Louisville dog training experts give tips
Who we talked to
Teddy Parks, trainer
8330 Routt Road
Linda Coates, training director
Shamrock Acres Training Center
13917 Reamers Road
Bob Dover, owner
What services do you offer?
Teddy Parks: "We do boarding and all-breed adult obedience training."
Linda Coates: "The training center offers puppy beginner classes and advanced and competitive obedience and agility classes. The boarding kennel offers boarding for dogs, cats and birds, day care and grooming facilities."
Bob Dover: "We offer everything from basic to advanced obedience, to protection, tracking and detection training."
What's your experience in the industry?
Teddy Parks: "I trained my first dog 30 years ago."
Linda Coates: "I've been teaching obedience courses in Louisville for 30 years."
Bob Dover: "I started working as a police dog trainer in the 1970s."
What methods of training do you use?
Teddy Parks: "It's positive reinforcement and corrective training."
Linda Coates: "We keep it real positive using treats as motivation and reinforcement."
Bob Dover: "It takes a different technique for each dog."
Do you train both the pet and owner?
Teddy Parks: "Yes. I need to teach the owner how to apply what I've taught the dog."
Linda Coates: "Yes. It's important that owners learn how to do it themselves."
Bob Dover: "Yes. Everyone needs to learn how to handle their dog correctly after it's trained."
What's the cost for a basic obedience course?
Teddy Parks: "It's $450 for two weeks of in-board training with six hour-long lessons."
Linda Coates: "A basic beginner class is $75, one hour, once a week for seven weeks."
Bob Dover: "It's anywhere from $250 to $2,000 for boarded basic obedience training for four to 12 weeks."
Do you do individual or group training?
Teddy Parks: "The lessons are private"
Linda Coates: "It's group lessons of ten to 12 people with two instructors."
Bob Dover: "It's private, one-on-one training."
What's a common misconception about training?
Teddy Parks: "That somebody can fix your dog for you and you don't have to do any work. There's no magic bullet."
Linda Coates: "That they can't do it. I think people think it's harder than it actually is."
Bob Dover:"A lot of people look at the way puppies play as a form of aggression."
What's one helpful training tip you can offer?
Teddy Parks: "Don't send mixed messages. If you're not careful, your dog will train you."
Linda Coates: "I'm a big believer in crate training to housebreak a dog."
Bob Dover: "Don't expect a young dog to learn it on their own."