Pawgress Dog Training
Hired 28 times
4 years in business
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Jan - Jun
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I offer a free, 30-minute meet & greet to all new clients to determine if we are a good fit for each other. After that, 30 or 60-minute lessons can be purchased individually or as significantly discounted packs of four.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
During a free, 30-minute meet and greet, we will cover your training goals, assess your dog's drives (motivations) and sensitivities, discuss training equipment, and go over the basics of behavior and learning theory, in addition to answering any questions you may have. Once we have identified the best training package for you and your dog, payment will be due in full prior to booking lessons. All lessons are customized to fit your lifestyle and home environment, and I strive to provide you with exercises that can be practiced during your regular dog-related responsibilities (i.e. walks, feeding, etc.), minimizing your need to block out additional time for training. We begin lessons in the comfort of your home and eventually progress to field trips, where we can simulate real-world situations. It is important to remember that training is a process, one that must be done at your dog's pace to help him / her build confidence through incremental success. Sometimes this takes days, and sometimes it can take months. Timing depends on the dog, but more importantly, your ability to consistently practice between lessons.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA); Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT), honor's graduate; more than 10,000 hours of dog handling experience (professional and volunteer); B.A. Communication and B.A. Sociology, Purdue University