Richmond dog training experts give tips
Who we talked to
Ann Priddy, co-owner
The Critter Cottage
7617 Staples Mill Road
Pat Lacy, owner
Dog Lovers Obedience School
1127 Gaskins Road, Suites 100 and 200
Leann Harris, owner
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Leann Harris: "Applying outdated techniques can cause more problems.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. "