Tampa Bay dog training experts discuss pet obedience tips

Tampa Bay dog training experts discuss pet obedience tips

What services do you offer?

Angela Bubley: "Private instruction for individuals wanting a well-mannered dog as a companion."

Melissa Koberna: "In-home behavioral training, group training classes, problem-solving and training while boarding for all types of animals."

Glen White: "We offer private in-home dog training and offer hands-on instruction in obedience and personal protection training."

Why should people hire an animal trainer?

Angela Bubley: "People need to learn to speak dog, and stop treating dogs like children."

Melissa Koberna: "An experienced animal trainer has the expertise to develop an effective behavior modification plan to resolve issues animals are having."

Glen White: "Typically, they hire us because their dog's having behavior problems. Learning to communicate with the animal is important."

How do you charge, and what is the cost?

Angela Bubley: "I charge by the hour, but offer prepaid six-hour packages. Training at my school is $45 per hour. Training in your home is $95 per hour."

Melissa Koberna: "Group training classes are $85 for a six-week course. All in-home visits are $50 per hour."

Glen White: "It's all based on evaluations. We'll go into the home for either $25 or $50. We'll spend an hour with the dog and establish a program at that time."

What's a common misconception about training?

Angela Bubley: "Repeating your commands isn't effective. It just teaches the dog to wait until you've finished repeating yourself. In essence, the dog is waiting for you to do the work for him."

Melissa Koberna: "If you train a pet using food, you'll always have to use food or the pet won't respond. Once the behavior is established, the food is put on a variable schedule of reinforcement."

Glen White: "The most common misconception is brutality. For every negative process, we offer 10 times the positive amounts of training. There's got to be something negative involved so the dog learns that this is wrong."

What's one helpful training tip you can offer?

Angela Bubley: "Make sure you select a dog that will fit your energy level. Do your homework, and don't buy a dog because it's cute! Start training the day the dog comes home."

Melissa Koberna: "Establish rules and boundaries with your pet from the beginning. If the pet knows what's expected, many behavior issues can be avoided."

Glen White: "When you acquire a puppy, don't assume that it's going to housebreak itself or not chew anything. Keep the dog under watch and in some type of containment when left alone. "

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