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Training Program Expectations


What's the goal of a training program?


To maximize your dog's individual potential! Whether you're working on obedience, manners, or socialization, we want to help you bring out their best. Just like people, each dog has unique strengths and challenges. We'll help you set realistic expectations for your dog and yourself throughout your program.


Will my dog be done training at the end of our sessions?


When it comes to obedience and manners for adult dogs, we often see lots of goals met (or even surpassed) and good progress made during their program. Young puppies and teenagers make great progress too, and it's normal for them to need more time before we're able to relax our training. They thrive on your continued guidance as they grow!


Most dogs reach their maximum potential several weeks or even a couple months after their last session. Our programs are designed so that you have all the tools you need to confidently implement the final parts of your dog's training. We'll check in with you periodically after graduation, and you can always schedule "touch up" sessions later if needed! We're here for your dog's life.


When can we stop using treats?


Just like you need a paycheck even after you know how to do your job, your dog will need to be rewarded for their work, too! Food is far from the only reward. Dogs can work for anything they enjoy; food, toys, play, opportunity to go outside, getting to say hello to someone, getting to smell stuff on a walk, and more. We'll help you transition your dog to a reward system that works for you both.


What do I need to do?


We'll give you the tools and know-how to help your dog. Your role for your dog is:

  1. To carry out the training plan. While we wish we could wave a magic wand and help your dog just within our sessions, behavior change takes time and practice. Your dog's behaviors won't change unless your behaviors do. And they won't be consistent unless you are. We'll help you find ways to maximize your success and fit training into your lifestyle.

  2. To let us know if you have questions, concerns, or struggles. We want more joy and less stress for both you and your dog! Email us so we can help you both out ASAP :) Timely, honest communication helps us do our best for you.

We're here to help you succeed, and we're always rooting for you and your dog!

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