Frequently Asked Questions
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When should I start training?
As soon as you bring your new puppy/dog home the training has begun. It is up to house to show our dogs the rules and boundaries of the house. What is expected of them and what is not. If your pup is awake, they are learning - there make sure they are learning good things and not bad things. The way we live with our dogs on a day to day bases is so important when it comes to training. Training starts before the training starts - Larry Krohn.
How much does training cost?
There is no easy answer to this question. As we've mentioned, each dog/families needs are different. Some days may require less training and some dogs may require more training. There are also different prices for varying levels of problem behaviors and/or different programs. The best thing to do is to set up a consultation.
How much time will I have to spend on training?
Less than you think. We recommend keeping sessions super short. Typically 3-5 sessions of 5-10 mins each every day. Some tasks make take a little more time but 90% of the time short & sweet is the best. Making sure to end each session on a good note and before your pup gets tired - this will make them eager and excited for more. Of course the more time you spend working with your pup the faster they will learn and the more progress you will see.
Why should I choose Rush Pack Dog Training?
Because I love what I do and there are no limits to what I will or will not do to help you obtain all of your training goals. I won’t stop until I have found the solution that will work best for you and your dog. For me this is not just a career choice but a life choice. I want to share my knowledge with the world, I want to help build better relationships between you and your dog. I want you to feel confident in taking your dog anywhere and doing everything with them. If you’re dedicated to improving the life of your dog I won’t stop until I have achieved those goals. If by chance you don’t feel like I am the right fit for you, make sure that the trainer you do choose has your dog and your families best interest at heart. Choose someone you feel completely comfortable with, that you agree with their methods and their form of training. You want to be able to know you can ask questions and receive honest answers. Also, I highly recommend meeting with any trainer you’re interested in BEFORE signing up for training, that way you can get a better feel for them and see who they are as a person.
What kind of training methods & tools do you use?
Here at Rush Pack Dog Training I train with multiple different methods, techniques and tools. I believe there is no one method or tool that meets the needs of every dog. Every dog needs training that has THEIR best interest in mind. We use a combination of food, toys or praise (for motivation) paired with various different training collars and tools (to help discourage unwanted behaviors and let the dog know they have made the wrong decision and should try again). I want a dog that is happy and eager to work, while also learning to hold themselves accountable - this is subject to each dog. I have a diverse range of tools in my toolbox. I pride myself in being open and knowledgeable about all training tools, new and old, corrective and rewarding. I want to be able to teach you about every option, even it's not the option I choose for you. I am always learning and always on the lookout for new and improved training tools and methods. To get a better understand of my most common training tools please visit the Training Materials page
Do you train Service Dogs?
The short answer; yes, I can absolutely help you train your dog to become a Service Dog. That being said, I am less knowledgable when it comes to trainings specific tasks to go along with your obedience training. So I will be learning right along with you as we go through the task teaching phase. Please keep in mind that training a Service Dog can take 6 months to 3 years before your dog is actually ready for public access work and will still require a lifelong commitment to training. Service Dog’s HAVE to have a task that mitigates your disability – Emotional Support is NOT a Service Dog task. Service Dogs have to be able to remain neutral, calm and keep themselves collected no matter what life throws their way, what person crosses their path or what animal might be going insane in front of them. A couple tests that I encourage you to be able to pass are the Canine Good Citizen and the Public Access test – both of these are more to make sure that your dog is ready to be out and about and do not hold any legal standing. The CGC test can be taken by a CGC Evaluator and a certification received. Please review the documents under our the “Training Materials” page to get an idea of what these require. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask. ALSO, PLEASE REMEMBER THERE IS NO SERVICE DOG CERTIFICATION/PAPERWORK THAT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE TO CLASSIFY YOUR DOG IS A SERVICE DOG. If you pay for a registration/ID, just know it is fake and has NO legal standing.
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