FAQs

  • Group classes are weekly (4 or 6 weeks) same day and time and location each week, except our traveling class for Advanced Lifeskills!
  • Pay for class or private session,or purchase a gift certificate, by credit card directly thru this website by clicking pay for class and it will instruct you what to do.
  • Private sessions can be anywhere in our service area that you like.
  • We are the difficult dog specialist but your dog doesn't have to be aggressive to train with us!
  • You do not have to do a group, we are happy to do private training for anything, group class is not required.
  • Outdoor groups are very distracting, especially at the parks! pick the class that fits your dog's personality best.
  • If you have a nervous dog, best choose an indoor option UNLESS your dog is more fearful indoors, then pick the outdoor class.
  • It is NOT a good idea to socialize your aggressive dog in a group class, we need to do private training first to help you get control of your reactive dog.  Dogs that actually bite people or dogs don't belong in a group, we work with them privately all the time to help them get some skills in public and help you with safety and prevention.
  • Exposing your dog to something he/she finds super scary or overwhelming is NOT a good idea.  It is never good to put them in a position that will overwhelm them to "get them used to it".  Usually a slow, gradual approach is best.
  • Adult dogs can be trained, it is not too late.
  • We can help you with your Puppy before 11 weeks, or he gets enrolled in a group, set up a private session.
  • All the areas where we work have leash laws.  Dogs must be on leash at all times except in designated off leash areas, or designated dog parks.  We want to help you have reliable training if you dog accidentally gets off leash, but we don't condone dogs being off leash except in proper areas.
  • You are responsible for your dogs behavior, even on leash.  If it bites, jumps up on, or paws at someone, you are responsible.  Even if you dog gets to close to someone who is afraid of dogs and the panic and fall, you can be held responsible.
  • We do not condone "fake" service dog training, so you can take your dog with you everywhere you go!  Service dogs provide a valuable service to those who require them. PLEASE, DON'T RUIN IT!  Dogs who work in public must be friendly with people and dogs, but should not socialize with them at all when working.  Should never chase other animals, bicycles, skateboards, etc. Service dogs don't pee and poop in public while they are working, but wait to be taken to a designated area to relieve themselves on a schedule.  They dont eat stuff off the ground, pull on the leash, jump up on people, bark or aggressively protect their owners. Service dogs are impeccably trained in obedience skills and will not listen to strangers. Service dogs are kept on the ground and never on a chair at a table in a restaurant,  or in a basket at the market.  Some businesses request you put your dog in a shopping cart, that is OK when requested.  You must have a doctor prescribe you a service dog, in most cases.  You can get vests on line just about anywhere ... YES, everyone knows it, including the businesses you frequent.  Now days, most people are not usually questioned if your dog follows the rules above, and it is not a business that serves food or posts no pets.
  • We help students with legitimate service dog training and emotional support dog training, for appropriate candidates.  A service dog must provide a service for the owner.  An emotional support dog is a dog that provides comfort and is often not considered a "service dog."  In other words, businesses are not "required" to allow you in with them.  The actual rules are a bit fuzzy on this one.
  • Therapy dogs are dogs that visit the elderly, ill, or infirm and help cheer them up!  We train LOTS of Therapy dogs and, once your dog is trained, we can refer you some places to get on a "team".  It is such an important way to volunteer and enjoy others and your dog!
  • We do quarterly AKC CGC testing all levels, and it is open to the public or as a culmination of our groups.  We also offer AKC Tricks levels and certifications.