Frequently Asked Questions
We welcome in speaking with our new and prospective clients, to help save valuable time for you and for us we have listed some of the most common questions we encounter from our customers.
Q. What is the reward for my dog when my dog receives training?
A. The reward for your dog is the praise, love and affection it gets from you when you are in their presence. The reward for your dog is being able to go to the beach or with you to lunch at a cafe's and be in a down/stay while you spend time with your friends.
Q. What tools do we use at DePaul K9 Academy?
A. We have many tools in our toolbox for training. I have knowledge of many tools. Your body is one of the most effective tools you have by applying spatial pressure. This is pressure of energy moving to and away from your dog. This is called the non-material tools. We use in house leash training, we use prong collars, these are very humane and zero injury when used correctly. We use low level remote collar training, this does not "shock" your dog, it is a low pressure on and off theory, a means to have a conversation with your dog.
I do use food rewards, but do not believe in keeping your dog on treats to do a command. No one is going to carry food around all the time. The idea is not to have your dogs listen only when there is food involved. Your dog is listening because of understanding the command, the reward of praise and love he receives from you.
Q. Is my dog too old to train? Too young to train?
A. No your dog is not too old or too young to start training. We have trained dogs 6 to 12 years of age, as well as puppies as early as 10 weeks. You can start right away with your puppy when you bring them home to start creating rules, boundaries and limitations. Household manners right off the bat! Older dogs may have certain behaviors they have been allowed to get away with which has no created a problem in the home, but in a few sessions that will change.
Q.Do we work with aggressive dogs?
A. There are different levels of aggression in dogs. We will work with aggressive dogs, and do so on a case by case basis, but do not handle red zone cases. We refer out to a trainer that works with these cases on a continuous basis.
Q. Do you work with all breeds of dogs?
A. Absolutely! Tail, head, 4 paws, we work with them. Every dog deserves a chance to be trained no matter what the breed.
Q. Should my whole family participate?
A. Yes. I feel the entire family should be on board. This includes the type of tools and program I use, the children as well as other dogs. Everything in the home has an influence on how the dog behaves. Remember we are not just training one dog, it is a new lifestyle and behaviors changed for both family and dog(s), and cats.
Q. What happens if I don not follow the program at home?
A. This sometimes can be difficult for people with their busy schedules. So, it is important that if you make the commitment to start training your dog, you are filly committed and will follow the program as directed by the trainer. You will need to do your homework from week to week in order for you and the your dog to be successful.
Q. What if I run into problems and can not get my dog to do behave the way it did when we were in class or in the board and train program?
A. Just contact the trainer, the trainer will come out and help you through whatever it is you are having difficulty with your dog. It is important to understand what it took to establish the rules, boundaries and limitations, so you and your dog can continue to develop the bond and trust between you.
Q. I give my dog exercise in the backyard, is this enough?
A. Dog's need exercise, not just playing in the back yard chasing a ball. Dog's actually need taking daily structured walks. Exercise and routine are key to the success of my training.
Q. My dog seems to only act out with behaviors when it is at home or with me at times?
A. Dogs gravitate toward stability and strong leadership. If we are not expressing and giving the correct energy our dog's will try to take the lead. This usually ends up in a dog that had behaviors becomes fearful, aggressive, insecure and has lack of confidence.