Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the benefits of having a trained dog?
Training opens up a line of communication between you and your dog. This gives you the ability to educate the dog on how they can most successfully co-exist within your family. Being able to enjoy activities like hosting friends at your home, taking walks, running through fields, hiking and going to the beach are some of the benefits that our clients regularly get to enjoy.
Will my dog still be playful after training?
Yes! We want to help your dog be better, not break his or her spirit. Training is simply a way to learn how to communicate effectively with your dog. It does not (should not!) change your dog’s personality. You will see that there must be a time for work and focus, but equally important is a time to let loose and have fun.
How much do I need to practice?
Training a dog takes time and repetition, and your goal should be to train every day. Although this may seem daunting, we say take 5-10 minutes of training at each meal will make a huge difference. If you can train more, that’s even better. But remember, to keep training sessions short 5-10mins at time. And be sure to use every interaction with your dog as an opportunity to reinforce what you have already trained.
At what age should training begin?
Training begins the moment that you bring your dog home. Dogs are always learning so having a well thought out plan from day 1 is highly recommended. We encourage pet owners to begin working with a professional between 8-12weeks to prevent behavioral issues from occurring, however it is never too late to start training your dog.
Is it really worth the investment?
There are other options with other companies that we offer too, but have taking time and tailored ourselves down to one core program that we feel gives you the best results. By having the opportunity to train with you we really get to know you and your dog.
For some people this is a situation where spending money can save you money. We have had owners report thousands of dollars worth of damages due to potty problems, chewing, injuries, and destruction prior to seeking out training.
And finally, training is a gift that increase happiness and decreases stress for both you and your dog. With a well behaved dog you can have more enjoyable visits from friends and family; less worry when you leave your home; pleasant walks and vet visits - the list goes on.
There are many reasons why people find training a very worth while investment.
So is it worth it? That’s a personal choice. We hope you think so!