Harmonious Hounds, LLC.
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Diane T.Nov 29, 2012Verified
I became involved with Harmonious Hounds, Inc. in November '11 due to a food aggression issue between my dog and my roommate's dog. Their aggression had slowly progressed to the point of minor injuries between the dogs and I unfortunately was bitten in an attempt to break up one of their fights. Given the sensitive nature of this issue I wanted to be sure whoever worked with us in training was not only qualified but also compassionate. Lauren possesses both of these qualities. She is extremely knowledgeable of animals and training methods. Her philosophy focuses on praise and positive reinforcement which leaves you feeling productive and optimistic about the training process. She is dedicated to the pets and owners she works with, following up on sessions with check-ins via email and phone and being available for questions and/or concerns. She is also organized and provides homework assignments/written information in addition to modeling to aid in the training and understanding of presenting issues. Months later after the completion of training my dog continues to progress in basic training learned with Lauren and, although precautions are still taken with food, there have not been any more injuries and both dogs exhibit less anxiety in the presence of food. If you are looking for professionals to work with you and your pet that are caring and enjoy what they do, I highly recommend Lauren and Harmonious Hounds, Inc.May 9, 2012
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- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Do your research! Trainers should have a background in animal behavior and embrace humane, up-to-date methodologies that have repeatable, scientifically supported (rather than anecdotal) results. They should be clear about what their philosophy entails and you should feel comfortable with their methods. Ask about their education and for references. There is no required national certification or unified standard for dog trainers, so beware of those pedaling themselves as a "Certified Dog Trainer." Again, do your research and find someone you are comfortable with - training should be fun for you and your dog! Pet care providers should be professional - you should enter a legal contract for each job that states all of the terms of service and they should be able to provide proof that they are properly insured. A knowledge of pet first aid and animal behavior is a must and clear and effective communication is crucial. Again, they should have references handy and be thorough in their initial interview. Care givers need to be prepared for any number of emergency situations and have planned ahead for all of them - find someone who is organized and has a history of dependability.