Below you’ll find a list of some of the common questions that I receive. Whether your question is about a specific training tools, our experience, or the benefits of pet obedience, we’re sure we can help you get the answers you need.
WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO PET TRAINING?
I fully believe that dogs learn best when they feel safe, so I strive to set an example of what training should look like at it's core. A bonding relationship, free of aversive measures, full of trust, and most importantly, a deep understanding of your dog and the way they see the world around them. When you understand your dogs way of thinking, you can teach them through any situation.
WHICH OF YOUR SERVICES IS RIGHT FOR ME?
That depends on your personal needs. Whether you have a puppy who needs to socialize or a severely anxious and aggressive dog, we can work with them. If you aren't sure what you should do, feel free to message me on the contact page and I can help you decide.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 4 WEEK PROGRAM, 6 WEEK PROGRAM, AND GROUP CLASSES?
The 4 Week Program and 6 Week Program aren't that different, both offer tailored options if needed, but in the specific set of obedience curriculum they vary slightly. They both cover the same basics, but the 6 WP gives us a few more commands to work on because of the extra time, while the 4WP loses a few commands due to time constraint.
The Group Classes are classes with other people and other dogs. They are not tailored and are only available in the 6 week format. They come with a specific set of commands that everyone will learn together.
DO YOU USE ANY E-COLLARS OR AVERSIVE MEASURES
Never. I have found that they are unnecessary when doing Obedience Training. I think they are a lazy way to train because you aren't actually teaching the dog what you want, you are only punishing them for things they don't understand are wrong. They have also been linked to aggression, anxiety, and other psychological issues that make them a non-option for me as an obedience trainer.
Instead, I teach them the behaviors that I want, and use force free natural consequences to their actions. (ie: the more you pull the less we walk)
HOW DO I KNOW IF CL DOG TRAINING IS RIGHT FOR ME?
I think one of the best way's is to request a free consultation. It's an easy way to get to know me as a trainer and discuss your training needs, without paying before hand.
I also have a 93% rate of repeat clients. These are clients that I work with a minimum of 3 times, but often it is closer to 6+ times.
WHAT DO I NEED FOR MY TRAINING CLASSES?
You'll need a reliable collar or harness, a harness is recommended. A non retractable leash and some treats! It is recommended to have a few different flavors so your pup doesn't get bored with the flavors.