Helping dogs and their families live together happily ever after
Rachel Lane helps clients overcome any challenges they might be facing with their dogs. Rachel assists puppies who are new to their home, older dogs who need to learn some manners, dogs who bark at people, and more. Her goal? Rachel wants your dog to be a happy, active member of your family. We went to chat with Rachel to find out how she can help frazzled dog owners.
What makes Leash and Learn unique?
The manner in which I help you achieve your goals. Every dog and every family is different, so the process is 100% personalized. Instead of doing programs or classes where certain behaviors are taught, I offer customized packages where you define the goals and what you want your dog to learn. Each dog and family gets the precise guidance they need and nobody wastes time and money on things that are not important to them.
Another thing that makes Leash and Learn unique is that I come to your home for all training. This helps your dog progress faster, and eliminates the need for transportation.
What character traits are required in order to succeed as a dog trainer?
To be a successful dog trainer, you must be honest and trustworthy. You need to be passionate, understanding, kind, and supportive. You must also be a good problem-solver, and have an unwavering willingness to learn. And most importantly, a good dog trainer has the ability to not only help dogs, but to also help the dog’s owners.
Do you have dog training certification?
My certifications are:
• Certified Professional Dog
Trainer, Knowledge Assessed
• Certificate in Applied Animal
Behavior, University of Washington
• Certified Trick Dog Instructor
• AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
• American Safety and Health Institute
• Pet First Aid Certified
There are no federal or state requirements needed to call yourself a dog trainer. Qualifications show that not only does a trainer have the knowledge and skills necessary to train your dog, but also that they are dedicated to staying up-to-date on the most recent dog training science by attending classes, workshops and seminars.
Do you use any particular animal training method?
I am a positive reinforcement-based trainer. I teach dogs what we would like them to do, and reward those behaviors.
By teaching dogs what we want them to do, we create active and engaged learners. We do not coerce them into desired behavior by threatening them with something bad; rather, we train them to cooperate and make choices we would like to see repeated.
What types of problems does this type of training fix?
Most of them. Whether you have a young puppy biting your toes, a dog who barks at the door, or a dog who lunges at people or other dogs, this training works.
How do you keep abreast of up-to-date animal behavior science?
Because I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, I am required to complete 36 hours of continuing education units every three years. I do this by attending workshops, classes, and seminars every few months.
How do you develop a relationship with both the dog and its owner?
I listen to the clients—what their goals are, where they’re struggling, and where things are going well. Then I observe to the dog, finding out where he’s struggling, when he’s having fun, what he likes to do. By listening to what both the owner and the dog are telling me, I am able to bridge the gap between them and help them live happier lives together.
Can you describe different types of problems and how you deal with them?
I get a lot of calls from people who just got a puppy and want to get off to a great start. They want to teach the puppy to eliminate in an appropriate area, to stop chewing furniture and nipping, to be happy in their crate, and to learn basic obedience such as “Sit!” and “Come!”
Some people call me to remedy behaviors they find stressful, embarrassing, frustrating, or dangerous. Such as dogs who bark and lunge, dogs who cannot be left home alone, dogs who don’t like to go for walks, dogs who pull on the leash, and dogs who are not house broken.
When I work with a client there are three steps. One, assess the situation. Two, identify the issue. And three, address the problem and develop a training plan.
Does every puppy need to be trained?
Yes. The level of training that each puppy completes is decided by the owner, but every puppy should be trained. Puppyhood is a very important time; it shapes your dog for the rest of its life. By completing socialization and training while young, they become happy and well-adjusted. This will help to prevent unwanted and potentially dangerous behaviors as adult dogs.
Do dog owners need to maintain the training in between sessions?
The more time owners spend practicing with their dogs, the faster the dogs will progress between sessions. The key to a well-trained dog is practice, patience, and consistency, so the more consistent the practice the faster an owner will see results.
Rachel Lane is the owner of Leash
and Learn, a full-service dog training company in Manhattan. She began working with dogs professionally eight years ago and six years ago opened Leash and Learn.
www.leashandlearnnyc.com 978.270.8984, firstname.lastname@example.org