Pre-Dawg Counseling

Pre-Dog Counseling – Choosing the best dog for YOU!

So you’ve decided to get a dog – congratulations! But do you know what kind of dog would best match your particular needs and lifestyle? Choosing the breed that’s right for you can be challenging — it’s the difference between happily every after and nightmare on YOUR street. Remember, you are choosing a dog for his or her lifetime, so you want to be sure you’ve done your homework to make the best choice possible. That’s where All Dawgs can help.

Our Pre-Dog Counseling Service Covers:

  • Helps to personally match you with the right dog breeds for you so that you can make the most informed decision about your new family member
  • A visit to your home by All Dawgs’ owner, Diane Blackman, CPDT-KA, IACP CDTA/PDTI, CTDI, an expert dog trainer with over two decades of dog training experience who will help you assess your specific needs and recommend the breeds that will best meet them.
  • A customized assessment covering:
    • Exercise and grooming needs
    • Desired temperament
    • Personality and age (puppy or adult dog)
    • Kid-friendliness of specific breeds
    • Whether you’re a first-time or experienced dog owner
    • Available indoor and outdoor space
    • Activities you wish to engage in (such as agility, Rally Obedience, therapy dog work, etc) and much, much more
    • A written report listing the dog breeds that best match your needs, along with referrals to reputable breeders and/or rescue organizations from which you can purchase or adopt a suitable dog

Service Info:

  • Who: For anyone who wants to choose a dog that matches their lifestyle
  • Where: At your home. Please note, your appointment will be held indoors. For safety precautions, masks are required for all individuals present
  • When: A day and time that fits your schedule – fill out the registration form below to get started

Please note, due to the unprecedented demand for training, new clients are currently experiencing a seven to eight-week wait to get into our very experienced trainers’ calendars. The sooner we receive your information the sooner we can get started!

Register to schedule an appointment


All Dawgs Policies

  • Cancellations: Because successful dog training depends on consistency, we have a no-cancellation policy designed to help you and your dog reach your training goals. This includes rescheduling lessons.
  • Payment:  We must receive full payment before scheduling your training appointment(s)
  • Travel: Due to the increasing fuel prices, Private Training clients living more than twenty miles outside of Albany, NY will be charged 75¢ per extra mile driven