2018 Top Pro
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Hi all! My name is Kathryn and I am a professional dog trainer located in Sterling, VA. I am Animal Behavior College (ABCDT) certified, and I have five years of experience working with dogs of all breeds and sizes. My primary focus when training a dog is to teach the owners how to best work with their pup in order to achieve their training goals, even after I leave. I firmly believe that having a strong and healthy bond with your dog is one of the most rewarding relationships you can have in your lifetime. My dog is my best friend, and has changed my life in the most positive way. I want my customers to be able to share the same joy as I do with my dog, with theirs. I am in this for the dogs! I keep my costs low and I charge by the hour rather than a large lump sum up front. I do this in order to help as many pups as I can. The last thing I would want to happen is a dog not getting the help they need because it is not affordable for their owners. Packages are available by request, 3 or 6 session options are available if you would prefer to schedule that way (a 10% discount for scheduling multiple lessons at once). I am available by text as well as email and phone so you can contact me with whatever questions you have along the way. I also have a very flexible schedule so there are no cancellation fees or rescheduling fees. I understand things come up, kids get sick, meetings run late, family emergencies happen, so no stress scheduling is something I believe is important for clients. ****NEW**** I am now offering indoor group classes as well! Message for more details and locations! I look forward to working with you and your pup(s)! I love to teach people and pups that training can be fun and enjoyable for both parties! With more advanced behavioral issues I love to see the change in both the owners outlook, and the dogs confidence, after getting them on the right track. Sometimes solutions are much simpler than people think, and seeing results even after one session makes me extremely happy that I was able to help out :)
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Jillian F.May 10, 2018Verified
Katherine was great. Helped us with what we needed to know. Nice with the dogs. Patient and helpful.Oct 12, 2016Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I charge $75/hr for general puppy/dog training and $100/hr for aggression and behavior modification. Packages are 10% off the total price of the number you buy if you pay up front. Group classes are $36/hr or $180 for a package of 6 lessons. I also give $10 off if you refer a new client and they complete at least one lesson with me. Rescue organizations are eligible for foster discounts. Can be discussed on case by case basis.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I like to speak with the client about what types of training they are looking for, and give a general time frame for how long the training will take. I am upfront about cost and there will be no hidden fees or extra costs for multiple dogs or even having a session with outside dogs or family members. After, I will schedule a first session at their convenience and get started right away on training!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?ABC Certified Dog Trainer. 3+ years experience working with dogs. ABC Training mentor.