Train your dog with tips from obedience experts

Train your dog with tips from obedience experts
dog training tips

dog training tips

Sit and stay awhile as highly rated San Antonio-area dog trainers address the importance of proper manners so pooches don’t wind up in the doghouse.

What training services do you offer?

Lara Stonesifer: I work with dogs that have aggression problems, shyness and abuse history. We also do obedience training and lessons for people who want to hunt. I also train therapy dogs.

Tammi White: We offer two puppy training classes; basic, intermediate and advanced obedience; agility; rally and ring manners. We also have private training and board and train options.

Linda Weniger: I offer basic and intermediate obedience training, behavioral issues/manners classes and private training on-site or at the owner’s home as well 
as a board and train program.

What are the costs for dog training?

Stonesifer: An individual lesson is $75, and I offer discount with a package. In-kennel training is $300 to $350 per week for two to four weeks.

White: Basic group classes are $125. Advanced classes range from $99 to $109. Private lessons are $80 for the initial class. Board and train rates are based where the dog stays at the resort.

Weniger: Group classes cost $99 for five weeks. Board and train costs $595 for two weeks. Private training is $55 per hour on-site or $65 or more off-site, based on travel distance.

Who we spoke to:

Lara’s Canine Solutions

Lara Stonesifer, owner

New Braunfels

Rob Cary Pet Resort

Tammi White, general manager

San Antonio

K-9 Kontrol

Linda Weniger, owner


What should people expect to do at home?

Stonesifer: I talk about ways to incorporate dog training into your life. Much like you’d teach your children manners — then they’re going to listen all the time.

White: Owners should do their homework and follow up on lessons taught in class. This should consist of at least 20 to 30 minutes of interaction a day.

Weniger: I try to make the owner completely involved. I use my own dog so they see it being done. They need to understand what to do with their own pet.

What benefits do animals get from training?

Stonesifer: Dogs don’t understand our society and our rules. If you don’t teach them what to expect, they don’t know. That causes anxiety and confusion. Training gives you a similar language.

White: The dog is a pack animal. They enjoy being a part of the pack and are more content, well-balanced and better behaved if the owners follow through with the training.

Weniger: I think dogs are much happier because they know the ground rules and the expectations of their owners. Anybody who has an obedient pet is much happier.

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