FAQ: IN-HOME TRAINING
Is in-home training right for me and my dog?
In-home training is a great option for anyone looking for one-on-one, hands-on training with one of our certified trainers. In-home sessions can cover any behavior, from basic manners to behavior modification. They are a great fit for dogs who have displayed aggression towards other dogs or people, or for dogs who only display a particular behavior at home.
How long are sessions? How are sessions structured?
The initial consultation will be two hours long. Additional training sessions are one hour each.
The consultation is your most intensive and comprehensive session, including time for history taking, evaluation, hands-on training, and your behavior plan. Consultation appointments include a period of time at the beginning of your session in which your dog will be put away as we discuss your history and training plan. Once we have a thorough understanding of your situation, you will bring your dog out to begin hands-on training. Your trainer will determine which exercises are a priority and can be accomplished in your time frame.
Training Appointments include a recap with your trainer to track progress, and the majority of your time will be spent in hands-on training exercises with your dog.
I just got a new dog and am looking for help ensuring a smooth transition into my home! What is the best type of session for me?
We offer all new adopters a special 1.5 hour post-adoption consultation ($99) that goes over the following:
Understanding body language
Building a relationship with your new dog
Management plan creation, if needed
Introducing to current pets and/or family members
Going over history and creating plan for introducing to new people and/or dogs outside of the home
Getting started with training
Ongoing training recommendations
Prevention plans for any potential future issues
Addressing any current issues seen since bringing the dog home
Post-adoption sessions are available in home or via video session. We’ll leave you with a plan and a load of resources to help you and your new family member get off to the best start possible.
Where will training occur?
We come right to you! When you book training appointments, you have the option of scheduling these in your home, or you can request off-site training at a park, your vet’s office, or any place which allows access to dogs.
How often do we train?
Generally, sessions are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly depending on your training goals. These appointments are flexible and based almost entirely on your availability and your needs.
What if I have more than one dog?
Appointments are charged per household, not by number of dogs. We can use your time however you would like during our session with you! We are more than happy to work with one or all of your dogs on the goals in a way that makes the most sense for your family and household.
Does my dog need to be spayed or neutered?
We do not require that dogs be altered in order to train with us.
What is the cost?
Initial consults are $189 for a two-hour session. Additional sessions are $139 for an hour session. Packages are also available.
What is your guarantee?
We pride ourselves on our constant and continued customer satisfaction and desire to spread the most up-to-date information on behavior and training.
We recognize that dogs are sentient, free-thinking individuals whose behavior can never be 100% guaranteed by anyone, and you should steer away from anyone that tells you otherwise. We do, however, guarantee that both you and your dog will be treated with respect, kindness, and compassion throughout training. Your trainer will be certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and committed to continuing education. If you have any concerns during your training process, we will work closely with you to ensure that these are addressed quickly, effectively, and to the best of our ability.
What is your refund policy?
Your satisfaction is our number one priority and we are always happy to refund or credit your account for any unused services or sessions.
How long will it take me to train my dog?
Every dog is different, and the amount of time that it will take to meet your goals is highly dependent on a variety of individual factors, including type of training, your specific training goals, severity of issues, how long the behavior has been occurring, and how much time you are able to dedicate to training.
During your consultation or first group class, we will be able to give you a much better idea of what your specific dog’s needs are and create a plan to help you get there.
Training Tools: What kind of tools will we use to train my dog?
We are committed to using the least invasive, most effective training tools possible. Depending on your training plan and individual dog, these may include a front clip body harness (such as the Freedom Harness), rear clip body harness, standard 6-foot leash, basket-style muzzle, clicker, treat pouch, food, and/or toys.
We believe that learning should never be painful or scary. With this being the foundation to all of our training, we are committed to never using anything that might cause psychological, emotional, or physical pain to your dog including but not limited to shock collars, prong collars, choke chains, shaker cans, air horns, citronella spray, pet corrector cans, or anything that uses aversives to cause any fear, stress, or anxiety in your dog..
What if my dog is an adult? Can adult dogs still benefit from training?
Absolutely! Dogs are capable of learning new things at any age. Training an adult dog isn’t just about addressing behavior issues - training together can improve your relationship with your dog by improving your communication.
Where are your service areas?
In-home training is currently available in the Detroit/Ferndale/Royal Oak area and Ann Arbor.
We offer off-site appointments as well as video consultations for clients outside of our service area. In-home appointments are available in some out-of-area locations with an added $1/mile travel fee.