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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
House training your dog can be a difficult, frustrating process, and time and patients are key. Using a crate at night and when you aren't able to keep an eye on your dog is very helpful. A crate will teach your dog to hold it until they are let out of the crate, a dog should be taken outside as soon as they are let out from their crate and praised for going to the bathroom outside. For more tips on how to house train your dog give me a call at (413) 525-9888.
Dogs bark, but excessive barking can be an issue. The first step is to determine why your dog is barking, are they lonely, bored, frustrated or frightened? Then the next step is to correct that behavior, give me a call at (413) 525-9888 and we can determine the best training technique for your dog.
Like other bad dog behaviors dogs can be crewing for many reasons. Young puppy's are most likely teething and older dog left home alone all day just might be bored. In both these cases the best things to do is dog proof your home, don't leave shoes or other items around the house. Also provide your dog with plenty of chew toys and exercise, a well exercised dog will be too tried to chew and give me a call at 413-525-9888 and I can help you through the process and provide you with other dog obedience tips.
A dog's aggression toward other dogs can come from their natural desire to determine social rank. Early and ongoing socialization plays a key role in preventing your dog's aggression towards others. When training with me, you will learn engagement techniques that will condition your dog to pay attention to you at all times and to let the world go by without reacting aggressively or negatively.
Dog jumping up on people always starts out as cute when your dog is a puppy, but as they grow this habit not only becomes annoying it also become dangerous. If a child or elderly person come near your dog and they jump up to say hi, they could knock that person back and cause injury. One way to start to teach your do to not jump up is when they jump on you, turn away from them and say off in a firm voice, then redirect their attention to a sit command, once they sit reward the good behavior. To learn more tips on how to stop your dog from jumping call me at 413-525-9998.
Due to the tremendous increase in requests for private training sessions, group classes are not being offered at this time. For private sessions , call me at 413-525-9888 or email kmdogman@verizon.net
Private Sessions are by the hour at $125.00 per.
Once we have the initial training session, I will have a better view of what will be needed. We can then come up with a good plan and schedule more sessions if needed. Give me a call at (413) 525-9888 and we can determine the best training techniques for your dog.
I like to start working with pups at around 10-14 weeks. I believe it is super important to do all of your environmental, shaping and imprinting work early in a dogs life. You have one shot to get this work done correctly. If you put your time in early, the end result will be a solid, well adjusted dog that is a pleasure to have in your family. Call me for more information on environmental work, imprinting and shaping behaviors. 413-525-9888
Due to the tremendous increase in requests for private training sessions, I am not offering any group classes at this time.
Private training sessions are by the hour at $125.00 per. I offer a package of 3 privates for $350.00
I am available for private training sessions seven days a week at any reasonable time. I am typically booked out 1 to 2 weeks ahead, so with some advanced notice we can usually get you into the schedule. I can come work with you and you dog at your home, or you can come work at my training fields in Wilbraham, Ma.
Absolutely! I strongly advise people with good working/high energy dogs to compete in some venue at some level. I have experience in many areas, from Rally trials to working dog sports. I truly enjoy working with folks in this area and helping them compete and achieve success!
I have had a great deal of success working with dog aggressive dogs at local dog parks. This may seem strange at first but works very well. We DO NOT enter the park with the aggressive dog. We do all work on the outside of the fence at a safe distance. We work the dogs using HIGH VALUE food reward, or toy, and the correct equipment for management. We teach the dog that if he stays in a calm, clear state of mind, he earns a great reward. They quickly learn, when around other dogs, great things come from their handler.This, in turn, teaches the dog to pay attention to its handler and not the other dogs.
I have been working with dogs in one aspect or another for 30 years, at the professional level since 1991.