Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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    Do you offer any kind of guarantee?
    When I first meet with clients the common statement that I hear from them is "I have done so much training with my dog and nothing is working." Unfortunately, its sad to see, but many clients are already mentally defeated before we even start the training. Generally the main focus is relationship based training, rather than method or tools, this requires that the owner have confidence in themselves to be able to follow through with the training. So results do vary. However, because of this fact, no trainer offers a money back guarantee. What we do offer is an affordable way to receive continued coaching and lifetime phone support for our clients. Pack walks are every Sunday and free for the first month of training. Afterwards if you feel you need continued coaching, the pack walks are only $25/Month until the owner is confident enough in themselves to maintain a balance relationship between them and their dog.
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    My Dog Only Listens To "Men" Will My Dog Perceive Me As The Alpha After The Training ?
    Being a man or woman has little to do with dog behavior. There are several local female trainers in the area I would prefer to work with over their male counter parts. Also in most house holds with dogs the female is usually the peace keeper and head of the pack. Same as in a marriage! ;-) The energy, confidence and knowledge you bring to the table is what matters most when working with dogs. In the the dog training profession working with dogs is the easy part. The hard part is, 90% is actually relationship based training between a dog and owner. Behavior modification actually has more to do with coaching the owner how to control and manage their dog.
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    Dog Trainer/Dog Behaviorist/Animal Behaviorist, Whats The Difference? Which Do I Choose?
    Every trainer has a foundation or specialty. So who you hire depends on your goals and what they specialize in. Here are some examples: Dog Trainers: A.) Dog Obedience (Basic commands On/off leash & basic behavior problems. B.) Protection/Guard Dogs K9 C.) Agility and Tracking Many dabble in other things or cross train, but their strengths are in what they love to do or work on with dogs. They can help build a better bond between you and your dog, but they will tend to focus on their specific training curriculum and programs. Dog Behaviorist: (We do not hold group classes in basic commands) We help manage: Fear issues, Aggression Issues, Eating Issues, Anxiety, Hyper Activity, Socialization, and puppy imprinting. Animal Behaviorist: Usually do not work with dogs unless they are out of work. They mainly specialize in all animals regarding nutrition, husbandry, health, rehabilitation catch and release, species related behavioral issues. Some can administer and prescribe medication. This requires 8 years of accredited education at a college or university. Note* Other than an Animal Behaviorist & Veterinarian Behaviorist the dog profession is an unregulated field. There are organization's that claim to maintain industry standards, but its book an text work based more than experienced based.
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    What Methods Do You Use?
    This question is mainly important for anyone looking for a dog trainer and doesn't really pertain to a Dog Behaviorist or what we do. Its like asking a Dentist, which medication he prefers for patients with depression. Yes they in fact are both doctors but they both have completely different goals in mind. However we get this question a lot. To get a better understanding of what we do please review question #3 to learn the difference between a trainer and behaviorist. When working with a dog trainer in a group class people generally prefer positive re-enforcement. As a general guideline, I 100% agree with these principles… The learning should be an engaging experience for the dog and the handlers. People should be having fun and it should be pretty low to no stress. But I think it is very important to make sure we are talking about a general obedience class and comparing apples to apples. This means the only goal of the class is to teach rudimentary behaviors such as Sit, Walk nicely on a leash or Lay down when told as well as basic behavior modification. For many dog trainers when positive re-enforcement no longer works which means dogs who have major behavior problems like uncontrolled barking, reactiveness around other dogs, or significant pulling on leash will be restricted from participating in the class. They will either be asked to leave or will be kept off at a distance from the other dogs. Only dogs deemed social enough or with calm enough energy are being allowed to participate. The dogs who are problematic and more reactive are not allowed to participate in the group class.This often means those more challenging dogs end up being referred to a behaviorist. When working on rehabilitating a dog It's "Not About Methods, But About Understanding & Communication". I teach a method that is based more in structure and routine than physical challenge. You must rely heavily on the fundamentals of structure and exercise, And if that is the case it may not always be 100% positive and completely stress free. A dog learns through comparison: what works versus what does not work. When we take away options from a dog of something that was once rewarding (chasing bicycles for instance) and teach an alternative behavior in it’s place (to sit and watch the bicycle go by) there will be some bit of stress. Learning to change habits is not accomplished with zero stress…anyone who has ever quite smoking, went on a diet or started a work out routine understands exactly what I’m talking about.
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    What Do You Charge For Training ?
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    I Have 5 Dogs, Do You Charge Per Dog?
    HOLY CRAP! Why do you need so many dogs?! Just Kidding ;-) If you’d like to have a private training session, there is no extra cost for having more than one dog! Our packages are priced according to the time we spend working with you. Of course you may need more time if you have a pack of dogs with different issues. We do require ample time for each dog so be sure to schedule a 2-3 hour session if need be.
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    When Should I Start Training My Puppy?
    Remember we are not dog trainers, so that being said teaching a puppy sit, stay, down, and come can be easily learned on the World Wide Web. BUT WAIT! I'm not done explaining... One thing to keep in mind is that you want to begin the socialization training before your Puppy turns 16 weeks otherwise there can be permanent psychological consequences for your Puppy. Socialization classes are not the same thing as puppy classes and should be overseen by a dog behaviorist. At GrumpyPupppy.com we have a program called "Puppy Adventures" We take our clients on Puppy Pack Walks to socialize in different environments and settings. You Can read more about socialization by clicking below:
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