Training the dog is easy, training the owner is not.
The challenge is creating a training plan for each unique combination of a dog and owner. This requires a trainer to quickly access the dog’s age, breed, and temperament combined with the owner’s age, ability, and temperament. Further complicating this relationship is the level of distractions present AND and past or current relationships. Is the spouse or child reinforcing behaviors? Was the rescued dog neglected? Training a dog requires good timing, patience, repetition, visual demonstrations, hands on demonstrations, and a choice of equipment. Teaching an owner these skills is the key to success.
As a Professional Dog Trainer my business is broken into 4 categories:
Group Classes – Since 2001, I have provided a venue for dog owners to train their own dogs around a variety of distractions. This gives an owner an opportunity to build a good foundation of obedience skills and to continue to advance with their dog to a high level (if they want to). Good students that do their homework and listen during class will see an amazing difference after just 1 class.
You will have a greater chance of success if you attend a structured obedience class before your puppy reaches 6 months (4 months for certain breeds). IF you ignore or negative reinforce a behavior for too long, it will mean a lifetime of bad behavior. Early intervention is the best way to prevent behavior disorders.
Private Dog Coaching – I also offer private lessons based on your schedule and the locations vary. If you are having issues at your house, I come to your house. My fees start at $50/hour locally (Sterling/Rock Falls/Dixon/Polo/Morrison). Aggression issues are handled higher rate, starting at $75.00.
Contract Dog training – I have successfully raised and trained over 35 pet dogs, 5 Service Dogs, and 5 dogs for Facilities. I care for these dogs in my house as part of my family so I only take one puppy at a time (some overlap). Each contract is unique and based on your families need, but the range is $1,500 to $10,000.
Consulting – I create and maintain dog programs for hospitals, schools, and other public entities. My resume details my projects.
If you want a trained dog, you can do the work or pay someone to do it for you. No dog whispering, just time spent on the leash.
June 2016 Temperament Testing for Edward/Elmhurst Hospital