training, or who has significant behavior issues to work through. Dog training is never truly done. The most successful dog parents I see are the ones who include regular training as part of the lifestyle they have with their dog, this is one of the reasons I love the annual membership.

However, we understand that a single option is not going to be the right for everyone. So, we also offer a quarterly membership. This is the perfect option if:

You only need some obedience training and don’t have any behavior issues to work through…

You have some behavior issues, but they are not a big deal…

And you still want all the support and connection that the membership will provide.

Our Membership Options

Frequently Asked Questions

Isn't in-person dog training better?

Nope! We 100% believe that online dog training is better and is the way of the future. There are so many reasons, but here are our top 3:

1)    It’s Coronavirus

Let’s be honest, we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Online dog training provides a safe way to get dog training help.

2)    It’s So Effective

Online dog training is so effective. I knew it had lots of potential, but once I started doing it, I realized how much better it truly is! There is so much that we can do online that we could never dog in person like… 

1.     Video recordings of lessons so that you can review at your convenience

2.     Video review sessions where I can give you precise and recorded feedback on your dog’s behavior

3.     And, live in-person sessions that can be done in the comfort and low-distraction environment of your home, a place where your dog is going to be much more able to focus on learning something new.

My clients make fast, significant progress. They are consistently blowing me away with their results!

3)    Online Dog Training Means Your Dog Listens to YOU

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve attended a dog training class and the trainer “helped” a client by taking their dog’s leash.

Sometimes this can help a bit, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if your dog responds to your dog trainer. It matters if your dog responds to you!

From a trainer perspective, taking the dog’s leash is so much easier than allowing the client to do it.

Online dog training eliminates this variable, and allows you to be your dog’s trainer, which means that your dog will respond to you.

How Much Time Do I Need?

A little progress each day leads to big results.

If you have 10 minutes, twice a day for training, you will do great!

2 weeks from now, your life could be so different if you got started today, right?

You don’t want to be stuck in a situation years from now where you are still dealing with an untrained dog. Or, worse, a puppy who grows up only to solidify a ton of bad habits!

In fact, our dog training program saves you time…

No more late night google searches, no more trying to piece together advice from friends and family, no more conflicting methodologies…

Instead, you’ll be confidently taking action on tasks that will bring you the biggest results – one baby step at a time.

Why? …

Because we give you one clear, cohesive program with expert guidance along the way.

Simple. Straightforward. Effective.

We’ve seen my clients with full-time booming careers succeed in our program.

We’ve had clients in college or grad school succeed at our program.

We’ve seen moms with young kids succeed in our program.

We’ve seen moms with kids and a job succeed at our program.

We KNOW you can too :)!

Do You Have a Money-Back Guarantee?

Yes! 

We have a 48-hour period where you can explore our ENTIRE program, risk-free.

At any point during that time, if it’s not for you, just send us an email at [email protected] and we’ll process a full refund for you.

Will This Work For My Puppy?

Will this work for….

My rescue dog? My older dog? My teacup dog? My rare dog breed? My breed of dog who is not easy to train?

We hear you.

And, we’re glad to say, yes…

If you’re committed to working with your dog, this program can help any dog to make progress.

*Significant aggression issues (where your dog is biting people or other animals to the point of causing damage) are not going to be resolved with this training membership. Please email Michelle at [email protected] so that she can help you find the best training solution.

This website seems really girly, I'm a man

Great observation!

Most of our clients are women, so that’s who we market to.

However, we work with plenty of men in the membership and would love to work with you too!

We like pink for sure… but that doesn’t mean we’re not good trainers, we promise 🙂

How Fast Until I Get Results?

This depends! We are unable to guarantee dog behavior for legal & ethical reasons – we can’t predict what you will do with our dog training program! 

I can say this though – over the past 15 years we’ve had thousands of success stories.

In general, it is not uncommon for most clients to get results in 12 weeks.

Clients who fully commit can start to see significant results in only 2-4 weeks!

What Will I Get?

You will get so much!

