Train your dog with tips from obedience experts
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 Stonesifer, owner
Tammi White, general manager
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.