Atlanta dog training experts discuss pet training
Who we talked to
Garland Whorley, owner
6334 Memorial Drive
Mailey McLaughlin, owner
The Pooch Professor
Laura Moretz, owner/operator
Dog Training in Your Home
305 Dane Drive
What services do you offer?
Garland Whorley: "We teach basic and advanced obedience and we specialize in personal protection. We also breed German shepherds, Rottweilers and Filas."
Mailey McLaughlin: "Basic and intermediate obedience classes; private obedience lessons and behavior evaluations; in-home private lessons in certain areas of town; pet first-aid training classes; and free behavioral advice by phone or e-mail."
Laura Moretz: "In-home dog training, including housebreaking, obedience, aggressive dogs, protection and problem solving."
Why should people hire an animal trainer?
Garland Whorley: "Their schedule. With today's busy family lifestyles, time is a huge factor. A trainer allows the pet owner to maximize the results in the least amount of time."
Mailey McLaughlin: "All dogs need training and there are so many different methods, tools and approaches that people might be overwhelmed. Also, some dogs are more frustrating than others."
Laura Moretz: "In many cases, dogs are given up for behavioral problems. Teaching the dog not to chew, jump or pee on the floor helps the person keep the dog."
How do you charge, and what is the cost?
Garland Whorley: "All charges are based from a starting point and are adjusted depending on the client's need and the dog's ability to perform that need."
Mailey McLaughlin: "It depends on the type of training desired. Classes are $88 for six weeks. In-home private lessons are based on several factors, but are by the hour. Private lessons at the Atlanta Humane Society are $25 to $50 per hour."
Laura Moretz: "We do a free evaluation and then customize the program based on the dogs' trainability, temperament and the owner's goals."
What's a common misconception about training?
Garland Whorley: "That it's easy, and anyone can do it."
Mailey McLaughlin: "That it's unnecessary or difficult - it's not."
Laura Moretz: "That the dog can't learn."
What's one helpful training tip you can offer?
Garland Whorley: "Socialize your pet."
Mailey McLaughlin: "Don't feel sorry for your adopted dog. Help it gain confidence by training it and being a true leader."
Laura Moretz: "Keep training sessions short and positive."