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6 years in business
22 hires on Thumbtack
We have two terriers, ages 4 and 5. We adopted both animals well into their adulthood, and neither had any training. We put up with the accidents in the house, the nipping, and the complete lack of obedience for far too long because we wanted our new additions to settle in before we started correcting their behavior. Well, that is where Damon came in. He assured us that our dogs could behave AND go to the bathroom outside. That they were not the worlds worst (although cutest) dogs, but actually good dogs! What? My dogs can be trained? I was a little skeptical. Initially, we signed up for a private session. We love our dogs, but surely he would change his mind when he met them. Our dogs interacted with Damon wonderfully. They are a little much at times, and he knew exactly how to handle them to get them to calm down or play. We worked on some potty training techniques and talked about the format of his training class. Sure enough, we enrolled our dogs into a six week beginner course and they really responded. They enjoyed going to the park once a week, interacting with other dogs and humans, and best of all, working for food! Never in a million years did I think my dog would "sit" on command. Now they sit, wait, lay down, touch, and leave it! AND THEY POTTY OUTSIDE. I know these things may seem extremely basic to some people, but I honestly didn't think my dogs could be trained - not even to sit. I know some of you out there have dogs like mine. I do want to say, Damon only provides the tools. If you do not reinforce the expected behavior at home then your dogs will not respond. Our dogs were ready to work every Saturday morning, but not so much when we got home. Once we started enforcing those expected behaviors we got much better results. Be prepared to put in just as much work as your pup. I highly recommend Damon! Can't wait to enroll our dogs in more advanced training!Jul 25, 2014
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- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I regularly attend and participate in dog sporting events. I'm always reading articles about the latest scientific finds involving canine behavior, cognition, and health. I also take online classes to earn additional certifications, and work with other trainers to expand my skills and learn the latest techniques.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Hire someone that can get along with you and your dog, and is fun to be around. Do a phone interview and ask lots of questions. Training needs to be a fun experience for you and your dog. If you're not having fun it's hard to learn.
- What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?No training program is an overnight fix. I can usually get a dog to do what I want within about 5 minutes, but that doesn't mean they've memorized how to do it or that they will now perform it on cue. Television shows make everything seem like you get instant results, and a trainer can get you a perfectly behaved dog in a few minutes. This just isn't the case. It takes work from you and a trainer to meet your goals. Training is a lifetime commitment to your dog. If they don't use the skills we teach them, then the dog will become lazy about responding to cues or even forget them. It's up to the owners to work with the dog on a regular basis to keep those cues fresh.