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Services offered:
Pet Behavior Consulting
Pet Coaching
Pet Sitting
Puppy Socialization Classes

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Convenient in-home and phone consultations are available on days, evenings and weekends to fit your busy schedule.
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About Lara Mahr

Your pet deserves the best care and is counting on you to find a knowledgeable, compassionate person to deliver it. Lara Mahr is a Pet Care Professional & Coach with many years of experience in the animal care services and veterinary fields. Lara's passion is helping people and their animal companions build better relationships.

You can find a summary of Lara Mahr's relevant education, certifications and training below.

  • Master of Arts in Counseling, Liberty University 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts, Western Michigan University 1996

  • Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS), Pet Sitters International 2013
  • Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior 2010

  • Puppy Start Right for Instructors, Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior 2014
  • Shelter Animal Training & Enrichment, Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior 2013
  • Dog Trainer Professional, Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior 2010

Pet Behavior Consulting

Do you have a pet with a behavior problem? Lara Mahr works to restore peace in the home. She will help you: understand your pet's actions, prevent undesirable situations involving your pet from occurring and resolve pet behavior problems. Lara Mahr is a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). Learn more about why you should choose a KPA CTP.

Lara Mahr uses behavior modification techniques that are: based in science, force-free and veterinarian approved. Methods based on positive reinforcement such as clicker training are used to teach appropriate behaviors. Clicker training is fun, safe and effective. It works with all animal species. To learn more about clicker training, visit Karen Pryor Clicker Training.

Are you embarrassed by your dog's behavior? Does your dog have accidents in the house? Lara Mahr trains dogs of all breeds to be obedient companions. She is proud to work with Bully Breeds including American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, etc. Help is available for canine behavior problems such as: barking, chewing, counter surfing, digging, fearfulness, house training, jumping, leash pulling, mouthing, and separation anxiety.

People often despair when their cat has a behavior problem because they do not know who to call to get help. Lara Mahr has experience solving common feline behavior problems. Help is available for issues such as aggression, destructiveness, inappropriate elimination/litter box problems, multiple cat interactions, shyness, and cat-dog introductions/interactions.

Parrots are intriguing creatures that require a considerable amount of attention from their people in order to be well-adjusted pets. When a parrot's needs are not adequately met, he/she can develop behavior problems.  Lara works with birds and provides help for problems such as anxiety, biting, fear/phobias, feather picking, and screaming.

In-home and phone consultations are available during the day, evening and weekend. Please call to learn more.

Pet Coaching

What is Pet Coaching and how does it differ from Pet Behavior Consulting? Pet Coaching is for people who have a good foundation relationship with their pet but seek to work toward advanced training goals. It is not designed to address specific behavior problems like Pet Behavior Consulting. Pet Coaching is ideal for people and pets involved in specialized training and/or sports. Lara Mahr has combined her training in life coaching and animal behavior to offer this innovative service.

Call Lara today to see how you and your pet can reach a new level of achievement.

Pet Sitting

A professional pet sitter gives your beloved pet the individualized attention he/she needs. You can have peace of mind because your pet is safe in the comfort of home and will not be exposed to stress, diseases and parasites present in boarding facilities.

Lara Mahr has been a member of Pet Sitters International since 2009 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS). The CPPS exam covers topics such as behavior, health, nutrition, and safety. Maintaining certification requires a pet sitter to adhere to a strict code of ethics, undergo background verification and attend regular continuing education workshops.

Pet sitting visits are available for dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, aquariums/fish, horses, and some farm animals. Services are available in the following areas in Southwestern Michigan: Cassopolis (49031), Jones (49061), Lawton (49065), Marcellus (49067), Paw Paw (49079), and Three Rivers (49093).

Lara Mahr is insured and bonded for all services. Please contact Lara for current rates.


Lara Mahr offers presentations and workshops on a variety of animal-related topics for veterinary clinics, shelters, rescues, clubs, and community groups. Topics include: Doggone Safe TM Program, Enrichment for Shelter Animals, Introduction to Clicker Training, Pet Safety, and Understanding Canine Body Language. Other topics are available upon request. Fees are based on the length of the presentation or workshops, number of attendees,  instructional materials required, and travel expenses/lodging.

Puppy Socialization Classes

Puppy socialization classes help you and your puppy get off to the right start. Lara has completed the Puppy Start Right for Instructors course designed by Kenneth Martin, DVM and Debbie Martin, VTS (Behavior), CPDT-KA, KPA CTP. Classes are offered at the Morris Animal Hospital in Granger, Indiana.

Classes address concerns such as barking, biting, chewing, crate training, house training, and jumping. Obedience cues covered in class include: sit, down, stand, come, loose leashing walking, and leave it. Puppies are introduced to the animal hospital environment. Clients learn how to complete basic health & handling procedures with their puppies such as brushing teeth, cleaning ears and trimming nails. Puppies that complete at least six class sessions are eligible to take the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test.

Please contact the Morris Animal Hospital at (574) 271-1909 to enroll your puppy in classes.

Lara Mahr's AKC Canine Good Citizen/S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator # is 86459.

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