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Most Frequently Asked Questions

What does our dog learn in basic obedience?

How to listen, how to focus on you, how to have fun learning and doing the work, exactly what you expect of him and approximately 15 commands. More important is what do you as an owner get to learn. Dog training is more often about the owner than the dog. Dogs are just being dogs. It is a very common behavior in the owners to think of their dogs as people. They assume just because they say a word that their dog is going to understand them. Dogs don't know words until we teach them. When you study dog language it isn't anything like ours. You learn very important skills around timing and how important it is. The right time and place to act and exactly how to communicate with your dog so he is happy and respectful of you. The first class is jammed packed with information on typical issues like: barking, pulling, jumping, walking, licking, mouthing, testing or respecting you, chewing, escaping, confinement, socializing, markers, motivators, transferring, redirecting and much more. We have discussions about all the different techniques in the industry. We give you information on collars, leash work, biting, housebreaking, establishing hierarchy and being a loving pack leader, We deal with any aggression, fear issues and most of all the proper communication with your dog so that he can actually understand what you want of him.

Classes #2 through advanced are strictly hands on. Watching and guiding you as you handle your dog correcting you as we go. The homework is not a lot but it is expected to get done. Your practice expectation is either once a day for 10 mins to 1/2 hr am & the same for pm or no less than every third day get in a good long session. Before you start classes you must have a spot in the very busy schedule that is devoted to your dogs learning. If you don't have that spot then you will find yourself charged up at the beginning and then quitting as it takes too much time.

If I make my dog do things will he end up hating me?

Well, first off it depends greatly on how you make him do it. It's proven to us on a daily basis that just the opposite happens. As you go through OB school you will watch your dog become more and more bonded to you. They love and respect you deeply and look up to you as their leader. Instead of the word 'make' we would replace that with motivate.

I blow up in complete frustration my dog makes me so mad.

This is such a common problem or challenge. We find that the seekers of training just run out of ideas. They see things on TV or read things or get information online and there are SO many controversies out there. They try things and it doesn't work so they just plain get frustrated therefore yelling at the dog. He goes and hides under the bed or runs away and all you have done is caused fear. If you keep doing that those markers in his brain will build and build and they can get so bad you now have a biting dog. If you are out of ideas and your dog is not responding to you PLEASE call us. Your dog should get an instruction or a correction in just THREE times. If they don't you are doing something wrong. You should never have to yell or even raise your voice. We totally get how dogs test peoples patience but we can give you ideas even over the phone if you need help. No hitting, no kicking, no bullying, no breaking of spirit and no screaming at your dog. It does nothing but install fear and that's the last thing we want.

I just need my dog to come. I don't need advanced stuff.

Every time we say that some dog we are working with, like our own or a rescue, will stop and come to our side right in the middle of a squirrel chase everyone says......wow! And they all want that type of obedience. You have to go through ACS program all the way through advanced to get that type of result and it really doesn't end there. Some dogs will test you for years. * A quick story on a sever case: A German Shepard had been through OB three times at different places and for years was doing just perfect until the 20 yr old daughter came back and moved in. The dog started biting the daughter and the owner in the forearm knowing obedience rules very well. Never put it past your dog to surprise you. They are growing and have emotions and feeling.

We really have a problem with our dog jumping.

We've tried to ignore it as so many trainers say but it just doesn't do any good. Jumping is close to the #1 problem but again there are different ways for different dogs. The industry can range from kneeing to ignoring. We analyze your dog and your comfort levels and show you what will take one minute or one year. Ignoring is like taking the dog who is barking at the door when company comes and putting him in the garage. It eliminates the immediate problem but it teaches the dog nothing. We prefer methods of teaching the dog how to greet company the mannerly way.

Our dog has just started biting and fighting. What do we do?

This is a common problem with many solutions. One thing that is important is for you to remember Safety First. Know for a fact that you can not outrun a dog bite. No matter how fast you pull back.....they are faster. Stay out of the way. Regardless of what you read or hear about using a water hose or grabbing the fighting dog by the collar, or sitting on him, or spraying something. When a dog is in a 'Red Zone' you stay out of it. His adrenalin is flooding his body and he won't care about you at all. We have seen people get bit all the time. You need to get counsel with a pro on this one because there are so many pieces to the puzzle and it is so important how it is handled. Done wrong you can make the situation worse. If you bring a new dog into a home that already has a dog and they are fighting you MUST use separation and never leave them unsupervised until the issues are worked out. Remember: any bad behavior only gets worse with time unless the dog is re-taught.

