Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Are they a Trainer or a Behaviorist? When someones dog is having behavioral issues, one of the first instincts is to call a trainer to fix the problems. However, if you do not understand the two separate professions in this field, you will lose much money and waste valuable time. A Trainer can help teach your dog basic or advance commands, teach tricks and sports and correct minor behavioral issues with the use of treats and rewards. A Behaviorist can do most of what a trainer can do, however, a true Behaviorist carries the advanced knowledge and expertise to permanently fix more serious behaviors without the need of treats or any bribe based methods. A Behaviorist concentrates on humane training philosophies that improves a persons relationship with their dog and creates an environment in the home that a dog can feel most comfortable in. Choose the professional according to your needs.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. A dog (excluding severe fear or aggressive dogs) can be trained in as little as one to seven days! If anyone says it will take longer they are likely trying to pad their checks. However, what does take time is training the human. It is the goal of The Happy and Balanced Dog to make behaviorists and trainers progressively unnecessary. Dog psychology is relatively simple, unfortunately, the majority of our media portrays dogs more as humans then animals, therefore, dogs are living unnatural lives where they feel out of place. If everyone had a basic knowledge of a dog's basic instinctual and psychological needs and wants, there would be much fewer problems.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Unfortunately, most Dog Trainer do not invest their time in studying the psychology of the animals they attempt to train. The result? The inability to offer consistent and permanent solutions to your dog's unwanted and dangerous behavior. If you do not completely understand a dog's emotional, psychological and therefore physical needs and wants, how can you really help them? The Happy and Balanced Dog's head Behaviorist Jonathan Reed is an expert in understanding your dog's language and can help you bridge the gap of communication in order to understand how to keep them (and you) happy forever.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Many people feel forced to work jobs just for the satisfaction of an income and nothing else. I feel we all have a choice in what we do and encourage everyone to find something they are passionate about and make a living off of that, even if it might come with some uncomfortable risks. For me, the satisfaction derived from saving a dog's life and saving the sanity of the people I work with is almost unmatched by any other experience. I encourage all people I work with to become Happy and Balanced individuals so they can experience the best life has to offer. I rest well every night knowing that what I do is good for my environment and good for my fellow humans and their loved canines.