Affordable Pet Services & Training Center

Affordable Pet Services & Training Center

Lagrange, OH

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About Affordable Pet Services & Training Center

I offer canine/feline grooming, classes, and canine training and rehabilitation. I have 35 years of experience, and I am certified!

Extra small-small dogs:
- bath and nail trim only - $20-$25
- cuts - $35-$45

Medium dogs:
- bath and nail trim only - $35-$55
- cuts - $45-$65

Large dogs:
- bath and nail trim only - $55-$75
- cuts - $60-$95

Extra large dogs
- bathing and brushing only - $65-$130
- cuts $85 - $150

- Cats:
- bathing and brushing only - $40
- cuts - $45-$65

All of the above prices come with privates trimmed, pads are clipped, anal glands are expressed, ears cleaned, nail trimming, bath with blow dry, bows and cologne.

Extra options: dental brushing - $8

We give your pet a thorough brushing and inspection of their mouth for any problem areas you may need to be concerned with.

- Medicated bath ($5) - special shampoos for problem skin and coat conditions

- Pawdicure ($12) - nail polish of your choice

- Blow-outs ($15) - your pet's undercoat is blown loose with a turbo dryer and then brushed out

- Feet, face, and rear trim (done separately) - $3 - $8 each

We are stress-free for us and your pet! Your pet is here for only a couple of hours!

We build a relationship with your pet, so they feel easier about visiting us!

Your pet is given an all-over body haircut or brush out, and any matting is removed. Nail trim, privates and pads of the feet are shaved out of any hair.

Your pet then gets a thorough bath, anal glands are expressed, and any medicated shampoo is applied, if needed. Conditioners are used to help soften the coat. Your pet is given a complete inspection for anything out of the ordinary that you may need to be concerned with.

At this time, your pet is given a dental, if you requested, and their mouth is also inspected. Then, your pet is dried and brushed out and ready for the finish work. After bows or ties and pawdicures are completed, your pet is placed in a comfortable spot to wait for pick up, and you are called.

If your pet is a special-needs pet, they may require a prompt pick up.

We offer personal training with you and your pet; we train you to train your pet. There is no contract required!

- Basic obedience
- Advanced obedience
- Puppy kindergarten classes
- Socialization sessions
- Behavior modification
- One-on-one classes customized to fit your busy lifestyle

House calls are available within 30 miles and will require extra to cover gas only.

Aggression: have you ever noticed how hindsight brings such a clear vision of things you wish you had realized earlier? Dogs behaving in ways that are overly territorial is one of the most common times we see hindsight at work. This problem, while easily prevented before it starts can be difficult to alleviate once underway.

One of the things that makes this so difficult is that very often, pet owners who adore their pet find it difficult to imagine that their sweet puppy could ever turn out to be aggressive in any way. If they see small signs of such behavior developing, they don't worry because they figure that it will never turn out to become a real problem.

Other times, people think they want their dog to be aggressive and protect the home but later realize that biting their children's friends or other invited visitors was not what they had in mind.

For years, I've been telling people not to encourage or accept any aggressive behavior from their pet at all. Most of the time, people listen and everything ends up just fine. Other times, people stick to their guns, saying things such as "the whole reason we got this type of dog is because we want him to protect the house".

Remember, most dogs have a natural instinct to protect their home. Trust me when I tell you that your dog can be friendly, well-socialized and sweet to all visitors. Should an incident occur (such as a masked man breaking in your window), dogs instinctively recognize this as not right, and they will bark, growl and protect you at the appropriate time.

What is not appropriate or helpful is to have a dog who is timid, fearful, or aggressive toward visitors, repairmen, or kids playing football in your yard. In these situations, your dog's behavior is not helpful at all; you'll have to lock him away in order for the repairman to be willing to come inside and do the work. Other visitors will feel uncomfortable, and surely, it is a huge problem if your dog gets aggressive when your children and their friends start roughhousing.

The best way to avoid this problem is to examine your dog's behavior ahead of the problem. As soon as you see a sign of aggression, such as your dog growling, barking, mounting, getting stiff, or otherwise acting like these normal occurrences are a problem, you need to tell your dog "no!". The worst thing to do in this situation is to pet your dog in an attempt to soothe him. Instead of feeling soothed, your pet will feel as if you're saying "good barking".

