Can you help me with ___________?
After over a decade of working with dogs and their owners, there isn't much we haven't seen. We adapt our programs to every dog and owner, so you get long-lasting results.
If you haven't worked with a professional trainer, or you have only worked with punishment-based methods, there is room for improvement!
How many lessons will it take?
Our goal is to teach you how to train your dog succesfully and with long-term results. How quickly that plan delivers the desired results depends on many factors including:
- Type and intensity of the problem
- Current level of training
- Your time and commitment
Training a dog requires both mechanical skill and a basic understanding of dog behavior, including the ability to read dog body language. Private lessons are about teaching YOU these skills, while you practice with your dog. The real dog training takes place outside of the lessons, in your home or on walks.
Do you guarantee results?
Results are not simply dependent on the knowledge and skill of the trainer, but many factors, including the dog's overall temperament (genetics), health and the commitment of the owner.
If you have limited time to practice with your dog on a daily basis, or if you are inconsistent with the methods, you won't get the same results as dog owners who follow the training program as outlined.
For these reasons, such guarantees are unethical and restricted by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, as well as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. We do, however, guarantee that you will be happy with our services.
Why won't you come to my home for lessons?
Many owners find it convenient to have a trainer come to their home, but it is not necessarily more beneficial. Starting your dog's training program at our training center minimizes the many distractions that can occur at home and cut into your lesson time.
There are some cases in which it is necessary to schedule a lesson in the home once you and your dog have learned the foundational skills necessary for success at the training center.
How can you help me if you don't see what my dog does at home?
After working with over 3,000 dogs, 150 breeds, and a vast array of behavior problems, there isn't much we haven't seen. In addition, some problems (such as aggression) are so severe that once the dog is provoked into the behavior, the opportunity for learning has passed, resulting in nothing more than an expensive demonstration.
Having a thorough understanding of dog behavior and a variety of practical solutions for preventing problems means we don't always need to see your dog's bad behavior in action in order to provide you with solutions.
Can I contact you outside of the training sessions?
Of course! We will provide support by phone or email if you have questions or problems at any point in your dog's training, which may continue long after our training program has ended. Due to the nature of our business, we may not always be immediately available to answer the phone, but we will return your call/email within 2 business days, at the latest.
Do you use shock collars?
We will never employ or endorse the use of shock collars. Read why.
Will you tell me to put my dog to sleep?
We will not tell any dog owner to euthanize their dog. We strongly believe euthanasia or rehoming is a personal choice to be made by owners after considering all factors, including severity and predictability of behavior, response to training, effective management and potential liability.
Our role is to provide the owner with a clear view of those factors. If euthanasia or rehoming is being considered by the owner, we can offer consultation and appropriate referrals for additional opinions, as necessary.