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Dog Training Pricing

Group Adult Dog Training Classc

  • 6 week of classes
  • Classes meet the same day and time every week.
  • $120, or $100.00 if you just adopted a dog. Proof of adoption required.

Puppy Dog Training Class

  • 6 weeks of classes
  • Classes meet the same day and time every week.
  • $120.00
  • $120, or $100 for newly adopted dogs.  Proof of adoption required

Private Lessons

  • One-on-one instruction
  • One-hour sessions
  • $55, or $45 for newly adopted dogs. Proof of adoption is required.

 


Housebreaking

No one wants a dog who eliminates in inappropriate places! The following are some tips and suggestions related to ensuring that your dog only "goes" where they should.

Depending on the age and size of your pup, the amount of time they can reasonably be expected to control their elimination varies.Adult small breeds can generally hold it up to about 5 hours, where as 8 hours is a good estimate for adult large breeds Anything past that point is an unfair expectation. A good estimate for puppies is roughly 1 hour/month of age up to adult expectations. 

The key is to set the right pattern of behavior right away. Enlist the help of friends, family, or a dog walker to set up a schedule for bathroom breaks throughout the day. Feed the puppy on a schedule, if you know when it went in, you have a better idea of when it will need to come out. Don’t ever restrict water, this can cause a myriad of health problems!  Giving the puppy a fairly rigid schedule will also help them to know that an opportunity to relieve themself will be available within a reasonable amount of time.

When the pup is unsupervised, restrict their freedom to a confined space, a crate or bathroom work well. Dogs don’t naturally prefer to eliminate where they eat and sleep.

Keep bathroom breaks focused, take them to the place where you want them to get busy, and wait quietly for them to "go". Be sure to use treats and lots of praise when they have finished. Avoid playing with them while waiting for them to go as it distracts from the goal.

Accidents happen, especially at the beginning. When an accident does occur, use an enzyme based cleaner to neutralize the smell, this reduces the likelihood that the pup will go back to that spot. Be sure not to scold or punish the dog for accidents, this just causes them stress, and unless you catch them in the act, they won’t have any idea why you are upset. If you do catch them in the act, make a loud noise to interrupt the behavior, and take them immediately to the appropriate spot, wait for them to finish and reward them.

Some people prefer to allow small dogs to have a litter box or potty patch to use indoors. This can be a good solution for dogs who don’t do well with going out in the snow or who will not get sufficient bathroom breaks throughout the day. If you do chose to use a litter box or similar option, remember that dogs of all sizes do still need walks for mental stimulus and exercise. Placing the litter box or potty patch in a spot where they have had accidents in the past can speed the amount of time it takes for them to adjust to using it.

Unless you plan to allow your dog to eliminate indoors for the long term, it is not a great idea to train them to use a potty pad. Potty pads add an additional step to the training process. If however, you are not able to take them out as often as needed, potty pads are an ideal alternative to accidents.

As in all aspects of training be patient, set reasonable goals, and reward successes!

What does training really mean or entail? The best definition of animal training I have heard came courtesy of Ken Ramirez, Director of Animal Training at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Ken defines training as "teaching an animal how to live in our world".It is important to teach dogs how to live in a human world, especially in urban environments, if for no other reason than it provides us a more enjoyable relationship with our pets, and provides our pets with a fuller life.

So how do you train a dog? The deceptively simple concept that training is built from is this: If your dog does something you like, reward it. If they do something you dislike, ignore it. By ignoring it, the dog realizes that the behavior has no benefits associated with it. Punishment, including hissing at your dog and poking it in the neck ala Caesar Milan are both unnecessary and detrimental to the training process.

What are the advantages of attending a group training class?

Although anyone can apply the basic principles of training and get a very well mannered pup as a result, there are some advantages to taking your dog to group classes. One thing that a group class offers is the opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs, and people, in a controlled and safe environment. Working with a trainer can also be very helpful when you run into problems you aren’t sure how to address. Should you decided to go further with training than just the basic essentials, you will want to find a trainer that specializes in the kind of training you want to do with your dog. Some options include: Advanced Obedience, Rally-O, Frisbee, Agility, Sled Pulling or Carting, Tracking or Schutzhund. Training with your dog can be great exercise and lots of fun for humans and canines alike.

So, how do you go about finding a good trainer?

Look for membership in professional associations (AKC, APDT , etc.), educational background, reputation (via local vets, shelters, yelp, etc.), qualifications, and what they have accomplished with their own dogs. Be wary of training classes at big box retailers. The trainers generally have no formal education and very little experience.

What does a dog NEED to know?

Whether you ever chose to do higher-level training with your dog, there are some things ALL dogs should be taught, regardless of size:

  1. Walking on the leash without pulling or lunging
  2. Polite greeting with people and dogs (no jumping!)
  3. Sit stay/ down stay
  4. Housebreaking
  5. Not to engage in destructive behavior
  6. Not to bark for attention

These basic expectations will help to ensure that your dog is welcome in public, giving them a more full and enjoyable life!