Timid, skittish, or fearful dogs are also at risk of developing overly territorial behavior. Build your dog's confidence through obedience training and small at-home agility exercises, work on thorough socialization, and teach your dog not to be afraid of everyday things.

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, and this situation surely fits that phrase. If you are not sure how to prevent this problem or if your dog is already behaving aggressively (or starting to) toward visitors, you may need to work with a knowledgeable, experienced trainer to alleviate the problem.

Classes available are:

- A.C.T.F.A.S.T. - Animal Cruelty Task Force Advanced Safety Training Academy (a special price of $175)

Use this certificate for applying for employment at any shelter, area kennels, city kennels or county agency.

Learn Ohio animal laws and regulations, constitutional laws, crime scene investigation, CS photography, chain of custody, evidence collection and packaging, search warrant, search, and seizure, blood sports, hoarding, task force tactics, agent self-defense, animal first aid, parasite identification, zoonosis, body conditioning and scoring, evaluation of cruelty, facility standards, animal handling, self-defense and restraint, and much more!

- Animal shelter safety entry level - $75 per 8 hours.

Use this certificate for applying for employment at any
shelter, kennels, veterinarian, or grooming salon.

Learn animal first aid, parasite identification, zoonosis, animal safe handling and restraint, self-defense tactics against animals, facility standard cleaning, animal care, animal gender identification, and much more!

- K-9 temperament and aggression assessment seminars

This is for volunteer rescues, animal control officers sheriffs, kennel workers, and shelter employees. Learn all about temperaments to show how to evaluate and temperament test dogs correctly using the American Temperament Test Society's test.

We have new knowledge, and we know how to fix simple inappropriate behavior. We will also show some simple techniques about aggression rehabilitation.

Our success ratio is 7-1, and the 1 is sent to a professional for rehabilitation. With positive training, it can be done. Please spread the word around, and help us help them by giving the k-9 another chance.

Hours: Mon. - Sat. from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

We can come to your town or city for larger groups.

Use this certificate for applying for employment at any
shelter, kennels, veterinarian, grooming salon or training facility.

Learn dog psychology, canine temperament testing for intake and aggression modification.

Rescue and adoptions:

- Many Paws Reach-Out Program
- Helping our area's senior, disabled, and retired veteran pet owners better care for their pets
- Providing low-cost pet grooming to those who qualify
- Donating pet food, treats, toys, collars, leashes, blankets, rugs, pillows, cages, crates, and any other donated pet supplies

M.P.R.P. was started by Mike and Peggy Horvath through their business, Affordable Pet Services, 4 1/2 years ago as a way to help the area's senior and retired veterans and disabled pet owners better care for their pets.

People make comments; well, if they can't afford a pet, they shouldn't have a pet, but these pets are the reason some of these people need to get out of bed and function everyday.

For some, their pet is all the family they have, and they will go without to have the money to feed their pets. The unconditional love that pet gives to these people is more therapeutic than any medicine and keeps some of these people who are lonely go another day. Why shouldn't these people be able to have that in their lives?

It is mainly only a groomer's effort that you pay for when your pet is in need of grooming. Sure, there is the shampoo cost, water usage, and the electric from the dryer, but let's be serious; it doesn't take much money to groom a dog or cat!

Most of the senior and disabled pet owners would, if they could, keep their pets in the finest condition, but their retirement and pensions do not go up yearly like our gas prices and economy does.

Chopper's story:
There is truly something special about a litter of puppies, especially for Peggy Horvath and the Many Paws Reach-Out Program. It is an indescribable occasion to see five tufts of fur huddled together, all whimpering and wondering where they might be now. But, it is even more enchanting when something so small and so adorable can overcome a challenge so much larger then itself. Such was the case of Chopper.

At first glance, Chopper and his litter mates appeared no different than other litters of eight-week old shepherd-mix puppies that were surrendered. When Peggy did a closer inspection, however Chopper's unique condition became apparent. In addition to being the runt of the litter, Chopper was born with an underdeveloped front leg, with the paw missing entirely.

The shelter veterinarians determined that this condition was quite dangerous to the puppy's health and development.
Chopper had already begun using the misshapen appendage despite the lack of the paw and essential padding by using the limb as though normal, and Chopper was inviting multiple health problems including the possibility of a fatal infection. Peggy and the medical staff knew something had to be done, and surgery was done to remove the affected limb.

