|Monday||9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
|Friday||9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.|
For Dog's Sake!
2018 Top Pro
About this pro
For Dog's Sake! is a premium quality dog behavior and training service, that you might not expect to find easily. I am not a high profile trainer, and don't advertise as most of my work comes from referrals and word of mouth recommendations. I believe what sets my business apart from others, are my level of education, qualifications and experience in the field. A high level of personal commitment and responsibility to provide clients with the absolute best experience I can, sets my business apart from others who take a cookie cutter approach to their business. I not only impart skills, tools and tips in my instruction, but I work hard to tailor my lessons to the individual learner and provide what he or she needs to be motivated, succesful and accomplish their training goals. If that means writing a customized training plan, scheduling extra coaching, additional support via telephone and e-mail access or providing literature, video or online resources, I am commited to finding the combination of learning aids and personal instruction that will be the most helpful to each individual client. There are no canned responses to my student's questions! If I do not have a ready answer, I will tell you that also. And then I will find the answer! I enjoy so many things about the work that I do, I can't list them all! Of course working directly with so many amazing and beautiful dogs is great fun and an obvious perk of being a dog trainer. Some benefits that are less obvious are the rewards of being able to literally change a person's life, and their dogs for the better! I frequently work with dogs that have some fairly serious behavior issues, dogs that suffer from fear, anxiety, reactivity, and can behave aggressively given the right circumstance. These dogs are truly just as amazing and beautiful as the rest and just need some help and guidance from their guardians along with a skilled professional. When people call for help with these issues, many times they too are frightened, anxious, scared, stressed, worn out and fed up with the situation they are living in. They are not having a good time. The dogs are not having a good time. To watch that change and see the sighs of relief, hear the laughs, share in the tears...sometimes frustrated tears...but then happy tears...and to watch these canine/human relationships blossom and begin to now relax and have a good time together...is absolutely priceless and something phenomenal to witness and be a part of! Those moments are almost impossible to describe and I enjoy them immensely! Being able to work with so many different kinds of people,from every walk of life, and such a diverse population of different cultures, races, nationalities, that all share one common bond, the love of a dog is truly a gift. Being a dog trainer allows me to be a student of behavior every day. The more I learn and teach about animals, the more I learn about human nature and myself as well. Truly unexpected gifts!
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For Dog's Sake! is a Top Pro
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Rebecca is great. Always responds if I have a question via text or call. Shes so helpful and caring and really tailors each session to Dominic and I.Mar 8, 2018Verified
Rebecca has been wonderful with our young Lab puppy!Sep 8, 2017Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?All services begin with an initial paid consult and from there, we can develop a training plan that takes into consideration your needs, including financial resources. I do work for a living, like everyone of us has to, but I also strongly believe that dog training and education should be accessible to every dog owner. Not every dog owner can afford private training. If financial resources are an obstacle to getting the training you need, please have that conversation with me, as there are always solutions. I am commited to finding solutions for clients even if it means I refer them outside of my business. Other creative solutions can make your training more affordable! Group or semi-private sessions, reduced session schedules, remote support via e-mail, phone and video are just a few things that can reduce overall costs. I truly believe if owners are committed to training their dogs, there is always a way to meet their needs without breaking the bank!
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?The first step is to make an appointment with me for an initial consult. During that meeting, we complete paperwork, and talk about the specific goals you want to address. In most cases, I will begin with some introductory instruction, before the appointment ends and give a homework assignment to be completed before the next session. Typically, an e-mail is sent afterward with an overview of a training plan, or a written summary of what we discussed and planned during the course of the consult. A session for a new puppy or basic dog training is fairly straight forward and only requires a one page registration, and then we can begin with hands on training. More involved behavioral interventions can take a little more time and involve taking a thorough history and more in depth teaching of the human family before working directly with the dogs. Infrequently, there may be initial appointments where I have minimal to no direct contact with a client's dog, if they are extremely fearful or aggressive.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am a proud graduate with distinction and Certified Training Partner of the renowned Karen Pryor Academy Professional Program. I am always continuing my education through seminars, workshops and conferences to stay current and keep my certifications up to date. Most recently I completed the requirements to earn Fear Free Professional Certification, and have been selected as an Official Mentor Trainer by the CATCH Dog Trainers Academy.
Eastern Standard Time Zone