Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer group classes?
No. All of our training programs are conducted privately in the convenience of your home. This enables us to design the programs around your dog's needs and temperament.
When are sessions offered?
We offer appointment times Monday through Friday, beginning at 9:00 am and throughout the day, with our last session beginning at 5:00 pm. In certain situations, we may take appointments as late as 6:00 pm.
How long are the sessions?
Each session is designed to last approximately one hour. However, the lesson may be a little shorter or longer, depending on how quickly both the dog and the owner pick up the skills that are being taught. We charge per session, not per hour.
How often do we meet?
For our Basic and Advanced Obedience courses, we meet once a week. For Behavior Therapy and other specific problems, the number of sessions needed is determined by the trainer after consultation with the owner.
How much does the training cost?
Our cost schedule depends on many factors - especially the type of training program needed. To receive a price quote for your dog's training needs, please visit the section of our web site entitled Request Pricing/Survey.
What training methods do you use?
Our obedience programs are designed using a combination of positive reinforcement training to teach the dog what is expected of him, and gentle corrective techniques to enable the owner to control their dog if he disobeys.
We never strike a dog in any way, nor do we use choke or "pinch" type collars designed to inflict pain. Many dogs complete their training never requiring the use of any corrective collar. Depending on your dog's temperament we may suggest the use of a head halter (Halti, Gentle Leader) or a Martingale collar. These collars are not used for punishment, but rather for safety so that your dog does not slip out of his regular collar if he attempts to pull away while outside. They can also ensure that you don't need traction if you have a large, strong dog who can pull your shoulder out of joint!
How old must my dog be to start training?
Because this is not a group class and your dog will not be exposed to other animals, it is not necessary to wait until the dog's inoculations are complete. Our gentle training methods are very conducive to puppies learning, so we can start training as soon as you would like after bringing your puppy home. Starting early enables us to start the pup on a proper housebreaking program as well as ensure bad habits like jumping and chewing never have the chance to develop into major problems.
And keep in mind that your dog is never too old to learn either. As long as a dog is physically healthy, and as long as the owner is willing to put in the time and effort necessary, any dog can be trained.
Is there a guarantee?
As much as we would like to, we can not offer a written guarantee of results. What we can guarantee is your trainer will be professionally educated and experienced in the most current, humane methods of canine training. Your trainer will teach you and your dog the skills you both need to accomplish your goals. However, it is up to you to practice what is learned. Dogs learn through repetition, and owners also need to practice the correct way to handle their dogs. We can't make you practice, but we can assure you that if you put in the necessary time and effort, you will get the results you desire.
My dog has bitten someone - is there any hope, or must he be put down?
Euthanasia should be considered a last resort, not a quick fix for a problem behavior. Aggression can be caused by many varied factors, most of which can be helped with the appropriate behavioral therapy techniques. Diagnosis of your dog's problem and prognosis for his improvement can be determined by your trainer within our Behavior Therapy Program.
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