Frequently Asked Questions about Obedience Boarding School

What if my dog doesn't change enough or I don’t get the results I wanted? Do you guarantee your training? I've tried other trainers and they couldn't help me. How are you different?

    Choosing my dog training services must come with the commitment that you will practice management with your dog on a daily basis by using the skills that I teach you. We become a team and I am fully committed to helping you reach your goals. 

    I cannot guarantee your dog will behave perfectly for you all the time, because make their own choices sometimes, but if you practice what I show you and stay dedicated and in communication with me, then I will guarantee to help you to find success with the skills I've trained your dog.

    I consistently see dogs transformed from my service and they continue to improve long after my services have been completed, as the handler applies their new skills in each new scenario as life progresses. I've never met a dog I couldn't help! But if you aren't happy and see no difference after our first session, you pay nothing.

    The most critical time will be the first month after he has learned new behaviors, as he adjusts to the new boundaries. This is when YOU will practice commanding and reinforcing what your dog is learning with practice in order to become a confident handler and leader for your dog. Please call upon my help if things aren't going smoothly. I'll share my tips and tricks for getting through a rough spot.  

    Alot of my clients have worked with other trainers and haven't had success with all of their desired goals. My methods and system of skill-training is different. I know really neat ways to breakthrough and change your dog's perspective in order to layout the option of choosing the right behavior. If I don't know for sure that I can help you, I'll be upfront and let you know.

Why and how do you use shock collars (remote collars)? I'm-open minded...

    Today's remote collar training methods have become so very highly advanced and gentle. Remote collars have allowed some of the most difficult commands to become so much more achievable and trainable. Almost all working dogs, hunting, military, police dogs, and competitive dog sport competitors use the value of the remote collar to make training faster, clearer and more reliable. Almost any dog 5 months or older can be trained to be offleash in a safe, reliable way. I use remote collars because they are such clear communicators that I can train advanced skills faster and more thoroughly in combination with food treats, while limiting options that cause a dog to learn to manipulate out of obeying.

    The way I use the remote collar and electric stimulation is very effective at creating reliable behaviors, safe offleash experiences, and can be absolutely transformational for some dogs, in regards to obedience, aggression, barking and other behaviors that require the use of a leash-free communication at a distance or without a handler present. The collar is used at the most gentle level necessary. The equipment itself is highly advanced (waterproof, 1/2 mile range, charges like a cell phone) and I'll show you all about the methods/equipment on my dog first. I believe that once you see the possibilities and benefits you gain from using a remote collar, you will appreciate it as a training tool. Your dog's enthusiasm to wear the collar and be offleash is a wonderful incentive, as well.

    My remote collar training looks nothing like the "shock collar training" of the past. No dogs screaming, yelping, bolting from the collar or dogs scared of the handler. Your dog will learn to see the "shock" (remote collar stimulation) as a communicator that requires a response (low-level prompt) or as a consequence to a disobeyed command. I use remote collars on fearful, nervous dogs, as well as on hyper or aggressive dogs with very successful results.

Do you work with aggressive dogs? My dog is getting out of control.

    Yes- I have the education and experience in eliminating and managing canine aggression. I know which equipment will give you the best results and how to approach your dog's rehabilitation in a holistic manner to make sure that the real reason triggering and compounding the aggression is dealt with at the source. Working with reactive dogs is one of the most satisfying parts of my job because I get to show you how to transform your dog using my expertise. Seeing a happier dog and happier client tells me that I'm making a difference- and that's what it's all about!

I can't even walk my dog! He's hyper, pulling, lunging, barking, not listening. Can you help?

These are my favorite dogs...because the "before & after" is so profound. I'll prescribe a combination of training equipment and skills to practice and you will be so pleased with your new ability to walk your companion and control his reactivity. Now, you can get to doing other things, like training, hikes, and outings to the park.

Do you accept payment schedules? What if I can’t afford your program, but I’m in a bad situation with my dog – what can I do?

Payment plans are accepted in some cases. If you need desperate help, I can give free advice over the phone, email, my training articles and ebooks. I sometimes have scholarship programs available for certain situations. Getting your deposit in to reserve your dog's dates, or getting on the wait list, and saving until the program begins is a common choice for clients that want their dog trained in the near future.

I have more than one dog I need trained, can you do that? 

Yes. I will need to evaluate each dog separately, as well as together, to determine the optimal training for them. I offer a discount to multi-dog homes.

Is Alison the only trainer? Will I get to see my dog during the Board and Train?

    Alison is the primary trainer. Her husband and son also work the dogs as well as other student handlers to help your dog learn to obey commands in lots of new situations and become more familiar with commands. If visitation would help your dog to become better during the program, visitation is allowed, however, often the case is where the dog associates many bad behaviors with subtle interactions with his family and may need more time to break those habits and not be reminded to practice them until new habits are formed and I can teach you new ways of communicating and commanding your trained dog to prevent relapse.

Have a question? Contact me.