New York City area experts discuss dog training tips

New York City area experts discuss dog training tips

What services do you offer?

Lisa Smith: "Day care, cage-free boarding, training and grooming."

Anne Macaulay: "I offer group classes for puppies and beginning obedience classes. I have agility classes. I also offer private lessons at people's homes."

Josh Cederbaum: "I do obedience training, behavior modification, behavioral problem solving and rehabilitation."

What's your experience in the industry?

Lisa Smith: "I got into it just out of fate about four years ago. I was in the medical field, and I was asked to co-own a dog day care."

Anne Macaulay: "It had been a hobby for a long time, and I apprenticed with a trainer for a few years. I started my business in 2000."

Josh Cederbaum: "I went to college and got my bachelor's degree and didn't know what I wanted to do. So I went to school for [dog training]. I've been doing this business for about year."

What methods of training do you use?

Lisa Smith: "Positive reinforcement and learn to earn."

Anne Macaulay: "I train primarily by what's called lure and reward. It's positive reinforcement."

Josh Cederbaum: "I use positive reinforcement. I use no punishment and all my policies revolve around making one behavior more pleasurable than another."

How do you charge, and what is the cost?

Lisa Smith: "It's $185 for a six-week training session. It's an hour a week. We also have a private trainer that goes out to the home."

Anne Macaulay: "Classes are $145 for seven weeks, one session per week. Private sessions are $85 for the first appointment."

Josh Cederbaum: "I go to private homes, so the price varies where you are. The range can be anywhere from $85 to $140 an hour."

Do you offer any discounts?

Lisa Smith: "We do 15 percent off for the second dog."

Anne Macaulay: "Just for a couple of the local shelters. I have a 20 percent discount for those places."

Josh Cederbaum: "I offer 20 percent off if the dog is adopted."

What's one helpful training tip you can offer?

Lisa Smith: "The more the better. You should do as much training as you can with your dog."

Anne Macaulay: "I'd say to figure out what things your dog values the most. Make him work a little bit for them. Make him sit before you throw the ball, for example."

Josh Cederbaum: "For people to really research who they're hiring to see if their philosophies match up with the trainer."

Do you own any pets?

Lisa Smith: "I have two boxers, Ginger and Oscar. Lola is an English bulldog."

Anne Macaulay: "I have two Rottweilers and an ancient cat. She's 18. I have a 5-year-old named Flash and a 10-year-old named Lexi."

Josh Cederbaum: "I have one dog. He's a Weimaraner. His name's Courage."

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