Frequently Asked Questions

What is your style of training and what tools do you use?

Our trainer is experienced in positive reinforcement methods as well as a balanced approach. We do not believe there is a "one size fits all" approach to training and customize each training plan to suit your needs and your dog's learning style. In general, we try to use as much positive reinforcement and as few tools as possible. For almost every dog we'll use treats, toys, a flat buckle collar and a standard 6-foot leash. 

Occasionally, but not always, you or your dog may benefit from a tool such as a clicker, transitional lead, head halter, harness, slip lead, martingale collar, prong collar, or remote training collar. These tools are only used when they can help our dogs understand what we're teaching more clearly or if they can keep a handler safe in the event a dog's strength has become a danger. Many dogs will not need any of these tools at all, but if they are appropriate our trainer is educated in how to use them safely and in a way that does not cause any pain or harm to our dogs. 

Regardless of whichever tools are used for your dog, we can promise you this: no tool will ever be used on your dog without your consent and we will never do anything to cause your dog fear or pain. Our training is based on building a trusting relationship with your dog, we will always strive to build their confidence both in themselves and in us. 

Do you train aggressive dogs?

We do take on cases of dog-aggression and cases of resource guarding. However, we are not currently taking on cases of human oriented aggression with a severe bite history. 

What areas do you serve?

Our service area includes the Upper, Mid and Lower Cape areas.

I have more than one dog, can I train both dogs at once?

Yes, we offer discounted rates both for signing up two dogs at one time or for signing up a second dog in the future.

Where are lessons held?

Our private lessons are usually held in the comfort of your own home so that your dog can learn faster and where they are the most comfortable. However, once your dog is doing well at home we can also meet for lessons out in public so that we can practice their manners out in the real world. 

How long are lessons?

Lessons typically range from 60-90 minutes.