1 on 1 Private Training Lessons

The most dog-specific, custom-tailored training available

Training isn’t about tricks & what your dog can do when you have a treat in my hand, it’s a lifestyle. To cater to the psychological & physical needs of your dog (and most likely the sanity of yourself / home), training is an absolute must.

Through these training lessons, my goal is to focus on creating a calm state of mind for your dog. All lessons are catered specifically to your dog and the behaviors that aren’t serving the overall household’s lifestyle & happiness (jumping, door darting, etc.) and as well as strengthening the behaviors that do (recall, loose leash walking, etc.).

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FAQs About Private Lessons

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where Do The 1 on 1 Training Lessons Take Place?

In your home. The easiest way to show you (the dog owner) how to best work, train, and hold your dog accountable is in his or her own space.

How Long Are the 1 on 1 Training Sessions?

The 1 on 1 private, training lessons are 1 hour long.

Who Needs to Be There?

In this day and age, I know it’s hard to get everyone’s schedules to align, so I have worked with anywhere from 1 person to the whole family (children included). In order for you to get the most out of training, you want to make sure that the information learned during our lessons together is shared with the rest of your friends and family. Consistency is key in working with dogs!

What Age Should My Dog Be To Start Training?

I have worked with hundreds of dogs from puppyhood to adulthood. The curriculum may be different depending on where your dog is in their development and your age-specific issues, but the goal is the same: a calm state of mind!

What if I Have More than 1 Dog Who Needs Training, How Does That Work?

When it comes to training dogs within a multi-dog household, you always want to train them individually before you start working them together.

For example, if you want both dogs to walk nicely on leash together, you start by teaching each dog the correct way to walk on leash first.

This might mean that when I am training one, I ask you to have the other crated, in a separate room, etc. so we can focus on teaching new behaviors with lower distractions to raise their rate of success.

What Does The Training Entail?

Any and all things related to the lifestyle of you / you dog except aggression & resource guarding. All components listed below:

How Will I Know if You Can Help Me With My Dog’s Specific Issues?

I ask very specific questions on my booking form that collects the information needed to know if I would be the right trainer for you.

If when I reach out, I am offering a time slot for a lesson, that means that after reading your contact form, I know I can help you & your dog in your goals & I am ready to get started as soon as you are.

What Results Can I Expect to Get from Training?

Instead of telling you, let me show you through watching a few of my previous training clients start to finish.

Let me give you some background details on why these owners reached out to see if any of their journeys may parallel yours & your dogs:

Click on any of these Highlights on my Instagram to Watch Their Transformations:

Do You Bring Your Own Dog or Another Dog to My Lesson if We Need a Distraction for the Training?

I do not (my dog prefers resting on the floor in our home over working – don’t we all). When working on issues that lend themselves to distractions, we will “use” whatever is in the environment around your home (such as dogs walking on the opposite sidewalk).

Is My Home Within Your Serviceable Range?

I will do training lessons in owner’s homes up to 30 minutes away from my own.

To know if I’m in your serviceable range before moving foreword with booking, type the address below into your maps app.

Central Bucks South High School

1100 Folly Rd, Warrington PA, 18976

If your home is over 30 minutes away from CB South, you are unfortunately out of my serviceable range.

What If I Found Out That I Am Outside of Your Serviceable Range? What Now?

Although I can’t accommodate “Private, In-Home Training” if you are outside of my range, I can still do training with you via my “Virtual Training Lessons” option. This option is both cheaper and able to be done no matter where you are located in the world.

More information on this service below:

If you were set on doing in-person training, my best advice would be to go to Facebook and post in your town’s community group asking for your neighbors recommendation for a trainer. Because you will be posting it in your town’s specific group, you are more likely to get a recommendation that is located closer to your home.

Do You Do Free Consultations?

I do not.

There would be so much valuable information (even in a free consultation) that you may be able to leave just that one meeting with a wonderful list of actionable tips and may not even need to transition to a payable service.

For this reason, I ask dog owners to follow my Instagram @Handfulofleashes to get an authentic, day-to-day view of my business and see if I would be a good trainer for you & your dog.

If the answer if “yes,” then you would fill out a contact form, specify if you are only doing 1 Lesson or a Package and we would get started right from there based on the information provided in the form!

