Spence Canine Academy
Spence Canine Academy

Spence Canine Academy

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Introduction: Hey y'all, I'm Sarah! Some things you should know about me is that I have a Master Trainer certification through Highland Canine where I graduated in the top of my class. I also took part in the Paws4people Service Dog Training Program while I was attending UNCW where I got to work with adult service dogs in training for a couple of years. While there, I participated in their puppy development internship where I was able to care for and train service dog puppies from the time they were 2 weeks old until they were about 4 months old, and ultimately got a certification in puppy development when it ended. All of this education has given me a really strong knowledge on dog behavior, socialization, different training techniques as well as how to apply them, and has taught me a lot about patience and how to best work with different breeds and different personalities. My goal as a trainer is to give your dog the best training possible. I choose to customize my training plans to each individual dog so that every dog is set up for success. Some of my specialties include: -Service dog training: Psychiatric, Autism assistance, mobility/stability, medical alert, hearing alert -Therapy dog training -Puppy training -Obedience -Search & Rescue -Behavior Modification

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Serves Oak Ridge, NC

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Andy S.
1 month ago

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

She is doing great. Absolutely the biggest help. From the first day with her Reggie (our yellow lab) took to the training and did great. Reg loves working with her and she has a knack for trying the right exercise to solve any issue.

Details: 2 - 10 years old • Extra large (70+ lbs) • Private lessons • General obedience training • Leash pulling • At the pro’s location

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Kristin D.
Jul 5, 2022
Sarah helped me and my husband train our lab when he was a puppy with basic commands and recently also helped us train him using a prong collar since he had a tendency to pull with a standard harness (he's now 2). She is very knowledgeable and understanding of individual dogs needs.
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Elena L.
Jul 8, 2022
I have a Siberian husky puppy that I was struggling to maintain control and needed help, when I contacted her and told her about my current situation she were very eager to help, and after many training sessions my husky puppy now has obedience training and I also understand what I have to do to maintain his energy and control him better.
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Hunter P.
Jul 7, 2022
Sarah did an awesome job working with my out of control puppy. She was able to channel his energy into obedience in a way that made it fun and rewarding for him.
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Chris C.
Jul 6, 2022
I can already see a big difference in Jarvis. I cannot wait to continue training with Sarah!
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I have set standard pricing for private lessons and standard board and trains, but the durations of those can vary. Pricing for any of my specialties is dependent on the dog and his/her needs. I also offer a 15% discount for each additional dog you wish to have trained:)

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    For obedience, I’ll have a conversation with a new customer about what their goals for their dog is and go from there. For other training, I have an in-depth evaluation in order to see the dog and get as much information from the customer as I can in order to create the best plan for the dog.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I took part in the Paws4people service dog training program while I was attention UNC-Wilmington, and I also received certification in Puppy Development through the same organization. I also have a Master Dog Trainer certification from Highland Canine where I graduated in the top of my class with honors. And I am currently pursuing a certification in canine nutrition. Other education: -Dog CPR & First Aid

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