K9 Basic/Advanced Obedience

K9 Basic/Advanced Obedience

5.0 (2)
Best of 2023
1 hire on HomeGuide
1 employee
3 years in business

About this pro

As a private trainer I strive  to provide the best services at the lowest cost possible. While all my lessons and training sessions are 1 on 1 private, my rates are comparable to the low end of group session rates making it extremely affordable to get your dog the attention and training he/she needs and deserves. I also offer Board and Train options significantly lower than any other company in the Hampton Roads area, and price match and then cut if you are able to provide me with a quote from another local company in the area. This ensures your dog recieves quality training for the lowest possible cost to you.

Dogs are my passion and lifeblood. I am a firm believer that no dog is so far gone that they can't be helped. I love to see the effect quality training can have on a dog. Watching these animals transform is an amazing thing to witness and the end results are just amazing.

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Cortland, NY 13045
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2 Reviews


  • Yvonne Aucoin

    Paul is extremely patient and is able to capture and keep the attention of my German Shepherd, Lily. She really likes him and so do I. He is kind, gentle but firm, with Lily. He teaches me to gain control of Lily. She loves to control me. With help from Paul, Lily and I are trying to turn that around.

  • Karen Curry

    He worked woth my dogs behaviors and did not push or force him. My dog has extreme anxiety so he worked slowly with him to allow his comfort level while helping me with different tools and techniques to help my dog.

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

My process is simple. I have a basic obedience training log that I will fill out and give to every client to make keeping up with training that much easier. I will usually reccomend meeting once a week for 4 to 6 weeks depending on how fast the dog catches on to the tasks provided. I don't ask for large up front payments and offer a pay by lesson option if you would prefer. Once we get you K9 pal where he/she needs to be I will ask that you kindly leave an honest review.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I served 8 years in the US Navy, 4 of which I worked closely with dogs as a handler and kennel support. I have since separated from the Navy with an Honerable Discharge and have conpleted training at AK9I where I have  become certified as a civilian to handle and train dogs in everything from Basic obedience, to tracking, and detection, to include explosives, narcotics, and even bed bugs.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

I only have standard pricing for my board and train clients. I charge $1500 for a 2 week board and train and $2100 for a 3 week board and train. Private lessons are all negotiable and can start as low as $40 per session and go as high as $70 depending on multiple factors such as travel.

How did you get started in this business?

While serving overseas in the US Navy and performing security duties along side handlers and K9 units, I was informed about a school I could attend upon getting out of the military as my contract was ending soon. I contacted the school and began a 13 week full time course to learn to become a handler and trainer.

What types of customers have you worked with?

I have worked with many clients; however, the dogs are what make the difference in my line of work. I specialize with working breeds. I do not often work with smaller dogs but am not opposed or unable to do so and am always glad to take on any dog. I have worked with German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, Canada Corso, Newfoundland, and many other breeds.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Don't hire based on price alone. Do your research and call multiple services and always ask questions. Find the perfect place for you. Find a trainer or company that suits your wants, needs, and moral values.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

Determine what you want or don't want. For instance, if you are opposed to choke chains, prong collars, or e-collars, let the trainer or company know and ask if it is possible to use other means of training.