Assessment at the ranch
During Assessments a trainer will begin by building a relationship with your dog while observing their individual behaviors. We'll evaluate their reactions and responses to other dogs, humans, and stimuli. We'll also assess their current training status including leash and command responsiveness, reactivity, heeling, engagement, impulsiveness, and other critical behaviors. If your dog is reactive or under socialized we adjust their environment appropriately to make sure all dogs in our care are safe, happy, and healthy!
At the conclusion of your assessment a trainer will connect with you to discuss your dogs evaluation results and answer any questions you may have. During this time we can also recommend a training game plan that fits your needs and set proper expectations and goals.
Assessments typically take 4-6 hours to complete; please schedule your drop-off before 11am.
Required for new clients
- No severe separation anxiety *see below*
- Free of injuries and illnesses
- Ongoing flea and tick prevention
- Female dogs 6+ months must be spayed
- Proof of all required vaccinations (click here for required vaccinations)
We are open 365 days a year. Click here to view our holiday rates.
Assessments are available Monday through Saturday from 8am to 6pm. There is an additional $10 charge for pickups after 6pm. Subject to availability. No assessments on Sundays. We do not charge for cancellations, however please be mindful of reservations and try to limit excessive cancellations.
*Severe Separation Anxiety
If your dog has severe separation anxiety we recommend starting with private training sessions so we can help you ease their anxiety over time and in the proper setting. If you're unsure if your dog's separation anxiety would be considered severe or not we recommend proceeding with the assessment.
2023 Update: Due to various viral outbreaks in the West LA area over the last couple years, we ask that dogs visiting other high-traffic locations (dog parks/beaches, daycare/boarding facilities) isolate for at least 2 weeks before joining us at The Ranch to prevent the spread of any contagion. We want to do our best to keep all daycare and boarding dogs as safe and healthy as possible! If you notice your dog displaying any symptoms of kennel cough (sneezing, coughing, hacking, runny nose, etc) please cancel or postpone your reservation. Thank you!