Local trainer helping dogs make ‘pawgress’ with obedience

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

If anyone knows about misbehaving dogs, it’s this Leader reporter, whose beagle gets into everything and anything.
It’s hard to get your dog to act the way you’d like, especially if there aren’t any bigwig training centres nearby. Fortunately though, Jodie Robinson has started her very own dog obedience training right here in Slave Lake.
“I do the training in the comfort of your own home,” she says. “I do basic obedience (sit, stay, lay down), proper etiquette, and tackling aggression towards other dogs.”
Robinson started her dog training biz earlier in 2017 and says she’s looking forward to taking on more clients.
“I’m a certified dog trainer,” she says. “I graduated from the Animal Behaviour College last summer after completing my 10-month diploma program and practicum. It’s been good but slow, just how all businesses are at first, but I’ve been receiving nothing but great feedback from my clients.”
Along with teaching pups the ropes, Robinson is making dog treats for her furry clientele.
“You’d be surprised how many treats you go through when you’re using them as a reward for good behaviour,” she says. “They say old dogs can’t learn new tricks, but that is absolutely not true! It’s never too early or too late to train your dog.”
Robinson says she plans on expanding her knowledge so she can offer more services to the Slave Lake area.
“I would like to work with assistance dogs while growing my business,” she says. “Eventually that will happen – there is a lot to come in the future!”
As pricing goes, Robinson says an hour session usually costs clients $25; however she has a special going on right now.
“I offer private one-on-one lessons and depending on the animals and clients, usually aim to see the dog one or two times a week,” she says. “I’ll also give the owners tips on how to maintain the training in between lessons. Until September 20th I’m offering 20 per cent off hour rates.”
Robinson adds, “Obedience training isn’t about punishment it’s about redirection – timing is one of the most important aspects of it. Clients can expect that I’ll draw all my resources and do my best.”
For more information, call 780-805-1814.

Jodie Robinson with one of her furry clients named Bruce.

 

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