K-9 Partnership (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)

K-9 Partnership

Granite Falls, WA

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About K-9 Partnership

hired 5 times on Thumbtack

Mon-Fri: 9:00am-8:00pm
Sat: 9:00am-5:00pm

We offer private dog training lessons, from basic manners to behavior problems. Individual one time lessons, Coaching Package and Day Training.

We also offer specialty group classes, workshops, and lectures.

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Granite Falls, WA 98252

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  • 5/5 stars August 2, 2013

    What makes Daphne stand out as a trainer is that her competence, integrity and authenticity in what she does shines through. There is a level of ability Daphne has to not just understand canine behavior, but a Deep Understanding of the mechanics in dog psychology. This is something not all trainers have!! Her website was a major selling point for us. She volunteered lots of information that other trainers are charging for. All in all, Daphne is highly professional, personable and immensely knowledgeable. I would recommend her services to any dog owner.

  • 5/5 stars May 31, 2013

    Daphne was awesome!!! She worked with the entire family on how we could better communicate with our young German Shepherd. Knowing what your dog needs and teaching him to understand what you need is KEY!! Very knowledgeable lady!!!! A+++

  • 5/5 stars May 21, 2013

    Daphne was great working with my dog Murray and I on training. She is very patient and kind. She taught me to look for the cues Murray was giving when he was getting overwhelmed. Because of Daphne's training methods, Murray is now much more confident and able to walk well on a leash. Not only did Daphne teach Murray how to be confident, she taught me how to be a confident dog-owner. Thank you Daphne!

  • 5/5 stars June 22, 2012

    We needed help with our latest rescue, a young, exuberant Aussie mix. Friends who had worked with Daphne recommended her, and we picked the 4-visit package because we knew one session wouldn't be enough. We were immediately impressed with her professionalism (as were both dogs). She taught us many useful skills and a new approach that has put us on the path to a more successful experience. I cannot recommend her enough; she deserves a 5-star plus!

  • 5/5 stars June 22, 2012

    It was obvious from the first visit that Daphne knew what she was doing and is also very much a dog person. We saw immediate results in our dogs behavior, and they seemed to enjoy the training sessions as well. After 4 visits, we feel confidant that the training and education provided will allow us to easily continue the work to achieve the full results we want.
    Daphne was also very pleasant to work with, and provided a great deal of additional material for our education as well.

Question and answer

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

A. The Coaching Package is by far the most popular service I have. I work with you to teach you management solutions and training skills so that you learn how to work and build a bond with your dog. Training happens between the scheduled 'lesson' times. You are ultimately responsible for your dog's behavior. You get what you put in. You will also learn about a dog's learning patters, learning phases and schedules of reinforcement that help establish desired behavior and maintain strong responses.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. 1) Basic training with Weimaraner: main focus was working on loose leash walking, not jumping on people, target training to 'spot' to manage food prep/meal times.

2) Behavior Consult with BullMastiff: main concern was food guarding and personal space sensitivity(including handling issues)

3) Nail trimming desensitization with Labrador Retriever with dremel tool as well as ear medication desensitization

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

A. Dog trainers are not all alike. It's a craft ~ profession and not one that is regulated. You have a wide extreme of philosophies, skill sets, coaching abilities, ethical issues, behavioral sciences or lack thereof and anyone can call themselves a Dog Trainer or Behaviorist.

Look for someone that has credentials and that continues their education to maintain their certification. Ask about what equipment they use and why. Observe a class before paying someone.

Here are three good links to read: http://www.apdt.com/petowners/choose/
http://avsabonline.org/uploads/position_statements/How_to_Choose_a_Trainer_(AVSAB).pdf
http://www.4pawsu.com/trainers.htm

Be careful who you trust with your dog's behavior and education.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. 1) Are they Certified by an international accreditation organization or by a 'dog school'?

2) What methods, techniques, philosophies do they adhere to?

3) What professional organizations do they belong to?

4) Are they required to earn continuing education credits?

5) What training equipment do they use?

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

A. I hold an international credential that of Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. I have to earn 36 continuing educational credits in a three year period to stay certified through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Do you follow a professional standard when it comes to working with behavior? Belonging to several dog and animal behavior/training organizations, I follow and uphold codes of ethics that outline interactions/privacy between a client and to use the least intrusive / minimally invasive training techniques. To be as humane as possible, our interventions should be a uninstrusive for the animal as possible and still be effective. I follow Dr. Susan Friedman's proposed hierarchy of intervention strategies.

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