I'm currently looking into getting a behaviorist to help Koda with his aggression issues. I was just curious... what is the general average price you would expect to pay for a behaviorist consultation?
I paid $120.00 for a four hour session with a Dog Communicator who works at the local refuge and it was the best money I ever spent. I have owned and trained dogs, some to show level and others agility all my life. I was having some issues with our Rottweiler pup that had me stumped. It was extremely important to me that this boy had good manners as was a great example to his breed given the current perception of Rotts.
The knowledge i gained was wonderful and I have ongoing free advice.
Brian, at ten months is still a pup but making great advances and is clicker trained. We are in WA.
Of course we still attend the local dog club weekly for lessons and socialisation.
I guess it depends on your definition of a "behaviourist". Some people say they are behaviourists when they are trainers. And the rule is definitely not "the more you pay, the better advice you'll get", or "the more years in the business they have, the better they are".
I think your best bet is to call around and ask them about their style of training and what they will offer you. Ensuring you will be comfortable with their methods is most important. The last thing you want is a "choker chain" enthusiast yanking your dog around because "that's how you earn respect" or anything silly like that. While every training tool has it's place, you need to be comfortable with their approach BEFORE they touch your dog.
I feel Steve from K9 Pro put it in writing best. Have a read before you choose anyone for sure. Good Luck with it.
How to Choose a Dog Trainer | Steve Courtney Dog Training
I'm pretty sure i know who i'm gonna go with now, i've known her for a little while now. She has worked at our local vet for a long time and has recently started focusing on behavioral issues. I contacted her via email explaining our situation and she emailed back giving a very thorough description of what would happen at the consultation as well as the potential treatments involved. I liked what she put forth so i agreed, she's coming to see us next weekend. She also gave me a 20 page questionnaire about Koda's life to fill out and get back to her before next weekend!
I'll keep people posted on how things go!
'maddogdodge' - pleased to hear that you have found someone that you like ! Most important !
Hope everything goes well for you and Koda !
well hope things work out for you
shouldn't be to hard to fix the problem if you find someone koda likes
yeah when someone has the "nack" with dogs they tend to do well in the dog world.
heck i been told i have a nack for working with timid dogs on a few occasions.
but thats because my natural body language is a calm and submissive one. and others like that do well with dogs because they read body language very well better than people.
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