Dog trainers use different methods for teaching pets
Who we talked to
What services do you offer?
Jan Echavarry: "I do in-home training. I'm also a Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and I deal a lot with aggressive dogs."
Karen Guignard: "I work with owners and their dogs on behavioral issues and also training."
Rachel Friedman: "I'm a pet and service dog trainer who specializes in teaching people to get their pet to do what they want."
What methods of training do you use?
Echavarry: "Psychology. Dogs, being pack animals, require a leader. I teach the client to be the leader."
Guignard: "We use body language and voice tones. It's completely nonphysical."
Friedman: "Positive reinforcement clicker training and nonforce-based methods. I help people understand how dogs think."
How do you charge, and what is the cost?
Echavarry: "I have a program of four lessons over a four-month period for $695. That includes unlimited phone follow-up for the life of the dog."
Guignard: "It really depends on the age and number of dogs. We give you a lifetime guarantee. We start with training at $195."
Friedman: "For a single-dog, three-hour session, it's $300. For two dogs, it's $325. There's also a travel fee for 6 or more miles from my business. The fee varies by location."
Do you offer group training?
Echavarry: "I only do individual training."
Guignard: "Not right now, but I'm talking to some people about doing it in the future."
Friedman: "I have puppy kindergarten and a class for dogs from five months to two years."
What's a common misconception about training?
Echavarry: "There's no such thing as a fully trained dog. They can learn something new or improve every day."
Guignard: "That's difficult to say because the training really depends on the dog. Different trainers do it different ways."
Friedman: "That people think dogs are stupid, when really people are ignorant."
What's one helpful training tip you can offer?
Echavarry: "Always follow through with whatever it is you're asking the dog to do. If it's 'sit,' the dog needs to sit."
Guignard: "Be consistent because dogs understand consistency."
Friedman: "Be proactive, not reactive. Set the dog up for success and don't blame it for your problems."