Richmond dog training experts give tips

Richmond dog training experts give tips

What services do you offer?

Ann Priddy: "I offer canine daycare, obedience classes, one-on-one instruction, behavioral consultations, full-service grooming and boarding."

Pat Lacy: "We offer puppy training for 8 weeks to 16 weeks. We also have advanced training, primarily all off-leash, and show classes."

Leann Harris: "I do private consultation from 'I just got a new puppy, what do I do?' to aggression. I also do therapy training. "

Why should people hire an animal trainer?

Ann Priddy: "A trained dog is more likely to become an enjoyable member of the family."

Pat Lacy: "Because it gives them structure. "

Leann Harris: "Applying outdated techniques can cause more problems. "

What methods of training do you use?

Ann Priddy: "Operant conditioning and positive reinforcement."

Pat Lacy: "I'm one of the last traditional trainers in the Richmond area. I think the dog should be trained for the owner. "

Leann Harris: "Positive reinforcement or clicker training."

Do you train both the pet and owner?

Ann Priddy: "Both are offered to accommodate the needs of the owner."

Pat Lacy: "I put them together in class, I train the entire family together. "

Leann Harris: "Definitely the pet and the owner together."

How do you charge, and what is the cost?

Ann Priddy: "Charges are based on if it's a class, a consultation, a one-on-one course or an eight-week group course."

Pat Lacy: "Eight lessons is $125 plus cost of equipment. An hour per lesson."

Leann Harris: "I'm on a flexible plan, three session packets, usually $230, an hour and half per session."

Can you teach an old pet new tricks?

Ann Priddy: "Yes, of course. That is an old wives' tale."

Pat Lacy: "The oldest dog I've had is 12 and she became a therapy dog."

Leann Harris: "If it has a brain stem and it eats, you can train it."

What's one helpful training tip you can offer?

Ann Priddy: "When you get a new dog or puppy, hand-feed it for two weeks."

Pat Lacy, : "Be consistent in what you're doing."

Leann Harris: "Nothing in life is free. He has to sit before you give him food. "

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