We know that there are a lot of choices available to you when you are looking to hire a dog trainer. Listed below are the key factors that make our training programs much more successful than the others that are out there.
When interviewing prospective trainers, you should ask them to discuss each of these factors so that you can understand what you will really be receiving with their programs.
.. We teach a leadership based methodology.
.. We do the training in your dog’s territory.
.. We don’t leave you dependent on gadgets, devices or treats.
.. We don’t limit the number of sessions provided.
.. We provide documentation for every lesson that we cover.
.. We provide lifetime support.
A Leadership Methodology
It’s really the only way that a dog should be trained.
If you don’t establish leadership with your dog, you will end up being dependent on treats or gadgets.
You’ll be told to spray them in the face with water, shake a can of rocks at them, hurt them with a choke chain or hurt them with a shock collar.
Leadership does not mean physical dominance or physical force. A good leadership methodology will teach you to elevate yourself above your dog in a natural, dog-friendly way that they understand and accept. It will teach them to look to you for their cues on how to behave. They’ll want to please.
When a trainer uses choke chains or shock collars, they are looking for a quick fix to a behavior by hurting your dog into submission. This can cause very negative long-term results and can cause a trickle-down effect within the home.
If you teach your dog that physical force and violence is acceptable within your pack, then they will think that they have the right to use those methods with lesser pack members and outsiders. These methods can very easily lead to the aggressive dog. Don’t let a trainer do them to your dog.
Training In Your Dog’s Territory
Home dog training is by far the most effective option for training a dog. Negative dog behaviors are commonly driven by territory.
When a dog feels like they are the king of the castle, they act differently than in a public setting where they do not feel in charge.
When you take a group class, you will not be addressing behavioral issues. Group classes are for obedience only.
When an instructor has six or eight dogs that they need to get through the curriculum, they do not have time to address each dog’s behavior problems. I’ve made the comment many times that I can easily kill an hour talking to one person about their dog’s behaviors. A trainer cannot hold up the rest of the class to address one dog’s issues.
When you send a dog off for a board and train program, the dog will come back responding to the trainer but not to you. You need to be involved in your dog’s training and you need to be the primary person that your dog is looking to for their cues on how to behave. Responding to the trainer does nothing for you.
Gadgets, Devices And Treats
We want your dog to respond to your verbal commands.
If the only way you can stop a bad behavior is by showing them the spray bottle or shaking the can full of rocks at them, then your dog is not responding to you. Your dog thinks that he is the decision maker and your control is only through intimidation with a gadget.
What happens when you are out in public and you do not have your spray bottle or if your dog is barking excessively and you’ve misplaced the can of rocks?
We expect your dog to listen and respond to your commands without the fear of a device or method.
We also don’t want to try and develop positive behavior with treats.
There’s nothing wrong with using treats to teach a new command. It can speed up the learning curve and help you get a repetition of successes. That will help you keep your progress moving forward.
But if you’re walking around with a treat pouch on your belt, you’re probably giving your dog way too many treats and you’re probably becoming dependent on the treats for behavior. Proper behavior should be expected, not rewarded with treats.
The Number Of Sessions That You Will Receive
Nobody can predict how many sessions it will take to train you and your dog.
We can all tell you the average number of sessions that it takes, but all dogs and all people learn at different paces.
If someone is selling a two session program or a four session program, how do they know that you will be finished by then? If someone is selling a nine or ten session program, they may not have a very effective methodology. It shouldn’t take that long.
We will provide the number of sessions that you need and we don’t care what that number is. We work with you until we are all happy with the results.
The Documentation For The Program
Taking a dog training program is just like any other education. You wouldn’t take a college course where they didn’t provide a textbook.
Most dog trainers come up very short with their documentation. With the average program, you’ll be lucky to get a handout or a folder with a couple pages. They won’t have documentation on every topic you discuss.
We have our entire program online and every client that we work with gets a password for the site.
Our online program covers more that 60 topics in 9 different categories. Everything we discuss and work on will be included there.
When you finish our program, you are not left on your own.
We provide on-going support for as long as you own your dog. You will always be able to call or email with questions or if you just need a little advice.
We can offer this because most people don’t need it. Our methods are more effective than any of the others out there. When you’ve gone through our program, you’ll have all of the skills and tools you’ll need to manage and raise your dog for the rest of their life.