What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I learn a great amount from each dog I train! It's amazing how much we can learn from dogs. They live in the moment. I also read lots of books on dogs.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I just moved and I was looking for a career change. I very much enjoyed my work, but was not passionate about it. I asked myself the question, "If I could do anything I want to do, what would it be?" My answer was work with dogs!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Dealing with dog aggression, pulling on the leash, puppy training, potty training, and all other dog behaviors that owners want to change.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
There are a lot of really bad trainers out there giving terrible advice. Ask lots of questions, read lots of reviews online, be sure what any perspective trainer tells you makes complete sense and if it doesnÃ¢ÂÂt make sense keep asking questions until it does. Many experienced trainers start at $1500 (or considerably more) to train a dog. I keep my prices low to make my services available to as many people and dogs as possible. I love what I do and I do this because I am passionate about improving dog/owner relationships.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Group classes and individual training serve very different purposes. Classes are good for socializing your dog around people and other dogs. If you want to learn to read your dogÃ¢ÂÂs behavior and respond so that you can change specific behaviors, you wonÃ¢ÂÂt learn that in a class. In a class there isnÃ¢ÂÂt enough time to show each owner how to read their dogÃ¢ÂÂs specific signals and find an effective way to communicate their expectations to their dog, so the information tends to be more general in nature. Every dog and owner are different. Not all dogs respond to the same types of correction or reward and not all owners are able to deliver all types of correction in a way that gets results. Effective training requires modifying the training methods to find what works for both you and your dog. In a one on one session I will first show you how to make sure your dog takes his/her direction from you. Then you will learn how to respond to specific behaviors your dog has in a way that will reinforce the behaviors you want and stop reinforcing the ones you donÃ¢ÂÂt want.