Q: Is my dog too old to train?
A: No dog is ever too old to learn new things. I've learned that if you, as the owner, can change how you interact with your dog, then the dog will change its behavior no matter the age of the dog.
Q: I know I need to socialize my puppy, but I'm afraid of my puppy getting sick if I take him out.
A: This is a real dilemma for many owners. I could go on for pages about the importance of proper socialization and how to socialize your puppy. There is a risk, but there is also a huge benefit to early socialization. Socialization is not just getting your puppy out to experience the world, it's about providing "positive" experiences that are safe and fun. All puppies must be on a proper vaccination schedule to reduce their risk contacting a disease. In the end it's your decision, but for me and my own dogs the benefit of early socialization outweighs the risk. Please contact me with questions on this important topic.
Q: How long will training take?
A: I can never really answer this because there are so many variables in each environment & with each dog. Following my "Rules of Dog Training" really will make training go faster. Also remember before your dog can change a behavior, you must change how you react to that behavior.
Q: Do I have to use treats when training?
A: The dog decides what "motivates" him or her to work with us. Most dogs enjoy a combination of treats, toys, encouragement & love. Some dogs don't like treats, some don't like toys, some don't like being petted, it's up to us to figure out what they enjoy.
Q: What type of equipment do I need?
A: Equipment depends upon the dog & the person handling the dog. For many dogs I like to use the Premier No-Pull Harness. It's secure, comfortable, easy to put on & gives more control than just a collar. A 6' long leash, I prefer leather, but nylon is OK. For boundary training or distance obedience work a 15' long line is best.
Q: How much does training cost?
A: My rates are hourly, please contact me for specifics.
I welcome any & all of your questions, please fill out the contact request on my home page with your questions.