FAQ: All Your Dog Trainer Questions Answered!
Ontario dog obedience trainer serving the San Gabriel Valley and greater Los Angeles area
What is Remote Collar or E Collar training?
This form of training involves a remote and collar that uses technology to communicate with your dog off leash or “remotely” from a nearby distance, up to 1/2 mile. It is a fantastic training tool that creates reliable communication between man and canine. It does not shock or zap the dog as some may seem. Instead, it uses modern technology that does not harm or injure your dog but is safe. In fact, it uses the same technology that is used in the TENS unit which is used for human physical therapy. The stimulation has been described by clients as a tickle. That tickle is what we get to grab the attention of our dogs to further communicate them to either do a desired behavior or stop an unwanted behavior. When we activate the remote, it sends a signal to the collar and gives the dog stimulation according to the level set in that moment. We pair the stimulation to commands that are taught in the foundation training. We focus on low level training ranging from 0-15 but may use higher levels when appropriate.
We are proud to incorporate this tool in our dog training programs because we believe it is a fantastic tool to build solid communication. This tool allows us to better control our physical energy, in which our dogs pay close attention to. So by using a neutral tool such as the remote collar, we can have a more calm and clear conversation with our dogs. With it we can help people who want the everywhere off leash dog or better help those who are struggling with more difficult dog behaviors.
The remote collar system we use is manufactured by E Collar Technologies. We love this brand for their great customer service and the reliable well made device. This system has many features including water resistance, up to 100 levels, multiple dog use, and much more!
We love this tool and look forward to teaching others how to use it properly for best results! For more information about our philosophy visit our ABOUT page.
What is a prong collar?
A prong collar is a great dog training tool that we use for every dog that enters into our programs. The prong collar has also been called a pinch collar but really does not pinch at all. I’m not going to lie to you, the collar looks horrific but in reality it is the most humane collar on the market. The design of it is purposed to stop choking, vomiting, and gagging like you see with so many other collars. With proper fit and use we can quickly stop dogs from pulling and lunging on leash.
We use prong collars only manufactured by Herm Sprenger as they are the best quality on the market. There is a right and wrong way to use them so we are happy to show you the right way!
What is expected from me?
No matter what program you choose, whether it’s a one on one or a board and train, you will be required to have full participation in order to achieve lasting success. While we guide you through every step and teach all you need to know, we need every client and family member of the household to be fully committed to the training program and follow through with any suggestions made through your program. While you don’t need to spend hours a day training, there will likely be adjustments in your day to day routine that you will need to implement to ensure the dogs training is effective and consistent. This is crucial.
Do you teach basic obedience?
Yes! All of our programs include basic obedience training and commands as the foundation. What makes us unique from other trainers is that even with our basic program, we teach you so much more so you can have lasting success. The commands are great but we teach you how to use these commands as a useful tool to your everyday routine as well as how to use them to address your unwanted dog behaviors. You will learn commands such as sit-stay, down-stay, place, crate, and heel but really it is so much more then just the commands. To sign up fill out the contact form to get started!
What kinds of dog behaviors can you address?
We can tackle many behaviors such as separation anxiety, dog reactivity, human reactivity, pulling on leash, jumping, counter surfing, excessive barking, nipping, biting, toy/food possessiveness, charging the door and guests, over excitement, improve coming when called, or call the dog off objects and so much more.
We can also help you prepare for puppy hood to adult hood. Or if you are expecting a new baby or already have children, we can help you get your dog in a respectful place so you don’t have to worry about the dog putting your baby and children in danger.
Take a look at our PROGRAMS to find the best program for you!
Do you handle dog aggression?
Unfortunately we cannot at this time handle severe dog aggression cases. We can however, direct you to trainers that have teams more suitable for this serious behavior. Aggression can be overcome with the right trainers and program, and I have the best referrals! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral.
If you are unsure if you have severe aggression, schedule a FREE phone consult and we can dicuss what kind of dog you are dealing with and see if we can tackle it or if its best to refer you to someone who spcializes in it.
Do you offer obedience or social classes?
We do not offer obedience classes at this time. We believe that in order to gain lasting results one on one training is most appropriate and valuable. Many people get lost in classes and are unable to get the attention they need to get real results, especially if you are dealing with more difficult behaviors. So we have decided for now to focus on helping people one on one.
If the reason you like classes is because of socialization, we do offer free monthly pack walks for our clients and community to participate in. Check out our next walk HERE.
If you feel one on one is right for you then contact us now to get started!
What is balanced training?
Balanced training is essentially training using both “yes” and “no”. To stay balanced we have to use realistic techniques that includes positive and negative, or reward and punishment. If you are a parent I’m sure you are familiar with telling your kid “great job” when they do good things or are respectful and obedient, but then when they are disobedient or disrespectful you tell them “no” and likely punish them. Why do we say “great job” and usually with a reward? To encourage good behavior. Why do we say “no” with punishment? To discourage and hopefully stop the behavior. We use this same technique with our dogs. While yes, dogs are a completely different species and are in no way like humans, dogs naturally correct each other in the pack dynamic.
While yes there will be times when we say no to the dog, there will be more times we say yes!
A “no” will go along with a correction in the form of a leash correction, gentle physical touch, bonker, remote collar stimulation, or something else that my be appropriate. We in no way cause harm to the dog but use techniques that are fair and humane.
