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Zippity Do Dog Training And Behavior Modification
About this pro
23 years in business
13 hires on Thumbtack
I had been to other trainers, 3 actually, and no one could effectively help me with my dog. All I wanted was a dog I could take for a walk that woukdn’t Pull me down the street, other trainers used pinch and choke collars and my dog still pulled. Lee taught me in just two sessions how to get my dog to walk nicely...and she didn’t use any methods that hurt my dog. We (me and my dog) loved working with Lee and highly recommend her. Jill and “Brody”Nov 7, 2017Lee D.'s reply
Thank you very much! It was a pleasure being able to help you both😁
The trainer spoke with my husband, she made suggestions and advised there wasn't a need for a trainer. Thank you Lee for your advise and honesty.Aug 2, 2017VerifiedLee D.'s reply
You are more than welcome. I am available if you ever need me in the future!
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Yes but, it is flexible. Training packages are available as well as à la carte (build your own 6-session training plan), or pay as you go. Some dogs may not need to learn sit or down, but maybe you want to work specifically on safety skills like "Recall Training" or "Wait", it this case, in order to teach these behaviors correctly (they can not be taught in just one session) we would work on just those behaviors. Other compound behaviors such as "Leave-It/Take-It" or "Stay/Release" will also take more than one session.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?All behavior that gets rewarded, gets repeated, this is a fact. Behavior does not change, nor is it learned, overnight. Managing unwanted behaviors by controlling the environment is one way to prevent unwanted behavior, but it isn't always that simple and more often than not will require more than one visit and a training plan. Practice, patience and consistency are key to a successful and positive outcome. Consultations for most issues can be done by phone to evaluate simple behavioral issues, followed by a training plan. Training plans address the specific problems you and your dog are having, and are also designed to provide additional skills for your dog to prevent new problems from developing. For instance if your dog is a low confidence dog, then a training plan including confidence building skills and more opportunities for enrichment would be suggested. For more complex issues such as: Dog-to-Dog Reactivity, Leash Reactivity, Human Aggression, Separation Anxiety, Noise Phobias, and other Anxiety and Fear based behavioral issues, an in person consultation is necessary. Don't let any trainer tell you that these issues can be fixed in one training session. They can't. All dogs are taught using a "do no harm" approach through positive reinforcement and force-free methods, moving at a pace that is most comfortable for your dog. Methods of training most often used are through shaping, capturing, targeting and mirroring, using a clicker. In some cases a dog may be too timid for the sound of the clicker, in which case a verbal marker would be used. molding is not a technique I use because it requires physically forcing the dog into a position and I am force-free trainer.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Graduate of the Karen Pryor Professional Dog Training Academy, Dog Gone Safe "Be a Tree" educator for dog bite prevention, AniMATCH Behavior Evaluator - MA Animal Coalition, Behavior Evaluator and Trainer for Mansfield Animal Shelter, Volunteer with Pit Bull Rescue Central, Medical Reserve Corps Emergency Animal Sheltering Volunteer, ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team More than 20 years experience training dogs and addressing behavioral issues inside and outside the home.