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Yay is a wonderful,kind and compassionate Trainer!Sep 15, 2019Verified
Taylor was very knowledgeable and professional, my dogs loved her positive energy.Mar 20, 2020Verified
Taylor was fabulous with our dog who is reactive and nervous. She gave us some great tips for working with Rascal when people come to the front door!Feb 10, 2020Verified
She was very patient and understanding with the dog. Felt She gave us great ideas on how to help him be a great dog to be around and on what we need to do to get him there. She was great.Dec 2, 2019Verified
Taylor was so patience and knowledgeable. She really helped us a lot and I highly recommend herDec 2, 2019Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I charge $80.00 an hour for my services. For that reasonable price, I make house calls, work with any number of dogs of any age, size, and behavioral level. I leave all customers feeling satisfied with how their time was spent and I always give them a detailed, typed up recap of everything I taught them in their lesson. That is so they can refer back to it should they have problems again in the future. Because I live in Bellingham, I may have to travel as far as 1 hour to reach someone's home. In order to afford the gas to get there, I charge this hourly rate to make a profit. I am happy to drive that distance if it means I can help someone in need and fulfil my passion of working with animals.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?First I talk with them about any behavior issues they may be experiencing. For example, if their dog drags them down the street on a walk. I explain to them that there is a solution, and how I plan to solve that problem. I write down all issues or obedience cues that need to be taught and make a lesson plan. I type up and print out the lesson plan and take it with me on the first visit. The "cheat guide" helps the owner to remember all the steps in each lesson plan after our meeting is over, and I have taught them in person how to work with their dog. I always leave every customer with a recap of what we've covered and am always available for any further questions.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am an ABCDT L-2 (Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer Level 2) I have spent over 2 years studying how to train dogs, dog behavior, dog body language, and much more. In the time I have also worked with a mentor for 6 months during my internship. My mentor has more than 30 years of experience in dog training and has a very successful business of her own. We keep in touch, and she continues to teach me great techniques in behavior problem solving. I also have a certification for working with shelter dogs. I studied through ABC to learn how to work with dogs in a shelter environment, and now I am volunteering as part of the "behavior team" with a local animal shelter, SAPA!