What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes, I train through the Jean Donaldson's Academy for Dog Trainers, which is an ongoing education program with weekly webinars. I've attended several Clicker Expos and APDT conferences. I have trained and competed for years in agility and rally. I also have an opportunity for ongoing training through dog*tec.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My pricing is very simple:
Doggie Daycare $25 per dog per day
Dog Walking $20 for 30 minutes
Comprehensive Evaluation $95 - includes a written plan of action
Board N' Train is $500 per week
Walk N' Train package $450 (three times a week for three weeks with an additional two lessons to help owner maintain the new skills.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have a profound love for animals and have spent the last two decades training, rescuing, competing in dog sports, and understanding how dogs learn and communicate. I finally, decided last year to make my passion into a reality by starting my own business. I am happy and grateful for this amazing adventure!
What types of customers have you worked with?
The Laughing Tail is about one-on-one dog training, dog walking, and doggie daycare. Here are my three service lines:
Walk ân Train
We come to your home train and walk your dog â and you donât even have to be there
Play ân Stay
A fun-filled doggie day camp where your dog spends the day in supervised play with canine campers of similar size and energy level
***Individual dog walking available upon request***
Train ân Stay
Your dog lives in my home while I train him â an intensive three-week board-and-train residency program that accelerates learning
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Bernie is a corgi mix whose owner reported was urinating and defecating in the house, aggressive toward other dogs, and escapes out the yard to chase neighborhood cats. Bernie was completely adorable who I believe was just misunderstood and desperately needed mental stimulation and exercise. The aggression with other dogs was due to leash barrier frustration, I used behavior modification training for the reactive response toward other dogs while on leash. I put him on a strict potty training program, and increase his exercise and mental stimulation program. The owner reports Bernie has completely changed and that they have a much more fulfilling life together. She still needs to be aware of other dogs when on leash but he's improved immensely.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Please think about training as an investment in your dog and the advantages that brings to your life. Look for trainers committed to force-free training methods.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I am grateful to be able to work in a field that gives me meaning and purpose. It's enjoyable to meet clients and their dogs, and to help them progress toward a stronger more satisfying relationship based on trust and understanding.