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What makes You different?

 We are always looking at every individual dog for who they truly are. This means taking into account their genetic traits, individual personalities, learned behaviors, and understanding their perception in a variety of situations. Training with them in a way that allows them to express these instinctual behaviors, and open up to do the things they truly enjoy.  

I want dogs to be happy, confident, have a purpose, and create these interactions together. Interactions that build a fulfilling relationship, provide learning, emotional balance, cooperation, mutual understanding, reliability, and authority.  

I will stand for the dog’s individuality with what might be presented as a behavioral issue. I will address behavioral issues in a manner that will limit their quality of life, or are not suitable in certain situations. I will not make a dog become something they truly are not. This means I am not going to “fix” something just because an owner might not like it. I will also not force a dog to just comply to a bunch of commands to make them adapt to a lifestyle that does not meet who they’re. I will always educate owners first on who their dog is, and what they need to see if we can be on the same page. 

Our innovative approach provides owners with a new way to think about training with their dog, and what actually makes a happy dog while still being reliable.  

Our expertise in behavioral issues stands above with taking on training with dogs that have serious behavioral problems such as anxiety, reactivity, dog aggression, and human aggression. We work with dogs that have been told they cannot be helped, just to manage, or focus on obedience commands to fix issues. We have transformed dogs that other trainers recommended euthanasia, or have been turned away.

What training tools do you use?

The bigger part of the question is not what tools are being used, but what the overall goal is with training, and how are those tools helping.

Training tools can be such a focus, but trainers will use them differently. When are they using them? Why are they using? How are they using them?  Is the only focus of the training set on a tool and a command?  What is the bigger outlook of the overall training if there is any.

Tools when used correctly help create more clarity, direction, and reliability, but the interaction with the handler is most important. Some tools listed below will be used, please ask during a consultation or phone call these important questions. 

  • Food/Treats
  • Toys
  • Leash
  • Long Line
  • Flat Collar
  • Slip Leash
  • Prong Collar
  • E-Collar
  • Compressed Air
  • Squirt Bottle
  • Crate/Kennel
  • Cot
  • Muzzle
Do you use prong collars?

Yes, despite the way a prong collar looks. Prong collars are a great tool that can create even pressure around the neck that does not result in choking. This provides a unique sensation to your dog. We use this tool to give direction, and to teach in a way that is a very important approach for the way the dog learns.

Do you use e-collars?

Yes, e-collars are an advanced tool that are great for its unique electronic stimulation to help with off-leash obedience, and also to help with behavioral modification wirelessly. The goal is to not be dependent on the use of this very unique stimulation, and not used with a bunch of commands. 

We only use high quality e-collars through E- Collar Technologies that have consistent and reliable technology. 

Should I choose Private or Board and Train?

Private training is great for an owner that can dedicate the time and effort to work through all the repetitions, training exercises, and proper exposure when needed. Private training is also best for more minor behavior problems.

Board and Trains are a great immersive process for your dog, and for dogs that have more severe behavioral problems. They are also a good choice if you just do not have the time to put into all the initial training. 

 

What are the levels of support, and what does that include?

All of our programs have different levels of continued support. 

Contact support is if you have any questions towards anything we worked on during our programs, or just minor issues you might need help with. You can contact us through txt, email, or phone to help you out.

Refresher lessons are available in some programs to provide support for piece of mind. If we cannot help you through contact support, and hands on will get you back on track with what we worked on in your program. Then we will come out and work an additional lesson. Refresher lessons are allowed on a 1 lesson per a month basis if needed.  

What age do you accept dogs into your board and train?

We take in dogs as young as 6 months old. At this adolescent age we are able to teach them a lot, because they have the mental capabilties to learn reliable obedience, and progress through behavioral modification training. 

What program is best for my dog?

Programs are decided based on a couple factors. The behavioral issues, overall goals, and how much support you would prefer.

 

What type of dogs or clients do you take?

K9 Disciples will take on any type of dog into the right program.

For any dog to be successful with its training, the client needs to be on the same page. 

We are to work together for what is best for your dog, and to make the neccesary changes. This can be overall interactions, exercise, developing the owners skills, providing feedback, etc. 

I will put my effort into providing everything neccessary for your success, and expect the owner to do the same. 

 

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