Would You Allow Me to “Gift” Your Training to a Loved One?

Although I know your heart is in the right place, I do not allow my training to be “gifted.”

My training packages’ success is based on the consistency and trust I get from the dog owners I work with. Because of this, I want the owners who hire me to be “All-In” and ready to do the work. This won’t always be the case when someone receives free training for an issue that isn’t bothering them as much as it is bothering the person who gifted the lessons.

I have had owners ask their significant other for my training as their Christmas gift. They simply asked their partner “Would you pay for lessons with Heather from Handful of Leashes as my gift?” In this case, the dog owner is asking for my services as a gift and is already on-board with training before being “gifted” it. This is the only situation where I will do training as a “gift.”

Thank you for understanding.

How Do Your “Packages” Work?

My packages are where the magic happens.

They keep you accountable to your training (since I will be coming to your home once a week) & introduce the course work in a slow, trickle method that allows maximum absorption of information & highest degree of success.

Package 1:

Puppy Stuff / Basic Obedience

Can Start at 8 Weeks+

I have had many owners walk away after just 1 package with all their questions answered & their pesky pet problems improved.

When it comes to 2 specific issues, they do require their own package due to their need for specialized information:

Package 2:

Loose Leash Training (and Reactivity & Place)

Can Start at 6-7 Months+

The package that pairs the loose leash walk with state of mind training to teach your dog to walk by your side (instead of choking themselves out).

Package 3:

E-Collar Training (And Off Leash Freedom)

Can Start at 6-7 Months+ AND After Loose Leash Training

This package is the only package that has a prerequisite in order to be taught. I do this to ensure the owners I work with are willing to do the foundational work / get their dog to a calm state of mind first instead of just throwing a tool on their dog & reprimanding.

What If I Don’t Know Which Package I Want?

You don’t need to know :)

In my booking form, I ask if you would like one lesson or a package of lessons.

Then, further down, I ask “What issues are you experiencing?” and “What are you goals?”

Based on these answers, I know what the best package is & we move forward with training together.

Should I Do 1 Lesson or a Package?

I offer the option to do 1 lesson for two reasons:

  1. To get a feel for if you would like to commit to a package after working with me & getting a feel for my energy
  2. To get insight on the issue(s) you are dealing with and get actionable steps to work towards your goal without as much accountability from me

Note: The dogs / results in the pictures below were from clients who chose the package option.

What If I Choose 1 Lesson on the Contact Form, But Then Change my Mind & Want to Buy a Package the Day of My Lesson?

I plan my weekly scheduling around how many lessons I am expected to be doing with each client. If you were to say you only wanted 1 lesson on the contact form, once we have scheduled that lesson I don’t take your dog into consideration when I am booking the week following your lesson.

Because of this, if I already booked the week following your original 1 lesson before you decided to switch to a package it may be 2 weeks before I can get you back on my schedule.

I am happy to get you back on the schedule if this were to be the case but I wanted to share this to help manage expectations around how scheduling works.

When Can I Book Lessons?

Time & Day is based around your availability but I mostly book Monday through Thursday to be mostly attentive to dog sitting / dog walking dogs on the weekends.

I ask for your availability on the “Contact Form” at the bottom of this service page so I know where could work best for both of our schedules.

NOTE: Training lessons are generally booked with 15-30 minutes of wiggle room. This is to account for the transportation nature of my services (accidents, road closures, following a GPS, distance from the training lesson previous, inclement weather, etc.) as well as any overflow of time in the previous lesson / service I provided.

How Do I Pay You?

I take cash, check, or Venmo.

As a business owner, it was imperative that I created a business Venmo to keep business and personal transactions separate. The downside to this is there is a transaction fee to have this separation.

For this reason, if you choose to use Venmo as your form of payment, there is an additional charge:

For every $100 spent, there is a $2 charge to cover fees.

Total Price of Service(s)Additional Cost
$1 – $99+ $2
$100 – $199+ $4
$200 – $299+ $6
And so on…

When Do I Pay You?

Before the start of service / day of the service.

If you are paying with cash or check, I love for dog owners to have it ready for when I come for the private in-home.

If you are paying with Venmo, I love for dog owners to Venmo me before the private in-home(s).

Where Can I Find More Information About Your Business As a Whole?

