You Get What You Pay For

Good Work Ain't Cheap words on a hanging store sign as a motto for great quality service at a fair price
Good Work Ain’t Cheap words on a hanging store sign as a motto for great quality service at a fair price

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As my Mom used to say, you get what you pay for.  I think it’s especially true with dog training.

I regularly get an e-mail, or am stopped while running errands, where the pet parent tells me about their dog and concludes with “Do you have any suggestions on how to fix this problem?”  What they really want is a quick fix with no investment of time or money.

I don’t give training suggestions unless I know the individual and the dog.  I want to know the person’s personality and the dog’s temperament.  I want to SEE when the behavior happens, where it happens and how the dog responds to give the best recommendations.  I don’t want to hear about the behavior, I want to see it.

These are the same points I make when clients tell me they’ve tried their friends’ suggestions, watched a video, read books and, my favorite –looked it up online.  Sometimes these resources work, but typically there is a problem with the execution.

Clients can only see their dog; they don’t see their own body language or hear their own tone of voice.  That’s where one-on-one training comes in.  I get to see the dynamic between the client and the dog – and the reactions to each other.  Then I can help them set up a SPECIFIC one-on-one training plan to help change the dog’s behavior. There is no one size fits all dog training program.

Changing a dog’s behavior takes time and lots of conversations. Don’t expect a quick, off- handed conversation or e-mail to help much.
Think about it this way. Chances are your dog is going to be around for the next 10 – 20 years. Do you really want to put up with annoying misbehaviors? A lifetime of random barking?

Or would you be better off investing in your dog from the start so you can have a lifetime of a well behaved dog?