What training method is used?
We will use what is commonly called “force-free” training. The science behind this method is based upon Ivan Pavlov’s research with dogs (conditioned emotional response) and B.F. Skinner’s work with operant conditioning.
What types of classes do you offer and how do they work?
Since these lessons are private, they are tailored exclusively to you and your dog. Are there behavior issues you’d like help with, or are you interested in basic manners? Or is there something specific you’d like your dog to learn? I can help with loose leash walking skills, crate training, or housebreaking a puppy. We can also teach your dog to come when he’s called, sit politely for guests, and react appropriately when he sees another dog while you’re out walking.
Do you do telephone consults?
Presently, I offer a free 10-minute telephone consult which helps us decide what would best suit you and your dog’s needs.
How are the classes scheduled?
If you sign up for a package plan, the schedule has options: same day and time each week, every other week, or even weekly but with different days and times. The classes can be quite flexible.
What happens if I have to cancel a class?
As long as a 24-hour notice is given, your class will not be forfeited. We will simply reschedule. Life happens!
Do I need to complete the classes in a certain amount of time?
You will have 2 months in which to schedule the 4 sessions.
Does training stop in bad weather?
Well, that depends upon how bad…. I believe in training in a variety of conditions, but safety is paramount, so classes will be cancelled if roads are unsafe for travel.
Do you always come to my house to train?
No, not always. There are many times when we’ll train out of doors in a variety of locations with real-life distractions. It’s good practice to train in the environment where that skill is needed. So if you want your dog to walk nicely on a leash in town, we will schedule some leash walking sessions in town.
How far will you travel?
I currently service the following areas: Bradford, Contoocook, Henniker, Hillsboro, Hopkinton, Newbury, New London, Sutton, and Warner.
Does my dog need to have certain vaccinations for these private sessions?
Your dog will need to be up-to-date on core vaccines: Distemper, Parvovirus, and Rabies.
I have more than one dog. Will you train both?
Yes, I will help you train both of your dogs. There is an additional, discounted fee for the second dog.
My best friend & I have dogs that play together; can we train together?
Yes, of course! As long as you and your friend can arrange your schedule accordingly (and we have adequate room), you can train together.