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After the sudden loss of our 14 year old Shiba Inu my husband talked me into getting a puppy. I am not wired for puppies and travel for work and work from home when I am in town. Enter TANK. While adorable and sweet he tested me daily. Biting, jumping, pulling on walks, grabbing my shoes while they were on my feet, taking papers off my desk and running wild before eating them. We tried kennel training during the day but he would howl whenever he heard my voice making phone work out of the question. We also have a 15 year old healthy but arthritic pug that was also not ready for Tank. I wasn’t equipped for him and our home was starting to feel too small. After just one session with Duane, Tank became engaged and showed signs of focus. After 2 sessions I became engaged along with him. We had hired another trainer that was treat based which may work well for dogs who are not a Shiba Inu. When we left town for the holidays we didn’t want to have our regular dog sitters come stay with our boys as Tank would just be too out of control and restless so we thought we would try Duane’s overnight “boot camp”. Tank went for 2 weeks and the positive transformation is amazing. He has always been a good boy but now he is an absolute joy. He's playful and joyful but engaged and aware of his "boundaries". Friends of ours 10 year old daughter (Tank’s “Godmother”) even said he is more fun to play with and is a “better” Tank. I cannot explain my sense of relief. I knew I wasn't wired for a puppy but I now am so in love with this little guy and my heart is absolutely full!! Thank you thank you thank you, Duane, for everything you did for us! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!Jan 1, 2017Verified
Duane was amazing! I felt like he gave us a master’s class in animal psychology. He gave us the tools we need to have a happy, safe and responsive dog. I wish we had hired him when we first adopted our dog. He was terrific.Nov 4, 2018Verified
My pup was very ill-mannered when seeing other dogs while out on walks. Duane was able to reset the behavior expectations in these situations and, at the end of the week to show me how to continue the new expectations and good behavior. His expertise and genuine care were evident immediately. I plan to do follow-up lessons periodically to keep my pup on a positive path. I highly recommend Duane.Aug 12, 2018Verified
Very knowledgeable; effective at managing fear-biting dog. A little high on price, but very good.May 4, 2018Verified
Duane was amazing! He worked with my dog to help her overcome her fears and got her to do exactly what we needed her to do... and he did it in just 40 minutes! Now she has the confidence to get it done. Hire this guy... He's the best !!! Thank you so much Duane !!Apr 23, 2018Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Board & Train Courses... Adults Dogs Over 6 months: 1 week: $1,500, 2 weeks: $2,500, 3 weeks: $3,500, 4 weeks: $4,000 Puppies Under 6 months: 1 week: $1,050, 2 weeks: $1,750, 3 weeks: $2,450, 4 weeks: $2,800 I also offer a 10 day board and train course... 10 day course: $1,375 puppies to 6 months, $1,950 adult dogs Day Training Boot Camp Adults Dogs Over 6 months: 1 week: $1,275, 2 weeks: $2,125, 3 weeks: $2,975, 4 weeks: $3,400 Puppies Under 6 months: 1 week: $895, 2 weeks: $1,490, 3 weeks: $2,080, 4 weeks: $2,380 For Private Lesson Prices I charge by the hour $240 for the 1st 2 hour lesson $120 for additional 1 hour lesson(s) For In-home lessons add $80 for travel charge. Private Packages: 5 lessons in Granada Hills $620 (Save $100) 5 lessons in your home $1,000 (Save $120) I give the following discounts off my regular rates (holidays excluded)... 10% to seniors 65+, full time students, active or retired military or if you're dog or puppy is a adopted from a shelter 3% for paying cash (can be used on specials as well)
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?A phone call gets things rolling.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?40 years of intensive study and hands-on training with the best trainers around the world.