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 telephone for more in-depth concerns.
What types of classes do you offer and how do they work?
Due to Covid-19 all classes are private. Classes at Leash & Hand are quite reasonable because they are held here, in my barn. We can also train in your home; however due to travel time, those classes are higher priced.
How far will you travel for private lessons in my home?
I will travel up to 30 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 class will not be forfeited.
Do I need to complete the classes in a certain amount of time?
You will have 8 weeks in which to complete the 4 sessions .
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.