Frequently Asked Questions
What if I am unhappy with the training results? Is there a guarantee?
While I cannot guarantee that your dog will listen 100% reliably once his or her training is over, the dogs that complete my training programs consistently demonstrate remarkable improvements in their behavior. A well-trained dog should remain responsive as long as the owner remains consistent, and no health or confusing environmental issues arise to distract the animal. Should future issues arise, I am here for the lifetime of the dog to assist you in diagnosing the problem whether that’s through phone consults, or group improvement classes. Check out the many testimonials from happy clients on our testimonies page.
Do you use any other training tools?
While I primarily use the e-Collar, there are a variety of other tools available when necessary, such as buckle collars, martingales, prong collars, and other. I also use treats for motivation and reward. Dog training, like most things, requires balance, and I reward dogs for good behaviors along with correcting unhealthy habits.
Can I visit my dog during his training?
While I would never absolutely forbid a visit while your dog is undergoing training, it is in the dog’s best interest if you can refrain. It is important for the dog to temporarily bond with my family and me, and look to us to meet his or her needs during the short time of its stay with us. If you come and go, the dog is more likely to worry and fret over you, negatively affecting its sense of well-being and ability to respond in a relaxed, natural manner. You can be assured that your pet will receive a great deal of attention and affection while in my care, and you will be sent picture texts and videos to keep you up to date with what he or she is doing and learning.
How much of a time investment will I have to put in once my dog is trained and is there anything I need to do while my dog is being trained?
I strive to create a dog training program that helps you get your dog into the best possible space he or she can be in, in as short a time frame as possible. I know how difficult it is to live with a dog who doesn’t understand commands, is rude and disrespectful, or whose behaviors are less than ideal. In order to permanently resolve problems, I need to do more than just treat some of the symptoms. Getting to the root of the problem may require some patience, as well as the ability of pet owners to learn from constructive criticisms. I may ask owners to make some slight changes in the home while the dog is in training, and provide some videos of their or other dogs to demonstrate how to ensure optimal responses. I will provide the tools and knowledge you will need to continue with what your dog has learned. I provide free lifetime support, as well as an ongoing weekly improvement class that helps to refresh the dogs’ new skills if necessary. If dog owners take advantage of all the resources we offer, they will acquire the knowledge, tools and skills to ensure their pet’s best behavior.
What makes your training more special or different than other trainers?
I am committed to helping each pet owner achieve the best possible relationship with his or her dog. I have over 20 years experience working with all types of dogs and their owners. Most people seek the assistance of a trainer when they realize their current approach is not working, and they do not know how to achieve the desired behavior from their dog. My goal is to help you establish the healthiest, most enjoyable relationship possible with your pet. This means earning and keeping the trust of your pet, which is very important to me, as well as providing the information and tools you need to replicate the healthy habits I create. I welcome each dog I train into my home and family, treating them with the same care and affection that my own pets delight in. Should further training be required, the dog will return to a warm, familiar environment in which he or she will feel safe and loved. I am committed to your dog for life, as it becomes not just another ‘client’ but a real friend. I care about your success and will always be available to help you with questions and concerns. Should a question arise that I don’t know how to deal with, I will seek the assistance of other trained professionals in order to give you and your pet the best opportunity to enjoy a healthy, happy life together.
How much time will you work with my dog each day?
Your dog will live in the home with us. This immersion is what assures the best possible results for your dog. While your dog is in my care, training takes place any time he or she is out of the crate. Dogs are only in their crates when we are sleeping or going somewhere that doesn’t allow dogs. The dogs are expected to behave, be respectful, and have good manners at all times, ensuring that their training is constant. There is a lot of playtime with other dogs, with my kids, and with me, but even during play the dogs are expected to have good behavior, thus their training is reinforced in natural and delightful ways.
Do I use shock collars?
The primary tool that I use is the e-Collar, as, in my experience, it has proven to deliver the best results. The e-Collar, by avoiding any delay between the offense and the correction, prevents confusion and uncertainty in dogs about what is expected from them. It also avoids the emotional stress to persons or pets that physical punishment often incurs. e-collars meet the stringent standards of professionals who are deeply concerned about the health and safety of the animals they work with. Unlike most traditional “shock collars” e-Collars use a form of stimulus that targets the neck muscles of the dog, mimicking the training methods of their mother. The latest technology allows for a wide pulse stimulation that provides a muscle reflex response rather than the jerking response found in the narrow pulse stimulation systems of old-style ‘shock’ collars. My first concern is the best interest of the dog, and I feel that E-Collar Technologies provides the best and safest training collar.
Do you use the vibrate or tone on the ecollar?
I only use the ‘momentary’ and ‘constant’ stimulation buttons on the e-Collar. There are many great uses for the ‘tone’ and the ‘vibrate’ modes, but these go beyond the degree of training my programs are designed to offer. If a dog is trained with only the ‘vibrate’ mode the untrained owner will have no other options if the pets suddenly decides not to respond. I train dogs with the stimulation of the e-Collar so we can be assured that they will continue to listen and respond to their owners even in unfamiliar and distracting circumstances.
My dog is shy, fearful, and/or nervous. Will ecollar training make things worse?
I have never had a dog become shyer, more nervous or more fearful after completing my training programs. In fact, the opposite is nearly always the case. Dogs who are shy become exuberant; dogs who are nervous gain confidence; and dogs who are fearful gain courage. The e-Collar allows dogs to learn how to relax, have fun and enjoy being dogs. This frequently leads to newfound confidence and calmness. It still delights me to watch dogs who were once labeled as fearful become dogs who are the first to greet new training dogs, approach strangers, or lay calmly in a busy public place. Becoming your dog’s leader, with the use of the e-Collar and our training programs, gives your pet the assurance of always knowing what to expect, and of understanding what you expect. This elimination of confusion and uncertainty is often all that is required to allow a dog to relax and enjoy being a dog. I have never seen an e-Collar make a dog’s temperament or habits worsen. In my experience, they are the most effective tools in giving dogs a new lease on life.
My dog has bitten people and/or other dogs. Could you work with him/her?
Dogs with a bite history of either people or other dogs are often not a good fit for our programs. This is mostly due to the fact that the dogs live in the home with my family. I have to protect the other dogs and people who live here. About 50% of the dogs I work with do nip, jump, or otherwise scare people, and these issues are not what I am referring to. It is dogs who have actually bitten to hurt someone or attacked another dog and caused wounds that I will most likely be unable to assist. If you are wondering if your dog is a good fit for our programs, please contact me. We can arrange a time to meet so that I can better evaluate your dog.
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