What you need to know!
What happens during the initial consult?
During the initial consult we discuss your dog's behavior(s), your goals, and begin to come up with a training plan. Depending on the behaviors, hands on training may or may not start during this session.
How many sessions will my dog need?
The number of sessions needed will vary greatly, depending on your dog's current level of training, your dogs personality, and how long your dog has been practicing the behavior. This will be discussed during the initial consultation.
What resources should you have at your house?
1. A hungry dog! Hold back part or all of their dinner depending on what time we will be meeting
2. A collar and leash. I highly recommend a four or six-foot leather leash. If you do not have one, that is ok:) Show me what you have! For puppies, I recommend a simple buckle-type collar. For beginner dogs, I may recommend that you try a different type of collar once I have observed you and your dog and discussed your needs. Again, show me what you have and we will see if we can make it work. If not I have collars available for purchase and I will help you fit it the collar to ensure it is the right size for your dog.
3. A baggie full of treats for your dog (small enough to eat quickly- a variety of soft treats is best). Have low value and high value treats available. Low value treats are not meant low value as in quality. Low value treats is something that they typically get all the time. This is typically your regular dog training treats you get from a bag. A high value treat is desirable because your dog will initially be distracted by the new environment and the other dogs.
Good choices are hot dogs that have been quartered, sliced and microwaved (to remove the grease); string or regular cheese cut-up, firm meats cut in small pieces.
4. A bait bag, fanny pack or LOOSE pockets for your treats – you won’t be able to carry a bag around with you.
5. PATIENCE and a big smile!