How To Choose A Dog Trainer

Although many dog owners successfully train their pets without outside assistance, some benefit greatly by using a
professional dog trainer.
A quality dog trainer can help instruct the dog while also providing the owner with invaluable guidance and assistance.
Very problematic dogs-those who seem inordinately aggressive or unruly, for instance-often pose training problems
that outstrip the ability of even a relatively well-informed dog owner and a finding a great dog trainer becomes essential.

Dog trainers do not require specific licensing. Any person with a desire to do so can simply proclaim himself or herself a dog
trainer, hang up a shingle, and begin soliciting customers. The bar for entry into the dog training profession is set so low that it is no surprise that there are many inadequate trainers trying to do business.

When choosing a dog trainer, how is a dog owner to decide who they should trust with their pet's care and education?

Choosing a dog trainer can be a very difficult proposition but separating the untalented and amateurish from the truly gifted is
essential to your dog's well being. Making a mistake in hiring a dog trainer will not only fail to help your dog, it could worsen his
behavior and make it harder to correct later.

There is no magic formula for choosing the right trainer. There are any number of factors you may want to consider to find someone
with whom you can successfully work and upon whom you can truly rely.
However, there are at least two considerations that should guide most any selection of a dog trainer:

Experience and reputation.


One should try to search out a trainer with significant experience. Experienced trainers are more likely to be able to
successfully deal with the unique circumstances of your pet based on their track record with other animals.

Additionally, experience inherently communicates at least a reasonable likelihood of talent. One is not likely to have stayed in business as a dog trainer
for any significant period of time if they lacked talent and failed to produce desired results.
Experience, in essence, is also a proof of at least some ability.

What about new trainers?
 After all, even the most veteran and experienced trainer began as a rookie. Does this mean one should pass over every trainer who lacks a long track record?

You may be able to find a truly great trainer among the ranks of the less experienced. There is, however, the increased risk that
the trainer will be unable to satisfactorily train your dog.
If you are considering a novice trainer, grill them about their past experiences prior to entering the profession.

Find out what kind of dogs they have dealt with, if they have a more experienced mentor, and how they feel they have qualified
themselves to work with your dog.
Picking a rookie trainer could work out perfectly, but it does increase the chances of dealing with someone who is woefully
unprepared to handle the job responsibilities of training.


Experience is an indicator of talent, but it is not a foolproof way of assessing a trainer's talents. It is possible for a crafty marketer to stay in business a long time, after all, regardless of the quality of their work. As such, it is appropriate to inquire
about the reputation of the dog trainers you are considering. Solicit opinions and references from a variety of sources in order
to find the right trainer for you.

Great sources for information regarding wonderful trainers and those you should avoid might include veterinarians, breeders, pet store-owners and close
acquaintances who have used a dog trainer. By asking around, you can find out which trainers are most highly regarded.Ask the tra
trainer who is unwilling to do
this should be eyed with some degree of suspicion. Most qualified and talented traders will be happy to give you references to contact.
Be sure to follow through. Talk to the references and find out all you can about the
trainer and the quality of training the former customers and their dogs experienced.

There are a variety of factors that one may want to consider when seeking out a trainer for their dog. The importance of a trainer to a
dog's life is significant and great care should be taken during the selection process.

Two things that must be kept in mind when seeking a trainer are the trainer's experience and reputation.

Our Training is Pawsitive - Professional and .......lots of FUN!

"The HSUS estimates that animal shelters care for between 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom approximately 3-4 million are

The majority of the surrendered dogs (47.7%) and cats (40.3%) are between 5 months and 3 years of age.

Undesirable behavior is the number one reason why dogs end up in Shelters. Most dogs (96%) had not received any obedience training.

It is important to start training your puppy as soon as you bring it home!

Our training is designed to bring out the very best in your dog. We are teaching using positive reinforcement techniques and ALL Sessions are FUN  With individualized attention for you and your dog.


We will give you the "tools" to train your dog at home between sessions and after your friend has graduated .

YOU will need to do 3-4 sessions of 5-10 minutes training a day, at home, to achieve your goals and to prevent your dog from becoming bored.
Keep it "short and sweet". Be upbeat and make it FuN. Keep in mind that puppies have a much shorter concentration span so minimize the time.

With every session we offer Life Long Service to every Student, with any future problems we can help with.

Special Discount for All Rescue Animals, Vet technicians, Military, Students, Seniors and repeating Clients.

Evaluation Session for Basic Manners Training (1.5 - 2 hours $55):

I will gather helpful information to find out where the problems may originate.  While I have your undivided attention I will ask questions and we'll discuss a protocol for your particular situation.  
Every family and dog is different, therefor I will design an individual training program for you after I have evaluated the situation and talked with you and your family.

Once my evaluation is complete you can choose to sign up for a training program to begin as soon as possible, or you may want to think about it and contact me later. Either way, you are not obligated in any way to sign up for further training should you, for whatever reason, decide not to do so.  

Please read here the importance of socializing your puppy (from the American Veterinary Society)

ALL sessions are being held in a quiet, stress free and natural environment by a CERTIFIED & Professional Trainer


The PUPPY JUMP START program offers 3 training sessions
Followed by one private session so YOU can learn how to give your
puppy commands and continue his education and explaining house/crate training.

This program will cover basic commands, chewing, nipping, jumping while offering plenty of socialization with
other puppies!

Package includes:

(3) ONE-ON-ONE training sessions at DLH
(3) Full days of daycare
(1) Private Session

$125 for Puppies 6 months and younger

Dog Manners

Day and weekend sessions are available. (single or in a Group)
The number of sessions needed varies based on your problems & goals

$    35.00 per 1 x 45-60 min session

$  135.00 for 4  x 45-60 min sessions

Training takes place at Dogs Live Happy Daycare.
Daycare costs additional if dog owner wants dog to stay for the day

OFF Leash training classes  (only 3 or less well mannered, socialized, non aggressive dogs per session)

$45 one Session off leash/ recall

Qualified dogs only!      

Teaching your dog to comply with you when he's off leash can be hard. Although some dogs make the transition easily, without seeming to notice that the
leash is no longer attached to their collar, other dogs will take off for a long and potentially dangerous run.

Do not attempt to do off-leash work with a puppy. Only mentally mature, well-trained dogs should be worked off leash.
To keep your dog safe, never attempt to train off leash with an untrained, non responsive dog. In addition, always be aware of where you are and what is
surrounding you. Train inside with the outside doors closed or train outside in a securely fenced area. Make sure no one is going to open the door or gate
and leave it open while your dog is off leash. Be aware and be safe.

Before starting any off-leash training, evaluate your dog.

There are no refunds after sessions begin. 

All dogs/puppies have to be current on their vaccinations, incl. Bordetella.  Copy of Shot record required.