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Mari Fetzer Dog Training


‘20 Certificate of Excellence

Hi there! I am Mari Fetzer, and I use the POWER OF PLAY to shape your pup's behavior. I understand the challenges of being a pet parent - the behavior issues, the scheduling Jenga, the confusion of contradictory information out there. I am here to help you! Using REVOLUTIONARY PLAY-BASED CONCEPT TRAINING, your pup will learn to be FOCUSED, CONFIDENT, and CALM. By incorporating 5-10 minute games throughout the day (as opposed to a long, dreary "training session") you'll be shaping your dogs overall behavior, rather than teaching one trick at a time. At the same time, you will get an arsenal of tools to use in managing your dog, instead of resorting to yelling "sit" all the time. I'd love to Zoom with you to see if we're a good fit. If we decided to move forward I offer a variety of custom, affordable packages : the most popular is my MariDog Membership with a personal 1-1 training session that starts at $72 LET'S GET STARTED!

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What do you love most about your job?

The is nothing better than helping a dog work through a challenge, whether is is learning to walk nicely on a lead, or overcoming a fear of strangers. The modern world is not necessarily built for the average dog - there are a lot of scary noises, incomprehensible rules, and a lot of alone time. There is also a lot of bad advice and mythology out there. By working one on one with every client, we create happy and healthy homes for all our pups!

What inspired you to start your own business?

I adopted my first dog, Laz, in 2013 (although I have been working with dogs since 2009); it was casually mentioned that he "didn't like other dogs." That was an understatement. Rather than giving up on him, I set out to learn every little thing I could about dog training in order to help this helpless little guy who had a crappy start in life and just needed a little help to get turned around. It took about a year, but he learned how to read other dogs' body language, how to greet other dogs, and how to play with other dogs! He even has an adopted brother that he loves!

The process was so enriching and fulfilling for me, that I knew it was my destiny in life to help as many dogs and humans as I can. I have worked hard everyday to continue to learn the best training methods; my best teachers are, of course, the dogs that I work with - every single one of them has taught me something invaluable. I am grateful for each and every one!

Why should our clients choose you?

I go beyond simple "positive reinforcement" training. I use play-based Concept Dog Training to teach your dog to be Focused, Confident, and Calm. Using 1-3 minute games frequently throughout the day, you will shape your dog's overall behavior, rather than teaching one trick at a time. You will learn how your dog thinks and learns so that you will be able to manage new challenges even after the training program is over.

Can you provide your services online or remotely? If so, please add details.

I am happy to work with you by video - each session will focus on just one exercise however, since mechanics are vitally important to communicate effectively with your dog.

What changes have you made to keep your customers safe from Covid-19?

I am very careful about hygiene standards personally and with clients. We all wear masks 100% of the time and have a window open throughout private session.

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Making sure your pup is trained properly really matters. Without the necessary groundwork, you’re risking your dog’s wellness and security, as well as the safety of any other dogs it comes into contact with. It’s also important your dog is trained so that it can integrate properly with you and your family. Keeping it out of trouble will save you a lot of hassle (and potentially costly repairs too).

Making sure your dog listens to commands is very important. Not only will handling it be less stressful, but it can stop dangerous conflict with other animals. Furthermore, if your dog doesn’t want to listen to you, situations such as dealing with traffic can potentially become fatal. On the upside, having a well-trained pup enables you and your pet to socialise properly with other dogs and their owners.

Having a dog that is obedient means that life around the home becomes plain sailing. With good manners, your dog will be able to tell the difference between right and wrong behaviour, while being able to foster good relationships with other members of your family. These connections can help to build a fruitful relationship with your pet as part of the family. Time well spent together will allow you to both grow together, sharing experiences and creating the type of memories that make having a pet so worth it.

How about becoming an authority figure yourself? Although your trainer will help your dog get up to scratch, they will also teach you a great deal about the fundamentals of dog training. This includes not only how to handle your own dog, but principals that you can use to understand and better interact with other dogs too. Being able to help out less-informed dog owners can be a wonderful gift to have, and something that you can take further if you enjoy it.

Having a well-trained dog also means that taking your pet to the veterinarian will be a lot easier than it would be otherwise. Considering the nature and volume of work that they have to do, being a vet is tough, let alone dealing with an uncooperative pet in their surgery. In some cases, dogs can become violent when approached by a vet – definitely something they don’t need. By having your dog properly trained, you can avoid injuries – for both your dog and your vet – as well as unnecessary embarrassment upon visits.

When hiring someone to train your dog, there is plenty to think about. The needs of both you and your pet have to be considered and so taking some time to sit down and work out what is important to you is a must. Down below are a few of the questions you might ask when it comes to finding the right dog trainer –

Should I go for group or private training? Each comes with pros and cons – those with a brand new dog can expect their pet to socialise and start to develop relationships with other dogs.

Does my dog need generalised training or would training in a specific area suit it better? One example of this is if your dog has an issue with barking, or separation anxiety. In these cases, someone that can specialise in tackling these issues would be optimal.

Do I need long-term training or do I need a quick fix? Goals such as conditioning your dog for agility or developing a routine will need more time with a trainer.

You should also take care to see what type of strategies your trainer uses. There are a wide variety of techniques that can be applied in order to change your dog’s behaviour – but not all of these involve kindness and care. It’s good to talk to prospective trainers about the ways in which they choose to teach your dog, including methods of both discipline and praise. Techniques such as positive reinforcement are very beneficial for dogs and are particularly powerful, while being enjoyable for them.

While your dog is your priority, how you communicate with your trainer is important too. Your trainer’s should be able to translate their understanding into constructive advice. A good trainer can tell you both what is working in terms of training your dog, and what isn’t. This includes passing on insights of what to do to correct certain issues, while conveying these ideas in a constructive, friendly way. In order to do this, a trainer needs to not only be able to express themselves clearly, but also be diplomatic and observant.

There are various ways in which you can choose to train your dog. Some owners opt for private lessons, while others will put their dog through group daycare.

Group sessions are valuable not only because they are more budget friendly, but also because they are better as a long-term option. This is because your pet will have time to get to grips with a wider variety of commands. However one-on-one training provides your dog with lessons that are specially tailored to their needs, helping them learn in the best way for them.

There are also the various levels of obedience training to take into account. As well as classes specifically for puppies, there are basic educational classes, adult training, agility and advanced tutoring. Which of these you go for can affect pricing, as well as how quickly your dog learns (depending on its needs and comprehension).

Yes! You might be surprised to hear that dog training can be done remotely, through online video platforms like Zoom. They can take the form of group sessions or one-to-one classes to tackle certain individual behavioural issues. Many customers prefer online dog training for all sorts of reasons, like saving on travel time and costs.



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