Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started?
Can’t I just take my puppy to the dog park?
Before he’s had all of his shots, it is absolutely not safe to bring your puppy to a dog park or to socialize with strange dogs in any uncontrolled environment. As important as early socialization is, it’s just not safe to put his health in jeopardy. It is also extremely important that your puppy’s first experiences with other dogs be positive ones. Just as exposing your puppy to illness is dangerous, it is highly deleterious to your puppy’s later development to expose him to aggressive dogs, especially those not under their owner’s control. At the LoveDogs Inc, all dogs are individually and professionally screened for aggression and their vaccination records checked. All interactions are supervised by professional dog trainers. For the mental and physical well-being of your puppy now and later in life there is simply no comparison to the dog park.
Will the Puppy Packages cover crate training? Or getting him to stop chewing my shoes?
Do you offer 2 week intensive training programs where my dog stays with you?
How do I know that you can train my dog? Is he beyond help?
As long as your veterinarian has ruled out any medical reasons for behavioral change, there is no reason why your dog cannot be trained. Any dog is capable of being a wonderful, happy part of the family. The determining factor will rely on YOU, the owner, to follow through with all of the behavior-improving routines and exercises once the training sessions have ended in order to create long lasting behavioral change. A dog spends most of his time in the home, and this is where the patterns and daily routines need to change in order for your dog to succeed.
Do you train puppies?
Absolutely! It is incredibly important to establish clear boundaries and rules with puppies from a young age, before any unwanted behaviors develop. Our puppy training programs are completed in-home and are designed to teach you how to develop a good relationship with your puppy from day one. We cover housebreaking, house manners, basic commands, leash walking and the importance of establishing a feeding and exercise schedule.
Do you work with all breeds?
Should the whole family be at the consultation?
It is highly recommend that anyone who handles the dog on a day-to-day basis is at the consultation. The consultation is where Rick can discuss your long-term training goals, the dog’s behavior and what methods he will be using after having seen your dog. Consistency is key to long-term success and if everyone is at the consultation, it is easier to ensure that anyone handling the dog will follow the program’s outline.
How long will the training take?
My dog is so aggressive many trainers don’t want to work with him/her. Do you have a policy against aggressive dogs?
Separation anxiety isn’t a behavioral problem. How can behavioral training help?
Separation anxiety is not a behavioral problem in the sense that your dog is behaving badly. However, behavioral problems often stem from problems like fear and anxiety. Our training courses are designed to help your dog kick his/her bad habits and also set a foundation of trust that puts them at ease and makes communication easier. These same techniques can be used to treat separation anxiety.
Can a dog be too young/old for dog training?
Not at all. We recommend starting training as early as possible for puppies so they clearly know the boundaries and expected behavior from the start. We have a special puppy training program for those pups less than sixteen weeks of age. As for older dogs, they are often passed over at shelters for fear they’re stuck in their ways, but they can be trained just as effectively as puppies. Even older dogs who have been with the same family for years can begin exhibiting poor behavior, and that poor behavior can be fixed.
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