Dog trainers use different methods for teaching pets

Dog trainers use different methods for teaching pets

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."


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