Troop K-9 Care
We help owners develop a trusting and loving bond with their dog Teaching owners how to develop their dogs full potential.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Evaluation is first to determine a plan of action.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am 1 semester shy of a bachelor's in psychology from CSULB. Dog Trainer certification Penn Foster, clicker training certificate Karyon Pryor Academy, 10 years Army teaching and training, 10 years experience working with clients and their dogs.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.
In home training is 125 a session, depending on where you live, with package deals providing a discount.
How did you get started in this business?
I was medically retired from the Army in 2012 and started out just giving advice to people on how to teach and control their dogs. After helping a couple veterans train their own service dogs, I felt maybe I could train dogs for a living.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have had the privilege of working for many different people. I started out in clarksville TN when I retired from the Army. I am now back home in orange county CA. I have worked for breeder's and rescues, people with disabilities and those that want to go hiking and camping with their dog. I have worked with highly aggressive dogs, as well as anxious dogs. I have clients who bring me their brand new puppy and those that need help with a senior dog.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I recently had a client with a 4 year old German shepherd. The dog was known as the neighborhood Land shark. The family had reached out to a couple dog trainers who wanted to take the dog for an extended period and inflated price tag. In 2 training sessions we had the dog walking around the neighborhood. 4 sessions later he was playing at the dog park, 6 sessions later he is a new dog. This was a scared dog who just happened to weigh 160lbs. By teaching the family how to control and communicate with their dog, he was able to show them what an awesome dog he really was.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?
Ask lots of questions and don't be afraid to meet with a couple of trainers before deciding on one.
What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?
What are your goals for your dog? Do you think your dog needs training? Or would you like to learn how to train your dog?