Below are common questions that people have.
Q: Can't I just drop my dog off and pick them up after you're done training it?
A: No, I have taken dogs in temporarily for people who are looking to get help but are so frustrated that they need a brief break. However, with board and training all that would happen would be me establishing the relationship between me and your dog. Though when I bring your dog back it will see that nothing is different between you and it and the behavior will come back.
Q: I have talked to several other trainers and feel frustrated because I have been told several different and conflicting things from them regarding my dog's issues. Who is right?
A: There are many different techniques when it comes to training dogs and ideas of what causes behavioral issues and how to handle it. I always recommend doing your research and finding a trainer and technique that is right for you and that you feel comfortable following.
Q: Where did you get your training and certification.
A: I have traveled throughout the U.S. and also have gone overseas to England in studying canine behavior. I continue to study and attend courses and seminars to always further my knowledge to better help my clients.
Q: I've wanted to get help with my dog's behavior but because of how old it is/ the breed that it is I've been told that it'll be too difficult. What can I do?
A: A dog is never too old to learn new and better behavior. In regards to the breed of your dog their individual personality plays a larger factor in how difficult or easy going it will be. You will have to recognize their breed in terms of physical traits affecting behavior such as: herding breeds having a stronger tendancy to herd people and animals or hounds have a stronger than usual sense of smell so they can be more easily distracted. However any breed can still learn respectful behavior.
Q: When you do your consultation do we need to be there for the whole thing while you work with the dogs?
A: Yes, my focus is less on working with the dog itself and more on teaching and working with the owners. They are the ones that have to understand how to handle and work with their dog when I leave.
Q: What happens during an average consultation?
A: An average consultation usually lasts between 2-4 hours but can go longer depending on your individual needs. A consultation includes me coming to your home and teaching you why your dog is behaving the way it is and what you need to do to change it into more respectful behavior. By the end of the consultation you will have all your questions addressed and should feel confident in knowing how to improve things. After the consultation you will have lifetime support for any questions or issues that may come up.
Q: What is included in the lifetime support and do you only come out the one time?
A: Some people only need the initial consultation visit with phone or email support but some need more visits and that is where the lifetime support comes into play. The lifetime support is just that, support for you and your dogs for life whether that comes in the form of several phone calls/emails with more questions or more revisits regardless of whether it's minutes or years after the initial consultation. There will be no charge for phone/email support, if you need a revisit you will only have gas mileage charges for up to 4 months. After 4 months you only pay $50 per visit regardless of how long the consultation goes.
Q: I'm interested in becoming a trainer myself, do you mentor and help teach new trainers?
A: I normally don't train people who are looking at going out themselves and teaching people and their dogs. However I can help you get in touch with people who do specialize in helping prepare and support new trainers.
Q: How far do you travel to do consultations?
A: I travel as far as needed, I have gone all over the state, I have helped people outside of Utah, and have even gone out of the country to help people and their dogs and have been able to offer long distance support. Clients are responsible for travel expenses, however some clients have gotten other locals in need of help and shared the cost of travel expenses.