A “yes” will be in the form of verbal praise, touch of affection, food, or a toy. We will use what is most appropriate for the individual dog.
Here is a video discussing why it’s ok to tell your dog “no”: https://youtu.be/quNs8AUAsh0
To learn more about our philosophy visit our ABOUT page.
Do you offer puppy training?
YES! We have an excellent puppy program. We have designed it so we can help you develop the adult dog that can be well behaved, balanced, and ready for anything! You learn the basic obedience foundation, as well as potty training, crate training, how to socialize, nutrition guidance, desensitization, and so much more! And then if you want to up-level your puppy we can add on the off leash program to create the everywhere dog!
Your new puppy will be set up for success!
Board and Train vs One on One In-Home Sessions
Board and Train programs are great for dogs that have more serious issues like separation anxiety, nervous or fearful tendencies, and of course aggression. This also is a great program for those that have busy schedules and are afraid they will not have the time to commit to the training by themselves or even with the one on one program. With the board and train we do the heavy lifting while you prepare for a well mannered dog to come back home. However, please do not get the idea that it will be all fun and games when the dog returns home, you will still need to be ready to follow through with training and make sure you have lasting success while following the go home instructions and new routine.
One on one programs are great for those that have the time to commit to their own in home board and train. I come in, act as your coach and guide you throughout the entire process. You learn all the skills, techniques, and more to enable you to essentially train your own dog. We demo everything you need to know and you practice between each session. This process may take longer but being able to be the trainer yourself will help you develop some awesome skills and excellent bond with your dog.
Either program is great and will get you the same results, although I suggest the board and train for the more serious dog issues. It just depends on the effort you put in and time you make available to create success.
Why do you offer private in home one on one training?
One on One training is so valuable because it allows you to fully immerse yourself in the training process. Rather then having someone else do the majority of the work, you get to train while you connect with your dog on a whole new level, helping you truly understand your individual dog along with how the process works. The trainer will guide you every step of the way and be there if you should ever face a problem. We want you to succeed so will do all we can to help you reach your goals.
Another great advantage to working in your home and other familiar settings is we can address issues that may be happening in specific areas of your home. Rather then trying to recreate issues somewhere else, we can actually create the scenario and work on it in real time.
There really is no downside to one on one in home training. It is a great option and we are so happy to be able to offer it to you!
What is your service area?
We proudly serve the San Gabriel Valley area in southern California. This includes: San Dimas, Glendora, La Verne, Claremont, Pomona, Upland, Ontario, Racho Cucamonga, Chino, Corona, Monrovia, Covina, West Covina, Azusa, Duarte, Monrovia, Pasadena, Walnut, Diamond Bar, Brea, Fullerton, and Anaheim.
Really we will help anyone around the globe. If you feel a connection with us but live out of state or far away, reach out! We can help you virtually or you can even send your dog to us for a board and train. You wouldn’t be the first and certainly not the last.
For in-home programs there will be a mileage fee if you live 20 miles or further from Ontario, CA. Anyone in our 20 mile radious will have no additional fees. To save some pennies you can also opt-in to travel to our location.
If you do not see your city here, we may just have missed it. If you are in this general area feel free to fill out a contact form. We would love to meet you!
Cancellations and Refunds
We understand life happens and will do our best to accommodate any changes or cancellations. However, please read over contract and invoice for expiration dates, nonrefundable deposits, and cancellation fees. Here is a brief overview.
Full payment is due when booking begins in order to hold your dates.
For last minute session cancellations (less then 24 hours notice), your session lost will not be refundable. To regain this session you will have to pay a $50 fee. We do not want you to miss your sessions as they are very important to your progression and ultimate result. Please do your very best to make your scheduled sessions as this is part of the commitment process to your dog and crucial to your success.
To reschedule future sessions please notify us ASAP so we can see if we have any openings in our schedule. We do book up far in advance so please try your hardest to stick with your original schedule of sessions.
Program cancellations must be done prior to the week before training commencement to receive a refund in full or a percentge depening on when you cancel. If the balance has been paid, it can be used towards a reschedule of the program within 6 months or at the earliest convenience of RDT.
All programs must be completed within 6 months of 1st session.
Does the whole family have to be present during training? What about children?
It is encouraged that the entire household be present since this will encourage best results. However, we understand it may be difficult to arrange everyone’s schedule for each session. We will do our best to help you but you should assign a regular attendee to be at every session and this person(s) will have to repeat and demo what was taught during the session. This will ensure success, consistency, ad clear understanding for the dog.
Children can be present and may be allowed to participate depending on the dog and age of child. Otherwise children are encouraged to sit quietly at the side or it may be suggested to have a babysitter so that adult(s) can have full attention and participation during the session. This is to ensure best results! We want to minimize distractions as much as possible as this is an important investment you are making.
What days and times do you offer training sessions?
Currently we offer training sessions on the following days and times.
When you schedule your sessions you will be offered specific days and times. Please let us know if there are times that you absolutely cannot make otherwise we hope you can adjust your schedule to meet with us.
The latest we schedule sessions is 5pm.
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If we can help answer any further questions, or if you’d like to chat and see if we’re the right fit for you, don’t hesitate to reach out.