better pets, better parents
We help pets and people enjoy life together by reducing stress, increasing communication and modifying behavior through education and quality advice.
Have a Question? Here’s an Answer
WHAT ARE YOUR CONSULTANTS' QUALIFICATIONS?
Sydney Warner has certifications in dog training and canine behavior science. She is always pursuing continuous education. Additionally, she has trained under an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist in canine and feline behavior, and modern training methods.
Shana Ness is certified in dog training and also pursuing continuous education.
You can read more about our consultants' qualifications on the About page.
WHERE DO YOU OFFER SERVICES?
Clever Critters does not currently have a facility. We offer all of our services in your home, on-site, or virtually. Examples of on-site work include working with you and your pet while on a walk, at the park, or at the veterinarian's office. Our service area ranges across the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and some surrounding areas. Now with virtual consults we can provide consults almost anywhere! Contact us for more information, providing a zip code.
WHAT TYPES OF BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS CAN
CLEVER CRITTERS TRAINERS TREAT?
Clever Critters trainers believe in problem-prevention before problem-solving. We can help you teach puppies and kittens these preventative skills immediately, however, we also know there are many pet parents needing help with problem-solving of behavior concerns in adolescent, adult, and even senior pets. We treat a variety of behavior concerns for dogs, cats and even other pets including aggression, fearfulness, anxiety, inappropriate elimination, hyperactivity and so much more. In addition, we can help you with basic to advanced manners and skills training, and help you and your pet engage in for fun activities such as agility and noseworks. You can read more on the Services page.
WHAT TRAINING METHODS DO YOU USE?
Clever Critters trainers use up to date, science-backed, and humane methods. Whether you call it positive reinforcement, force-free, fear free, or choice-based training, we focus on teaching with communication, cooperation, and care for the whole animal - physically and emotionally. Learn more on Our Training Position.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A QUALITY TRAINER FOR MY PET?
There is currently a lag between many trainers’ marketing language and actual practices. If a trainer advertises that he uses “positive” methods, it might be true or it might be false advertising.
Ask: What exactly will happen to my dog when she gets it right? What exactly will happen to her when she gets it wrong? Are there any less invasive alternatives to what you propose?
If you don’t get clear, concrete answers or you are at all uncomfortable, keep shopping. - Jean Donaldson