Following surgery, Chopper was the true embodiment of Peggy's mission to save more lives. Still, the ultimate question remained; where would Chopper go from here?

Peggy responded with the unconditional commitment to his well-being, willingly accepting him into her home and family. Chopper adjusted well, learned to chase squirrels and climb stairs, and was later placed with an elderly couple. The Many Paws Reach-Out Program helps senior, retired, and the disabled pet owners better care for their pets and sheltering and adopting out the surrendered pets that enter our facility at 111 S. Center St. Lagrange, Ohio 44050.

Peggy is called upon to shelter and care for numerous pets in need each year. It is her mission to do as much as she can to find loving homes for every adoptable animal and to help those who need pet supplies to better care for their pets.

The Many Paws Reach-Out Program wish to thank everyone who gives their generous support to this program.

Although they couldn't continue without your help, Chopper and the many paws in need we help is a true testament of your charity and foresight. You are an essential part of the animal services machine, a machine that cannot waiver, stutter, or pause in its mission of service to many of our four and three-legged many paws every year.

Location

111 S Center St, Lagrange
Lagrange, OH 44050

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  • 5/5 stars October 28, 2011

    Peggy and the staff at A.P.S. are the ONLY people that groom my dogs. They truly love animals and are great with my girls!!!

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. What to Expect From Your Trainer:
A dog trainer should be an expert in canine behavior, educated in his or hers vocation, someone you can trust to help you perform a task that you cannot do entirely on your own. But as in any profession, there are the good and the not so good. Finding a good trainer is the first step to having a well balanced and behaved dog.
Here are 10 things you should expect from a professional trainer.

1. The Right Credentials
Dog trainers do not legally have to be certified or have any formal training, so quiz a potential trainer about his or her skills. “Trainers should be realistic about their level of experience and not misrepresent themselves,” says Michelle Godlevski, a certified pet dog trainer, certified canine behavior counselor and certified Delta Society Pet Partners Evaluator from Raleigh N.C. “Candidates should acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses and talk about their students and training experiences – not spend time exaggerating or boasting about their own dogs,” she says.
Although there is no universal standard for dog trainers, The Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers offers certification for professional trainers who pass their tests and requirements, offering them the title of Certified Pet Trainer. They must abide by the organizations code of ethics and put in several hours of continuing education each year to keep and renew their certification. Various dog-training schools offer different types of certification.

2. The ability to work with difficult dogs.
Your trainer should have the experience dealing with such problems as aggression, resource
guarding, Stubbornness, and housetraining issues. “Difficult dogs make great dog trainers”, Godlevski
says. “If a trainer has only worked with ‘easy’ dogs without any issues, I’m more impressed with the
dog then the trainer.”

3. The ability to effectively train you to train your dog.
“The gifted Instructor can reach people and help them enjoy and appreciate your pet”, says Gerilyn J. Bielakiewicz, CPDT, co-owner of Canine University in Malden, Mass. “An instructor must have excellent people skills, or he/she will never be able to train the dog within the family unit.” Bielakiewicz recommends searching for a personable instructor with great communication skills. No matter how talented the trainer is, he/she is not effective if the client is frustrated.

4. Interest in you and your dog.
Your trainer should ask a lot of questions about your dog and his/her environment, as well as your
expectations of how he should behave. According to Lisa Herman, a trainer at Dream Team Dog
Training in Valdese, NC., your trainer should be interested in your dog’s age, weight, and height, how
long you have owned him/her, where you acquired him/her, any vet information, where they spend
most of their time, whether he/she has ever bitten a person or another dog, his general reactions to
different stimuli, his personality type, the commands he/she already knows, any bad habits and any
activities he/she enjoys. The trainer should also ask you what you want to accomplish and let you
know exactly what will be covered.

What to expect from your Groomer:
Your Groomer should NOT be stressed, rushed, or moody . This will lead your dog to an unpleasant grooming experience.
Your Groomer should be qualified with the experience and the correct knowledge to provide a beautiful job with the UTMOST safety for your pet.
Your Groomer should NOT charge you a car payment to get the job done. BEWARE of Groomers that won't let you watch! They are not confident enough to complete the job while you watch.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Making these dogs beautiful while they enjoy the experience.
Helping those who need help with their pets behavior.
Teaching with my years of Knowledge and experience to make sure they get the right education for an affordable price!

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