Private Training

Are You Ready To Help Your Best Friend Navigate In Your Life And Achieve Long-Lasting Results?



You & Your Dog’s Needs Are Both Unique - As Are Your Concerns!

Let Us Customize A Program That Fits Easily Into Your Busy Life.

  • With private lessons you and your dog have the undivided attention of a professional trainer. We focus exclusively on your goals, teaching you how to effectively work with your dog. Private sessions last an hour and are highly customized with expert client coaching and weekly follow-up reports. Training can be in-home or in outdoor environments (or both) depending on your individual needs.

  • We will coach you in training your dog or you can choose Day Training, where we do the heavy lifting for you.

  • All Private Training packages start with an Initial Consult (Behavior Consultation), which is necessary to get a full understanding of your dog’s behavior issues and your training goals. We conduct a behavior assessment and examine all factors that contribute to the problems you are facing. Then we recommend a training plan and appropriate package to help you achieve those goals.

  • There is no ‘quick fix’ to behavior problems, but in most cases you will notice a change in your dog within the first 1-2 sessions.


Working With VivaPaws Will Fundamentally Change You & Your Dog’s Life & Get You The Results You Need!

…Our Client Results Speak For Themselves:


Kat Stafford & Arya, West Ashley

We asked Vivi to help us with our doberman Arya. We got her at 5 month old with number of issues that prevented us from enjoying simple walk or relaxing time with her. A lot of tries and fails with this awesome girl. And then we met Vivi. She gave us tools and a lot of work to do, but results are so worth it. Arya and I developed trusting relationship and time together became a lot of fun. There is still work to do, practice, practice, practice... But we both came a long way in just few sessions. Clicker training was the best thing that could possibly happen to us... Thank You Vivi!!!

We Are Veterinarian Recommended



An Initial Consult is 90 minutes in duration.

Each subsequent training session is 1 hour long.

A Behavior Consultation is necessary to determine what kind of training you and your dog need. The consult takes place in your home. You provide us with your dog’s behavioral history, and based on your questionnaire and our observations, we conduct a behavior assessment to determine what is going on from your dog’s perspective. We help you understand your dog’s behavior, how you may be accidentally reinforcing it, and how to change it.

Effective home management principles are put into place immediately to help lessen, and hopefully, end the rehearsal of the inappropriate behavior.

For training to succeed, it is imperative to get a thorough understanding of why the behavior problem occurs in the first place and why your dog keeps repeating the behavior. We teach you how to communicate clearly in a language your dog understands, through the clicker training methodology, and how to set you both up for success.

We focus on your goals, as well as taking into consideration, your dog’s needs. Along with your input, a training solution will be developed that offers the best outcome for you and your dog.

INCLUDES A CUSTOM TRAINING PLAN outline with training & management recommendations, handouts, A COMPLIMENTARY CLICKER & A TREAT POUCH.

  • An additional travel fee may apply if you live outside Charleston SC



You train your dog with our guidance

Ideal if you want to understand behavior and build a strong bond with your dog.

Choosing this option requires consistency, patience, and commitment on your part, as well as keeping up with the homework we provide.

Private Coaching and Day Training can easily be combined to suit your needs.


We train your dog while you work (in your home, and on location)

The most important benefit to Day Training is the one-on-one focus between the trainer and your dog.

Day Training essentially leads to faster results.

Day training typically comes in sets of 3 training sessions and 1 transfer session per week ( where we transfer the new skills to you and your family).

See Below For Our Customized Packages In Good Manners & Behavior Modification


You’re On The Path To a Positive Outcome…


Our Customized Packages: Basic Manners & Behavior Modification

  • The consult fee ($155) is payable online when booking an appointment.

  • Payment for a training package is payable in full at the Initial Consult or at least 48 hours prior to the first training session.

  • An interest free Payment Plan is available. By choosing this option, you commit to paying for the full package rate, regardless of whether you choose to complete the training program or not.

  • Progress is monitored at every step to ensure we are on track to reach your goals.

  • All training sessions are 1 hour long.

  • A travel fee may apply if you live outside Charleston SC.

  • all packages include a comprehensive Training plan, fully customized.

PLEASE NOTE: The guidelines below for each package are meant as examples only. We customize each training program to fit around your schedule, experience, goals, etc. Often, a combination of Coaching and Day Training is recommended if this will give you the best result.

Training Package (Basic Manners)

  • Is your dog or puppy jumping on guests?

  • Stealing socks?

  • Pulling on leash?

  • Biting/nipping?

  • Counter surfing?

