Home Dogs Cats Services Before We Begin About Us

Services We Provide

Here in the greater Williamsburg, Virginia area many homes have multiple pets, including dogs, cats and others. We specialize in creating harmony within the household, firstly ensuring that all pets receive nutrition and exercise according to their specific needs. Exercise consists of both mental and physical elements while consistently engaging interaction between owner and pet. Most importantly, all pet training should be fun. Positive reinforcement is taught to all pet parents. A well-mannered pet becomes an important member of the family.  

A lack of communication causes frustration for both the human and the pet, and can lead to increased problems. An uncontrollable pet causes havoc in the home and is one of the main reasons pets are surrendered to shelters. Unfortunately most people do not know how to communicate effectively to their pet.

Providing positive training methods, proper socialization techniques and preventing problems before they occur are our primary goals at Paw Behavior, LLC.  

We work with all ages and behavior levels from puppies/kittens and adolescent/juvenile to adult/senior pets. A pet is never too old to learn and most who come from shelters or breeders are in need of your instructions and guidance to co-exist happily with your family.  

Our hands-on services (behavioral assessments and private in-home training) are available to the Greater Williamsburg Virginia area, which includes Williamsburg, Richmond, Newport News, Virginia Beach and most of Virginia's Tidewater areas.

Behavioral Assessments

Behavioral issues are addressed by first having the owner complete a behavioral questionnaire, so an overall picture of the situation can be examined. After reviewing the document a meeting is set up to do an in-home evaluation. A behavioral modification plan is then developed with the owner and put into practice. One or more follow-up visits will access progress and any needs for further adjustments to the program.

Initial Consultation (Required): The assessment of your pet(s) and your home environment is a two-step process.

  1. Complete a Behavior Consultation Questionnaire for each pet to be trained (Dog Questionnaire - Cat Questionnaire) This is required prior to the in-home observation.

  2. The in-home observation and analysis of protocol needed to achieve set goals.

Depending on the age and how progressed the dog/cat is with training, an individualized training or behavioral services plan will be developed for your family. You will also receive general information on Paw Behavior policies.  

Payments are due in advance or at the time of service. Call for information and pricing.

Private, In-Home Training

We offer lessons Monday through Saturday, daytime and evening.  We allow for your busy schedule by adjusting days and times as needed. Training includes basics, intermediate, advanced, therapy dog preparation and service dog evaluation.  

Lessons and skills taught  may include the following:

Appropriate elimination of noise (bark); no biting or jumping on people; Motion/Action Commands: Look at me, Take it, Walk on a leash without pulling, Sit, Down, Come with an auto sit, Move to heel position or place, Settle, Sit Stay, Down stay, Wait, Leave it, Drop it, Give it, Off, Heel with an auto sit, Quite (stop barking), Sit for a greeting, Meet and Greet with a person and another dog, etc. We work to create you an individualized program that will focus on your specific needs and goals.

Phone Consultations

Phone Consultations: (A credit card is required.)  

Phone consultations are offered for clients living outside our typical service area.

Phone consultations are scheduled just like an in-home consultation. Phone consultations may also include supplemental information sent via email. 

Phone consultations are charged in 15-minute increments.

A credit card is required. At the completion of the call, your card will be charged for the time spent on the phone. 

Phone billing examples:  

A 5-minute call will be charged the same as a 15-minute call.
A 15-30 minute call will be charged as 30 minutes.       
A 45-60 min call will be charged as 60 minutes.

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