On my “About” page.

Here you will find my motivation to grow Handful of Leashes, my mission statement, the start of the business in 2014, my education, seminars and expos I have attended, and a timeline of when I added each service to my business.

Can You Give Me References?

When a hiring manager asks a potential new employee for references, the person on the other end of the phone would be a business.

When a potential client asks for references, the person on the other end of the phone would be a person, answering questions in the free time, about a personal expense.

I really value my dog owners free time (heck, I made a business around doing so 😊). For this reason, I do not offer my current clients as references to potential clients.

If you were looking to see what others had to say about my business, below is an auto-updated Google review widget. But you can also find other reviews through my Facebook page “Handful of Leashes” if you click here.


Raquel Tomaine
Raquel Tomaine
22:37 04 Jul 24
Heather worked with our puppy & taught us essential skills in enabling him to be more calm & to walk right beside us on his leash. We did the puppy package & then the loose leash package & we are very happy with what we learned. Heather is great, very patient, very friendly, and extremely knowledgable!
Roma Mehul
Roma Mehul
19:02 01 Jul 24
We hired Heather to help train our 8-week-old Golden Mountain doodle.We were first time puppy parents, so we didn’t know what to expect with the puppy. Heather was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. She helped us navigate through the first few weeks by helping us connect with our newest member of the family. Heather was so patient and asked what we wanted to focus on in the beginning of each session, which was great.With the 5-week package, we learned how to stop the pup from jumping up on us, reduce on the biting, climbing up/down the steps, sitting, waiting for food vs. jumping up, and crate training.She gave us the tools we needed to continue the training.I highly recommend Heather!Heather – thank you for all you do!!!
Kiersten Bojanowski
Kiersten Bojanowski
19:08 20 May 24
Heather is amazing!!! Before I hired her, my dog was unbearable on walks. He would pulled like crazy, jump at people or lay down randomly. Now he knows how to loose leash walk and actually listens! With this training, it has also helped with create training. Before he would not go in the cage and would cry the whole time. Now he takes 3 hour naps in there and can be left for a bit without crying because he is mentally drained from his walks. I used to have to do 2 snuffle mats and 3 puzzles a day along with 4 walks because he is so high energy and could never really settle, now he can sleep for hours in between naps. I no longer get stressed taking him on walks and it’s all thanks to Heather!
Michael Profrock
Michael Profrock
20:53 19 Mar 24
We just recently adopted two dogs that were 18months old. With having the worries of introducing new dogs into an environment that they have never been around was already stressful enough. Having followed Heather on her social media accounts, I was excited to see her skills put to the test. From simple suggestions on how to get both dogs to love their crates and to listen to us was impressive. She was able to answer any questions that I had and explained her reasons for her suggestions. She is the true dog whisperer. I look forward to scheduling another visit so she can help on other improvements. I hope to anyone reading this realizes that they will not be disappointed. She is truly the best!
holly corson
holly corson
05:05 19 Dec 23
Heather is a fantastic dog trainer! We needed her services recently for our dog (9ish months old at the time) who seemed determined to listen as little as possible. We had major issues with her pulling on the leash and barking/whining during walks, constantly counter surfing, jumping out of our fenced in yard, and more. Heather was able to help with all of them. She taught us (and our dog!) how to do a beautiful loose leash walk along with how to use an e-collar to keep her in "place" and correct for bad behavior. Our relationship with our dog is so much less stressful now and we're looking forward to many years of happy dog ownership. All that, and Heather was great with our kids and fun to be around! We could not recommend her more. The investment was worth it.
Charlotte Baratta
Charlotte Baratta
14:02 13 Dec 23
Heather is a fantastic trainer! She truly understands them and their needs, and is so helpful in training the people who are handling the dog too!One of our dogs was experiencing anxiety and through some fairly simple steps he’s calmed down so muchI’ve recommended her to friends and everyone has had a great experience with her. Thank you Heather!
Lisa Madden
Lisa Madden
20:07 28 Nov 23
I found Handful of Leashes on a google search after my 9 month old puppy started resource guarding and it was becoming a HUGE problem. From our first session, I knew I liked Heather's approach. She is confident, knowledgeable, professional and honest. After our first session, I ended up buying a package and doing e-collar training with my pup. Heather provided me with the tools that I needed to stop this bad habit and it worked! I highly recommend Handful of Leashes if you need any help with your dog!
Eric Fay
Eric Fay
19:20 10 Nov 23
