FAQ

Q: How do I know which training option is best?
A: Generally speaking, the longer the program, the better, because your dog will get more practice—but a long program isn’t always necessary. If you don’t mind investing some time yourself, private sessions and day train sessions can be very successful. We can set up a free consultation to help you choose a program.
Q: Do private sessions cost more if I have multiple dogs?
A: No! Many trainers charge per dog, but I have opted to charge based on time invested. Ultimately, you will purchase the amount of time we need to train all dogs involved. How much time that will be is dependent upon the dogs’ ability to advance and the amount of time you invest in between sessions.
Q: Do you offer support after a board & train?
A: Absolutely! All programs come with some private session time included in the price. The longer programs come with more session time. I am always happy to support my clients by answering their questions and helping them problem solve any issues after their dog goes home.
Q: Do you offer a guarantee?
A: No. Dogs are living organisms with minds of their own! While most dogs can be trained to a high level of reliability, even the best trained dogs can make bad decisions. Also, a big part of your dog’s success is dependent upon your willingness and ability to adhere strictly to the same protocols I use and teach you during our private session time. I do, however, go out of my way to ensure my clients are satisfied with the results.
Q: Do you use “positive only” methods?
A: It depends on what we are training and what level of understanding the dog has at the time. We initially train obedience commands using positive reinforcement methods, specifically, clicker training. Once the dog is fluent and practiced, we will eventually introduce appropriate corrections for non-compliance—otherwise, many dogs will choose to only comply sometimes, significantly lowering their level of reliability when it matters the most.

If your dog exhibits any unwanted behaviors, we use fair and appropriate corrections to reduce and eliminate the behavior. Then we can reward them for making better decisions! This solidly forms new habits. A big part of what we do is educating owners on how to do this at home.
Q: Why do you use remote collars?
A: Modern remote collars are incredibly versatile! They may be the single most valuable tool in dog training. We only use 2 brands of remote collar. They have a minimum of 100 levels of stimulation, making them perfect for all types of dogs, and a minimum of a half mile range.

Low level stimulation is not painful and allows us one more very valuable way to communicate with and motivate the dog during training. Especially nervous and fearful dogs! Remote collars offer owners the ability to communicate with their dog off-leash, whether it is a low-level reminder or a higher level of correction that you need in a given situation. I never recommend that a dog be off-leash without e-collar training! It gives you peace of mind that you’ll be able to keep your dog and everyone around you safer.
Q: I heard remote collars make dogs aggressive. Is this true?
A: No. I have never seen it. I suspect it is possible, but you would have to work at it. Those types of statements are usually ideologically driven, and not based in reality. As with all tools, we provide lots of training. The tool itself won’t do the training. Your dog should have a full understanding of what the stimulation is and how to respond to it. However, if you make an occasional mistake, it will not harm your dog or the training.
Q: How does the “day train” program work?
A: I take your dog for the day and have several sessions with them while they are here. I have a short session with you at the end of the day to cover what the dog learned, and how you can work on it at home. Most people drop off and pick up their dog themselves. I can also provide transport for a nominal fee. Day train is a minimum of 3 hours, and a maximum of 10.