Frequently Asked Questions
What is the importance of having a trained dog?
Dogs are marvelous animals. I have always felt them to be a constant reminder of the importance of living for the moment and simply being. Dogs have a way of reminding us to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. They are great friends, never concerned with our social or economic status. It is no wonder why so many people have invited these dirty, slobbering, unrefined creatures into our homes, and even beds for that matter. It is very important to realize, however, that just like every other living being, they too have selfish desires. They do not LIVE to please us. Who can blame them? Many people are under the impression that the only reason their dogs do not always obey is that they simply do not understand what we want. This overly angelic view of our companions serves as a real obstacle to the development of a healthy and mutually rewarding relationship, which can be realized through proper training.
Dogs must be reliably obedient, well mannered and confident in order to be given the freedom to run in open spaces, to be unconfined at the home, and to be able to go along on any one of your outdoor excursions. These are freedoms that nearly all dogs have the ability and the right to enjoy. Having a dog that you cannot trust to be in control and well-mannered is not only a source of unneeded stress to yourself but also a potential danger to your dog's safety and well being.
Owning a dog should be a joy. If you cannot remember the last time you thought of how lucky you were to have such a great friend and companion, and that you wished they would live until the day you died, it is most likely due to a lack of proper training. Many people are under the false impression that their dog is some unusual or extreme case that is either not smart enough or too old to be reliably obedient and trustworthy both on and off the leash. I can tell you with absolute certainty that this is never the case. The real problem is that most owners and so called "experts" or "professional dog trainers" do not possess the behavioral science education and real-life experience to effectively and humanely address the multitude of varying behavioral issues. More importantly, they do not take the time to approach these behavioral issues in a way that is sensitive to each individual dog's unique temperament and history.
What is the difference between on-leash and off-leash training?
What type of training methods do you use?
Does this training work for small dogs?
Do you train the dog or do we learn how to train our dog?
How long will it take my dog to learn…?
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