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The average price of a Dog Trainer in North Carolina is $830

Compared to a national average of $1,100

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Darbs 'n Dogs

I began my professional career working with dogs in 2014 while I was in school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I started out simply walking dogs to make some extra money, but that quickly turned into a full-time job. I have been working professionally with dogs for over six years now, and I have been training dogs for three. I have worked diligently to create trusting relationships with hundreds of clients and their dogs. I take pride in my reputation as a positive, kind, loving, and trustworthy professional, which I have created by providing exceptional dog training services for all of my clients and their dogs. I am a positive dog trainer, which means that I teach your dogs through positive reinforcement, and NEVER use anything that will harm your dog or make him/her uncomfortable - No shock collars, prong collars, electric collars, leash jerking, yelling, corrections, or any other aversive tool or method of any kind. I have taught dogs basic obedience through puppy training, taught dogs to walk politely on a leash, helped dogs to cope with severe aggression and anxiety, taught advanced obedience concepts, and helped dogs to overcome destructive chewing, excessive digging, barking, jumping up, and more. I have worked with dogs of all sizes, ages, temperaments, and needs, including over 75 different dog breeds. I am confident that I can teach your dog anything you would like him/her to learn. Please do not hesitate to contact me via phone (910-916-0845), email (darby@darbsndogs.com), or here on Bark. You can also visit my website www.darbsndogs.com - Thanks so much!

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What do you love most about your job?

I commonly tell people that I think that dogs are one of, if not the greatest contributor to human wellbeing and happiness there was, is, or will ever be. I consider it a privilege to spend each day with dogs and make the lives of the dog and the owner better as a result.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I started Darbs ‘n Dogs because I love dogs.

Well, everyone loves dogs, right?

Sure. Most people probably would say that they like or love dogs when asked. I mean something a little different.

While I was in college, I had a friend named Bre. She was my workout partner and one of my best friends. One night while we were training she brought up that she walked dogs in her spare time. I thought it sounded cool, but I didn’t really see it as anything more than a “side-gig” or a way to make some extra money.

Fast-forward to about a year later, I applied for a job as a dog walker and sitter for a phenomenal local business in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After a month-long interview and background check process, I was hired. This was the first time I realized that perhaps this dog-walking thing was more serious than I had thought.

I got one client, then I got two clients, and three, and after three months I had a full schedule, often times walking seven or eight dogs a day, seven days a week. It went from “cool part time job” to “Holy cow I’m busy, but I love this, and I can make a living doing it?!?!”

Sure it wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows – often times it was rainy and rather miserable outside – but still, I got to spend my days with dogs and I was getting paid to do it. I LOVED it! Before long, I was reading books about dog breeds, behavior, history, biology, and training, and I of course was observing and working with dogs for 10 hours a day, or so. After several years, I eventually got to the point where other people started to notice my connection to dogs. I did not believe or acknowledge it at first, not even second or third—after about 20 people mentioned my “connection” to dogs, I came to acknowledge that it was real. That is what I mean when I say I LOVE dogs. Dogs seem to be naturally drawn to me, and I to them. I am able to communicate with dogs in a way that is effective and clear, enabling me to train dogs to do anything dogs are capable of learning.

Over an almost six year period, I learned many of the various nuances of dog walking, I learned to train dogs, I developed lifelong friendships with many of my clients, and I gained experience working with over 75 breeds of dogs of all sizes, ages, and temperaments. I also developed a reverence for the trust that my clients placed in me to care for and train their dogs. I took great pride in the reliable and exceptional service that I provided for each of my clients and their dogs, and those things continue to be of utmost importance to me today.

I incorporated Darbs ‘n Dogs in 2016 but for a number of reasons, Darbs ‘n Dogs did not officially launch until February 14, 2020. Darbs ‘n Dogs looks like and technically is a one-man show, but I (Darby; Ahm… Darbs) could not do it without the support of my wonderful family, friends, and clients. I think that dogs are one of, if not the greatest contributor to human wellbeing and happiness there was, is, or will ever be. I consider it a privilege to work with dogs each day and I am truly grateful for the gift each and every dog is to the world.

Why should our clients choose you?

Darbs 'n Dogs is a local, family-owned business dedicated to reliable, exceptional service that you can trust. Dogs seem to be naturally drawn to me, and I to them - I am able to communicate with dogs in a way that is effective and clear, enabling me to train dogs to do anything dogs are capable of learning. I use positive training methods ONLY and I focus on teaching your dog through operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, rather than punishing him/her when he/she does something wrong. I never use anything that would harm your dog or make him/her uncomfortable. Positive Training is scientifically proven to be the most effective and enjoyable method of training dogs, and it is also the only ethical way to do it. I teach you and your dog how to thrive together in a fun, positive way at a price that is unmatched in value. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions you may have - I am always available via phone, email, or here on Bark. Thanks so much!

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What are the problematic dog behaviors?

Barking, Pulling lead

What type of dog training do you need?

Behavioral Modification, Obedience

What are the dog(s) age(s) (select all that apply)?

3+ years

Which locations would you consider?

I would like to discuss with the Pro

Which type(s) of training would you consider?

Private lessons

What is the breed of the dog(s)?

Golden mix

Do you have any additional details

She’s a very sweet girl. She listens well. She has car anxiety and is hard to transport. She dies not walk well on leash.... pulls and barks and growls at other dogs.

What are the problematic dog behaviors?

Aggression towards dogs, Anxiety, Pulling lead

What type of dog training do you need?

Manners Training, Obedience

What are the dog(s) age(s) (select all that apply)?

1-2 years

Which locations would you consider?

I would like to discuss with the Pro

Which type(s) of training would you consider?

Private lessons

What is the breed of the dog(s)?

Shepherd mix

Do you have any additional details

He was a rescue and is a very fearful dog. has had some training but needs more for walking on a leash and interacting with other dogs and people.

What are the problematic dog behaviors?

Aggression towards dogs, Anxiety, Barking, Pulling lead

What type of dog training do you need?

Behavioral Modification, Manners Training, Obedience

What are the dog(s) age(s) (select all that apply)?

3+ years

How would you like to receive this service, remotely or in-person?

I don’t mind, either are fine

Which locations would you consider?

I would like to discuss with the Pro

Which type(s) of training would you consider?

Private lessons, Group classes, Board and train program

What is the breed of the dog(s)?

Australian Shepherd mix

Do you have any additional details

My dog gets very anxious on leash when there is another dog come toward us. She will start to whine when she sees them, then barks and pulls when they get closer.

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