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Frequently Asked Questions
  Question: I just got an 8 week old puppy. At what age should I consider starting training?

Answer: The younger you start to train a puppy, the more success you'll have with him or her in the future. Although you shouldn't necessarily begin "formal" training at such a young age, extremely effective training exercises designed to shape a young pup's behavior should be put into play as soon as is reasonably possible. Employing such techniques now will result in a dog happily performing commands out of habit rather than obeying commands because he has to. The success your pup experiences now will also pave the way for successful advanced training in the future. Remember, dogs grow quickly, so the sooner you start training, the better. Click here to view the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior's white paper on this very topic.

 
  Question: I recently adopted a 3 year old female Labrador Retriever, and in the month that I've had her she seems like she's taking over the house. What can I do?

Answer: Regardless of age, it's always best to begin training your new best friend as soon as she steps foot in her new home. This does not necessarily mean you should start formal training drills and exercises. Employing behavior shaping techniques and light training during your initial bonding period with her will help her know what is expected of her in the new home, as well as helps establish you as her leader and teacher. An added benefit of taking this approach is that although she may have developed bad habits in her previous home, she has a whole new life now and showing her early on what is and is not appropriate in her new life can help prevent those bad habits from resurfacing in her new home.

 
  Question: I have a 3 year old male that always jumps up on people that come over to my house. Can you help me train him to stop jumping up, even though he's already 3 years old?

Answer: A dog is never too old to learn. Granted, the methods employed with older dogs can differ from youngsters, but older dogs are certainly capable of learning. So, yes, we CAN help you "teach you older dog new tricks!"

 
  Question: I have taken my dog to obedience classes, and she does very well, especially when the trainer works with her. Yet, when I take her home, she doesn't seem like she's learned anything. I KNOW she knows the commands, as I've seen her do them in class. What's wrong with her?

Answer: There is probably nothing wrong with your dog. If you take a look at our training philosophy, you'll see that our particular training methods are actually designed specifically to help ensure that this common problem does not happen with you and your dog.

 
  Question: I've had my 1 year old since he was 10 weeks old. Ever since he was old enough to be taken for walks, he's always pulled on the leash. In fact, now that he's bigger, he pulls so hard that not only is he hard to control, he ends up panting and gasping almost before we begin our walk. He is a very energetic dog, and when we're at home, he often runs all over the place, as well as jumps all over the furniture during his rampages. We tell him "No", but it doesn't seem to work. He's driving us crazy. What can we do?

Answer: The best thing you can do for you and your dog is to get in some training...together! For example, our training will teach you and your dog together what is and what isn't appropriate, both in his behavior and in the way you handle whatever he "throws at you". Whether you employ our training services or use someone else, be sure that the training you embark upon includes both you and your dog.

 
  Question: I've been doing some research on training methods, and it seems that the trend these days leans towards "positive training", rather than "old school" training that includes the use of corrections. Which method do you use?

Answer: Regardless of what you uncover in your search for the best training methods, there really is no such thing as "correction-less" training, at least if your goal is to have a dog you can depend upon not to destroy things, and heed your commands. While it's always best to employ as much positive reinforcement as possible, some form of corrections is an integral part of any training program. That's not to say you should choke your dog with a choke chain, or worse, when he or she doesn't listen. The correction should fit the situation and, of course, be applied correctly, otherwise all you're doing is hurting your dog or making him fearful of you. It is not unlike training a child.

For example, when teaching a child a desired behavior, rewards can no doubt be effective, but there are inevitably times when a child needs to be corrected when he knows the "right" thing to do, but decides to do wrong instead. And, as with dog training, if an undesirable behavior can lead to harm to the child or someone else, the appropriate correction must be applied to ensure the child understands the potential ramifications of his actions. But, in either case, corrections must be fair and judicious.

We are well aware of trainers that "pop" the leash on dogs wearing choke chains or prong collars whenever a dog doesn't heed a command. But, is that a fair correction? What if the method of education used to teach the dog something wasn't effective, to begin with? Then the dog may not really know what it's supposed to do when given a command, and no amount of collar popping is going to help. And, that is downright abusive, in our book.

 

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321 Iron Point Rd.
Folsom, CA 95630
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2201 Francisco Dr.
Suite 140-102
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Feel free to ask to see a demo and we'll show you an example of a dog who has learned to Heel, Sit, Stay, Come, etc. off-leash, in the face of distraction anywhere in the real world (not just some training area), including at a dog park with other dogs running around like maniacs!

 

 
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