What is your philosophy on training, and what
sort of methods do you use?
In my opinion dog training is a process, not a
series of routines. It must on the mind moment to moment, rather than
at specific choreographed times. Most popular methods or approaches to
dog training have validity given the situation. I believe a balanced
view contributes to deciding on the appropriate course.
Here are 3 fundamental things that I have found to be nearly
essential to ensure you are receiving the best help.
- Personal Attention – Evaluating
individual factors that impact your dog and how they behave, and
making each dog owner an expert on their own dog.
- Time - Essential to not only
changing patterns of behaviour, but to evaluating whether
something is actually working or not.
- Team Approach - Communication
between dog owner and dog training consultant. Real time questions
need to be answered, problems explored, and progress reported.
What days of the week do you offer training,
at what times?
My services are appointment based. Whether you need
daytime, afternoon or evening, flexibility is the priority.
I always do my best to
accommodate each and every client’s schedule.
Where do you do the sessions?
In the real world. Training is
done in-home, at home, around the neighbourhood, or anywhere you spend
time with your dog. Anything less isn’t worth paying much money for
because it normally won’t transfer well into the diverse reality you
ask your dog to live in everyday.
Is training done weekly?
Not necessarily. The frequency of
visits is based on individual training needs, goals, maturity, your
availability, and above all progress. There is no prescribed timeline
because everyone’s situation is a little different.
How many times do you come to my home?
There are typically 5 visits.
Each session lasts approximately 1.5 hours.
What do you offer once my training is complete?
Whether its six days, six months,
or six years, if your situation ever changes I am always available to
support your training needs. Personal email access is included, and
remains valid for your dog's lifetime. My DogsUnlimited Daytime
service is designed to not only compliment your training, but is an
impressive alternative to traditional doggy daycare or dog walking.
This feature is available to you during your program, and can be
continued after your training is complete.
What if I have to miss a session?
You never lose time. People work,
go on vacation, get sick, have kids that get sick, etc. Services are
flexible, and you are never charged extra for it. Simply reschedule
your appointment for the next available time convenient to your
timetable. I always say to people as long as I’m not on your
doorstep, feel free to let life get in the way.
What if I have already taken another program somewhere else?
Roughly one third of the calls I
receive are from people who have done some form of group training
elsewhere and are dissatisfied with the results. Complaints include
lack of personal attention, a chaotic learning environment, heavy
reliance on food rewards, and an over emphasis on show ring style
What other options do you offer?
There are two custom service
features designed to compliment my main services. You can choose to
get the ball rolling quickly by enrolling in my Pre-Service Training
Program, or instead of paying for doggy daycare or a dog walker, have
your dog “go mobile” and day-trip with me personally throughout
the day. DogsUnlimited Daytime is where training and valuable life
experience come together to give your dog a realistic boost during the
most sedentary portion of the day.
Do you offer dog boarding?
I offer my training clients a home for their dog when they’re away.
I understand kennel environments can be stressful places, and feelings
of guilt can be overwhelming for some owners. Your dog lives in my
"Home away from Home" setting. I’ve developed many lasting
friendships over the years with clients who feel free to call upon me
when they need a place for their dog to stay. I'll even pick your dog
up and drop them off for your added convenience. As always, I'll
reinforce your dog's training while they're with me because everyone
knows I just can’t help myself!
Great Dogs. One Owner
at a Time.