Can a dog really be trained?
Absolutely! All dogs are capable of being trained. With the proper attention and the owner’s consistent efforts, dogs can be trained to be peaceful, well trained companions.
How is Dog Gone Good different from other dog training companies?
We are highly recommended by many other pet professionals and much of our business is from our clients sending their friends and family to us because they were so happy with our services. We often get people coming to us after not being satisfied with other dog trainers. Read more on why you should choose us to help you train your dog.
What will I have to do in between classes?
In class you are given the tools you need to work with your dog. A total of 30 minutes of training each day will help ensure optimal results. This can be done in 10 or 15 minute increments and by more than one family member.
Is my dog too young to be trained?
A dog’s optimum training period starts at 6 weeks of age. Please see next question and class requirements.
Is it dangerous for my puppy to be in class before he is fully vaccinated?
Please follow this link for a puppy socialization position statement from the American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior.
Is my dog too old to be trained?
A dog is never too old to learn. Adult dogs of all ages welcome.
Are other family members/children allowed to come to class?
It is important for all family members to participate in the training at home. All family members are welcome for our in-home dog training sessions. Our general rule is children under 10 years old should not come to group classes. An exception might be made for mature eight or nine year old children. If you would like younger children to participate in the sessions, our in-home dog training sessions would probably be a better fit for your family.
What is Dog Gone Good’s success rate?
Our business runs almost entirely on referrals. This is because our clients are very satisfied. View Success Stories. Your dog’s success also depends on you. In class you are given all the tools you need to work with your dog on class content at home. What you get out of the class will depend on what you put into it each week. Your dog will work for you if you motivate him. In class you will be taught how your companion thinks and how to figure out what motivates him the most. Each class will consist of instruction, demonstration, practice and instructor feedback, discussion and questions, review of homework and class handouts.
Where is Dog Gone Good located?
We service many towns south and west of Chicago – View Service Area
What training method does Dog Gone Good use?
We use positive reinforcement and leadership based training methods. We motivate dogs to learn through reward based training using treats, toys, play, praise, etc. We also incorporate leadership exercises so your dog will not only know what you want him to do, but will also want to listen to your commands. Yes, it still comes down to motivation. Good leaders know how to get results by motivating others not by using fear based methods. We do not use any physical corrections in our dog training programs. (please see next question)
I’ve used traditional method training with previous dogs. Why should I switch to positive reinforcement?
Please view punishment and dominance position statements from the American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers also has a great article on Dominance and Dog Training
Do I have to use treats to train my dog? Will my dog become food/treat dependent? Will I always have to use treats?
We do not have to use treats if you choose not to for our in-home dog training programs. In group classes, treats work best because they can compete with the other distractions in class. Outside of class, treats are only a small part of the training program. If treats are used properly, your dog will not be food/treat dependent. We also teach you how to wean your dog off of treats without losing the desired behavior.