Heather was fantastic for our Abigail (mini goldendoodle)! We did a 5 session package, starting with Heather at 10 weeks, and the progress made in even the first session was remarkable. Would have been in a tough place without Heather!We’re also looking to use Heather for boarding services in the future, as well as further training as Abigail gets older.UPDATE:We’ve done 2 more packages (loose leash & e-collar) with Heather and it has made such a difference. Without Heather we have no idea we’d be with this crazy pup!We’ve also used Heather for boarding on a couple of occasions, and Abigail comes home (although probably would rather stay) so fulfilled. We also get regular updates via social media which is awesome. Very much trust Heather to take care of our girl!
Tia Regec
Tia Regec
00:27 08 Nov 23
Earlier this year, I was struggling to walk my Aussie puppy (Ranger) in a local park when someone recommended Handful of Leashes – and I’m so glad they did! When I finally had the time to fully commit, I decided to reach out to Heather. We started with the loose leash package and moved on to the e-collar package.I was nervous when it came time for our first training lesson, but Heather put me at ease. She is the best! All questions are answered in a way that is relatable and shows you the big picture. Even now that we are done with our training packages, she is there with all the tips and tricks.There are so many things I learned throughout our lessons that I never would have thought were related. One example that sticks out is how crate training improves confidence and problematic behaviors. Before we started training with Heather, Ranger was not crate trained. He behaved well enough outside of the crate that I didn’t think he needed it. Now, I don’t think we will ever go back! Many of the issues we were dealing with were resolved shortly after introducing the crate to Ranger.Four weeks into our training, family and friends were already commenting on the improvements to Ranger’s behavior. Now that we have adapted everything Heather taught us into our lifestyle, I only see this getting better!Two training packages later and Ranger is confident, he is a better listener, walks are no longer stressful, we get a full night’s sleep, he eats all his food again – I could go on and on. I look forward to utilizing other services provided by Handful of Leashes in the future.
Christine Yakatan
Christine Yakatan
22:42 19 Sep 23
Heather is an amazing trainer! She helped us tremendously!
Michele Cleary
Michele Cleary
15:41 10 Sep 23
Heather is truly amazing! She is remarkably upbeat and has a very natural rapport with dogs. Our pup was completely at ease with her as she guided all of us through learning new commands and how to experience awesome loose leash walks. She was also extremely flexible working with us to accommodate our hectic schedules. We highly recommend Heather as your trainer of choice!
Rosanne Keep
Rosanne Keep
13:49 27 Aug 23
We worked with Heather for a 10-week period, on basic obedience training for our puppy and then loose leash walking. Heather is a warm, insightful, intelligent teacher, who is skilled in connecting with both dogs and people. She understands and explains the motivations behind dogs' behaviors in a way that serves to strengthen the bond we have with our pups. The knowledge Heather shared about interacting with dogs was broadly relatable to engaging with other humans in the world and I so appreciated those parallels. Heather is more than a dog trainer, she's also like an undercover therapist. :) I highly recommend her and wouldn't hesitate to bring her back in the future for further training.
Lizzy Carr
Lizzy Carr
19:59 25 Jul 23
Update!! May 2023:We purchased another package from Heather to work with Rex on some new issues. Her new packages are now 5 lessons instead of 4. By the 5th lesson we had nothing to work on because Rex was already ecollar trained and doing great. Rex is still the best listening dog we have (out of all 4). He knows his basic manners (from our first package) but since having a baby in February, he became very over protective. He came close to nipping one of our friends and that is when we decided we really needed to do something about it. Heather came over the following week and started training Rex. She taught my husband and I how to use the ecollar and within 2 weeks, he was a completely different dog. He no longer charges at people barking. When I call him, I no longer need to push his ecollar button, he automatically comes running to my side and sits. We really appreciate everything Heather has taught us. If it wasn't for her, something serious could have happened and we might not have been able to keep Rex. She is very knowledgeable, passionate and amazing at what she does. We will be moving soon and if any issues arise getting our 4 dogs adjusted to their new home, we will definitely call Heather again.September 2022: I can't recommend Heather enough! We have 4 dogs, our newest one being a 1 year old German Shepherd rescue. We wanted to train him on basic manners, especially having a baby on the way. We purchased a pack of 4 training lessons and the difference from the first lesson to the last was HUGE. He learned basic commands like come, sit, stay, place, heel, etc. She taught us how to work with him on his barking, cage manners and jumping. It has only been about 2 months and he is by far the best listener out of all 4 of our dogs. The skills and knowledge Heather taught us is something we will continue to work on and start training our other dogs on as well. SHE IS THE BEST!!!!
Sarah Tantum
Sarah Tantum
01:43 21 Jun 23
So glad we made the decision to contact Heather to help us with training our puppy Murphy. Heather gave us the tools necessary to help meet our goals with recall, loose leash walking and place. Don’t wait any longer call Heather today….you won’t regret it!We’ve also used Heather for boarding services while on vacation. Murphy loved every minute!!
