Tucson area dog training experts answer questions
Who we talked to
Cindy L. Morgan, owner
Oh, Behave! Pet Training & Solutions
6631 W. Creda Drive
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What services do you offer?
Al Rossomando: "Basic dog training, like dog 101 and quiet control. I also do in-house training where the dog stays with me."
Janet Galante: "Doggy day care, overnight services, training, doggy day school, pet transportation, pet parties and pet sitting."
Cindy L. Morgan: "All levels of obedience training, boarding and day care, and I try to help people who are interested in therapy training."
Why should people hire an animal trainer?
Al Rossomando: "There are all sorts of behaviors dogs have, some are easy to handle and some are not - like aggression. A novice usually makes it worse."
Janet Galante: "I believe that people should train their own dogs with the help of a dog trainer. Dogs don't come equipped knowing how to be man's best friend."
Cindy L. Morgan: "Most people have a basic knowledge of training. If they have a difficult pet, they can do more harm than good if they train in a way that is detrimental."
What's your experience in the industry?
Al Rossomando: "I started professionally training 15 years ago. I've worked with Petco and rescue organizations."
Janet Galante: "I've been professionally training for 12 years. I have various accreditations and I'm seeking certification."
Cindy L. Morgan: "I've been training for more than 20 years. My English teacher was a dog trainer and offered me a summer job."
What methods of training do you use?
Al Rossomando: "Quiet control and loose leash. I use noise and body language. Loose leash means the dog respects the loose leash. If the leash is loose, he's doing well. "
Janet Galante: Positive reinforcement training. We're clicker trainers, but the clicker is just a tool. We reinforce for doing things right instead of punishing for doing wrong."
Cindy L. Morgan: "I use primary positive reinforcement, motivating a dog in positive ways to make it do what I want it to do."
What's a common misconception about training?
Al Rossomando: "That you want submission from the dog. You aren't looking for submission, you're looking for compliance."
Janet Galante: "The overuse of the dominance hierarchy. You can be more kind and benevolent. A lot of dog training is based on myth and our training is based on science."
Cindy L. Morgan: "Trainers that think you have to train a dog by fear. I think a dog listens and is better trained if it has a strong bond with the owner and wants to listen."
What's one helpful training tip you can offer?
Al Rossomando: "The dog cares about what you do, not what you say."
Janet Galante: "The best thing is to reward your dog for doing it right."
Cindy L. Morgan: "Patience is one of the most important things you can have when you're training."