Any Canine- Training & Behavior Modification
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Kieli was great with our two dogs, one that is shy and insecure and the other rambunctious and somewhat out of control. She gave us really helpful training strategies for them greeting at the door and also charging the fence. She explained the basis of their behaviors, which really helped me understand the "dog reasoning" behind them.May 26, 2017Verified
Kieli was absolutely amazing with my 2-year-old Lab - she listened to my very specific behavior concerns and literally transformed my dog within a few sessions. Kieli is extremely professional and I would highly recommend her.Nov 26, 2016Verified
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- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I always start with a free evaluation. That way I can see exactly what is going on with the dog, what is working for the owner and where they need help. From there I can determine what type of training program is needed to help both the owner and dog work through the issue they are having.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I'm always learning. On top of attending the top 3 dog training schools in the country, I compete in different dog sports, network with some of the best dog trainers in the country, attend dog seminars, read books and articles about dog behavior and take courses based around dog psychology.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?My advice to dog owners looking for help is that not all dog trainers are created equal. Ask lots of questions! When seeking the help of a dog trainer it is important that they have a training background in the type of help you need. Good questions to ask are: -The first question a dog owner should ask is, does this trainer have credentials? Unfortunately there are no laws against anyone being able to say that they are a dog trainer/behaviorist. Think of it along the same lines as someone saying they are a doctor because they read webmd or saw a video of a doctor working with a patient. Obviously not someone you want to trust with your health. The same can be said for someone pretending to be a dog trainer. -The second question a dog owner should ask is, is this trainer educated in different training styles and training tools? There is no such thing as one size fits all training. Professional trainers look at a multitude of things when assessing a dog. Breed, age, temperament, environment, life history. From there we are able to make an educated guess as to what type of training and which training tool would be the best option to help the dog and owner. If a trainer cannot explain how a training tool works (even if it's one they do not use), can not clearly explain how dogs learn, or does not ask you questions before creating a training program consider this a red flag.