What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
We're always getting involved with other AKC and/or UKC related projects to stay up on any rules/regulations changes. We also continue to do competition to keep our methods effective. Different things work for different dogs at times, so we have more than one way to teach many things for dogs.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
There was no other Club or group in this geographical area where people could come together and learn to train/socialize dogs. So, we decided to form one. SOABDC has been here ever since, and is open to pure & mixed breeds both.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Well Organized Puppy and Dog Training Classes [Scheduled Twice A Year, offered in Spring and Fall]
AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing
AKC Community Canine Testing
Therapy Dog Testing with Therapy Dogs International, Inc.
Dog and Puppy Socialization Opportunities
Community Involvement including therapy dog work, parade participation, so forth
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A lot of people can claim to be a 'professional dog trainer', but have no REAL substance to back that up-it takes more than being able to teach a dog to 'sit' and 'down'. They should have something to prove their methods work and be involved in some sort of competition earning/winning titles, etc. Those are the people we would prefer because if it works in the show/trial competition ring, then it definitely works for everyday life as well. This doesn't mean you have to do competition with your dog-it simply means methods that earn titles at shows will DEFINITELY work with training the family pet at home.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That we are indeed here and offer a superb opportunity for owners and their canine best friends to get more involved with one another. We also support our local 4H group Alpha Pups 4H Dog Club, which is a great opportunity for kids to become involved with their dogs-family dogs work just fine for 4H project dogs.