Silver Lining Pet Services
Silver Lining Pet Services

Silver Lining Pet Services

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Introduction: I have had pets all of my life, and have been working with animals most of my adult life. In 1994, after a couple of decades of mostly doing work with wildlife, I became a dog trainer. I currently have a dog training business where I travel to my clients, and work with them one-on-one I customize all of my services to the needs of my clients. And, I provide the convenience of traveling to my clients, rather than expecting them to come to me.
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Hired 50 times

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14 years in business

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Dog training type

Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, work quality, and professionalism.

Very good 4.6

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Joseph L.
Sep 27, 2020
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Sue has been really great with our dog, Marley. She was able to give us clear instructions and steps to take in order to achieve our goals. We were able to see immediate improvement and we have been able to keep it going using the steps and advice that Sue has provided. Training has been for us as well as the pup and we have been able to learn and retain so much.

Details: 2 - 10 years old • Small (16 - 25 lbs) • Private lessons • General obedience training • Barking • My home, venue, etc.

Dog Training
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Krista K.
Nov 29, 2018
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Silver Lining was really great, listened to everything we shared, was patient with all our questions, and really demonstrated a genuine interest in helping us train our dog.

Details: 2 dogs • 1 - 2 years old • Medium (26 - 40 lbs) • Private dog training lessons • Aggressive behavior modification • Biting • Destructive behavior • The dog trainer travels to me

Dog Training
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Linda L.
Mar 9, 2019
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I've had one session with Sue. She spent time learning about my dogs and then did some sands on training.

Details: 2 dogs • 2 - 10 years old • Extra Small (1 - 15 lbs) • Private dog training lessons • General obedience training • Leash pulling • The dog trainer travels to me

Dog Training
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Colleen M.
Mar 10, 2015
Sue has been working with me and my two min pins, Coco and Tootsie on behavior modification issues. I was at the point of contacting the breeder to give one of them back - basically at the end of my rope. I'd worked with other dog. trainers, but Sue explained and showed how to manage and modify behavior that was easy to comprehend and made sense. I am not exaggerating when I say she has literally changed my life and helped me rethink how to interact with my girls. I am very grateful.
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Kari t.
Nov 7, 2020
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Only had one session. My dog listens and responds to her. My idol is already learning.

Details: 6 - 12 months old • Extra Small (1 - 15 lbs) • Extra large (70+ lbs) • Private lessons • Aggressive behavior modification • Leash pulling • Digging • Biting • Chewing • Destructive behavior • My home, venue, etc.

Dog Training
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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    For dog training, I charge $125 for the initial session. The cost of each session after the fist session depends on the number of sessions agreed upon and the distance that I have to travel to get to the client They range from $80-$125. The more sessions agreed upon, the less I charge per session. My business is mainly based in central Contra Costa County, and since traveling outside of that area often means that I spend more time traveling to and from the job than I do actually on the job, I charge more than I do for people in my immediate area. I am happy to give discounts, for dog training, to senior citizens and disabled persons. For pet sitting, I charge $60 per overnights, $25 per day for one 1/2 hour visit per day, $20 for each additional 1/2-hour visit in the same 24-hour period, $40 for one 1-hour visit per day, and $35 for each additional 1-hour visit in the same 24-hour period. I give a 10% discount for 10 or more days of contracted services. Those days do not need to be consecutive. I also give discounts for repeat business.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    For dog training, I start with a 2-3 hour consultation / evaluation,, which includes asking questions, evaluating the dog, coming up with a plan, discussing the plan with the client, and giving initial instructions to the client. For pet sitting, I provide a free visit to learn about what the client needs. At this visit, a contract for services is filled out, which is then e-mailed to the client.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    In 1991, I acquired a dog who became aggressive towards everything. I loved him dearly, and wanted to help him. I found CW Meisterfeld (now deceased), a man who had been using positive reinforcement techniques to help dogs with behavior problems since the 1940's. He helped me to turn my dog around. Then, I wanted to help others with their dogs. I love working through behavior issues with dogs, esp aggression. After I started doing training and behavior consulting professionally, I decided to add pet sitting services, as well. The two services go together really well.

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