jen collopy
jen collopy
10:10 19 May 23
We hired Heather to train us on loose leash walking for my two dogs, Lola and Ravi, who were very leash reactive. Within only a few sessions we had all of the tools we needed to reinforce the right behavior and now walk with ease! Not to mention my dogs loved her! Money well spent.
Barbara Rogers
Barbara Rogers
21:02 23 Apr 23
We truly lucked out when looking for a dog trainer! Heather came into our life the week we rescued our 13 month old golden lab retriever. She is the biggest dog we ever had & we were very apprehensive to say the least. Thanks to Heather, we can walk her without being pulled over. She is much calmer, listens, and stays on her mat (place) for longer periods of time. Aside from in-home training, Heather also dog sits at her home. Heather is a breath of fresh air, caring, knowledgeable, understanding, & totally dedicated! Our dog, Sammie, just loves her! We look forward to being able to go on vacation knowing Sammie is in good hands!
Bianca Reist Steadman
Bianca Reist Steadman
00:11 22 Mar 23
Heather is the absolute BEST--knowledgable, patient, understanding, reliable, flexible, and so obviously LOVES what she does (and our pup adores her). After deciding to get a puppy our first call was Heather! Having witnessed her train my parents dog (the older sister of our puppy) to perfection, the decision was an easy one. Initially our plan was to work with Heather over Zoom before getting our puppy, train with her in person when we were back east, and find someone else to train her in person in LA. We quickly realized it wasn't necessary to work with someone in person in LA as our Zoom sessions with Heather were truly JUST as effective as in person sessions. I was skeptical about this initially but after experiencing both over the past 6 months I can say she gets the job done extremely effectively in BOTH mediums.Heather helped us to not only devise a training plan for our pup beginning the first hour we brought her home but also prepare her to fly across the country 2.5 weeks after getting her. Heather gave us the tools to make it a successful reality. Indie crushed her first two flights in a carry bag thanks to the training (crate training, bag training, socialization, alone time, potty training, and boundaries etc.) Heather had us strictly implement from day 1.Next, Heather began working on obedience, distractions, behavior, impulse control, resource guarding, and more boundaries over Zoom and in person. Her training was so successful we were able to fly back and forth with Indie on leash (4-6 months old) before she even began leash training because her foundation was SO strong thanks to Heather.When Indie hit 6 months she did a lodge and learn with Heather where she began leash training. We assumed she would learn the basics since she was only with her for 10 days. However, Indie was a different dog on leash when we picked her up. It was unbelievable. Prior to this, Indie would pull and walk all over the place, tripping us constantly. In the airport on the way back to LA, I didn't have to even use her e-collar once--just light prong collar pressure to lead her in the right direction. I was actually able to have her leash loose on my arm while holding a coffee...that would have been IMPOSSIBLE 10 days prior to her stay with Heather. The airport is a crazy place with many distractions (kids, food, crowds, etc) and she didn't break a heel ONCE. I was speechless and couldn't believe the progress she made in only 10 days.When we started working with Heather our main goal was to have a dog that we could both take anywhere but also leave home whenever we chose to...In essence, we wanted her to be trained to behave perfectly in every environment and happy to be in her crate at home, as well. Heather made that dream a reality. Indie flies across the country twice a month, comes on every vacation with us, sits through long dinners, goes grocery shopping with me, and is now playing in the park off leash at only 8 months. She holds an hour long place and walks into her crate every night when she's ready for bed.NONE of this would be possible without Heather's training of both Indie and us! It is a lot of work outside of training sessions but it is also incredibly rewarding and has bonded us deeply. Heather's expertise has enabled us to live our lives on our schedules with Indie by our side and we couldn't be more grateful for her. If you are considering hiring Heather to train your pup, I promise it is worth every penny.
Kayla DeWitt
Kayla DeWitt
15:14 19 Oct 22
100% would recommend Heather and Handful of Leashes! Our 3 year old Chocolate Lab was a terrible walker, jumped on everyone who entered our house and was just an all around crazy dog. After a few sessions she has become a great walker, has calmed down when people enter our home, and has become great at “place” command which has calmed her down significantly. I love how Heather comes to your home for the training so she can see how they are in their environment and the common behaviors. She is worth every penny!
Miriam Lerner
Miriam Lerner
18:35 01 Oct 22
Heather is the dog whisperer! She is professional and knowledgeableShe had our puppy literally eating out of her hand! She had practical and effective strategies for us to employ to encourage desirable behaviors while discouraging those issues that we were trying to eliminate. Highly recommend having a training session with her to address your concerns!
Brett Herman
Brett Herman
21:48 13 Sep 22
