Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to train my dog?
Unfortunately, there is no way to know the absolute answer to that question. It depends on many factors such as the amount of time your dog has spent engaging in unwanted behaviors as well as your willingness and consistency practicing, training and applying the information given to you. We do not wish to sell you endless packages and sessions. Our purpose is to adequately coach you to reach your specific goals as quickly and efficiently as possible while considering both your capabilities and your dog's. We will provide you with as much information as you can handle.
What is the difference between Obedience Training and Behavior Modification?
While both Obedience and Behavior Modification may have similarities, they are very different. The goal of Obedience Training focuses on teaching one or more of the following commands SIT, DOWN, COME, PLACE (go to your bed) and HEEL (walk beside me). Behavior Modification deals with moderate to severe issues such as Unruliness, Separation Anxiety, Aggression, Fears and Phobias, Dominance, Socializing and other behavioral problems that hinder a normal life with your dog. Obedience plays a very significant role in Behavior Modification, but Obedience alone cannot address the underlying causes associated with common behavior problems.
Can you take my dog, train him/her and bring them back (Board & Train)
Yes we can. Although we do recommend Private Training. The reason is that you, your lifestyle, your habits, body language, routine and more are some of the most important aspects of training. Without you in the picture, your dog will only learn to follow the rules and boundaries of the trainer, while also developing a bond/relationship with them. Once back at home, your dog will (sooner or later) continue to display the same unwanted behaviors if you cannot or do not conform to the proper way of handling your dog. Our goal is to teach both you and your dog simultaneously as a team while building and strengthening YOUR relationship with your dog. Speak with Antonio and he will help you decide if this is the best option for both you and your dog
Do you use prong or electric collars?
Yes, but it is not required for any type of training and many of our clients never need to use those tools. We have complete knowledge and understanding of the proper use, function and purpose of these collars and others alike. While we typically start training with a Slip Leash, another training collar may be suggested to help you reach your goals or for possible safety reasons. It is our obligation to inform you of all options and tools available and it is ultimately your choice on which direction you choose to go. We are here to teach, guide, inform and empower you, not to force you to use a training tool or condemn you for not wanting to.
Do you have breed, size or age restrictions?
No, we have no restrictions at all. However, if our trainer concludes that your dog is a danger or threat to the trainer, themselves, another person or animal, the trainer may terminate training, either temporarily or indefinitely, at their discretion. The safety of our trainers, clients, client dogs and others takes precedence in any and all situations.
Is my dog too old to be trained?
No. We have worked with young and old dogs alike with great success. However, the amount of time your dog has spent practicing an unwanted behavior does get taken into account when trying to change the behavior, as we could be met with more resistance from your dog.
When should I start training my puppy?
As soon as you pick them up. Puppies are absorbing information about their world from the day they are born. When you get them at 8+ weeks, they are little sponges soaking up everything. Training starts ASAP.
What methods do you use?
Balanced Rewards Based Training. This means that the learning process is heavily influenced by rewarding the behaviors we want, but still allows for corrections (punishment) as needed. Generally speaking, the ratio of rewards to punishment is 90% rewards and 10% corrections/punishment. Keep in mind that "punishment" is typically a leash or collar correction and can also be a verbal reprimand or even a loud clap or discouraging noise. It does not always refer to physical punishment and it never means excessive scolding, alpha rolling or striking your dog.