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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
$65 - Evaluation (at our facility) $235 - Travel and 2 Hour Class $325 - Basic Puppy Class (4 separate 1 hour classes) $625 - Advanced Puppy (6 separate 1 hour classes) $625 - On Leash Obed. (6 separate 1 hour classes) $625- Off Leash Obed. (6 separate 1 hour classes) $625- Behavior Mod. (6 seperate 1 hour classes) $3,950- 30 day in house board and train
- How did you get started doing this type of work?
I always wanted to have a dog but, I had a really big problem. Previous to learning how to train dogs and work with them I was terrified of them. Small, big, high energy or low, it didn’t matter. I had no good reason for being so terrified. I knew my fear came from a misunderstanding and so, determined to get over my fear, I got a puppy and I went for training for my puppy. I got my education from a guy who at the time had been training dogs for 43 years. He was a retired military and police k9 trainer who had redeveloped his way of training. Although I was getting better with my fear of dogs while training, it was still very much there. When I would wait for my turn to train with my pup I got to watch dogs with real aggression issues come in. I was so envious watching him work with those dogs. I knew he had an understanding i didn’t have. I reached the point that I wanted to learn what he knew. So, I took classes and apprenticed with him for 2 years, and my fear became history. Knowledge truly is power.
- Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We had a rescue 4 year old female Rottweiler mix come to us who had been aggressive to both people and other dogs. By the time the Rottweiler came to us, the aggression towards people had already been worked out by the owners. We came to find out that the owners had a bachelors degree in animal behavior. Having the chance to work with an animal behaviorist graduate and learn their approach while educating them at the same time was quite the experience. It was very interesting to learn how they went about changing the behavior towards people and it was understandable why they couldn’t correct the behavior towards other dogs. By 4 years of age their dog had a lot of time to develop her misbehavior. Breaking her out was quite the rewarding experience for all of us. Her owners had such a love for her and put a lot of work into her between classes. It took us 4 sessions to correct the behavior to the point that the couple was comfortable taking their dog around other dogs. After correcting their dogs behavior, they took everything that they knew and learned and went on to rescue more challenging dogs.