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Old 07-24-2008, 09:36 AM
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Default Being a Dog Trainer

I'm not really sure how to start this off... but my mother has gotten several people asking her if I can come work with their dogs, and get them to do basic things, like sitting and not jumping on people, etc.

I can do all that no problem, but these people are expecting to hire me, and expecting to pay something for me doing the work.

I don't know what to charge them. I also don't know what to tell them in terms of how long it's going to take. Typically, it doesn't take me that long to teach most dogs something new or different, but every dog is different, obviously, so I don't really know what timeline I should give them, or how to tell the that THEY are going to have to do most of the work, and I'm just there to tell the what to do.

Also, should I charge more the more stuff they want me to tech their dog?

I've never done this before. I've trained dogs for money, but it was a set rate, for a friend, and it was mostly socialization and basic obedience. I didn't choose the price either, she paid me a 100 a week to take the dogs everywhere and work with them as much or as little as I wanted to, as long as they learned basic obedience etc.

I just don't know what to do is the point. Does anyone have any advice?
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