Isn’t the dog just doing what you ask because you have treats?

No, we use motivators to mark and reward good behavior.

We strengthen our bond with our dog.  Eventually treats are only occasionally used to reinforce learned behavior.

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Why do you call it Force Free Training?  How is this different from Positive Training?

In animal training, “positive” simply means "the addition of."

It could be the addition of pain, the addition of a prong collar, or the addition of food motivators.

Force Free Training is what most people think when they hear Positive Reinforcement Training.  "Force Free" clarifies the interpretation of the term "positive."

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So if your training is %100 Force Free, how can I let my dog know when she/he has done something wrong?

Dogs are not punitive by nature.  

Time outs, removal of treats, or removal of the dogs personal reinforcers are proven to be more effective when compared to ear pinches, alpha roles, prong/chokes and shock collars.

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How come my training plan is different than a friend with the same dog behavior issues?

My approach treats each dog as an individual.

Training plans are individualized based on the motivator and reward to each dog’s temperament and drives.  

Like people, individual dogs are driven by different things: different treats or even affections.  

Like people, dogs have different temperaments.  A fearful dog responds to surroundings differently than a socially confident dog; therefore our training plan will differ accordingly. 

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You told me to exercise my dog an additional 60 minutes a day, on top of our normal exercise routine. Problem is, I have kids at home, am in school myself, or am recovering from an injury and I cannot do this. What should I do?

Part of my job is actively problem solving with sustainable and realistic solutions.  

If you have a treadmill, I can teach your dog to jog on the treadmill while you read your morning paper next to her!

The world is our oyster when it comes to practical solutions to unpractical problem behavior!

As an added service I offer dog walks with leash training, pack and solo hikes based off your dog’s temperament. 

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My spouse (roommate, kids, etc) won’t comply with the new rules/cues. What do I do?

Everyone in the house must agree upon and be comfortable with the training plan.

This requires compromise.  I would suggest sitting down as a household unit to discuss what the top priorities are and what everyone is comfortable with for cues.  If you run into a stale-mate, take a break from the conversation and revisit it at a later time or date.  

Remember if you are not comfortable with the training plan, your dog will pick up on it.  For the best results, we need to be confident in our actions and consistent in our behavior.

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Do you charge for follow up emails or phone calls?

Absolutely not!

I prefer clients to give me updates in between sessions. Open communication is the best way to nip bad habits and to answer any questions that may arise between sessions.

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How many sessions will it take to "fix" my dog?

Each case is unique.  Each case takes compliance and consistency in implementing the training plan.  We will lay out a plan that best suits your situation. 

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Do you provide Board and Train?

Yes, on a case by case basis. Contact me to discuss your unique situation.

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