Q: Is group training right for my dog?
A: Female dogs who are not spayed may be able to join a group class when they are not in heat. Dogs who are aggressive, fearful, reactive, bully other dogs, and/or excessively pull on the leash may only be suitable for One on One training or Specialty Classes. When you and your dog are ready I can pair you with other people and their dogs to work in small group classes.
Q: What are the benefits of puppy training?
A: Puppy training is focused on routine to help reinforce good house manners. It is a good lead-up to specialty training and also works well together with puppy classes. After a quick training session, there is playtime and polite leash behaviour training. Training helps to ensure that your puppy will grow up to be a happy and healthy dog.
For puppies under 3 months, I recommend a potty break once every three hours. For puppies over 3 months, I recommend a potty break once every four hours. This usually means 2 potty breaks spaced appropriately throughout the workday.
Q: How is training scheduled?
A: One on One training is scheduled on a day and time that works best for you and your dog (subject to availability).
Small Group Dog Training Classes and Specialty Classes are offered on a first come first serve basis so you will be offered a spot if/when available in a class.
Basic Manners Classes are Open Enrollment so you will be offered an available spot in a class and start right away.
Come train with your dog at my Dedicated Dog Training Facility in Brandon Manitoba! All training levels welcome!
Q: What are your payment policies?
A: Dog training services can be arranged based on your dog's needs. Payments for services are due in advance.
I accept credit card, cash, cheque, or e-transfer.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: Rescheduling is done based on availability. Two weeks advance notice is required prior to the cancellation or suspension of services.
Q: What happens when Manitoba weather gets tough?
A: I take your family dog’s health and safety very seriously. When Manitoba weather gets tough (extreme cold, extreme heat / humidity, heavy snow or rain, thunderstorms, high winds, etc.) your dog can have a quick break outside without endangering their health and training time should be done with your dog indoors. If there are specific guidelines that you would like to follow, I can help you make sure they are part of your dog’s routine.
Q: What happens if my dog gets sick or injured?
A: Pet CPR, First Aid, & Care Certified through St. John Ambulance, I carry a first aid kit as well as extra equipment in case of emergency. If your dog gets sick or injured during training, I can administer first aid with your permission and then help you determine how to proceed. Sometimes first aid is all that is needed to deal with common accidents, injuries, and illnesses. As a part of the service agreement you will be required to sign a vet care release. This authorizes me to seek veterinarian care for your dog if necessary in the event that you or your emergency contact cannot be contacted.
Q: What is your approach to training dogs?
A: I believe in using only R+ positive reinforcement Force Free training methods with the dogs in my care and teaching only the same to my clients. I never use physical corrections or verbally abuse dogs. I use wholesome treats and praise to reward good behaviours and redirect unwanted behaviours towards more productive ones. I never use fear or coercion to intimidate dogs. I use leadership and good example to show dogs what to do and how to do it with rewards and encouragement. With clear boundaries that recognize and respect limitations, I set dogs up for success by helping them to learn how easy it is to be rewarded for good behaviour.
Let’s work together in a Small Group Class or One on One to train your dog to do the behaviours you want and generalize them into the real world. It is so rewarding to help people build good relationships with their dogs by training together!