Salt Lake City area dog trainers give expert advice
Who we talked to
What services do you offer?
Bethany Barnes: "We do boarding, electric collar training, dog obedience and agility, behavior and boarding training."
Kandy Thomas: "I offer dog training and behavior and obedience classes. I gear my services toward fixing the dog's negative behavior."
Ty Brown"I offer obedience training, behavior modification and protection services."
Why should people hire an animal trainer?
Bethany Barnes: "To gain their dog's respect so they can get them under control."
Kandy Thomas: "People prioritize love and affection, forgetting obedience. That's where I come in to correct the situation."
Ty Brown"So you have a dog that's obedient and isn't unruly."
What methods of training do you use?
Bethany Barnes: "It's pack mentality training to adjust their behavior. I use my energy and body language to teach them what I want them to do."
Kandy Thomas: "I use a gentle method that's reward-based, which doesn't have to be a treat. It could be vocal praise."
Ty Brown"It's motivation through praise combined with simple correction through a training collar."
Do you train both the pet and owner?
Bethany Barnes: "Yep, I do. I teach them while I teach the dog."
Kandy Thomas: "It's more of training the owner on how to work with their dog."
Ty Brown"To be honest, it's mostly the owner."
How do you charge, and what's the cost?
Bethany Barnes: "It's $600 for unlimited training sessions and $1,000 for the board training, both good until I correct the behavior."
Kandy Thomas: "I charge by the hour. It ranges from $50 to $100 per hour."
Ty Brown"The basic course will typically run $300 while the semi-advanced will be up to $700. The most advanced will run between $1,200 to $1,400."
Do you do individual or group training?
Bethany Barnes: "I go to their home and work with them one-on-one."
Kandy Thomas: "Both. They can hire me for private sessions and I do four group classes every week."
Ty Brown"It's all individual training. It's the best way to train a dog."
What's one helpful training tip you can offer?
Bethany Barnes: "You get what you pet. Only pet your dog when you see the behavior you want."
Kandy Thomas: "Be patient and be consistent."
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