A lady rang me recently for a chat about her dog and I told her how much an obedience session would cost, she said she would have a chat with her husband and ring me back. Her husband rang back later that day and said ‘I’m happy to pay that, I run an electrical business and it’s the same rate I charge my guys out at’
… you wouldn’t blink an eye at paying a plumber or electrician, it’s what they charge these days. Having to have our electrics repaired is an something we occasionally have to pay for – but changing your dog’s behaviour and having a better relationship with your dog costs pretty much the same and it can make people’s lives so much better, getting rid of day to day stress, anxiety and frustrations with their dog.
The lovely lady I mentioned booked in with her dog for three sessions and on our last session brought me some home-made buns as a thank you.
I was a very happy dog trainer that day
Partly because I love cake (who doesn’t!) but mainly because it meant I must have done a good job and she enjoyed the lessons. Which is what I strive to do with all my clients and dogs.
I like making people happy. 🙂
So down to the nitty gritty
The cost depends on what the problem is and what you want to achieve with your dog. Sometimes I will recommend one session, sometimes a course of sessions so I can really help you make progress and guide you along the way … because I really want this to work. I want to support you through your journey with your dog (plus when I speak to people they rarely actually only have just one ‘issue’ so I can help with loads more than just the original problem).
I much prefer this as I really, really want this to work for you, I’m not the kind of trainer who is happy to see someone once then forgets about them. It is important to me that you succeed – that’s why I do this … to help people. I actually care as much as you do that the training works. Even if I do only need to see you once I love getting updates on how you are doing.
The cost can depend on the problem, you may need just one obedience session and I can happily leave you to get on with it and succeed on your own. On the other hand behaviour problems tend to be more complicated and need much more input from me so it costs more … simply because you get more of my time. You may need a two hour+ session, helpsheets, a typed report emailed for you to refer to as I understand it’s often a lot to take in on the day. You may also require follow up visits if necessary to check up on your progress. Behaviour cases you are free to text/email or ring me afterwards if you are struggling, have a question to ask me or just want to update me with how well things are going. I am always here to help.
What happens in a behaviour consultation?
My job is to support and help you to change your dog’s behaviour and improve your relationship. This starts with listening to your problems and getting as much information as possible about your dog and the behaviour you would like help with. It also includes finding out about your general home life, day to day routine & your dog’s past history/previous experiences etc. as it will all have an impact on the problems you are experiencing. However, it is also about finding out about your fears, anxieties and frustrations regarding your dog’s behaviour and how it is affecting your day to day life and your relationship with your dog. Also finding out about your goals and what you want to achieve to rebuild your relationship.
I can then give you a plan to move forwards and change things for the better. You will get help and advice on the day and follow ups if necessary to help you through it.
People love their dogs, just like I do – but I meet people all the time who feel a whole host of emotions when things aren’t going great because of a behaviour problem. Many behaviour problems are down to the dog being fearful or anxious. or sometimes just he fact that the behaviour is being reinforced somehow. Owners feel guilt, frustration, disappointment, stress, anxiety and even anger (which they feel guilty about) and feel isolated like they are the only person in the world with that problem
I truly get how hard it is – I was once that dog owner like you with a dog with problems before I learnt how to make things better and if you have inadvertently created the problem without realising, or previously tried methods you’ve found online that may have made things worse I am just here to help, not judge.
Having a well balanced, happy dog makes your life so much better and less stressful.
Classes vary a little in price depending on the class but they are generally £75 for a five week puppy course.
Puppy training – there are lots of different options and packages to suit you.
Obedience – Single sessions £75 and packages available.
Behaviour problems – The cost Depends on how much help you need to get through the training to a happy, well balanced dog. I am just a phone call away to find out more.
See links below for more detailed information.
What are you paying for?
You are paying for the years of experience I have with dogs, the education, training and courses, seminars & conferences I have done and attended over the years, basically the blood sweat and tears I have gone through to build my knowledge about dog training and behaviour so I can pass on my knowledge and really help people like you have a better relationship with your dog.
Much of the time I train people not dogs – I train people to train their own dog because most behaviours need plenty of practice and repetition and I can’t be there all the time. So I am giving you the skills and knowledge to move forward with your dog and have a happy, fun life together. Though I do understand how busy some people are so I do provide ‘done for you’ training where I help boost your training and will do some of it for you if you need me to.
Because that’s what it’s all about – making people and dogs happier