Behavior Modification, Puppy Socialization, Dog Obedience Classes, Private Training, Therapy Dog Certification, Service Dog Training, Pet Sitting, and Consulting for Shelters & Rescues

Do you want a relationship with your dog that is based on mutual understanding, respect and trust? Lara is a veterinarian recommended Animal Behavior Professional, Certified Dog Trainer and Pet Sitter offering dog care & training services to communities in Southwestern Michigan including: Cassopolis, Jones, Lawton, Marcellus, Mendon, Paw Paw, and Three Rivers.

Lara is a Karen Pryor Certified Training  Partner who only uses force-free methods based on positive reinforcement (no prong collars, choke chains or shock collars). Lara Mahr has the best education, training and experience to provide the highest quality care for your dog.

Behavior Modification

Lara is an Animal Behavior Professional with proven experience treating canine behavior problems. An Animal Behavior Professional is an expert who has completed advanced college coursework in fields such as anthropology/anthrozoology, biology, counseling, coaching, nutrition, psychology, and zoology. Lara specializes in working with anxious and fearful dogs. She resolves behavior concerns in multi-pet households. Convenient in-home appointments and phone consultations are available. Visit the Behavior Modification page for information.

Puppy Socialization

Need puppy training help? Lara will help you and your new furry friend get off to the right start. Solve common puppy problems such as: barking, biting, chewing, house training issues, and jumping. Lara is an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator. Visit the Puppy Socialization page for more information.

Dog Obedience

Do you want to teach your dog good manners? It is never too late to teach a dog new tricks! Learn the following obedience skills in a group class: attention, come when called, down, friendly greetings, leave it, reaction to distractions, settle, sit, stay, stand, targeting, wait, and walk on a loose leash. Lara is a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner and an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator. Find more information on the Obedience Classes page. Want the highest quality one-on-one dog obedience training in the privacy of your home? See the Private Training page for details.

Therapy Dog Certification

Do you have a passion for helping others and a dog with great manners? Train your well-mannered dog to bring comfort to people in assisted living facilities, hospitals, medical treatment centers, and nursing homes. Lara is a Therapy Dog Evaluator. Please see the Therapy Dog Certification page for more info.

Service Dog Training

Lara assists people with disabilities in training their own service dogs. Dogs can be trained to assist people with medical conditions, mobility issues, physical handicaps, or psychiatric disorders. Please see the Service Dog Training page for more info.

Pet Sitting

Ensure your pet receives the best care while you are away. Lara has been a member of Pet Sitters International (PSI) since 2009. She has been a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS) since 2013. Lara provides pet sitting in your home so there will be no inconvenient scheduling or drop off/pick up times. Your home will be safer while you are away too! Lara Mahr is background checked, insured and bonded for all services. See the Pet Sitting page for details.

Consulting for Shelters & Rescues

Lara is rescue-friendly! She works with shelters & rescues in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois to reduce stress in facilities, teach appropriate behaviors and ultimately make pets more adoptable. See the Consulting page for details.

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