Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Most clients contact me after having spent hundreds or thousands of dollars hiring an obedience trainer or other person to fix a BEHAVIORAL issue...if you were angry and someone told you to sit down, would you suddenly NOT be angry? Of course you would still be angry! Behavior is in the brain. Obedience simply changes the dog's body position, not his behavior. In order to change a dog's behavior, you must change the way he thinks and whom he believes to be the leader. If HE is the leader, then HE makes the rules and HE begins to protect, drag you on a leash, urinate in his house, and bark and growl to protect what is his. It just makes sense, doesn't it? Then you get angry because HE is doing HIS job as leader! That's why he is doing what he's doing...because he LOVES you and wants to take care of you...but that's not fair! You should be HIS leader! I will show you how! And, I give you a LIFETIME GUARANTEE!
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. 2 yorkies that urinate in their house. This issue was so horrible that the family actually covered their furniture, personal items, and cabinets in aluminum foil in order to protect the items from being urinated on! I called their house the "space alien house"! After our session, the family removed the foil from all over their house and compressed it into a giant ball. The ball was more than 5 FEET in DIAMETER!!!! They are enjoying their "foil free home" now and really love their newly rehabilitated yorkies! Typical results! They called me a "miracle worker". I have heard THAT before! LOL
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Google that trainer and see his/her accomplishments. Ask how many dogs he/she has rehabilitated and how many he/she could not help.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Obedience does NOT change behavior. IT simply changes a dog's body position.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Ask for a free lifetime guarantee to ensure that you are not paying someone who is incapable of completing the job.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. PLEASE do not use ANYONE who takes your dog away to a place you can not observe the trainer every moment! Do not trust ANYONE using choker chains, prong collars, squirt bottles, cans with coins in them, chains in bean bags to throw at the dog, electric shock collars or ANYTHING you would not allow on your own neck or that of your child. Anyone using a clicker, treats, or words is a "trainer" and is doing operant conditioning, which does NOT change behavior. Only the brain changes behavior, not the stomach by being given a treat! It just makes sense! Training a dog to sit does nothing to change what he thinks or his state of mind. I am a true behaviorist, not a "trainer". Any 5 year old child with a box of treats can train a dog to sit. If you have a dog with behavioral issues, then you need a behaviorist, not an adult with a box of treats! I can and will help you! I am gentle, calm, and have rehabilitated more than 20,000 dogs. I can help YOU!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. As a behaviorist, I work with numerous dogs with behavioral issues ranging from urinating in the house all the way up to full-blown aggression. I have testified in many court cases as an expert witness and have travelled the country rehabilitating dogs and teaching their owners how to change what they were doing in order to change the dogs' behavior. I teach others my techniques so that they can help other people to save more dogs. I train service dog sfor special needs children and for veterans FREE of charge. I was even a guest lecturer in an animal behavior class at a Japanese university in Tokyo! It is remarkably simple to have the dog you dreamed of. Unfortunately, most people give up and either change their lives around their dogs' behavior or even give the dog away! How does it fix the dog to give it away or dump it into a shelter? It doesn't, but that's why there are more than 4 MILLION dogs euthanized each year in shelters around the country...because all the "trainers" couldn't help those dogs so people gave up on the dogs, and on themselves, often feeling guilty for years...all because they didn't know how to help their dogs. I will teach you how to get your life back and have your dog fit into YOUR life instead of your changing YOUR life and trying to live YOUR life around your dog's behavior. I can help you!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I must admit that the best part of my job is about 15 minutes after arriving into a chaotic house, jumping and barking dogs, out of control household, and hopelessness. At that time, everyone says, "I can't believe it...my dog NEVER lies down this quickly" or "did you give my dog a pill?" or the best one, "Can you give me a lifesize cardboard cutout of you so my dog thinks you are still here?" If someone takes your dog and trains it but returns the dog to you without changing YOU and what the humans are doing, then the dog will revert back to his old behaviors, right? Of course! That's why I teach the HUMANS what to do, since the dog already gets it! That's what I love most...that and all the friends I have garnered through the years, most of whom began as clients!
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. The most common question is "How long do I have to spend training my dog each day?"
The answer is simple. Much as a child learning the alphabet learns by being taught, each dog is a bit different. As I always joke, there are 5 watt light bulbs, 50 watt light bulbs, and 500 watt light bulbs! But one thing is for certain. That child needs to learn the alphabet no matter what. Most dogs learn in a few minutes...yes...minutes...if the owner is smart! Most of the time I spend "training" is with the humans! Only a small amount of time is actually teaching the dog...he's a DOG! HE already speaks teh language I speak! I will teach YOU what your dog thinks and why he does what he does!
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. A particular client called me 4 years ago with a dog that had killed the neighbor's dog, another neighbor's cat, and a third animal, a small dog, in addition to a number of groundhogs, bunnies, and other outdoor creatures. The dog had also nipped at a baby. I worked with this young couple and all had been going well for years. One day, I received a call from a sobbing young woman, Jenn, who could not compose herself. I felt horrible for her, assuming that the dog had passed away or was ill. What I heard next was heartrending. She said sobbingly, "I'm pregnant". I said "Oh Jenn, that's wonderful! Why are you crying? You wanted to get pregnant, right?" She said, "I don't want to put Ruby to sleep. But I don't want her to kill my baby..." Whew...I said to her, "Jenn, I will help you! Ruby will not hurt your baby, and you will not have to put her to sleep!" I told her of several other clients whose dogs were even more aggressive than was hers, and all had perfect results with no issues, years and years later. She said she would never trust Ruby again, but she wanted to try, since she adored her beautiful pit bull mix, a sweet and loyal companion to her for many years. We worked together for several months, unusual since most clients's dogs are rehabilitated in minutes or hours, but with a newborn baby, I wasn't taking a chance, especially with a dog that had killed numerous animals and had bitten a baby. So, after our follow up visits, the big day came! The baby was coming home! The couple had told the entire family of this first born grandchild, that they wanted to spend their first day home with the baby...ALONE! Well, if I count as ALONE, then the 5 of us were ALONE! The young husband, Jenn, the baby boy, Ruby, and me. We worked outside for a few minutes and I walked in holding the baby. Ruby was PERFECT! Jenn started crying happy tears and hugging me till I was soaked from her joyous tears! Jenn has written me numerous times since last year, and had only one complaint...she asked, "How do I get Ruby to stop licking the baby so much?" I received several holiday cards from clients with babies, all with the dog in the photo with the babies. Last year, I received Jenn's holiday card, with the baby and dog in an embrace. This is why I do what I do...to save lives and give hope.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. Patience is my strongest virtue...with the humans! Dogs are dogs so they do what dogs do. On the other hand, humans think like humans so the dog thinks one way while his owner thinks another. That is why so many dogs have issues. Also, because dogs don't speak our language, I teach YOU how to communicate with your dog, and then he will understand what you are asking of him. I have never heard a leader of a pack of wolves to sit and shake hands before getting his dinner! Dogs think like dogs, and if you want to communicate with your dog in a language HE understands, then SPEAK HIS LANGUAGE! That's what I will teach you!