Assessment

Official evaluation of a learner's AKC skillset by a PHD AKC Approved CGC Evaluator for title or certificate (as applicable)  is $59.95 per evaluation + AKC fees.  Skillsets eligible for official evaluation are: STAR Puppy, Canine Good Citizen (CGC), CGC Community Canine, CGC Urban Canine, and Trick Dog. Dogs of any breed and mixed breed dogs are all eligible to learn the skills and take the test. Some tests may be administered by videocall upon request: contact us for more information. AKC fees are 1) $25 - Official AKC CGC title, listed on dog's title record, may list "CGC" after dog's name, include certificate; or 2) $15 - Certificate only.

Helping Dog Programs

Service Dog, Emotional Support Dog and Therapy Dog Curricula. See the program descriptions and client resources including tuition estimates by clicking the link below.

Hourly Sessions (outside of the home)

These can be arranged for many needs including:  individualized training goals, behavioral rehab, socialization, obedience skills, teaching and practicing AKC skillsets, etc. These sessions are typically individual sessions, unless small group work is connected with the client's needs, goals or with the curriculum. Length of session is typically 1 hour long. Session is scheduled according to the hourly rate of service of the instructor (see below).

In-Home Training Sessions

A first in-home training session is 2 hours long and follow up sessions can be 1-2 hours long, depending on goals, location and client needs/preference.  Sessions are scheduled according to the hourly rate of service of the instructor (see below).

Pet Program Small Group Classes

Each class is made up of four sessions, with one session typically scheduled weekly for four weeks. These four sessions are sold as a bundle (a "class") at a discounted tuition rate of $149.95 per class. Class curriculum can include: behavioral rehab, socialization, loose lead walking skills, obedience skills, teaching and practicing AKC skillsets, etc. Length of each session is 1 hour and there are no make up sessions if there are client absence(s), due to the group format and discounted tuition rate. Small group size is 2-4 student dogs. At the end of each class, clients may choose to renew tuition, test for an AKC title or certificate (if ready), or pause enrollment. See descriptions of programs here

Video Call

Sessions are individualized and interactive. They may be scheduled for 30 or 60 minute increments according to the hourly rate of service of the instructor (see below). 

PROGRAMS & TUITION RATES

INSTRUCTOR LEVELS & HOURLY RATES

 

Call or  email PHD with inquiries about instructor availability. Contact us if your financial situation prevents you from scheduling services: when possible we offer  sliding scale rates.  There may be a travel fee for locations outside of Alamogordo, NM. All instructors are supervised by the Lead Instructor, Nathaniel Lukas (see bios/credentials here).

  • LEVEL 1 INSTRUCTORS are actively enrolled in the PHD Apprenticeship Program.  Hourly rate of service is $39.95 per hour

  • LEVEL 2 INSTRUCTORS have graduated from the PHD Apprenticeship Program or have a similar practical background in professional dog training. ​ Rate of service is $49.95 per hour

  • LEVEL 3 INSTRUCTORS have achieved the title of Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed (CPDT-KA) or similar professional certification. They have 1-5 years of experience as a professional dog trainer under the scope of services provided by PHD.  Rate of service is $59.95 per hour.

  • LEVEL 4 INSTRUCTORS have achieved the CPDT-KA or similar certification and have over 5 years of experience as a professional dog trainer under the scope of services provided by PHD. Rate of service is $79.95 per hour.