Frequently Asked Questions

We sure do!  We have trained thousands of dogs over the years and have experience in working with just about every breed and breed mix.
In nature, puppies are constantly being taught, reinforced, and nurtured by their mother from birth; therefore we begin teaching puppies from the first day they come home. When a puppy learns ‘how to learn,’ they quickly gain confidence, focus and a more cooperative dynamic with their family.
The price varies – we find that an assessment of your dog and you gives us the best idea of which training avenue to suggest. Ready to schedule an assessment? Give us a call at 618/964-1000.
This depends on your goals, abilities and preferences.  Some people wish to do the training on their own and we agree!  Occasionally, the needs of your dog dictate a different approach because sometimes it is easier to maintain the training of your dog than it is to instill it. A thorough discussion of your goals, a professional assessment of your dog and the opportunity to observe what is really possible with your dog will help you choose the right avenue of training.
Your lessons may begin here at our facility, but as your dog’s skill increases, you will need to expand the areas in which you train in order to find distractions strong enough to tempt your dog.  Before long, you will be able to take your dog everywhere you go because he will remain attentive under any level of distraction.
Never.  The old saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” only applies to your ‘ex’.  Your dog is much more adaptable and willing to learn how to have a more peaceful, cooperative life with you.
We keep our group classes small in order to provide more effective coaching to our students.  Typically 15 or less.
Residency training (also known as “Big Momma’s House”) is a training option in which you leave your dog with us for personal training for a period of 1 to 3 weeks. We work with your dog, instill the training and then teach you how to work with your dog at the end of it.
Absolutely!  We will have helped your dog learn self-control, obedience to command, and to accept and cooperate with calm leadership. Our aftercare program (which is extensive and included in the residency tuition) provide a rich environment for you to learn to maintain your dog’s training – and enhance it!
Absolutely NOT!  By using our “Whole Dog Approach” to training, your dog will become a more confident, cooperative version of himself.
Dog training is not a ‘once-and-done’ kind of thing.  Just as a person who chooses to adopt a healthy lifestyle must maintain it, so too, you will need to maintain your dog’s focus and obedience each day.
We believe that every minute of every day that you spend interacting with your dog is ‘training’.  By simply meaning what you say and following through to ensure that your commands are immediately followed at any given time – you will be effectively ‘training’.  No time clock or schedule is needed.
Some people choose to use a foreign language when training their dog.  Occasionally it is because the ‘foreign’ commands are unlike anything the dog may hear in normal daily life, but often it is just a personal preference.  The choice is yours.
Glad you asked!  Most people are unsure how to deal with their dog’s problems or reach their training goals.  Many veterinarians suggest ‘obedience training’ when faced with behavioral questions from their clients.  We prefer to start with a personal assessment of your dog to gain insight into his temperament, drive, natural strengths, and areas of difficulty.  The guidance of a dog behavior specialist can help you get the most value for your training dollar and greatly enhance the quality of life of both you AND your dog!
Most definitely – actually rehabilitating unwanted aggression in dogs is one of our subspecialties. We have rehabilitated hundreds of aggressive dogs over the years. This experience has made us a vital resource for other professional trainers and has made us a nationally recognized leader in dog behavior, education and rehabilitation.
No.  We have met dogs that were challenging to train. And we have met dog owners who wouldn’t be trained.  Dogs naturally crave structure and clarity regardless of their temperaments, issues or past experiences – they are typically much more willing to learn new ways of being than many people we know!
No. Dogs that are suited best for police work, detection and searching have a distinctive drive, intensity and temperament that make them want to work. These dogs are relatively uncommon, extremely busy, and, as a result, do not always make the best house pets.
No. Dogs that are fearful generally have two things going against them. 1) A lack of skill sets to cope with their anxieties and fears. 2) Owners who nurture their dogs’ fears without realizing they are doing so.  Through training of both dog and owner, we can effect change in these two areas and unlock the prison that holds the fearful dog captive.
Yes. With coaching from a qualified dog behavior specialist and a sound training plan, dogs that have been the victim of neglect, abuse, torture and under socialization can experience a vast improvement in their quality of life.
Yes. We are frequently quoted as saying “aggression is a symptom, not the problem” and we stand by it.  It is important to determine the origin of your dog’s aggression. We strongly recommend a thorough temperament assessment. From there, we can direct you to a solution or means of management that can bring peace back into the life of you and your dog.