Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Our most common types of jobs are basic obedience training for young or unruly dogs and handling aggression issues toward people and other animals.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I wish that customers would realize that dogs are not robots. You cannot "guarantee" a living being like you can a television. If you do not continue working with your dog, their behavior will revert back to what it was prior to working with a trainer. There are no quick fixes. Foundation work takes time and effort to have a reliable, well behaved family member.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I wouldn't necessarily call this a "job" per say, but I am extremely proud : I kept back a male puppy out of my last litter in 2010 to work and compete with. Training was going very very well, and this dog was everything I could have ever asked for or hoped for in a competition dog. This past March (2012), a police department that I had previously sold a dog to, had to medically retire one of their dual purpose K9s unexpectedly. I called them and offered them my boy, who I was about a month away from trialing. As it turned out, my boy Deuce was a perfect fit and is now with Transylvania Co Sheriffs Office, certified dual purpose K9, and was a complete donation.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Board and train is $500, with half being due when you drop your dog off, and the other half being due when you pick him or her up.
One on one training is $320 and includes 7 sessions that are between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours in length. The length will depend on the attention span of your dog and how much he or she lets us accomplish in one session.
Boarding without training is $10 per day per dog.