Humane Rescue Alliance

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Andy Merryman

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Humane Rescue Alliance

Andy Merryman

Andy is a certified trainer and counselor and has worked extensively in a variety of roles at The Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Colorado. Upon graduation from The Academy for Dog Trainers, she began work as a contractor for the humane society conducting hundreds of private one-on-one training and behavior consultations for clients and their dogs. Andy is the owner of Merry Mutts, LLC and now brings her expertise and passion for reward based training to the DC area in partnership with with the  Humane Rescue Alliance. Andy utilizes behavior modification techniques based on science and learning theory and is exclusively a force free trainer. Andy will work with you and your pup to tackle any issues and foster your relationship with your pet simultaneously.  The goal is to find simple, yet effective tools to address the issues at hand.

QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION

  • Academy for Dog Trainers- Certified Trainer and Counselor
  • Professional member Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Intensive Internship with the Boulder Humane Society Training and Behavior Department
  • Johns Hopkins University Masters in Business Management 
  • Rollins College, BA in education 

AREAS SERVED

DC, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Cabin John, Potomac and McLean, VA. If you are outside of these areas please call to have us make an alternative arrangement.


INITIAL CONSULTATION: 75 minutes: $145

Included in Initial consult:

  • Discussion of issues and explanation of behavior 
  • Discuss and implement management techniques to arrest behavior 
  • Creation of personalized training plan, demos, hands on practice for you
  • Detailed email summary
  • Handouts provided as needed 
  • One follow up email or brief phone conversation to check progress

THREE SESSION PACKAGE (after initial consultation): $360

Larger packages available upon request

FOLLOW-UP SESSION: 60 minutes:  $120

 

FOLLOW-UP BY PHONE: 

  • 60 minutes:  $85
  • 30 minutes:  $45

Phone may be appropriate for house training issues or similar problems that do not involve more complex training skills.

All follow-ups include:

  • Assessing training plan success
  • Tweak, answer questions, client practice 
  • Address any other issues 
  • Assigning homework

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