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Dog Training - Board and Train
I found Duane's information & excellent reviews here on Thumbtack. He is worth every cent and it was the best decision we could have made for our dog & for us!! We adopted a year old Golden Doodle and were looking for a trainer. While our dog had a sweet personality, we knew nothing about his history, but he had not been socialized well, was either a bit stubborn, ignored us when we called him, gave us 'the look' when he didn't want to stay, just walked away... and was suffering from separation anxiety. We actually wondered if he had ever heard English at one point or might be deaf. Duane was a pleasure to work with - he quickly got in touch, told us approximately how long he thought it might take to get Eli on track, and explained his approach. He kept us updated via email, was very professional and personable. He's a lovely person, clearly with lots of professional experience with dogs and cares greatly about getting your pet to be the best companion for your family. You will feel comfortable with him & know your dog is in very good hands. When we picked up Eli he was a 'new dog', much calmer, listened to commands and socialized. He takes the dogs to places like Costco, dog parks, etc. He pointed out things to keep an eye out for with him - and told us he might do some 'testing'. Duane followed up with a house call and we also had an outing with him at the dog park, where we had no prior experience. He also was good at teaching US and pointed out things we could do to make commands/walking, etc. work. I can't tell you how pleased we are and how excited we are to have the new, happy, trained Eli back with us! Now, it's up to us to keep up Duane's good work, do call him!Oct 30, 2015Verified
Dog Training - Board and Train
Duane is quite an amazing trainer. My three dachsunds are new dogs after doing his board and train package. When first contacting Duane my dogs were excessive barkers, whiners, jumped on people and furniture, rushed the door, and I could not walk them without them barking non-stop and lunging at every animal they saw. They now walk by our side all in a row in a particular order, do not pull, and barely bark. They sleep on the floor and do not jump on people and barely the furniture. There behavior is easy to correct now. I can actually bring them to the dog park and have them come when asked, and walk all three while pushing my toddler in the stroller. Before contacting him I was beyond overwhelmed, and now can enjoy my three dogs. He is still working with them, and will be coming to train them on my child's play date, which we are excited about. I fully recommend Duane without reservation. Beyond being an incredible trainer he is reliable, on time, and a very kind and personable guy.Sep 9, 2015Verified
My dog Wally (10 months at the time) did a 1 week board and train with Duane. I am forever grateful to him as he gave me the tools I needed to give Wally the confidence to overcome his fears and to help him on his way to achieving the milestones and skills that have made him into the most amazing companion. Wally is near perfect on a leash now, shows no fears of big city streets, and his recall has become outstanding. Duane is light years beyond a dog trainer. He fosters confidence and success -in a world grown out of mutual respect. Thank you Duane for helping to reach my potential as a dog owner and Wally’s as the tremendous pet I knew he was.Feb 7, 2019
Duane is an exceptional trainer. We highly recommend him. We have a large high energy dog and we needed lots of help. Duane was awesome in training our dog and teaching us how to properly train him. Our dog is always so happy when Duane comes to work with him! Duane is always there to help with follow up questions.. We are very pleased with the results and appreciate Duane. We did lots of research to find Duane and the improvements in our dog confirm he is "the best." Rich and LeslieDec 13, 2016
I had a great experience. The training for our dog was excellent. Not only did he come back a different dog, but the training has stuck. Worth every penny!Oct 1, 2015
- 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.