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About Private/Tutoring

How Do I Know if Four Legged Scholars is a Good Fit for Us?


We are committed to show you the exact steps that need to be done to create your desired dog training results.  We also provide support to move through any mental or emotional blocks that may prevent you from completing your homework. By training with us you will create the peace of mind that you strongly desire.

During the first session, we evaluate if we are a good match for each other. The first session lasts for one and a half hours. During this time, we evaluate your dog and your goals.  After getting clear about your needs, we created three training packages tailored especially for you and your dog to reach your goals. You then get to choose the package that is the best fit for you! If there is time remaining after the evaluation, we will begin training your dog.

What Benefits Will You Receive from Training With Us?

  • More happiness
  • Peace of Mind
  • A feeling of trust between you and your dog.
  • A feeling of safety.

How Much Money Shall We Expect to Invest?


Initial Session (Evaluation): 1.5 hours $150

During the initial session, we will tailor three investment options that will outline your training results. You get to choose the investment that is the best fit for you. Discounts are given if you invest the full amount immediately. Investment Options for Private / Tutoring Sessions (each session lasts one hour):johanna_and_seiki_sit1

  • 4 Sessions = $380 – $400
  • 6 Sessions = $570 – $600
  • 8 Sessions = $760 – $800
  • 10 Sessions = $950 – $1000
  • 12 Sessions = $1140 – $1200

When is Tutoring a Good Choice?

  • When your dog has a behavior issue such as aggressive or fearful behavior.
  • When you want the training curriculum to focus on certain commands such as a strong focal point on leash walking with distractions or come.
  • When you want more one-on-one attention than you will receive in a group class setting.
  • When you have a busy life and a schedule that is not very flexible.  We can meet at different scheduled times each week if needed.

What is Covered in the Tutoring Course?  

  • An evaluation of you and your dog’s goals.
  • Training for the commands and the behaviors that need to be addressed. This can be obedience or a behavior issue.
  • You will learn how your thoughts, energy and emotions affect how your dog responds to you.  We will be looking at the holistic picture so that we can create long-lasting results between you and your dog.
  • Most people meet once a week for an hour, and we work with you and your dog together.  You will be given a clear outline of your weekly homework. You must be committed to working with your dog outside of the training sessions to create results.
  • We also cover what your dog is communicating to you.  Many times our dogs are giving us messages.  We will help you understand what your dog is here to teach you as well.

Where Do We Meet?

If you are within a 15 minute drive from the Millcreek area in SLC then I will come to your home. If you are farther than a 15 minute drive, we will meet at a designated location of our choice (usually in the Millcreek area). There are times when our location may change each week depending on your goals. If you are wanting to work with distractions then we may meet at a different outdoor park each week.

What Others are Saying

johanna_and_seiki_sit2What Others are Saying About Tutoring: 

“Jasper, Benny, Oliver and I say you are the BEST, Johanna!!  We had a great time with you today and learned so much!!  Thank you so much for such clear, positive instruction with so much love!”

– Marla Bosko (Jack Russell, Shih Tzu, and Terrier Mix)

“The biggest thing for me was the difference in our walks.  I am more comfortable and I see that he is happier.  It is amazing the shift that was created in just 10 weeks of training. Then just two weeks after our last session: He seems to be doing a lot better, especially on his walks which makes me very happy.  He is finally letting my dad hold him so that makes both of them very happy!  And my sister Stefanie even took him into a store the other day and he did not bark at any strangers and let a woman come up to him and pet him!  I am truly amazed with the little guy.  He also is getting more comfortable with strangers in fewer visits which I am really stoked about! We are still working on getting him more comfortable with strangers and dogs on our walks, and we are still working on the commands.  He is barking less at the window now which I love 🙂  Thanks for everything Johanna you are amazing!”

– Sarah Minen with Winston (Miniature Pinscher)

“Johanna worked with us one on one to make sure we were absorbing what she was teaching us in order to accomplish the goals we had set for training.  She is a great and patient teacher, demonstrating and working through each of the steps necessary repetitiously until she was comfortable seeing that we were making progress.”

– Peggy Blackman with Jack (Shi-Tzu)

Disclaimer: Results vary. As a result, Four Legged Scholars cannot guarantee that you will have the same results as others. Please remember that each dog and dog owner is an individual.

