Clever Critters trainers can address behavior concerns

 and provide personalized training in the following areas.

Our Goals

Reduce stress for pet and people alike 
Improve communication between you and your pet 
Strengthen the human-animal bond 
Train YOU to train your pet! 


Teach you skills in observing animal behavior,

behavior modification, and training that you can use for the rest of your life!

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Puppy & Kitten Socialization
Puppy & Kitten Manners
Basic Manners
Intermediate Manners
Advanced Manners



Lower Stress at the Vet and Groomer

New Pet Introduction

Baby Preparation & Introduction
Separation Anxiety

Resource Guarding

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Fear, Anxiety, Stress (FAS)

Destruction: Chewing, Digging, Scratching, and more

House Soiling, Litterbox Aversion
Reactivity: Jumping, Barking, and more
Over-excitement, Rough Play, Nipping
Separation Anxiety



Toward Other Animals

Inter-household Aggression
Toward People*
*For cases involving human-directed aggression, a virtual or phone consultation may be required for safety measures prior to the first in-home visit.




Service Location

Services are provided in your home or on-site. We assess and treat unwanted behavior where it is happening. Examples of on-site work include working with you and your pet while on a walk, at a park or at the veterinarian's office. 
We can also provide virtual consultations for any behavior concerns.


Service Area

Clever Critters serves the Hampton Roads area of Virginia including Yorktown, Newport News, Poquoson, Seaford, Hampton, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach. We serve some areas of Williamsburg, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Smithfield, , and Carrollton. 

Some areas may require mileage fees. Clever Critters, LLC charges $0.56 per mile rounded up after 30 miles.

Seeing Sydney? Distance is from 23508

Seeing Shana? Distance is from 23462

We now offer Zoom virtual consults! If you are outside of our normal service area and are interested in a consultation, please inquire with us!


Species Served

Dogs and cats of all ages, breeds, and temperaments. Other species of pets on a case by case basis.


Service Provider

Sydney Warner is a Certified Dog Trainer and holds a diploma in Canine Behavior Science and Technology. She trained for two years under Clever Critters' founder and Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Ellen Mahurin.

In Spring of 2020, Shana Ness joined the Clever Critters Crew as a Certified Dog Trainer!

Our Hours

Clever Critters trainers see clients Monday through Wednesday & Friday through Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Individual trainers' days and hours may vary and not all available appointments or services are offered for online booking. Please speak with your trainer about the best days and times to reach them for questions or concerns, and allow 24-48 business hours for us to respond to you. We will be in touch as quickly as we can to assist you. If you have an emergency, please reach out to your vet and begin necessary management for safety and stress reduction.


*Important Note* 
Before seeking help for a behavior concern from a trainer or behavior consultant, your pet should be up-to-date on veterinary care and have a recent and thorough checkup to rule out pain and other medical factors.
It is important for your veterinarian to identify possible medical causes for behavior concerns - contact a Clever Critters trainer for more information and veterinary referral form if needed.