• Services

Whether your dog is experiencing anxiety, fear-based aggression, frustration, or the challenges of adolescence, we have tens of thousands of hours identifying the real issue and helping to bring relief to dog and guardian alike. We follow the Standards of Practice Code of Ethics set forth by the IAABC, APDT and CCPDT. All work with your companion is done following the guidance of LIMA and the Humane Hierarchy and our teaching utilizes positive reinforcement. We are a fear and intimidation free practice.

Getting started…

After a brief phone or email conversation to see how Inspire can help we would schedule an:

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In-home Consultation

Depending on the challenges being faced, we would schedule either a 90 minute or two hour consult.

This will be a working session, meaning there would be a comprehensive assessment done of your dog, management would be recommended, exercises introduced and goals discussed.  A plan is created based off this information with your individual dog and family in mind.

We would then make a recommendation for going forward, if necessary, with one of the services below:

Virtual Dog Behavior Counseling

Private Coaching

We will work with you and your dog, focusing on training you to teach your dog the skills they will need to be successful. We offer both 60 and 90-minute sessions that will take place at your home or on location, depending on where we are in your plan.

Day Training

Day training is a useful option for busy guardians and families, or for dogs that are in need of a professional’s hands-on skills. Day training allows the pro to work one on one with your dog in either 60 or 90 minute sessions, taking the pressure off the guardian. Once the new behavioral choice is a habit for the dog, we would schedule a transfer session with the guardian, handing off the maintenance of the new skill.

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Virtual Consults

May be recommended for separation distress and anxiety cases, or between Coaching sessions to ensure progress is being made. Virtual Consults may also be suitable for out of state or out of country cases.

We realize how difficult it can be to find a behavior counselor and/or trainer in an unregulated field and so does the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB).  To help you make this incredibly important decision and to provide current scientific based information on behavior modifications procedures, the AVSAB has put forward the following position statements:

Inspire Canine Behavior Counseling & Training

Inspire Canine Behavior Counseling & Training is insured and bonded through Business Insurers of the Carolinas. Tractive GPS technology is utilized for all day training to give you peace of mind. All active cases are covered under our FAT (Functional Assessment Tracking) subscription. We are accredited with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and a proud member of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

Paula has been working with us for about 5 months now and Ollie is making huge strides, she has been patient with us as we are learning how to provide the best environment for Ollie to be successful. When we began our behavior therapy we would have daily dog fights and human aggression/bites. We were afraid of our dog! He wasn’t happy and we weren’t happy. I knew that we were the only home he could live in as he was a danger to others so rehoming wasn’t an option and any rescue would put him down. We felt like prisoners in our own home. Over time, with lots of patience and a few setbacks, he is becoming a much happier dog and we are no longer afraid of him. When we began he was afraid of every little sound or movement so walks were torture for him, now he LOVES his walks and prances when we are on his outings. He used to bite when we tried to leash him, now he gets excited and runs to the door to go. He had NO verbal cues and I honestly didn’t think he had the ability to learn. Now, he knows and consistently responds to several commands. He now asks for affection and we know his polite social cues to let us know he’s done. I think the biggest key to getting your pet to become the pet you want them to be is both patience and commitment. Paula has been so committed to our success and so very patient when we falter. Change doesn’t happen over night and we know that but I know its happening. My daughter came home from college after being gone for 2 1/2 months and she said that she has seen a significant amount of change in him. That meant the world to me! Paula knows what she is doing and offers not just training to your dog, but continued education. She is constantly pursing knowledge and passes that along to her clients. If you have a troubled pup that needs help or if you have a puppy that you want to start off right please call her!
AngelaPoway, California
I have nothing but great things to say about Paula. What we liked about her was the fact that the training was more of understanding our dog. Getting to know what makes her tick and how to keep her happy. She learned the basic commands, but the method was more than teaching “sit”. It was an incorporation of the teaching these commands and building our little girls confidence. Our dog came from an LA shelter with a low self confidence and skittish. Thanks to the time spent with “Ms. Paula” as we like to call her, she has become a great dog. I highly recommend Ms. Paula if you’re looking for a trainer that will make a connection with your pet and yourself.

RubenSan Marcos, California

I got in contact with Inspire Canine to get some help with my young Swedish Vallhund’s separation issues. At the time she was 11/2 and if I needed to leave her at home she either needed to be crated, where she kept howling or crying. Or she would destroy the apartment and work herself into such a frenzy she’d pee and poop everywhere.

Working with Paula has been amazing. She always has a positive attitude and always works from the dog’s perspective. Teaching me about my dog’s triggers and showing me how to handle the situation long before any destructive behavior or anxiety kicks in. Her training hasn’t only been focused on the separation but on the daily behavior and routine of my dog, convinced that it’s all linked together. This has helped me address other small issues that a teenage dog has and have left me with a dream dog. My dog is now 3 and has got, with the help of Inspire Canine, all the tools to deal with whatever stressful situations life throws at her, including being left alone.

KristinCalifornia, Sweden & Virginia

We have a Belgian shepherd, male, one year old. Those dogs have strong personalities. Paula has immediately helped bring up the quality of the dog, and best behaviors, with people and with other dogs. Her knowledge of dog psychology helped us understand why dogs react this or that way, and helped bring and reinforce the desired responses. The training sessions have been productive and quite enjoyable.

PascalEscondido, California