What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My fees are simple. I have a fee for a Full Spectrum Handling session in your home (all you will ever need, 1 session in your home).
I have a fee for a Jump Start Session at my home (shorter & cheaper but it will get you on the RIGHT track).
I have a fee for phone consultations for people who live in other states or countries. (Phone session are FREE for the life of your dog if we do a session in your home).
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Dogs are my passion. most people including most "trainers", don't REALLY understand dogs. they may love dogs, but it's obvious from their methods that they don't fully understand them. I saw many dogs, who where being neglected, bannished to the back yard or a cage, even killed because the "training" didn't work. I knew that I could help. Now I am. I have save hundreds of dogs.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I get a lot of clients who have tried other "trainers" and still have issues unhandled. I am sometimes the 3rd or even 4th profesional called in. I deal with severe aggression towards people or animals. I also deal with basic puppy stuff and everything in between. In 99.99% of the cases I have worked, I only needed 1 session withthe client and their dogs.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
make sure that you understand the methods and the expected redults. Meet the person. Have your dog meet the person. Trust your inner (gut) feeling. Don't go by price. Understand that conditioned behavior is not the same as instinctual behavior. understand that your dog's instinct wii over ride conditioned commands. I work with dogs at the instinctual level. This is how I get FAST results that LAST.
Ask the person if they know how to get and keep your dog balanced. Have them explain.
Ask them if you can meet their pack. See how they are. Would you like you dog to act like their dogs?
See if they are using shock collars, choke chains, prong collars, head halters or treats. If they are using these with their own dogs, ask yourself WHY. None of these "tools" are natural to a dog nor are they needed if you are working WITH the natural instincts of your dog.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I can handle any dog. I get the people to change how they behave with their dogs and then the dogs change their behavior. Most "trainers" change or "shape" dog's behavior with conditioning; shock collars, clickers, treats, praise etc. This is not the same as changing your behavior so that your dog will change naturally. I do not yell at dogs. I do not hit or shock dogs. I do not treat dogs for "training" purposes. It is not neccessary. A :trainer" that does these things, doesn't know how to handle dogs. By the way, I do give dogs treats because i love them.