Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. What is most important, in my opinion, is that you and your dog are treated in the best possible way. Please be sure you ask what type of training the trainers use and what that means, and you can look that up if you want to learn more. Make sure to use a positive trainer. If someone says they are a positive trainer and then they require you to buy a choke chain- they are not positive trainers! Please remember that negative and harsh training methods can truly hurt the bond and relationship that you have with your dog. It can cause great damage to dogs. The best dogs out there are trained with positive training methods- look at guide dogs and service dogs, you don't see them with choke chains or prong collars. There is a better way to train dogs and I can show you how.
Happy training! :)
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I just wish more customers knew that there is a difference in dog training methods. You have to ask what methods they use and you need to remember that you are hiring them. Do not let a trainer come into your home and push your dog around. Do not let them yank around your dog's neck or push them to the ground. Guess what? Your dog will lose trust in you because you are letting this happen, or because you are also doing it. Please, if you are uncomfortable with a trainer- speak up and end the session.
Also, please do not leave your dog at a drop-off training session. You HAVE to watch was these trainers are doing to your dog. Not only can they be hurting your dog, or being too rough, you need to know how to train your own dog because our body language and voice inflections are all very different. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. It is difficult to choose one thing that is my favorite. My favorite thing in the world is animals (besides, of course, my daugher:). How many people get to work with animals?? So, I love that I get to work with dogs on a daily basis. I love that I can save a dog from being brought to the shelter. Although, of course, that is not always the way it works out. But I do love to be invited into someone's home to help a dog that has some "issues" and to be able to fix that for the family and see the family be so much more happy with their dog. I love watching a dog learn; usually much more quickly than his owners had anticipated. The way we can be so proud of our dogs' accomplishments, and our dogs can be so proud of themselves. I love teaching dogs how to learn.