Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. A lot of times people are looking for the whole package from learning the basics and touching up what their dogs already know. I also tend to open the eyes of owners' about how you should look at dogs and what needs to be done. I also know do pet sitting, where I stay at the owners' home 24/7 so pets do not have to be sent to stressful kennels.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Worked with a rescue dog on loose leash walking. Wonderful and smart dog, he picked up loose leash walking with no force needed. A pitbull mix, all dogs learn the same way no need for a rough hand!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. A ethical dog trainer will never ever use the words "guaranteed". You always have to remember that one your pet is a living thing not a machine, there are times that they may react and two it depends on the work you are willing to put into the training yourself. You want a dog trainer who is up to date with training, and willing to go the extra mile. Even after the classes have ended you want a dog trainer who is still willing to talk to you and answer questions.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. With reward base programs you are not bribing your dog to listen to you. You are first rewarding them to mark a behavior. Once the behavior has been learned you wean the dog off the treats and the reward becomes praise and pets.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Understanding that training/education doesn't stop when you leave the class. You need to put the time in outside of class or your dog will never learn the behaviors you want to see around different locations
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Love working with the Owners and their furry family member.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Is there a bad breed? A: No, there is no such thing as a bad breed.. a bad owner yes, everything you do with or to a puppy can cause many of the issues you see in a "bad breed"
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. Really any of the stories of my Trade in and trade up program where owners turn in their outdated training tools such as shock, choke, prong collars and earn two free classes and the look on their faces when they see they can have a healthier and less painful life with their dogs.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I am a very hard worker. On top of that I value my ethics, this being said I am not a balance trainer I do not jump to outdated training tools such as shock, choke, or prong collars. With what science has discovered for behavior training it shows that positive reinforcement has a greater impact and longer lasting results than using tools that have a greater fall out chance.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I have always been around dogs my whole life. My father always had a lab or Golden for birding. Once we moved to NH we then started branching off of labs to different breeds such as herders and so on. It was thanks to him that I learned about the power of Positive Reinforcement
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes, I tend to do webinares through Pet Professional guild to get a hold of any new information about dog behavior
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. At this moment I am working on a project called the trade in and trade up project. This allows owners who are using outdated tools such as prong, shock, choke collars to pass in these collars and earn a free freedom harness as well as a short lesson on how to use the harness correctly
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Always keep reading, science is ever growing in this field and we are now understanding outdated methods based on Pack theory is not the rout for dogs.