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  1. What is dog training?
    Dog training is the process of teaching in order to have either control or perform necessary tasks.
     
  2. How do I choose the right training school?
    The best way to choose a training school is by asking questions. For each question asked a proper answer that makes logic to you must be given. How long they take with you on the phone and in their willingness to explain. You will have a good idea, and use your gut feeling. If you feel pressure, impoliteness or they make you feel uncomfortable hang up, call another school.
     
  3. How do I choose a good trainer?
    Choosing a good trainer is based on many factors. 1- How many years full time have they been a trainer, 2- How knowledgeable is he/she in behavior, 3- Do they know Ethology, what training methods do they use? All these questions you ask must be answered and proved to you. If a trainer says for example I use the clicker training method, then you know he/she has no experience and only knows that method. A trainer must be educated in all methods and use every type of method necessary. The trainer under no circumstances can offer a specific type of training without finding out the character and temperament of the dog as well as age, sex and breed which that dictates what method is best for that individual dog. Without evaluating No trainer can say which method is best. Plus the environment plays a great deal in the equation.

  4. What makes a good trainer?
    One that listens, understands, explains, motivates combined with years of experience in 3 areas Behavior, Ethology, Training.

  5. Why do all trainers think their own methods are the best?
    Because they know of No Other Method. A trainer must be educated in all methods and use every type of method needed to achieve the best results. It depends on the character and temperament of the dog plus age, sex and breed that dictates what method is best suitable. Without evaluating no trainer can say which method is best.

  6. What training equipment do I need?
    Equipment for training differs from 1 method to the other. Once the method of training is establish the equipment then becomes apparent. The only training equipment that is part of any training method is a 6 foot training leash.

  7. Can I train my dog without a trainer?
    Yes and No; without the right guidance of a professional you may worsen the behavior and results, proper evaluation of character and temperament is needed to choose which method you should use. Do Not Listen to anyone that is not in the field of training. Books are good, DVD's are good but it still doesn't evaluate what method is best for your dog that includes all the other variables that play a role in the process.

  8. Can a trainer guide me or instruct me over the phone?
    Yes and No; if you are a student of that trainer yes, if not No. Again the character and temperament is of the upmost importance. The trainer must see the dog first. Can a mechanic diagnose the noise coming from your car without seeing your vehicle?

  9. Why is the cost for training different from one trainer to another?
    You get what you pay for lies true to everything. A 200 dollar lawyer verses a 1200 dollar lawyer the results will be apparent at the end. You pay for the years of experience and knowledge.
     
  10. Why is an evaluation necessary?
    The evaluation is very important in analyzing what method of training will be best. Also helps access where the dog stands in the canine level.
     
  11. Are group classes good?
    Yes and No; Yes its budget friendly and helps, and no because it's not the real training for the real world. Group classes are always done in a controlled environment. In a controlled environment there is no strange dogs, cats, cars, bikes, motorcycles, people, kids, squirrels and the list goes on. So it's a limited form of training, plus its usually 1 instructor for many dogs. They cannot give individual attention to the students with their dogs. Many use treats as a training method.
     
  12. Are private classes good?
    Yes private classes are the best. The 1 on 1 individual attention assures proper training. With the in home training every behavior can be observed and corrected or modified to the best possible in and out on the streets. Street Smarts!

  13. What to teach before 3 months?
    Puppies are taken away from their mother at 8 weeks between 8 and 12 weeks it's the bonding stages with the owner and its surroundings. During that period 1- The start of potty training, 2- Also getting comfortable with having a collar and a leash on, 3- Socializing with kids and people.

  14. What to teach at the age of 3 months?
    At the age of 3 months you can begin the obedience training.

  15. Is there an age best for training?
    Yes 3 months of age, this will prevent bad behavior before it starts. If your mother started disciplining you in your later years of life she would have a harder time verses if she started when you were very young. Same thing applies to your dog. Why do you think the mother of the pups begin right away disciplining their young and not wait till they are older

  16. Is it worth training small dogs?
    Yes even small dogs need to be trained regardless of size and weight.

  17. Is agility worth teaching?
    Yes and no. Yes for the fun of it, and no if your dog is very hyper active. That will amplify their hyper activeness.

  18. Is personal protection training worth teaching?
    Yes and no; note if you do training in defense work make sure the dog has what it takes. Evaluate prior. A dominant dog can; a submissive dog no it will turn in to be a fear bitter, and once done there is no going back. In other words you can't take a ballerina and make it into a boxer nor can you take a boxer and make it into a ballerina.

  19. House Food, Raw or Commercial?
    Individual preference, everyone has an opinion.

  20. How often should a training course be?
    Once a week; that way it will give the pet owner a week to practice what they have been taught, before they move on to the next commands.

  21. How long should training sessions be at a training school?
    Approximately 1 hour.

  22. How long should I practice on my own?
    Daily 20 minutes, or as much as possible during the time the dogs is walked.

  23. If my dog doesn't learn well what is the cause?
    Main causes; Method of training, the guidance/instructions received, bad communication with the trainer, laziness of the pet owner (not enough practicing) not putting the time and effort: My formula for a good obedient dog is (patience + persistency + consistency + repetition)

  24. What can I teach my dog other then obedience?
    Depending on what you want; it also depends on the dogs' capabilities. A trainer can guide you with that.

  25. Can I teach certain commands only?
    Yes

  26. Can I teach my dog to stay on my property?
    Yes. All training requires; Patience, Persistence, Consistency & Repetition.

  27. Can I train my dog in several languages?
    Yes you can.

  28. How do I know if the trainer is telling me the truth?
    As long as it makes sense; and logical to you.

 

All training requires; Patience, Persistence, Consistency & Repetition

 

Harry Kalajian
M.D.T.  With over 32 years experience
All Aspect of training, Behaviorist, Ethologist & Psychologist
Executive Dog Training Inc.
941-447-8234
www.executivedogtraining.com

 

 

 

 

 

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