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Excellent trainer. Experienced, professional, friendly and so very helpful. Duane has taught my dog and I to improve our relationship dramatically.Jul 21, 2015Verified
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
I had my new dog (GSD/mix) for about a month. She's lovely but has leash aggression. There are several theories about how best to deal with this issue, however I did not feel comfortable with the methods used. I made it clear up front that I did not want to use aggressive methods, however, Duane insisted that the only way to solve the problem was to pull my dog off her front legs by pulling the leash over her head and making her dangle slightly so she simply could not bark or lunge. I should mention that she's a tripaw, so her sense of balance is precarious. He's big on snapping the leash, too. Duane simply never established rapport with my dog; she viewed him as a threat. It didn't work and in fact she got worse. I am currently working with a different trainer and he was shocked when I explained the technique I was shown by Duane. Perhaps just a difference of opinion, he's a nice guy but not for me.Feb 26, 2016Verified
Duane was outstanding. He really knows his trade. I needed help with a very anxious and aggressive German Shepherd. With in one session he had My dog corrected and he was the sweetest dog ever met. By session 2 and three he dog was playing in the dog park with other dogs and socializing. By session 4 I was able to take them to the restaurant where dog owners were allowed to bring their pets ...and I was so proud of as he was best behaved dog there. I was in fact even complimented on how well behaved my dog was. This would not of been possible without a great trainer. I was a little reluctant initially because his rate seemed a bit higher than his counterparts. But then again you get what you pay for. When you break it down on the hourly perspective he's not that much more expensive. I got a "Bentley" as opposed to a "Toyota Tercel"...thanks Duane you're awesome and not a hyped up television dog trainer...Its the real deal.Feb 7, 2016Verified
Dog Training - Board and Train
My main concerns with my 20-pound dog, Izzy, were that she would pull on leash and jumped on people to greet them. After Duane's training she is a pleasure for me and for other people to walk. In fact, when my neighbors walk her for me, she now walks side by side with their dog! And she now knows not to jump and to keep a respectful distance from people in the house. I get compliments on her behavior now and people say she is a "different dog." Duane is a terrific trainer and I would recommend him highly.Apr 20, 2017Verified
- 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.