FAQ

dog training

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.


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. I also do one-hour consults via Zoom or Google for more in-depth concerns.


What types of classes do you offer and how do they work?

I offer both small group and private classes.  Group classes are offered on Saturday mornings.  I also have morning classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 9:00 am.  Evening classes are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, beginning at 4:30 pm.  Call to book your sessions.


How far will you travel for private lessons in my home?

I will travel up to 25 minutes from my home. That typically includes Antrim, Bradford, Contoocook, Henniker, Hillsboro, Hopkinton, Newbury, New London, Sutton, Sunapee, Warner, and Washington, New Hampshire.


What happens if I cannot attend a class?

As long as a 24-hour notice is given, your private class will not be forfeited.  If you are in a group class, I will work with you to cover what you missed.


Do I need to complete the classes in a certain amount of time?

You will have 6 weeks in which to complete the 4 private sessions.  Group classes run for 4 consecutive weeks, so be sure you’re available for that time frame.


Does my dog need to have certain vaccinations for these classes?

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 and you will benefit from having a ‘helper’ in class: a family member or friend.


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.

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