Training Both ends of the leash

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Q: What does “training both ends of the leash” mean?
A: Training both ends of the leash means both owner and dog must be trained so you both can work together to develop a common language and means of communication. For your dog to be successful in obedience, it is imperative you (the owner) take an active role in maintaining the dog’s obedience skills. The trainer teaches the dog the obedience, and sets a solid foundation. It is imperative you maintain this foundation and incorporate the training into the dog’s everyday life. If you fail to follow the guidelines for reinforcing the dog’s obedience, the dog will not reach his full potential and successfully maintain his obedience skills to his/her full potential.

Q: How old should my puppy be to start obedience training?
A: We believe you should start working with your puppies the day you get them. Most breeders start some puppies with initial steps of socialization. Between 8 to 16 weeks, we believe socializing and interacting with your puppies are of the utmost importance. At 16 weeks, it is now time to involve your puppy in a formal obedience. This is the time your puppy is maturing and starting to think like an adult.

Q: Will my dog be kept in a kennel or a crate most of the day?
A: Our goal is to have your dog in a kennel on a limited basis. Integrating your dog into our family alleviates your dog’s stress, and it helps us learn more about your dog’s needs. They become a part of our family and our family activities. Undue stress may result if your dog is kept in a crate or kennel for long periods of time. This stress may hinder the dog to learn optimally.

We do utilize quiet time after each training session so the dog can process the training session. However, if your dog has a behavioral issue like aggression, until this behavior is under control, it would not be allowed to integrate in our home. In this case, crate or kennel would be utilized. In this case we would assure your dog will get a lot of outside play time and activity.

Q: Do you accept dogs, who are not house trained?
A.  No, all dogs must be house trained before acceptance into the board and train packages.  However, if you need help house training your dog,  we will be happy to offer a behavioral consult to you and help you set up a training approach for you and your dog.

Q: Is my dog too old to be trained in obedience or to fix a behavioral problem?
A: A dog is never too old to be trained. We have trained many older dogs who have shined in obedience training with our balanced method, they are trained out of behavioral issues such as pulling on the leash, barking, nipping, jumping, and aggression. The longer the dog has been allowed to behave in a particular manner, the longer the dog has conditioned himself to believe that is acceptable behavior. So, an older dog could be more difficult to train, specifically with behavioral issues.

Q: Will my dog remember me when he/she comes home from a Board and Train?
A: Yes, your dog will remember you and your home and will not think that he or she has been abandoned by you. Your dog will be most excited to see you. However, there is a critical transition period, where we must work with you closely to teach you the skills to maintain the obedience and build a lasting relationship with you and your dog.

Q: Will you come to my home for private lessons?
A: We will come to your home with a private lesson as a follow up to a completed package.  It is sometimes necessary to address a certain problem in a specific environment.  We only offer private lessons for behavioral consultations on a specific problem

Q: Why do you take field trips?
A: We believe taking the dog on field trips is an important step in proofing their obedience. We frequently hear from our clients that their dog acts fine at home but not when they are out. The field trips gives us the ability to detect environmental triggers and to develop a training approach to deal with each problem area.

Q: What is a Balanced Trainer?
A: A Balanced Trainer recognizes dog training is not a “one size fits all approach”.  Balanced trainers don’t limit their training skills to a pre-defined protocol or rules.  They set a training plan, which defines each dog as an individual. This gives the trainer the ability to respect each dog’s personalities, training needs, and goals. Think of it as a customized training approach.