FAQs

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What training methods and tools do you use?

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It depends.

Training methods and training tools are just that: methods and tools. These are not inter-changeable, on-size-fit-all options. Which method is best depends on your dog and each case. Methods and tools are determined by your challenges, your dogs motivations, your dogs drive strength (we distinguish pack drive, prey drive and defensive drive) and your dogs temperament (hard or soft).

We are certified dog trainers and with over 12 years of experience working with dogs and we always discuss our prescribed training methods and all tools with our clients before we use them. We want you to be comfortable with everything we do. But we are professionals and have the experience to back our recommendations up. We are not an online discussion forum with random, unsubstantiated opinions. If we determine that the best approach to teach your dog to walk on a loose leash is a slip lead or martingale collar in combination with leash-pressure and you insist on using a harness and a clicker, we will thank you for your time and wish you good luck. We will not waste your money and our time on trying to make something work that makes no sense just because someone likes it better.

Any 'trainer' who picks the method of training before meeting your dog is unqualified to work with animals. Such people are inexperienced and ineffective.

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What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

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If you need help finding a skilled professional in your area try asking your friends and neighbors for referrals or call a reputable pet sitting service or your vet office and asked them if they can recommend anyone. Once you have a professional’s contact information, call them. During your conversation ask everything you want to know but avoid demanding training or behavior modification be done a specific way. You called a professional to help you because you were overwhelmed with your dog challenges. Let the professional tell you what they suggest to achieve your goals and why they are recommending it. Expect a high-level answer only at this point. Any professional will want to meet you and your dog before providing a detailed diagnosis or step-by-step resolution approach.

A knowledgeable professional will also always ask you questions of his own about your dog and your specific problems. He will want to know things about your dog’s background and daily routine as well as inquire about possible health conditions if applicable to your problem.

Reputable professionals will often offer you a chance to meet them prior to hiring, so they can evaluate your challenges first hand and give you a chance to get to know them as well; after all if you invite someone into your home to work with you and your dog, you need to be comfortable with that person. Reputable professionals charge by the hour (or offer fixed price packages with discounts or guarantees), they don'’t stand there with a stop watch and will want you to be part of the process.

Warning signs are upfront payment requests for large dollar amounts of prepaid hours without guarantees or fixed prices for specific dog problems with a limited number of hours without guarantees. Fixed-price packages should have a clearly defined scope‐for instance resolving aggression. Also, trainers who want to jump straight into scheduling without taking the time to answer your questions, will probably be similarly brief should you hire them. Trainers who offer comprehensive remote diagnosis without ever having met your dog are also people you probably want to stay away from.

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How does your service stand out?

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I have a natural gift for understanding dogs. I am specialized in resolving aggression and fear and have saved many dogs, giving them a second chance at life. I am not just a dog trainer, I am a dog behaviorist. That means I understand the psychology of dogs and why they do what they do; how they think, learn and relate to their environment, other dogs and people. I openly share my knowledge with my clients during our sessions as I want to empower you to feel confident handling all situations your dog might get into. Working with me is stress-free and fun. I make sure you get to know your dog better and you will see your relationship deepen as we work towards your goals. I base everything I do on the nature of dogs and as such I am able to achieve fast and lasting results. Working with me you'll learn how to effectively communicate with your dog and get your message across the species boundary with minimum effort.

I am a certified dog trainer (IACP CDT) and behaviorist. I am a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and an evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Puppy Star, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Community Canine (Advanced CGC) programs. I am the author of the canine behavioral book If Your Dog Could Talk and owner of Happy Dog Training, LLC. I have been working with dogs for over 12 years.

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What are the free consultations mentioned on your website?

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If your dog just pulls on the leash or you have questions about housebreaking you don't need a consultation. Things like these are pretty straight forward and only take a few sessions to resolve anyway. Scheduling your first training session during our initial phone conversation is usually the best way to accomplishing such routine training goals.

However, some things require more discussion and in such cases meeting before starting training is mutually beneficial. If you want a really well-behaved dog you are probably considering a basic or advanced training package and in that case we should meet first so we can understand your training goals fully and explain which training programs would be best suited for your needs. The same applies in cases where you have problems with aggressive or fearful behavior in your dog. It requires more discussion and it is best done in person. During the consultation we will evaluate your dogs behavior and recommend the best training approach.

We also offer free consultations so we can get to know each other. During our initial phone conversation we'll find a day and time for us to meet you and your dog at your home. You want to be comfortable with a trainer you will spend a few weeks or months with while we are working with your dog. And it's the same for us. We want to know if we want to work with you as well. We have always offered free consultations and it just gets our work relationship off to the best possible start.

A consultation is not a free training session. We don't work on issues or goals during consultations but we will discuss how we will work on your goals if we take you on as a client. Free consultations are usually done on site (i.e. your home) so we can observe your dog in its own territory and can usually be scheduled within one to two weeks.

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