- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Private sessions are $125 per one hour session. Multiple sessions are $100 per session. The trainer will come to your home or an agreed upon public location for training sessions. Distances outside of the training region (20 minute drive time), will be an additional $10 per every 5 minutes. locations over 30 minutes away are double to triple session price.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Our goal is to tailor the training to each client's needs. Past history, goals, current behaviors, and any other relevant information will be discussed over the phone prior to beginning. Together we will come up with agreed upon commands to be taught and behaviors to be addressed. Each session will build up on previous sessions, the rate of progression depending on the client's at home practice time and the dog's progress with homework. Training will end when the client is satisfied with the level of training they have achieved to meet their goals. Sessions will be on a week by week basis unless the client chooses to prepay for a session package.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?
Twenty years ago I began researching dogs and dog training and training my own dogs. After a decade of hobby training with friends' and family's dogs I went through the SIRIUS Dog Training academy, read every book on dogs I could find at the time, watched hundreds of YouTube channels as new trainers emerged online, pursued relationships with fellow trainers and dog enthusiasts, asking questions and observing, attended training events, dog shows, agility competitions, ect... and practiced everything I could with the dogs in my own life. A decade later, I have now worked in person and remotely with hundreds of clients from multiple states, and addressed many, many different training needs. I believe there are multiple ways to train, much to be learned from other trainers, even those who train differently than you, and always the opportunity to think outside the box and learn more to help a client. Dog Training education at Life Dog Training hasn't primarily been through a one time course, but a decades-long self-taught on-going process, with a lot of research and listening along the way.