- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I offer packages that come out to discounted rates per training session.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have worked in multiple shelters with various breeds and various behavioral issues. I also apprenticed with Lead the Pack Dog Training in New York for about a year before fully going out on my own. Working in the shelter gave me a lot of hands on experience with dogs that have had abuse, neglect or anxiety issues. Also, it helped me socialize dogs that were more than likely not well socialized to begin with. I like to say the dogs are the teachers and they make you better at what you do. I have also taken Michael Ellis' Principles of dog Training I I have also had the pleasure of working with many people locally that have had various issues ranging from jumping, biting, lunging, aggression, fear aggression and separation anxiety.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?
Meagan Giarratano is an animal enthusiast with an extreme love for dogs of all sizes and breeds. After graduating college, she started volunteering at a local animal shelter where she taught dogs their basic commands and how to walk on a leash and to make them more adoptable. The first dog she ever took out was a scrawny, bald, pit mix that licked the side of the kennel and shivered 24/7. His name was Chase. Little did she know he would change her life and teach her more about dogs than she thought she would ever know. Chase came with a host of issues including; resource guarding, male dominant aggression, human aggression and was overly protective. He also bit someone within four months of adopting him. Being at a loss, she was recommended to Jen Towers of Lead the Pack Dog Training in New York and was taught more than she could ever have asked for. Meagan worked hard with Chase and Jen and she became increasingly passionate about dog behavior. Chase was the perfect dog to practice with. Meagan apprenticed under Jen Towers of Lead the Pack Dog Training for a year and has been taking on her own clients since 2014.