Erica's Animal Care and Behavior Modification

Grand Rapids, MI

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

It's a great honor to be able to work with and understand animals. My goal is to create a balance between obedience and companionship. I believe that pet's learn best in a comfortable environment which is why I prefer to work with my clients one on one in their homes.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love success and the infinite bond between a pet and their owner, which becomes stronger after behavior shaping.

Location

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

2 Reviews
  • Brian B. Feb 18, 2015
    Erica was outstanding helping us to integrate an adult dog, with lots of energy and enthusiasm, into our house that already had two cats who do not like change! She created a thorough plan and helped us to implement this plan at each step. As new challenges or situations arise she is always willing to offer helpful advice and tips. I would highly recommend her!
  • Alan B. Feb 11, 2015
    Erica helped with Zeus's separation anxiety and specifically, his fear of crates. Zeus is a 4 year old Pit Bull who had a history of breaking out of wire crates and would not even approach the crate before we began working together. But after just the first session, he was going in and out of his crate on his own and after two more sessions, he was comfortable enough with it to be left alone for short periods of time. Though his separation anxiety is something that will always need to be managed, his fear of crates is now gone. All in all the service was outstanding. She was always on time and always came with a plan and left us with something to work on. She made herself available in between sessions to answer any questions even while on vacation and was great about checking in to keep up to date on Zeus's progress. My one recommendation would be for her to add a set time for her sessions, be it 30 minutes or 60 minutes or perhaps offering sessions of different lengths at different prices depending on the issue at hand. This would keep clients from potentially feeling like sessions were too short, but would also help ensure that her time is properly valued as well.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I attend many lectures on the new techniques in behavior modification as well as veterinary lectures on the use of mood stabilizing medication for anxiety, depression, senility and how they relate to behavior training.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure you are familiar with the different methods of training and behavior shaping/modification. Negative reinforcement training vs. positive reinforcement training etc. The methods used to train have great impacts on your pet's success.