What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
It varies depending on distance and number of dogs being trained
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Educating the client on dog behavior and evaluation of the dog. Training begins afterwards. Client packets are given for further information on canine psychology and as a reminder for the training techniques used during the lessons.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a professional member of IACP, which Cesar Millan also belongs to, and 8 months of training under Vladae Roytapel. Vladae's credentials can be seen on his website socaldogtraing.com. I have also completed 9 hours of behavior modification college courses and passed with a grade of 97%. I also train dogs for Invisible Fence and I'm certified in the Perfect Start system which was created by a panel of certified behaviorists and veterinarians.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
before I was a trainer I had issues with my own dogs. I hired the best trainer in Michigan, Vladae Roytapel, and he was so impressed with my ability to follow instruction and to train my own dogs that he hired me.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with all types of customers. I have worked with professional athletes from all Detroit teams, prominent newscasters in the Detroit area, Monsignor Easton from the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, MI and many other clients including Art Van and Mr. Meade (Lexus).
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I help out several rescue groups. One dog, a Chow / Golden mix, was going to be euthanized due to severe human aggression. I did a bootcamp for 2 weeks and I turned him into an amazing dog. I can get a testimonial from the rescue group if needed. He was adopted and never showed ANY signs of aggression again. You can view his picture in my media portion of my profile. He's standing next to the red Harley;)
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A dog trainer must be willing to embrace all types of training methods available and be able to use them appropriately. Each dog is different and may require several different training techniques. If you have an aggressive dog be sure to seek out a trainer who specializes in all types of aggression and is not afraid to work with or handle these types of dogs.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
They should think about the time and commitment it takes to train their dog. There is no magic wand. Trainers teach you what to do and work with the dog during lessons. But the client must put in the time and effort every day.