My dog will not listen to me. I've trained all my other dogs fine.

Another common problem. All the dogs in the past have been easy but this new one is just a belligerent, rebellious, stubborn mule and impossible to handle. "The Dog From Hell" This situation is usually an easy fix and it's just a simple combination of the owners knowledge only going so far and a very high strung dog. Usually we find that these dogs have been through OB classes and flunked. Don't give up on them. You just need a little more information and your techniques just tweaked a little and you will get your dog under control. There are no guarantees with dog training. Sometimes the match between owner and dog forces the work to take longer and there are those few cases where the match is just impossible to correct. There is also genetic problems and trauma problems. We can give you an analysis which is very helpful.

When will my dog ever stop digging?

Pups under two years of age need to do what comes natural to them. Kids are full of running, jumping, screaming etc. and so are dogs. Digging is very normal. This is why we say PREPARE for the new dog. Fence off an area outside or inside that he can make a big mess every day. Fill the holes that he creates and he won't go to a new section. Bury a treat or toy in a hole that he has already dug in helping him to stay in smaller areas. Give him plenty of ground toys and NOT the same ones. See: Training - House Training. You can put 50 toys on the ground and he will get bored with them. Alternate Toys! One of the most effective ways to have them not dig is to put their own poop in the holes. It is also possible to teach a dog where to dig and where not to. Barking, digging, whining, chewing, escaping, etc. all come from boredom, frustration, a lack of exercise and loneliness. If you do not want all the destruction then get a dog over 2 years old. If you want messes then get a Mastiff & make him live in a one bedroom apartment and be gone 10 hrs a day for work.........this is a horrible thing to do to a dog.

Chewing will go on for about 2 years. Buy bedding, blankets, toys, green wood, balls and bats at the thrift stores while they go through the chewing stage. Make things safe. No strings, no stuffed toy eyes or noses or pebble stuffing. Empty boxes are great. Put a treat inside and close it up. No need to spend $15. a toy at a Pet Store. The most important thing is VARIETY. Change toys a lot. They get bored just like we do. We will help you teach them to know what is theirs and what is not like your favorite shoes. Pups who have the entire run of the house while you are gone will usually be much more destructive.

Mr. Anderson asks; Why is it that we've gone all the way through classes at the most popular place and my dog failed yet others passed. 

Answer: Trainers have a certain framework that they stay within to have the majority be pleased. Within one class of five or more dogs there will be several different types of behavioral problems going on which can take different techniques per dog. The trainer is very limited with time and can't spend the individual time with each student. And the knowledge of other methods might not be there or they are under restrictions from the people who hire them. Using a private trainer allows you and your teacher to spend as much time as you need to work on your specific challenges.

Ms. Lancer asks; My dog is 4 years old and has been the leader of the household for all that time. He gets away with everything. Is he still able to be changed? 

Answer: Yes, they can still be trained but at this stage it is called being re-trained. Re-training takes much longer and requires much more devotion. You are dealing with embedded habits so ingrained that your dog will wonder why in the world you are expecting something different from him. Start training early. It is SO much easier.

We once took in a rescue that had been beaten and starved and hosed down inside the wire kennel he was kept in. It took EIGHT MONTHS to get him comfortable with a water hose. A first gentle squirt in the air triggered a pathetic response of fear. His chest hit the dirt and he crawled away backwards. Little by little every few days we worked at re-associating the water with a party. Eight months later he was able to ignore the water coming out of the hose.

Mrs. Collins asks: We went through OB classes twice and we still have a problem. He behaves fine in that class but at home he does what he wants. Why?

Answer: First if any type of training has been done and the dog still has the same problems then the type of training didn't work. Dogs are smart & very quick to learn for the most part. Second is taking responsibility yourself. You must put in the work at home. Dogs learn by repetition. You don't practice, they don't learn. Thirdly we have many people per year calling and asking if they can just put their dog in our facility and have us train it and give it back to them all trained. A trainer can get a dog to do anything for them. This does NOT mean that the same dog will do it for the owner. There are facilities, including us, that will take your dog in for a few weeks and then bring you in to be taught how to handle but it is just as easy to start at the beginning and do it yourself when you are with the right trainer. You must be taught how to get your dog to listen to you not the trainer. ACS methods work fast and effective creating good behaviors in just minutes and your dog will be well behaved and love you to pieces.


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