FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I'M INTERESTED IN DOG TRAINING! WHAT'S NEXT? HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Congrats on taking the first step in your dog training journey! To begin, I recommend booking a consultation. We will review your questions and goals for training, and I will have a chance to meet you and your pet(s) and evaluate your current situation.
Prior to your appointment, please fill out and submit a registration form.
Hamilton County & Northeast Indianapolis residents: I now offer services via PetSuites Fishers.
DO YOU OFFER IN-HOME TRAINING?
Yes! I provide custom, in-home training sessions.
Alternatively, you may opt to meet in another location such as a public park, or even a virtual session via Google Duo or Zoom.
DO YOU OFFER GROUP CLASSES?
Unfortunately, classes are not being held currently. Stay tuned! Classes will be offered at PetSuites Fishers.
WHAT IS YOUR TRAINING METHODOLOGY?
I am a science-based, force free, positive reinforcement trainer. I strive to regularly continue my education, and use only the most humane and scientifically-supported methods.
I do not, and will not, use any methods or tools that intentionally cause discomfort, fear, stress, or pain.
HOW DO TRAINING SESSIONS WORK? DO YOU TRAIN MY PET(S), OR WILL I?
I recommend pet parents being involved in as much of the training process as possible. By default in my private training sessions, I will explain the concept or skill, demonstrate for you, then let you take the wheel and coach you. You should practice the skills you learn in your sessions as often as possible, and incorporate them into your daily life for best results.
However, if time or lifestyle constraints are a concern for you, you can book your appointment as a one-on-one training session and I can perform the necessary training. Please contact me to set up a plan for one-on-one sessions. Dog walking services are also one-on-one sessions by default.
I also offer day tutoring sessions and stay and study sessions at PetSuites Fishers!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BOOK TRAINING SESSIONS?
I typically find most pet parents can learn the common skills needed for "basic obedience" in 4-6 sessions. How often is completely up to you and your pet(s), and very much depends on your lifestyle.
Advanced skills and behavior modification training will typically require a very involved and dedicated training plan.
Most clients prefer to meet weekly, but some meet more frequently and some less.
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD I BEGIN TRAINING MY DOG?
Your dog is never too young, or too old to benefit from training.
Proactive training is always recommended.
WHAT WILL I NEED FOR TRAINING SESSIONS?
Minimum required materials:
Lots of your dog's favorite treats (small treats that your dog can eat quickly work best)
A training clicker (commonly available at many pet stores, on Amazon, or even at Tractor Supply)
A collar or harness
A standard leash (No retractable leashes, please)
A rug, yoga mat, dog bed, or platform that your dog can comfortably lay on
A sturdy long-line (long leash)
Your dog's favorite toys
A target stick
Simple food puzzles, such as a standard Kong filled with peanut butter