Las Vegas pet training experts give tips
Who we talked to
Ry Stephens, owner
All Dog Solutions
What services do you offer?
Christine Hanley: "We offer basic obedience training and behavioral modification. Any behavioral problem we can handle."
Linda Sanders: "Boarding and grooming for almost all pets as well as dog training."
Ry Stephens: "We're full-service, meaning [we offer] anything from aggression management to severe anxiety management."
Why should people hire an animal trainer?
Christine Hanley: "If they're doing strange things like barking constantly at normal noises, we get them focused back on the owner."
Linda Sanders: "So that their dog will be a good, obedient companion that's fun to have around other people."
Ry Stephens: "I'm a behaviorist. A trainer commands them to complete certain tasks, while a dog behaviorist changes their behavior to improve the dog-owner relationship."
What methods of training do you use?
Christine Hanley: "We use pack leadership training that allows the owners to gain the respect and obedience of their dog."
Linda Sanders: "Praise for correction with consistent repetitions."
Ry Stephens: "I always use positive reinforcement through general obedience using treats and affection."
Do you train both the pet and owner?
Christine Hanley: "Yes. You could say we train the owner to train their dog."
Linda Sanders: "First I train the pet, then I train the owner on how to handle the pet."
Ry Stephens: "Yes. We train the owner to train the pet."
How do you charge, and what is the cost?
Christine Hanley: "It ranges dramatically. The puppy primer will range from $250 to $350. For adult dogs, it's $550 and up."
Linda Sanders: "It's $1,260 a month and that includes boarding, training and one private lesson at the end of the month for the owner. That's subject to change."
Ry Stephens: "It really depends on the individual. It can vary greatly depending on the client, their dogs and their needs."
Do you do individual or group training?
Christine Hanley: "It's only in-home, individual training."
Linda Sanders: "Individual. I don't offer training classes. I take the dog for a month. It's all in-kennel training."
Ry Stephens: "It depends on what the client wants. I do group, in-home, individual - whatever the client needs."
Can you teach an old pet new tricks?
Christine Hanley: "I taught a 13-year-old schnauzer to stop barking, so, yes."
Linda Sanders: "Definitely. Sometimes it's hard to teach the owners."
Ry Stephens: "Of course you can. Their minds only work in the moment."