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Cherry Pit Training & PTSD K-9s

Albuquerque, NM

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About Cherry Pit Training & PTSD K-9s

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Does your dog bark uncontrollably? Do they dig holes? Are they always getting out? Do they jump on people? Well, I have been training dogs for about 6 years and I have trained dogs for and with master dog trainers out of Corpus Christi, TX. I am also certified with AKC as a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

I specialize in bully breeds that the media hates (APBT, ASBT, bull terriers, rotties, etc.), but I will train any breed of dog.

I will come out to your house so that you do not have to travel. My prices are by the session.

Classes available are:

- Initial Consult $60

- Basic Class: 6-week class

- Advanced Class: 6-week class

- On/Off Leash
- Housebreaking
- Crate Training
- Poison Control
- Dog Aggression (people, food, other dogs)

"""Protection training""" (if you are seriously interested in this class I will discuss with you further)

ASL/DEAF friendly

AKC Canine Good Citizen Preparation/test $300
AKC Canine Good Citizen Test $10

$60-$80 each session.

Service dog certification (life of the dog): $2000


Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque, NM 87108

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  • 5/5 stars April 30, 2012

    We and our girls loved Rishard. He was sooo good with the girls and we looked forward to seeing him every week. He is so patient and takes his time. The neat part is if he can he will take your dog to school with him. I don't know of any other trainer that will do that. Even though our training is complete for now and our girls passed their test, does not mean Rishard is not still there. Anytime I have had a question I can call or text him and he always gets back to me. You could never go wrong hiring him to train your dog. We are so glad we did.

    Theresa, Tim, and the girls Jewel and Penelope

    Kristopher M. from Cherry Pit Training & PTSD K-9s replied to this review on May 2, 2012:

    Thank you very much. I enjoyed working with your little girls. I am here any time you have a question or new issue that needs to be addressed.


  • 5/5 stars April 30, 2012

    Rishard is an amazing person who has worked with us and our first Great Dane Magic and our now 2 year old Great Dane Mandi. He is so knowledgeable and doesn't have any trouble getting the dogs to listen to and obey his commands. One of my friends stopped by one day when he was here for a session and was so impressed that Rishard is now working with her 2 Saint Bernards. I would never consider trusting any of our dogs to anyone but Cherry Pit Training and I would recommend Rishard to anyone that is looking for a dog trainer - he's the "real deal", you won't regret having him train your dog. I just wish he was as able to train me as well as he is able to train the dogs.

    Kristopher M. from Cherry Pit Training & PTSD K-9s replied to this review on May 2, 2012:

    Oh how I miss MANDI. She is such a wonderful dog full of energy and love.


Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Most families have simple obedience issues like: having the dog return on command, submissive urination, running away, uncontrollable barking. When pet owners have these issues, there tends to be more underlying issues then just the ones that grab our attention. The 6 weeks obedience course is my most common class given.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. When shopping for dog trainers, find some one that can show you what they know with their own dog. Any dog trainer that uses force far above the level of temperment of the dog should be AVOIDED at all cost, unless you are prepared to have an unstable and unhappy dog.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I train dogs to listen to their (established) pack leader through respect of the leader and not FEAR the leader. I am experienced in dog aggression, behavior modification, and obedience. I have studied numerous methods of training so there is always a way to get your dog to comply with the rules of the pack. I certify service dogs. I also know American Sign Language so I am able to communicate with the Deaf community so that i may train their dogs as well. I am certified through the American Kennel Club as a Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. The most awarding part of my job is to see the owners face when they are convinced their dog is not able to perform certain task and I prove to them that their dog is FULLY capable.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Q. What is your rate?
A. Depending on breed of the dog and training desired. It can range from $60-$80 hr

Q. Are you sure you can help me with my dog?
A. As long as you remain consistent with the training you will see improvement.

Q. Where do you train at?
A. I train anywhere the client wants to. I mostly train at the home of the dog.

Q. What happens if i need to cancel an appointment?
A. We will make up that training session the following session.

Q. What is your schedule?
A. I am very flexible. What is your availability? I can usually adjust my time to meet the needs of the client

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. It doesn't matter how much you know about dog training, as long as you follow The Cherry Pit cpr's, you will get results; negative and/or positive
C- Consistency
P- Patience
R- Repetition

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Yes, I am constantly reading new material and attending seminars. There are always new and improved methods of maintaining a healthy and obedient dog/s. Continuing education in the my field is important to keep up with new techniques.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. My greatest strength is the ability to accomplish an objective without giving up. There are trainers out there that will not train dogs due to certain behaviors. I will never reject a dog for aggression or any other type of adverse behavior. If there is a question that I do not know, then I have the resources to get the answer. There is no job that is too small and no job that is too great. Consistency, patience and repetition are key factors in maintaining a healthy and positive relationship with you k-9 companion.

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