Is it true that a tired dog is a good dog?
Exercise is as important for our dogs as it is for us, for them to be at their best physically and mentally, they need regular exercise. However, while it is true that if your dog is not getting enough exercise that they might turn to other destructive behaviors, the idea that the solution to every problem is exercise is a stretch. Lack of exercise, mental enrichment, impulse control, proper house training, as well as anxiety issues can all be factors that need to be considered. Also, think about this: if a 30 minute walk tires your dog enough that they stay out of trouble, what happens when they get fit and that 30 minutes no longer tires them out? Studies also show that people and dogs that are too tired are more likely to make poor decisions, due to a lack of impulse control. With todays busy schedules, it can be difficult to provide your dog enough exercise, which is why we love Nose Work so much. Short sessions provide even the most energetic dog with physical AND mental exercise, and can be done indoors or out with minimal equipment. If there are other underlying issues, our Certified Professional Dog Trainer can help to identify them as well as find appropriate solutions.
But all dog trainers use “humane” methods, right? I mean, it says so on their website.
They might, but then they might not. Dog trainers are not regulated, and there are no requirements to become one, NONE. What does “humane” mean to that trainer? To me it means being kind, compassionate, benevolent. It means that I won’t use pain when training any dog. I do not use: prong/pinch collars, choke/slip collars, or shock/electronic collars. I don’t kick, hit, hang, scruff or shake dogs. No shaker cans or bean bags will be thrown at your dog in order to intimidate or punish. Yes, there are trainers using these methods everyday in your town!
I have a puppy but was told I can’t start training until she is 6 months old. Is that true?
Not at all! This is an old wives tale that came from the old “traditional” methods where inhumane methods were used. If they were used on pups younger than 6 months old, they would cause the puppy to shut down, making the puppy unable to respond to any training. Our truly humane and gentle methods can be used on puppies of any age, even before they leave their mom.
How then do I find a good trainer?
There are three important questions you should ask:
- What will happen when my dog gets it right?
- What will happen when my dog gets it wrong?
- Are there any less invasive alternatives to what you propose?
Find out about their certifications, continuing education, and what tools they will use. It is also important for you to personally talk to the trainer to make sure you have a good rapport. You will be working closely with this person, after all. Check out my answers here.
How much does training cost?
No two dogs are alike, and no two dog problems have the exact same solution. All of our training programs are tailored specifically to your needs as well as your dogs. For that purpose, and at no cost to you, we analyze your case based on a brief questionnaire. Then we can determine the appropriate training solution and provide you with a formal detailed proposal for you to review. That way, if you do decide to work with Allison, our Certified Professional Dog Trainer, she’ll be able to come to your house prepared with complete lesson plans and support materials. Contact us for your free evaluation.