The length of training required depends on the training goals, the dog's (s’) capability to learn, the dog's prior experiences and what the owner's learning curve and abilities will be regarding dog training. Basic obedience training generally requires 2-3 weeks, but may be longer in some cases. The trainer will give periodic progress reports to the Owner via texts with photos and short informational videos. The trainer will update the Owner on the anticipated length of training required to reach the agreed upon goals via email or texts, as agreed upon drop off/pick up (Each owner requires a different level of communication and we will accommodate via text or email.) Your dog will come home trained upon completion of our training camps. A trainer will show you everything the dog has learned and what to do at home to continue the program. Dogs are intelligent creatures with feelings, and they thrive on consistency. For the training to transfer into your life with your dog, you have to follow and practice. The final training results are not guaranteed since they depend on the owner’s commitment and involvement.
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Location. The dog(s) for Boarding programs will stay with the trainer during training, and the trainer will take reasonable steps to keep the dog safe, comfortable, appropriately exercised, and engaged with play and treats. The trainer will, when and if necessary, take the dog to locations and property for socialization, training and veterinary care. Training sessions will be customized to the dog’s attention span, ability to learn new behaviors/commands and interest level.
Evaluation and goals. The trainer and the owner will evaluate the dog's (s’) current skill levels and identify unsatisfactory areas needing improvement. Training will focus on the areas identified as unsatisfactory during the initial evaluation. In general, the goals for the dog(s) are:
To be in control and polite around other dogs and people.
To perform basic pet obedience upon command: sit, stay, off, wait, loose leash, let's go, stop doing what you are doing, go to place, stay in place, impulse control, recall, etc.
To improve upon identified bad habits that may exist, or to prevent them from developing. Such as chewing, barking, jumping on people, rushing through doorways, grabbing and biting, or others.
Behavioral issues such as anxiety, or aggression requires modification training so we can stabilize it and give the owner the tools to manage it. This is usually a longer program of a minimum 5 weeks
Re-evaluation. At the conclusion of the training, the owner and the trainer will re- evaluate the dog and identify whether the dog has met the goals. If the dog has not met some goals, the owner and trainer will discuss whether these goals can be achieved by the dog with additional training and will consider additional training.
Expectations. It may not be possible in some cases to achieve all goals. For example, a dog may have a medical condition that prevents the dog from being reliably housebroken, The trainer will notify the owner if any areas are identified where goals need to be modified. In most cases, however, all goals should be achievable given appropriate time and owner's compliance with homework.
Maintenance of Goals. Follow-up training is imperative and should be scheduled for one week after the dog comes back home. The follow-up session is included in the program. It may take your dog some time to re-acclimate to the usual environment and some time to settle back down emotionally into the home routine. Owners should expect to give their dogs time to greet the family before beginning training. The owner is expected to continue to train the dog in the same manner that was demonstrated by the trainer at the time of pick-up lesson. Dogs will need to be rewarded for good behaviors and corrected for bad choices, just like in our Training camps. The frequency of and type of rewards can be varied.
The owner recognizes that the Training camps will result in the dog obeying the trainer, and that this will not train the dog to obey the owner without the owner’s follow-up involvement. In order for the dog to obey the owner, the following must occur:
- The owner must understand the basic principles of training (covered in the lessons).
The owner must apply the basic principles of training.
The owner must not interact with the dog in a way that rewards bad behavior and/or punishes good behavior.
The owner must regularly train the dog at to maintain the level of training achieved. The owner must not give commands that they are not ready to reinforce if the dog does not perform.
Dogsports4u Academy will deliver the results of training your dog, however, dogs are not robots and such results will not work and diminish without your involvement and maintenance.
IT IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO SCHEDULE OCCASSIONAL REFRESHMENT SESSIONS WITH THE TRAINER 2-4 times per year or as needed. Our students become a part of Dogsports4u Academy family for a lifetime and we welcome them for boarding, tune ups and more advanced obedience training, fitness or sport training.
Equipment and Methods Used. Dogsports4u Academy uses balanced training approach and
depending on your dog’s individual needs, it
may be a combination of positive reinforcement techniques along with a variety of tools including prong and remote collars training. These are all used in different configurations depending on the goals to be achieved and the place in the dog's training.
Bounced Check Fee. If a check bounces, the fee and original amount due is to be reimbursed Dogsports4u Academy immediately in the form of cash.