Heather, owner of handful of leashes provides absolutely impeccable service. Her ability to connect with her trainees and their humans is unmatched. Heather is an excellent listener and will ease your mind about the dog training process. Our dog Sadie came into our home in late January 2022. Heather was with us from the start, even before we brought Sadie into our home heather helped us to figure out how to make our resident dog comfortable during our transition from a one dog household to a two dog home.Heather was incredibly patient with me and thoughtfully and thoroughly answered all of my questions and eased my anxiety.Once Sadie came home we bought Heathers 4 session training package to help Sadie learn the basics of being a well kept house dog. That package led to 2 more 4 session training packages. Heather spent dozens of hours helping us to train Sadie. Without Heathers common sense approach to good dog behavior Sadie would not be the dog she is today.We have also utilized Heathers boarding offering at herFamily farm and we could not be happier with how well our Sadie is treated while at the farm. Heather is a wonderful dog trainer and even better person. I would highly recommend her services if you want your four legged family member to be well trained.
Ilana Brucker
Ilana Brucker
18:12 13 Sep 22
We had a great experience with private dog training sessions with Heather. We have a newborn baby and needed to redefine our relationship with our dog Ruby so she would listen better around our baby. Heather was patient and listened to our needs. She also explained why she was teaching us and ruby certain skills and commands. Since completing training I have had many family members comment on how better behaved Ruby is! She has also been so much better behaved around the baby! I would definitely recommend Heather/handful of leashes for dog training!
Dodi Klimoff
Dodi Klimoff
00:13 24 Apr 22
We thought we were experienced dog owners until we brought home a puppy!! Heather took us through a step by step process over 5 lessons that helped us put systems in place that brought peace to our home and made walking enjoyable. With her gentle manner and cheerful warmth, Heather taught us how to use positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior. We love Heather!Feb 2023 Update!! We hired Heather a second time to train us in using an e-collar. Our whole experience with Little Dipper has shifted. With Heather’s guidance Dipper is free to be his Shepherd self. He can run free and has shown excellent re-call. We are thrilled!
Ira Saft
Ira Saft
12:59 13 Jan 22
I was initially looking to have Maynard, my standard poodle not pull on walks, not rush to the door and have generally good house behavior. Maynard learned all of that and much more.Not only did Heather do a great job in training our puppy but also taught us how to think as the dog sees the world in order to understand why and how dogs learn and act.I would highly recommend Heather to anyone needing their dog trained. I will be using her in the future for additional training we may need.
Cecile Kandl
Cecile Kandl
11:12 23 Oct 21
Heather is amazing. On her first visit she organized the family so we could do the work that we needed to do with our 9-week old puppy, Honey. Heather addressed all of our concerns and gave us actionable suggestions to help Honey move forward with her growth and development. Finally, it is clear that Heather has a special way with animals. She loves them and they love her. I highly recommend Handful Of Leashes.
Kevin Osborne
Kevin Osborne
02:55 12 Oct 21
We adopted a rescued Rottweiler named Stella almost a year ago. She came with issues but was improving……...SLOWLY! Stella is intimidating, stubborn, and highly energetic. Since she is a Rottweiler she scares and intimidates most people. Her breed, vocalizations, alpha-like demeanor and energy level would make many shy away from her even though she is very sweet. She would try to intimidate (again, Alpha behavior) other dogs at the dog park and was “encouraged” to get training at the day care she goes to where she can release some energy. Heather was recommended to us and she very quickly helped us understand Stella and gave us strategies to use to help wrangle her feistiness into some structure and discipline. We learned that Stella is extremely bright and needs “work” to keep her engaged and productive. I mentioned to Heather on her first time here that she is more of a “dog owner trainer” than a dog trainer. In five weeks we have gotten Stella to the point that we think we can continue to help her progress without Heather’s assistance. I cannot recommend Heather highly enough. She is professional, friendly, and very conscientious with her work. I’d hire Heather in a second if we needed additional support going forward. Don’t hesitate to give Heather a call.
Morgan Fitzpatrick
Morgan Fitzpatrick
01:33 08 Sep 21
Heather absolutely changed our lives for the better! Ted is learning every day to be the best version of himself all thanks to Heather! In four sessions we have seen a total transformation of his door manners and walking etiquette. I would highly recommend Heather if you are looking to better improve your dogs life and yours!
Roseanne Sullivan
Roseanne Sullivan
13:08 07 Jun 21
Hi my name is Leo 🦮. I am writing to recommend my friend Heather. Heather is very patient with me even when I mess up. Sometimes I get a little rowdy but Heather always calms me down. I have learned how to be a good boy working with her. I think my mom and dad like her too because they always smile when she comes over.Biscuits and bully sticks ❤️Leo🐾
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I recommend that any dog owners who use me as their dog sitter / dog trainer follow my business Instagram account @handfulofleashes as well as my Facebook @handfulofleashes.

