A lady rang me once 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 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.
That made me happy. 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 may recommend one session, sometimes a course of sessions so I can 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 problem so I can help with loads more than just the original issue.
I much prefer multiple sessions 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.
The cost also depends if it is an obedience training problem or if your dog has behavioural problems; such as reactivity, resource guarding etc. as those tend to be more complicated and need much more input from me so it costs more … simply because you get more of my time. If you want to know about behavioural training you can start here How much does a dog behaviourist cost? – The Happy Dog Project
Whatever kind of training are doing you will get your own training zone or membership area with online help to support our training and keep you going and supported between sessions. Whatever the problem I am always here to help.
My job is to support and help you and improve your relationship. This starts with listening to your problems and getting as much information as possible about your dog and the problems you would like help with. It also includes finding out about your dog’s life, food, exercise, day to day routine, past history 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, 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.
I can then give you a plan to move forwards and change things for the better.
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.
I truly get how hard it is – I was once that dog owner like you with a dog I was struggling with before I learnt how to make things better.
Having a happy, well behaved dog makes your life so much better and less stressful.
Puppy classes are £139.95 for a five week puppy class and you can book online. I don’t do ‘normal’ puppy classes, these are adventures and training in real world situations not in a Church Hall.
Puppy training – home puppy training is my speciality and there are lots of different options and programmes to suit you and your puppy starting the moment he arrives. Prices start from £49.95
Adult obedience training – Single sessions or packages of multiple sessions are available helping with everything from lead walking skills to recall. Starting at £49.95
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 last 12 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 to you.
I will do some work with your dog, but I train people to train their own dog because practice and repetition is important 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 can provide ‘done for you’ training where I help boost your training and will do some of it for you if you need me to.
Before you book any dog trainer ask what their methods involve. Force free, (reward based), balanced, aversive. Ask if they use rewards or punishment (often referred to as ‘corrections’ ) Ask what equipment they may use/recommend. If that includes an e-collar or pinch collar then please find someone else who won’t inflict pain.
This is about making people and dogs happier