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What Kinds of Classes Does Clever Canines Offer?
I only offer private lessons at your home / location (workplace/somewhere where your dogs spends a great deal of time). Over the past two decades I have heard so many horror stories about incidents that have happened at group classes; it can be an accident waiting to happen. I have also heard of people being asked to leave group class because their dog’s behaviour was too disrupting – isn’t that why you are there, to learn how to behave better? Now, don’t get me wrong, you and your dog can’t stay home forever - that’s why I offer “out in public” lessons once you and your dog have the skills and commands to get out and about safely.
Although private lessons are more expensive than group classes, you have my full attention for your family and your dog. Trying to teach many owners and many dogs at once will not get you much one-on-one time with the trainer and, unless your dog does everything “by the book” and as the trainer describes, you may be left with many unanswered questions and your problems unresolved.
This question can be very hard to answer. Training with Clever Canines is not like the classic group class. Many of my customers don’t need to complete “full” training to get the results that they need. People will often ask “so when to we graduate?” and my reply is always “when you are in control, happy and, as a result, your dog is safe”.
Training your dog is like learning a musical instrument or being in physical therapy yourself – PRACTICE IS ESSENTIAL! My new customers are often shocked to discover that many problems can be solved with just one lesson. But if I leave you with homework and you don’t do it then you can not hope to get the results that you are asking for and I am probably going to be in your life for a very long time.
As I have said before, every dog is different and every owner is different. Yes, I teach the basic commands; “sit”, “come here”, “heel” and “lie down” but I also work with owners whose dogs have problems associated with aggression, unwanted barking, destructive behavior, chewing and biting, confidence / fear / anxiety issues, “potty” problems (intentional and accidents).
Dogs are never too young and never too old to start training.
As puppies we can teach our canine companions basic manners and house rules. For example; a good potty training plan, not jumping up, not using you or your house as a chew toy, good games and ways to play, good feeding, health and canine care habits and routines that will help your puppy understand that you are in charge (you are the alpha).
Older dogs (six months old or whenever they come to Clever Canines!) need to be well versed in the basic rules of puppyhood (you would be surprised how many adult dogs are still having issues that should have been eliminated at a much younger age!). Once puppyhood rules have been covered and implemented we can start learning basic commands.
Lessons are planned to fit in with your schedule and your dog's needs. Whatever amount of time we leave between lessons I am looking for you and your dog to be well versed and working as a team, ready for your next session!
Sometimes it is necessary to go longer between lessons (either for your scheduling or financial reasons) – this is not out of the question and can be arranged so that continuity is maintained without backtracking or wasting your precious financial resources.
Here is where the word “approximately” is very important! Your first lesson is your assessment lesson and usually lasts between and hour and a half and two hours. Lessons after that are usually about an hour. However, if we are in the middle of something and your time is up we will continue working until we reach a good place to stop – please do not schedule anything straight after dog training without allowing extra time.
You will need to be willing to make changes and be willing to practice with your dog(s) on a daily basis. Consistent training, body language and communication (between owners and their dogs) are essential to achieve effective and successful training.
Your dog(s) must have all inoculations up-to-date (a copy of your vet records will be required at your first lesson). Leashes, collars, toys, etc. for training will depend on your dog’s needs and we can discuss this when I meet you at our first appointment.
I charge per session (nothing in advance, nothing in arrears). My prices vary depending on your location. To avoid confusion, please call and I can calculate your fee based on your exact location.
As I have said before, private lessons are more expensive than group classes but you have my full attention for your family and your dog. I am very flexible with scheduling rules! So if lack of finances is keeping you from finding the right training for your dog’s needs give me a call. I have worked with many families to structure lessons a couple at a time to allow you to incorporate the thorough training that you and your family need into your budget.