Q&A with Atlanta-area dog training experts
Sit and stay awhile as a few highly rated Atlanta-area dog trainers speak about the ins and outs of training dogs.
Why should pet owners take their dogs to training?
Andrew Zbeeb: If the dogs and human aren’t living harmoniously, there’s an increased chance of the dog being given away, which could ruin the dog’s life when training could have prevented that.
Kate Jackson: Training is one of the things people usually just default to when there’s trouble, but in reality, all dogs were bred to do specific job descriptions and training is a way to satisfy a dog’s sole purpose.
Amber Burckhalter: Dogs are not born understanding how to be an enjoyable member of the family or the rules of a home. Training can prevent your dog from ending up as one of the many dogs lost or abandoned in a shelter.
Who we spoke to
Andrew Zbeeb, owner
Kate Jackson, owner
Amber Burckhalter, president
What dog training method does your company use?
Zbeeb: We use a balanced approach. We are positive reinforcement trainers. We do use verbal corrections, but nothing harsh
Jackson: Eighty percent of our training is all leash and treat training. Our foundation principal belief is redirecting the dog’s attention.
Burckhalter: Our company uses positive reinforcement training due to the negative side effects that can come from aversive or compulsion-based training.
What behavioral issues can dog training help with?
Zbeeb: Resource guarding, fear biting, anxiety, stress symptoms and socialization problems are some of the common issues we see.
Jackson: Some of the most common are pulling on a leash, jumping up and barking. Aggression and separation anxiety are less frequent.
Burckhalter: Separation anxiety, leash reactivity, running away, dog aggression, stranger aggression and many other issues can be addressed by working with an experienced and talented trainer.
How much does dog training cost?
Zbeeb: We charge $250 for unlimited basic obedience, so you can continue to come back for refreshers as needed. Training is a lifestyle.
Jackson: Classes range from $200 to $250 and last six weeks.
Burckhalter: The cost of training a dog can vary. We offer training packages beginning at $65 and up.