Cincinnati dog training experts give tips on pet obedience
Who we talked to
What services do you offer?
Adam Cail: "We offer in-home obedience training and correction of behavioral problems."
Lydia McCarthy: "We have group and individual dog coaching classes."
Rosemary Wolfram: "Basic and advanced obedience, behavior modification and boarding for training clients."
Why should people hire an animal trainer?
Adam Cail: "People should hire a trainer if their dog exhibits problem behaviors, if they want a better-behaved pet, or if they want to avoid future problem behaviors."
Lydia McCarthy: "People need somebody to coach them through the training process."
Rosemary Wolfram: "A professional trainer can help owners understand their dogs better."
What methods of training do you use?
Adam Cail: "We establish communication by teaching dogs appropriate behaviors by consistently, positively reinforcing correct behaviors."
Lydia McCarthy: "I use positive rewards or the positive behavior method with clickers."
Rosemary Wolfram: "I use praise, motivation and correction. I'm not locked into one method - what works for one dog might not work for another."
How much does training cost?
Adam Cail: "We can set up lessons for $55 a half-hour or $100 an hour, or a six-week program for $450."
Lydia McCarthy: "A one-hour once-a-week, 10-week puppy class is $100, and the 20-week adult and adolescent class is $170."
Rosemary Wolfram: "A five-lesson, usually lasting about an hour each, package starts at $325."
What's a common misconception about training?
Adam Cail: "That training will change their dog's personality."
Lydia McCarthy: "People think it takes a lot of time but you can do it in short times everyday."
Rosemary Wolfram: "Many people don't realize the investment of time they need to make."
After your training, should owners continue your techniques?
Adam Cail: "Yes. Consistency is very important if you want to change a behavior."
Lydia McCarthy: "Yes. They'll continue training because, like a foreign language, if we don't use it, we forget it."
Rosemary Wolfram: "Yes. If owners don't follow through with instructions, a dog will revert back to its old ways."
What's one helpful training tip you can offer?
Adam Cail: "Be consistent and focus on the positive."
Lydia McCarthy: "Relax and be positive and have fun."
Rosemary Wolfram: "Be consistent. Dogs thrive on structure and routine."