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Sean is absolutely amazing to work with. I have a small terrier with aggression issues. Sean understands the dogs mentality. It was so important to me that we teach my dog new behaviors versus beat him into submission, which is exactly what Sean does. I got home the same fun loving spunky little dog I had before, but one who would listen much better and was way less reactive to other dogs. I honestly couldn’t recommend Sean more highly. He’s a legend in our family- my mom still talks about him to the very day!Jun 18, 2018
I came to Sean, with my beautiful, sweet, goofy yet incredibly scary 5-year old pit mix that I had recently rescued. He had never been trained before or truly cared for and came to me with a rap sheet and the behavior to prove it. He is a big dog. He did not trust anyone or anything, was a nervous wreck and had human aggression that put me so on edge we couldn't really function as a unit, nor could I trust anyone else around him. He needed help or else he wouldn't last with me or with anyone else and I knew this was his last chance. I was overwhelmed with uncertainty and fear and exasperated by the trainers and advice that I was coming across. Needless to say, by the time we got to Sean, I didn't have much faith left at that point. I was so hesitant to send my dog to a board and train and I just did not know what to expect at all. And let's be honest - the price is scary for little people like me who really don't have that kind of money to throw around. I bought my English Bulldog from a breeder for that price and trained him at Petsmart, lol! It did not work but he's been mostly easy his whole life. I was so uneducated on proper dog training. I was scared, lost, we needed help and I was determined not to give up on this dog. I put everything I had into trusting Sean with him and I can absolutely say that it paid off for the both of us. He came back a different dog with confidence, attentiveness and a calmness that I never could have achieved on my own. He is a work in progress and always will be, but the foundation that Sean established for us is exactly what I was hoping for. It's only been a few days since he came home but I already feel such a difference in his behavior and our relationship. Sean was able to develop a trust that did not exist before. He trusts me now and respects me and has become so chill, it's just amazing. Sean is a very knowledgeable and realistic trainer that will instill the skills and confidence in you and your dog in a very straight forward and easygoing way. He's unlike any other trainer I've ever worked with before and is the only one whose methods and advice I know will stick with me forever. He teaches in a way that is easy to understand and what he practices just makes sense in the real world. He sends informative and useful reading material and posts videos online throughout the training to keep you engaged and educated. He also offers one on one workshops with the owner throughout training and after to ensure you understand the material and are comfortable with it. It is extremely helpful and good for visual learners like myself. I am so glad that I took the leap and if you're reading this and my story sounds familiar, then you should too. We couldn't thank you more Sean.Jun 29, 2017Verified
Sean is a true dog whisperer. He took our wild and aggressive puppy and turned him into a well-trained and obedient dog. Sean goes the extra mile to make sure your dog is taken care of and you are comfortable with the training. Highly recommend.Jun 14, 2018Verified
Sean was easy to work with and very accommodating. Provides long term support post-training that is very helpful as well. Very pleased with his work with my Hank!Nov 9, 2017Verified
In just a few days Sean has gotten my dog under control. Its hard to leave my dog, but helpful knowing that he's in the hands of someone who treats him like his own pet and not just a work obligation.Jul 26, 2017
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Private Training is largely recommended for puppies and dogs with more moderate behavioral issues generally related to basic obedience. Aggression almost always requires an extended residency/board and train in order to be effectively evicted. My rates for private lessons (half day seminars last 2.5 to 4 hours) are: 3 Sessions: $750 5 Sessions: $1000 7 Sessions: $1200 My residency, or board and train, program is $3,000 for four weeks. Food and essential training supplies (leash and herm sprenger/star mark collars) are included, as are four private training sessions with the owners. In the exceptionally rare cases that require extra time before behavioral adjustment is fully achieved, the owners will not be required to pay for additional days or weeks. I don't send the dog back until he is fully dialed in and adjusted, anything less would be entirely unethical and unsafe.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Initial interviews are conducted with clients about their dog's behavioral history, medical health, general temperament, bite history (if applicable), how they've handled their dog thus far, and the goals they'd like to achieve with training. I also conduct a brief temperament/behavioral assessment of the dog. The bulk of private lessons focuses on working directly with the owners and instructing them meticulously on proper handling skills and technique (leash handling), do's and dont's/situational awareness, ethological understanding, practical application, etc. Everything we do with a dog we do for a reason, and it always has a pragmatic application in the real world.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I've been exposed to working canines my whole life. My training has been entirely experiential and hands on, with intensive and direct training under multiple master trainers specializing in advanced, excecutive level protection work and highly innovative and sophisticated forms of agility and service training. I also have a bachelor's degree in Psychology from NYU, which has given me with deeply important insight into both ends of the leash. Dogs and human beings are radically different animals, and a basic understanding of how each species processes sensory information is essential in identifying communication breakdowns between dog and owner. A general understanding of the divergences between human cognition and perception-which I learned in school-and that of dogs-which I've learned through my work and extensive study-has helped me enormously in communicating with both dogs and owners. I also routinely attend seminars conducted by some of the most respected figures in the world of competitive protection sports and working dogs. I have attended seminars and/or received personal coaching from world renowned trainers like Ivan Balabanov (IPO 2 time world champion), Gregory Doud (multiple USA world team IPO member/protege of Ivan), Nino Drowaert (protege of Bart Bellon, top Belgian Ring competitor, head K9 officer Antwerp), Michael D'Abruzzo (K9-1, highly respected aggression specialist, police K9 trainer), Michael Ellis (Leerburg, world famous competitive coach), and many others. Dog training is in the midst of a period of rapid innovation, and nearly all of it is coming out of the training of competitive dog sports/police and military working dogs. To ensure that I'm a fully modernized trainer employing the most cutting edge, deeply refined techniques, I've prioritized continued education as a perpetual, lifelong pursuit. The paradigm is always changing, and I am still learning-for life. My greatest teachers, however, have been the hundreds of dogs that I've worked with. I never stop learning from them.