Here at On Location Animal Training and Consulting, our Veterinary Technician Behavior Consultant (VTBC), Melissa provides personalized training for pet owners, pets, and a variety of pet professionals. Our mission is to provide tailored solutions to address and prevent behavioral issues for animal lovers and caretakers of all levels and backgrounds.

I am a pet parent seeking help…

Here at On Location Animal Training and Consulting our Veterinary Technician Behavior Consultant (VTBC), Melissa, leads one-on-one training sessions alongside key members of the pet’s family. Our mission is to provide tailored solutions to address and prevent behavioral issues in pets for devoted owners in Southeastern Michigan.

I am a professional seeking help…

Often, practices face two common challenges in providing additional behavior support. Some mention that their staff lacks the extra time to guide clients through behavior modification techniques, while others express a gap in the necessary knowledge. While hiring a full-time Veterinary Technician Behavior Consultant might not be practical for many hospitals, utilizing their expertise on an as-needed basis can provide an additional layer of support within your hospital network.


How many sessions will it take to resolve my pet’s behavior problem?

The number of sessions needed to address your pet’s behavior problem is determined during the initial consultation. Through a comprehensive understanding of your pet’s history, your goals, and your family’s dynamics, Melissa tailors a recommended behavior modification plan. Following this, a recheck schedule is outlined based on your pet’s unique needs. Many clients find success with follow-up appointments scheduled every 1-4 weeks, allowing for ongoing support and adjustments to the plan as needed. It’s important to note that most behavior modification involves the implementation of management techniques for long-term success. Melissa will work closely with you to ensure a customized and effective approach, guiding you towards achieving your desired outcomes.

Do you use tools like choke chains, pinch collars, or remote vibration/shock collars?

No, at On Location Animal Training and Consulting, we do not use tools like choke chains, pinch collars, or remote vibration, shock, or citronella collars. Our approach is rooted in positive reinforcement rather than positive punishment. We believe in fostering a positive and trusting relationship between you and your pet, focusing on reward-based methods to encourage desired behaviors. Positive reinforcement has been proven to be effective in achieving long-lasting behavioral changes while ensuring the well-being, happiness and confidence of your pet. Our commitment is to provide a training experience that is both effective and compassionate, prioritizing positive reinforcement techniques that strengthen the bond between you and your beloved pet.

Are the credentials of a training professional important? Is experience the same as education?

Yes, the credentials of an animal training professional are crucial. While experience is valuable, it doesn’t replace formal education. Credentials demonstrate a commitment to excellence, ensuring that a trainer has undergone structured coursework and hands-on training. Programs with coursework, passing scores, and hands-on requirements provide a comprehensive foundation. These credentials not only signify theoretical knowledge but also practical skills, essential for effective and ethical training. Look for professionals with credentials from reputable programs, as they prioritize a balanced approach, combining theoretical understanding with real-world application for the best outcomes in animal training.

Is training my dogs to be off leash the best goal?

While off-leash training may seem appealing, it is not a safe or practical goal due to potential risks in uncontrolled environments. Numerous off-leash programs rely on remote collars, a method unsupported by veterinary behavior experts due to the potential harm and stress it may cause. At On Location Animal Training and Consulting, we prioritize positive reinforcement and on-leash training, ensuring a secure and positive yet enriching experience for your dog. This approach not only aligns with your pet’s well-being but also fosters a strong bond between you and your dog, promoting a reliable and enjoyable on-leash relationship. It’s crucial to note that many communities have leash laws in place, requiring dogs to stay leashed in public for safety. We not only follow but also enforce these laws, ensuring responsible and considerate pet ownership.

Do you guarantee your services?

While we strive for success in every training endeavor, it’s important to note that animal behavior is complex and can be influenced by various factors beyond our control. As such, we do not offer guarantees on our services. The effectiveness of training is contingent upon factors like consistency in implementing recommended techniques, individual pet responses, and the owner’s commitment. Animals, like humans, have unique personalities and may respond differently to training. Our commitment is to provide personalized, professional guidance and support throughout the training process, maximizing the likelihood of positive outcomes. We work collaboratively with you to achieve the best possible results for your pet, understanding that each journey is unique and may require ongoing dedication and effort.

Does On Location Animal Training and Consulting offer a board and train option?

At On Location Animal Training and Consulting, we refrain from offering conventional board and train programs. Many such programs employ positive punishment techniques, that do not set the pet up for success, potentially causing stress in pets and impeding the formation of a positive relationship. This can heighten levels of fear, anxiety, and stress. Instead, we encourage traditional consultations and, when suitable, the utilization of our ‘Hang and Train’ option. This alternative not only cultivates a more enjoyable learning experience for your pet but also establishes and fortifies the bond between you and your cherished companion. Our commitment is to deliver effective and humane training, ensuring a positive and enduring impact on your pet’s behavior and overall well-being.

What is your cancellation and rescheduling policy?

Our commitment is to provide top-notch service to both you and your furry companions. To ensure the best experience for everyone, we kindly request a minimum of 48 hours’ notice for any schedule changes.

We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, and we truly appreciate your prompt communication in such situations. Your understanding allows us to manage our schedule effectively and provide quality service to all our valued clients.

As a small business, last-minute cancellations have a significant impact on our operations. While we empathize with the challenges life may present, we must also maintain the high standards you expect from us. Therefore, please be advised that repeated last-minute cancellations may prompt the implementation of a deposit policy for scheduling appointments.

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At On Location Animal Training and Consulting we are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of pets and their caretakers. Contact us today to help get started on a path to improved behavior.

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