Human Reactive Behavior (Fear or Aggression Toward Humans)

Location: Your home if you are located within a 15 minute drive from the Millcreek area.  If you are more than 15 minutes away, come to us in the Millcreek area. As the sessions progress, we maybe meeting in other environments to ensure the best learning for your specific training goals.  These locations may include: Sugarhouse Park, Liberty Park, etc.

Initial Session (Evaluation): 1.5 hours $150 During the initial session, we will tailor three investment options that will outline your training results. You get to choose the investment option that is the best fit for you. Discounts are given if you invest the full amount immediately.

Investment Options for Private / Tutoring Sessions (each session lasts one hour):

  • 6 Sessions = $570 – $600
  • 8 Sessions = $760 – $800
  • 10 Sessions = $950 – $1000
  • 12 Sessions = $1140 – $1200

Your dog may learn all or some of the following:

  • Be happier and more calm in the presence of humans.
  • Approach humans and feel happy.
  • Perform commands in the presence of humans. These commands may include some or all of the following:
    • Go to bed and Settle
    • Leave It
    • Watch
    • Name Recognition
    • Emergency Come
    • Stay
    • Target

As a dog owner you will learn how to:

  • Shift your dog’s emotional response to be more calm and happy when he sees humans.
  • Get your dog to listen to commands in the presence of humans.
  • Be safe around humans with your dog.
  • Read dog behavioral signs both when your dog is stressed and relaxed.
  • Have fun while training your dog.
  • Create a peaceful household for yourself, your family and your visitors.

We will be focusing on some or all of the following processes to create results for you and your dog:

  • Counter Conditioning (Pairing a positive stimulus, usually treats, in the presence of your dog’s trigger to shift his emotional response to become more positive and happy.
  • Systematic Desensitization (Training your dog an alternate positive and happy response at a distance from the trigger.  Then gradually decreasing the distance between your dog and the trigger until he can perform this new positive and happy response close to the trigger.)
  • Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) (Teaching your dog to perform more relaxed behavioral postures in the presence of a previous trigger).

We teach you how to avoid using any painful methods of training which could involve: shock collars, spray bottles, choke collars, prong collars, yelling, etc.  These painful methods can actually increase your dog’s negative emotional response and create the behavioral problem to become worse.  The American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior has a great article on the adverse effects of punishment based training and a great article on the myths of the dominance theory in dog training.

Dog Reactive Behavior (Fear or Aggression Toward Dogs)

Location: Your home if you are located within a 15 minute drive from the Millcreek area.  If you are more than 15 minutes away, come to us in the Millcreek area. As the sessions progress, we maybe meeting in other environments to ensure the best learning for your specific training goals.  These locations may include: Sugarhouse Park, Liberty Park, etc.

Initial Session (Evaluation): 1.5 hours $150 During the initial session, we will tailor three investment options that will outline your training results. You get to choose the investment that is the best fit for you. Discounts are given if you invest the full amount immediately.

Investment Options for Private / Tutoring Sessions (each session lasts one hour):

  • 6 Sessions = $570 – $600
  • 8 Sessions = $760 – $800
  • 10 Sessions = $950 – $1000
  • 12 Sessions = $1140 – $1200

As a dog owner you will learn how to:

  • Shift your dog’s emotional response to be more calm and happy when he sees other dogs.
  • Get your dog to listen to commands in the presence of other dogs.
  • Create peaceful walks and greetings with your dog around other dogs.
  • Be safe around other dogs with your dog.
  • Read dog behavior signs both when your dog is stressed and relaxed.
  • Have fun while training your dog.

Your dog may learn all or some of the following:

  • Be happier and more calm in the presence of other dogs and while looking at other dogs.
  • Approach and greet dogs in a friendly manner.
  • Perform commands in the presence of other dogs. These commands may include some or all of the following:
    • Loose Leash Walking
    • Leave It
    • Watch
    • Name Recognition
    • Emergency Come
    • Sit Stay
    • Target
    • Wait at the Door

We will be focusing on some or all of the following to create results for you and your dog:

  • Counter Conditioning (Pairing a positive stimulus, usually treats, in the presence of your dog’s trigger to shift his emotional response to become more positive and happy.)
  • Systematic Desensitization (Training your dog an alternate positive and happy response at a distance from the trigger.  Then gradually decreasing the distance between your dog and the trigger until he can perform this new positive and happy response close to the trigger.)
  • Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) (Teaching your dog to perform more relaxed behavioral postures in the presence of a previous trigger.)

