Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why do you NOT offer Private training?
A: I did many years of private training services, but I found that without the accountability of weekly classes, most owners struggled to see any change in the home once I left the session. Also, these private training clients wanted to address just one or two things at home, but they were missing the fact that it is all connected. Without a strong working knowledge of the Basics, there was no guarantee that their dogs would take them seriously on the behavioral issues they were seeking help with.
I was also teaching Obedience classes as a group class, but I found that the ability for them to be successful was in questions as they didn't have the skills necessary to show the dogs how to do the basics as they were struggling with behavioral problems (like jumping up on people or furniture, barking, running away when called, etc.) and the dogs were not taking them seriously.
That is why I now teach the combined classes of basics (Levels 1-4) and my Feisty Fido's and Cautious Canine behavioral camps to address all the other concerns.
Q: What if I feel like my dog is too Aggressive or shy to be in a group setting? (Leash Reactive, Dog-to-Dog, Dog-to-People, Resource Guarding, Fence Fighting, shyness, etc)?'
A: Many dogs are reactive to a situation like strange people or on leash or Barrier greetings. This is better described as a dog who perceives a "threat" and becomes reactive to stop the threat from coming any closer (It is a coping skill that the dog has developed to "save" it's self. Or at least that is what the dog is thinking in it's mind).
Explained: Even the most reactive dog can be successfully introduced to a previously unthinkable situation, if done by someone who has experience in doing so. I have several years of Dog Daycare introductions and I have worked with many clients who have come to me to do just that..... so I am confident that I can help. If you have serious concerns, I would be willing to do a "30min/in-office" evaluation for $45. This will allow me to see your concerns, plus I will apply the fee towards a membership if you wish to sign up for a class.
Q: How about "Board and Train" services?
A: I do not offer "Board and Train" as I hope to save you $ and get lasting results. Some trainers will charge hundreds of dollars to take your pet into their own home and work on things, but rarely does it transfer over to the owner once they are reunited.
Explained: I feel that training a dog can be easily accomplished by someone with the experience and know how. The challenge is creating lasting results in your home. This relies on me doing my job to educate and train you and your family and together we make the change.
How Levels training works (brief overview). See more Q and A below or check out my Services page for more information.
I offer several classes per week and your membership IS NOT limited to one class per week. You can be attending up to 2-3 classes per week! Find out how!! (keep reading)
Once you have met the requirements to move up a to Level 2, then feel free to do so. But you don't have to stop coming to the lower Level class. Next, you will be wanting to move up to Level 3 and so on. Plus, come to the Feisty Fido/Cautious Canine camps for any behavioral concerns. This allows us to discuss and work on specific behaviors you are dealing with outside of the basics.
You can be attending several classes per week for the same membership fee. This gives you much more class time than most 8 week/once per week classes.
Q: What is your training approach and philosophy?
A: I help you understand what is involved with making real change in your dog's life by changing your approach to training. I offer an Orientation night that will change the way you look at your training approach and help you understand "The Language of Dogs". Once you better understand and can work with your dog, the faster and more solid the change will be. You cannot "will" something to get better. You must learn how to understand the reason for the problem, and then fix it. Are you ready? I am here each step to help you make it happen.
Basic obedience commands such as "Sit", "Down", "Come", and "Stay" are achieved by using “lures” and “shaping”. Students will use positive reinforcement for successive approximations of each correct response the dog gives. Owners are encouraged to use, and will be show how to use, hand signals. This allows dogs to freely choose to do each behavior with encouragement and limited corrections.
Behavioral concerns such as ; destructive behaviors, potty training, jumping, barking and any other unwanted behaviors, are best corrected and prevented with a greater understanding of your dogs basic needs. Orientation class will help familiarize you with those needs and get you on the path for addressing any issues as they come up.
Behavioral modification for things such as resource guarding(food aggression etc.) , aggression towards other dogs or people, and any major behavioral concern can also be corrected and prevented by learning why your dog does these behaviors and how to go about making improvements in your daily life. My Canine behavioral camps and my group classes will provide apple time to explore and work with a wide variety of issues. I have worked with everything under the sun. Aggression (dog/people/resources) is fixable! There are no lost dogs, just unwilling change.
Q: What type of classes or sessions do you offer?
A: I offer a unique approach to training that addresses ALL of your concerns with my "levels training" classes and camps. Owners are encouraged to get involved with a group class and explore all of the various classes that are offered which will give you the tools to correct many of your concerns. The mandatory *Orientation class will prepare you for the work ahead and you get to progress at your own "level" during the entire course of your membership.
My *Feisty Fido and *Cautious Canine Dog camps will help you get to the place where your dog will be welcome in the group levels classes.
Private training sessions are available if it is determined that the Orientation night, Feisty Fido's/Cautious Canine camps, and Levels classes do not fit your dogs needs. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about private training.
*Registration is required for all Orientation classes and canine camps.
Q: Are children welcome in the classes?
A: Yes, the whole family is welcome and encouraged to attend our Orientation Night and regular Levels classes. Children under 10 may be too young to pay attention and understand the training approaches. Please find child care if you have young children. It is important that you are able to focus on the information given out during our time together.
All children are asked not to interact with the other dogs and must remain beside an adult at all times. No children allowed in our Feisty Fido's or Cautious Canine dog camps please.
Q: How old does my dog have to be to come to class?
A: I prefer your puppy is at least 4-5 months. All dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations (Please consult with your veterinarian).
Training concerns earlier than 4 months old can be accomplished by e-mailing me at email@example.com
That way I can begin giving you tips and ideas on things that you can start working on in the short term. I offer many resources and share with you lots of helpful tips that will get you through those wonderful, but sometimes frustrating and difficult times.
Q: How does your "levels" training classes work?
A: I offer a unique kind of training classes which offers maximum flexibility. You get a membership for a specific time period (of your choice) which allows you to attend classes that fit your dog's skill level and your personal schedule. The program has four levels, each with its own skills and requirements. All dogs start in Level One and move up at their own pace. You can attend any class at or below your dog's assigned level. The benefits of levels training are numerous!
-You can get two (or even three) times as much training in the same period of time, as our classes are offered more than once a week.
- Orientation classes start approximately every month, so there is little wait to enroll your dog in a class.
-All dogs in each level are at a similar "level" in training, so you never feel like you are "behind".
-You can work at your own skill level for as long as necessary. You can also revisit any level, Orientation, and even attend any of the canine camps to brush up on your skills.
-You can take time off; if you have a busy week or illness, and return at the same level you left off at without fear of falling behind!