Access to our on-demand library (with new lessons added each month!). This includes a 6-week basic manners course, and lessons on everything from body language to kids and dogs to resource guarding.

Access to our amazing community, where you can get expert answers to your questions within 24 hours M-F.

Access to LIVE office hours with your trainer.

Access to LIVE group classes.

Discounted private sessions.

And, more!

What Kind of Support Will I Get?

We pride ourselves in providing the best support possible to our clients.

We hate bloated online programs that feel like more work than they’re worth. This is not that.

You won’t get lost in the shuffle here. We know all of our members and their dogs intimately. 

If you need support at any point, you can post in the community, ask during office hours, message us directly, or get help in the live classes.

You will get a response asap!

This seems like a lot of time, why don't you offer a monthly option?

That’s a great question!

We actually used to offer a monthly option; however, we quickly realized that the clients who signed up with our monthly option were just not comitted for long enough.

Dog training is all about consistency and repetition.

And one month is just not nearly enough time to make any sort of significant progress…

For that reason, because the success of our clients and their dogs is so important to us, we don’t even offer monthly as an option any more.

I've seen cheaper programs out there, I'm not sure...

We’ve seen cheaper programs out there too. Most of the programs we see involve “trainers” who are actually mostly amazing digital marketers and only average trainers. A lot of the “programs” are actually just a series of training videos, with maybe a few handouts.

Michelle, on the other hand, is an average digital marketer and an amazing dog trainer.

Our program is based entirely on her extensive experience working with thousands of puppies over the past 15 years. It works.

Not only do you get the training plans and the handouts, you also get a Community where you can get custom answers to any training and behavior questions that you might have. 

You also get monthly office hours and LIVE classes.

If we were picking a training program online, we would absolutely pick something like Savvy City Dog with so much customized, expert support.

Hear From Previous Clients…

We are extremely pleased with the professional support we have received from Michelle — and can’t imagine having made it through the first month of our life as new puppy owners without her. To start, she really knows what she is doing, and seems to have a quick and straightforward approach in response to every challenge we raise. This has included lots of basics, from getting our puppy into her crate and pen, to name recognition, basic commands, leash biting, “leave it” and much much more. She instills confidence in us, reinforced by her excellent followup emails that summarize all we’ve covered in each session and include handouts to guide us in our ongoing training efforts. Beyond this, our puppy adores her and would do anything she wants her to do!

Peter

My wife and I recently adopted a rescue pitbull (8 months old). While he’s a sweet dog, I don’t think he ever had much in the way of training, and he was getting very excited and hard to control at times. Michelle has been working with him and us, and the transformation has been like night and day! She has shown us a lot of wonderful techniques for getting him to walk calmly next to us on the leash (which it is amazing to see given how bad he used to be), to play appropriately in the house, and many others. Michelle has a wealth of knowledge and a great manner with both dog owners and their dogs. I strongly recommend her to anybody who is looking for a trainer.

Larry

Michelle identified my dog’s motivations and behaviors in such a short time! Her insight has helped my manage me dog’s reactive (could be called aggressive) actions towards other dogs. Thanks so much! This dog used to be almost beyond my ability to walk. Now we are happy campers strolling the neighborhood. THANK YOU MICHELLE!

Ann

You Deserve This!

You CAN do this! Getting through behavior challenges may seem almost impossible, but it is 100% worth it!

You and your dog’s quality of life just becomes SO MUCH BETTER once your dog is trained!

If millions of people around the world can have well-trained dogs, WHY NOT YOU?

You can do this, and by joining our membership, you will gain access to all of the resources and support that you need to have a well-trained dog without having to create a program alone…

…We give you permission to step up, take action, and say, “WHY NOT ME? I CAN GET EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO MY DOG BEHAVIOR CHALLENGES! AND, I CAN TRAIN A WELL-BEHAVED DOG. AND, MY DOG CAN EARN HER CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TITLE.”

Because you CAN do this! We’ve helped hundreds of clients before you achieve their dream relationships with their dogs, and we can help you too!

You DESERVE this! Let’s get started right now on your dog training journey!