We teach you how to avoid using any painful methods of training which could involve: shock collars, spray bottles, choke collars, prong collars, yelling, etc.  These painful methods can actually increase your dog’s negative emotional response and create the behavioral problem to become worse.  The American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior has a great article on the adverse effects of punishment based training and a great article on the myths of the dominance theory in dog training.

Fearful Behavior (Separation Anxiety, Noise / Object Phobias, etc.)

Location: Your home if you are located within a 15 minute drive from the Millcreek area.  If you are more than 15 minutes away, come to us in the Millcreek area. As the sessions progress, we maybe meeting in other environments to ensure the best learning for your specific training goals.  These locations may include: Sugarhouse Park, Liberty Park, etc.

Initial Session (Evaluation): 1.5 hours $150 During the initial session, we will tailor three investment options that will outline your training results. You get to choose the investment that is the best fit for you. Discounts are given if you invest the full amount immediately. Investment Options for Private / Tutoring Sessions (each session lasts one hour):

  • 6 Sessions = $570 – $600
  • 8 Sessions = $760 – $800
  • 10 Sessions = $950 – $1000
  • 12 Sessions = $1140 – $1200

As a dog owner you will learn how to:

  • Shift your dog’s emotional response to be calm and happy in the presence of his triggers (noises, objects, etc).
  • Shift your dog to be more calm and happy when you are absent and when your dog is home alone.
  • Get your dog to listen to commands in the presence of his phobias.
  • Read dog behavioral signs both when your dog is stressed and relaxed.
  • Have fun while training your dog.

Your dog may learn all or some of the following:

  • Be happier and more calm in the presence of his triggers (noises, objects, etc).
  • Be happier and more calm when you are absent and when your dog is home alone.
  • Relax in the presence of his triggers as a result of teaching your dog the following:
    • Meditate
    • Stay
    • Perform Fun Tricks / Commands

We will be focusing on some or all of the following to create results for you and your dog:

  • Counter Conditioning (Pairing a positive stimulus, usually treats, in the presence of your dog’s trigger to shift his emotional response to become more positive and happy.)
  • Systematic Desensitization (Training your dog an alternate positive and happy response at a distance from the trigger.  Then gradually decreasing the distance between your dog and the trigger until he can perform this new positive and happy response close to the trigger.)
  • Holistic Remedies including some or all of the following:
    • Thundershirt
    • Essential Oils
    • Homeopathy
    • T-Touch / Massage

We teach you how to avoid using any painful methods of training which could involve: shock collars, spray bottles, choke collars, prong collars, yelling, etc.  These painful methods can actually increase your dog’s negative emotional response and create the behavioral problem to become worse.  The American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior has a great article on the adverse effects of punishment based training and a great article on the myths of the dominance theory in dog training.

Obedience (8 weeks to Adult)

Location: Your home if you are located within a 15 minute drive from the Millcreek area.  If you are more than 15 minutes away come, to us in the Millcreek area. As the sessions progress, we maybe meeting in other environments to ensure the best learning for your specific training goals.  These locations may include: Sugarhouse Park, Liberty Park, etc.

Initial Session (Evaluation): 1.5 hours $150 During the initial session, we will tailor three investment options that will outline your training results. You get to choose the investment that is the best fit for you. Discounts are given if you invest the full amount immediately.

Investment Options for Private / Tutoring Sessions (each session lasts one hour):

  • 4 Sessions = $380 – $400
  • 6 Sessions = $570 – $600
  • 8 Sessions = $760 – $800
  • 10 Sessions = $950 – $1000
  • 12 Sessions = $1140 – $1200

We will tailor the training plan according to your training goals. These commands may include:

  • Housetraining
  • Sit and Down
  • Puppy Socialization
  • Leave It (Helps to Lesson Chewing)
  • Settle
  • Gentle with Teeth
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Come and Stay
  • Wait at the Door
  • Watch
  • Go to Bed
  • More!

As a dog owner you will how to:

  • Train your dog a new command.
  • Get your to listen the first time you say a command.
  • Have fun while training your dog.
  • Create a peaceful household for yourself, family and visitors.

We teach you how to avoid using any painful methods of training which could involve: shock collars, spray bottles, choke collars, prong collars, yelling, etc.  These painful methods can actually increase your dog’s negative emotional response and create the behavioral problem to become worse.  The American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior has a great article on the adverse effects of punishment based training and a great article on the myths of the dominance theory in dog training.

Johanna Teresi performing dog training with Seiki.

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