On Instagram, I post tips, behind the scenes of business, and day-to-day life with your dogs (and even try and tag your Instagram so you can share their cute little faces to your story as well).

Facebook gets the same content, but it may not get posted until after I have finished the service.

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Once I Book, What Happens Next?

The contact form that my new clients fill out immediately gets sent to my business email. Because I try and manage a good work / life balance (which is difficult when you are so in love with your business), I try and only check my business email once a day, usually in the AM before I start my services for the day.

If you fill out the contact form over the weekend, you can expect a response early next week.

If you fill out the contact form after 5 PM, you can expect a response within 1-3 business days.

The reason it may take 1-3 days is because I first:

Then, you’ll get a response from me in the format you checked off at the bottom of the contact form (Email, Text Message, or Instagram Message).

My response is usually as simple and straightforward as:

“Hey _____, it’s Heather from Handful of Leashes 🖐 I received your contact form & if it works for you & Fido, I have availability around 11 AM this Tuesday, October 6th of this upcoming week?

I try and get you & your pup on my calendar for training within a week of filling out a contact form. This is made possible by asking all the right questions in the contact form (distance, expectations, your availability, goals, etc.) so I can move to booking your lesson(s) seamlessly & quickly.

Your Investment

1 Hour Private In-Home Training Lesson


Package of 5 Private In-Home Training Lessons


(You save $175)

I Want to Book, What’s My Next Step?

If you would like to proceed with 1 on 1 Private In Home Training, fill out the “Contact Form” below so I can receive more information about you / your dog / issues / goals. I look forward to helping you change your life through training your dog.

I Don’t Know If I’m Ready to Commit, What’s My Next Step?

I can give you the tools, information, and accountability necessary to train your best friend… but ONLY if you are ready to fully commit.

If you don’t feel you are ready to do so, I totally understand and would focus on learning in the meantime. We can never do too much of that!

Feel free to follow my Instagram @handfulofleashes to receive motivation to change the relationship with your dog and learn tips for crate training, socialization, mindset, loose leash walking, etc.

I post to my stories daily to keep my current clients motivated and my dog-loving followers learning.

At the end of the day, my goal is to help dog owners give their dog the best life while they are here with us, whether I’m getting paid (via services) or not (by sharing tons of information on Instagram).

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