How much will it cost to train my dog?
This really depends on what your goals are for you dog, what you'd like them to learn how to do, what level of training they already have, their energy level, how motivated they are, if they have any fear, or aggression issues and to what level, etc. This is usually a question people would love to know right away, but unfortunately it's impossible to know the answer until we have seen your dog in person. We offer evaluations to determine exactly how much it will cost to get your pup trained to the level that you'd like them to get to. We work with your dog for a few minutes to determine what kind of dog you have. Then we show you one of our trained dogs and the different levels of training, so you can determine what level of training you'd like for them.
I've tried group classes before with no success, what makes you guys different?
We pride ourselves with being able to train dogs in the real world environment. There is no point in teaching your dog to lie down if they only do it when they feel like it. An obedient dog listens all the time because they respect their owner and want to be with them. A majority of trainers out here use the bribery method. Their only way to get a dog to listen is to offer them a treat or a toy. The problem with this method is that eventually the dog will be faced with a distraction that has more value than the reward you are offering them. For instance, your dog may sit for you for a treat in your living room, but then you try and get them to sit outside when dog runs by and they totally ignore you. You see, the treat only had enough value to the dog when there wasn't anything else around. Once distracted, they totally lost interest.
I'm the only trainer here, I do all the training myself as I don't hire anyone else to do the training. I've trained thousands of dogs (literally.) I've been doing this for 20 years and has been the only job I've ever had, I started at a young age working for my dad training the average house pets, and also traveled the world competing in obedience competitions with dogs we've owned and bred. My dog Willy and I won first place in the youth Sieger championships in Europe when I was 15 years old for obedience and protection. A lot of training companies hire people and train them on the job. Usually someone with under a year of experience is training your dog or doing lessons. Dog training isn't something you can master in such a short amount of time.
I can help you get your dog to the level you'd like them to get to in a fraction of the time it would take most other training companies.
Do you believe in giving dogs corrections?
Every dog is different. One dog may be fascinated with birds, another one may be addicted to parking at other dogs. If there is no law and order there is nothing stopping a dog from doing what they want. You may not like the idea of correcting your dog, either because you've seen someone inexperienced give their dog a correction way too hard, therefor scaring their dog into submission,(NOT WHAT WE DO), or you heard another trainer warn against it. The first step of training is the "learning phase." Dog's should never get corrected for something they do not know how to do. Once they learn a command 100 percent, then we introduce light corrections when they refuse to do a command that they already know how to do. All dogs require different levels of corrections. One dog may be very sensitive and nervous. This type of dog would require very little correction, could be in the form of gently tugging your leash with a normal flat collar. But then you may have a dog who wouldn't respond to that level of correction at all. Then what you would have to is tug a bit harder, until you get to a level of correction that gets your pup to respond. Some dogs require a prong collar when you aren't able to give a firm enough correction with a normal flat collar. But the secret is to just give them a correction that is just above their desire to not listen. If you do it too hard they will get scared, if you do it lightly they will ignore you.
What is an e-collar?
An E-Collar is a device a dog wears on their neck just like a normal collar. It provides various levels of stimulation that gets the dogs attention when they are off of a leash. It feels similar to one of those ab workout belts you wear that make your muscles contract. For instance, if you call your dog and they do not hear you, you set the level of stimulus to a level that gets their attention. That way, you have 100 percent control of your pup while they are enjoying being off leash. This device has to be used by someone who has been trained how to use it. I see inexperienced people setting the level too high and scaring their dog. When used properly this is a great tool for letting your dog be off leash!
Will my dog need an e-collar their entire life?
Dogs are living creatures, they may not hear you when called if they are very distracted. For instance if a dog runs up to your dog and you call them, they may not pay attention to you. An E-Collar solves this problem. When your dog is off leash in an area with a lot going on, they need the E-Collar in case a distraction comes around. When you dog is in the house or back yard, it is not necessary to wear it.
Do you guarantee results?
Getting an obedient dog is a team effort between me and you. Once the dog is trained by me I then work with you to show you how to enforce what your dog has learned. If you choose not to enforce the rules your dog will only listen when they want to. So getting your dog to be consistently obedient means you have to be consistent yourself. With that being said, it would be unethical to offer any kind of money back guarantee.