Frequently Asked Questions
Will you come to my house for a training session?
Yes. All appointments will take place in your own home. If you have somewhere else you would like to meet all you have to do is let me know. I am very flexible.
Do you offer group classes?
No, I do not. Since 2006, I have only offered private lessons. The benefits include:
- my undivided attention.
- convenient and flexible scheduling.
- I teach what you want to learn, rather than having to follow a predetermined curriculum.
- no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed by your dog’s poor behavior.
How long will it take to see results?
Pardon the cliche, but it depends:
- How long has the dog shown bad behavior? Is it recent or something the dog has practiced for years?
- Is your dog an adult and stuck in its ways, or a puppy, with less life experience?
- How how many people interact with the dog? Just you? Other family? Dog walker?
- How many and how severe are the bad habits? Do you need to teach it to SIT or is it a dog that bites?
- Some new dog owners like me to “hold-their-hand” while experienced owners may need little guidance.
On average, I will say that I meet with clients for two sessions.
How much do you charge?
I will be honest and upfront with you. If you are looking for the least expensive trainer/option, you may want to consider a group class at a training facility.
However, I believe the benefits you will receive, as a result of my one-on-one training, is worth your investment. You will give your dog a greater opportunity to transform its behavior, in less time, and with greater convenience to your schedule.
The initial visit (usually 90 minutes long) is $150.
All follow-up visits are at a rate of $80 per hour.
Please see my Pricing page for further explanation about travel fees.
Do you charge extra for more than one dog?
No, I do not. You are paying for my knowledge, experience, and time spent with you – not the number of dogs you have. If you have 2, 3, 4, or 5 dogs, your investment is still the same.
However, please realize that we may need additional training sessions to address all the issues that are important. In this way, your total investment cost, over a period of time, will be a little more.
How far do you travel?
I live in the southeast corner of Connecticut in the small town of Ledyard.
In the past, I have gone to western CT, Staten Island – New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and east of Providence, RI.
While I am always willing to travel to help families in need, please review my Pricing page for travel fees beyond 30 minutes from my home in Ledyard, CT.
Do you use positive reinforcement?
The short answer is: Yes, absolutely!
My strongest belief in training dogs is to use a language that the dog understands. I will say with a balance of pride and humility that “I speak dog.”
Dogs, by nature, are not heavy-handed, malicious, threatening, intimidating, or revengeful. By instinct, they are calm and gentle creatures.
I treat dogs with respect, kindness, and patience. I want the dog to respect me as a leader and not fear me as a tyrant.
In addition, I do not want the dog to see me as a food source, and therefore, I rarely, if ever, use treats in my training. I prefer to use my tone of voice, affection, play, and body language as effective and motivating rewards.