  • Running out the door?

  • Chasing the cat or other animals?

This package is for adult dogs and puppies who just need to learn some basic skills and good manners. You tell us what you want your dog to learn and we help you get on the right path to a well-behaved pooch!

examples of good manners:

  • Come when called - sit to greet guests - walk nicely on leash - wait at the door (or other boundary) - Relax on a mat (place, bed) - sit & stay

Private Coaching:

Single session: $125 (one hour)

  • We spend an hour with you and your dog to review a skill and/or discuss a behavior issue.

  • Good for situations where you just need a little help or fine tuning skills.

3 pack: $298 (3 one hour sessions)

  • We coach you with your dog once a week for 3 weeks.

  • This is the DIY (Do It Yourself) package: We teach. You learn. Then you practice, practice, practice.

  • A good choice if your dog needs to learn a few basic skills, like Sit/down/Come/Walk nicely on leash - or if you need to brush up on skills learned in class.

5 pack: $485 (5 one hour sessions)

  • We coach you with your dog once a week 5 weeks, or how often you need help. This schedule helps keep you focused and motivated to achieve behavioral change within one month.

  • Popular for single issue cases that require you to do a lot of repetition, such as leash reactivity, repairing broken recalls, pulling and jumping on leash.

Day Training:

8 pack: $755 (8 one hour sessions)

  • We train your dog 3 times a week for 2 weeks and transfer the skills to you & your family at the end of each week.

  • A good choice if you want us to train a few basic skills, such as Sit/Down/Walk nicely on leash. You will still need to practice in between sessions.

Behavior Package (Behavior Modification)

  • Is your dog’s behavior causing you stress or concern?

  • Perhaps she lunges at other dogs/people?

  • Is fearful of loud noises, like thunder, fireworks, engines?

  • Is shy or fearful of family members or strangers?

  • Showing signs of fear-related aggression?

  • Suffering from Separation Anxiety, or other related anxiety?

Behavior issues are serious. A treatment plan requires more than basic training. It involves a thorough examination of all factors that may be contributing to this behavior, including physiological, environmental, past history, motivation, etc.

You need a well-educated and experienced professional who understands how behavior works and how to modify it. We will carefully examine all factors in order to determine what is going on from your dog’s perspective. Whenever your dog is reacting to things in a fearful or aggressive manner, it means he is reacting through his emotions/instincts and he ‘cannot just stop it’. He has learned that this coping mechanism works. Changing his emotions about a scary stimulus means working systematically within his comfort zone through desensitization and counterconditioning techniques. This process takes time, dedication, commitment & compassion. We often work in conjunction with veterinarians, behavior consultants, and/or veterinary behaviorists to examine all possible causes and the most effective treatment for your dog’s issues.

We recommend you email or call us prior to booking a Consult to determine what treatment may be necessary for your individual case

Private Coaching:

5 pack: $485

  • We coach you with your dog once a week for 5 weeks, or how often you need help. This package is ideal for you if you are very motivated to work with your dog on a daily basis and want to achieve behavioral change within one month. This is a the DIY (Do It Yourself) package.

  • Popular for single issue cases that require you to do a lot of repetition, such as leash reactivity, pulling and jumping on leash.

8 Pack: $755

  • We coach you with your dog twice a week for 4 weeks. This schedule helps keep you focused and motivated to achieve behavioral change within one month.

  • Popular for single issue cases that require you to do a lot of repetition, such as leash reactivity, pulling and jumping on leash. Recommended for installing multiple basic obedience cues/commands.

10 pack: $925

  • We coach you with your dog once a week for 10 week or twice a week for 5 weeks. This package is for fear-related behavior issues, or multiple behavior problems, that require coaching for a longer period.

Day Training:

12 sessions: $1090

  • We train your dog 3 times a week for 3 weeks and transfer the skills to you at the end of each week.

  • Recommended for installing multiple basic obedience cues/commands or addressing complex behavior issues.

16 sessions: $1370

  • We train your dog 3 times a week for 4 weeks, 1 transfer session with you & your family per week.

  • Recommended for extensive behavior modification plans or multiple issue cases.


  • Click the button below, fill out the intake form & pay the consult fee.

  • If you are uncertain which type of training your dog or puppy needs, or you have questions about our services, you can contact us via email, phone, or use the Contact form.

  • You will be provided with a detailed Training Protocol before the first training session.

  • We recommend that all household members are present at the Initial Consult. This is important to ensure everyone is in agreement on a treatment plan.

  • As soon as we receive your intake form, we will email you with further details about the Initial Consult.