Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Typically, the private in-home training that I do involves common issues like jumping, nipping, barking, chewing etc. Then, there are the people that are at their wits end with the potty training issues or separation anxiety destruction. Lastly, I have a lot of people call for aggression issues with actually biting people or other dogs. Dog's are good, but we need to teach them how proper no matter what the circumstance may be!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. No matter who you decide to hire, make sure that you feel comfortable with that trainer specifically! It is important to make sure that dog trainers are implementing positive reinforcement techniques, because you will have to continue to do what they do once they are no longer in your home! Most owners do not have heart to physically correct their dogs with the force necessary to make an impression, and quite frankly it is really unnecessary. Friendly Neighborhood Dog Training has a motto of "DO NO HARM" - What a great way to enrich your relationship with your pet!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. There are no inside secrets to dog training. There is only scientific methods to get specific responses. The formula is hiring someone who understands the balance between scientifically conditioning your dog, rewarding them with things specific to canine enjoyment, physically loving them with proper portions and at the right moments, and understanding the natural needs of canines in the right order! Also, just because someone can train a dog, does not mean that they can train YOU! Communicating with people is the most important part of understanding your furry family member better!
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How long will our session last?
(an hour is NEVER long enough)
What will we be doing in our session?
(this is a trick question - every dog is different - if someone can tell you what a session will consist of then it probably will be less effective - Hopefully what will happen in the first session is that a trainer will listen to you - and help you with specifically what your issues are)
What methods do you use?
(avoid methods you don't think you'll be able to follow once the trainer has left your home - make sure the trainer is listening to YOU)
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I am allowed the privilege of visiting people in their element and "feeding" them! I love to help people! I understand dogs! I LOVE to bridge the gap of understanding between canines and humans!