Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get in regards to our boarding and training programs. We hope that this helps answer some of your questions as well but if not give us a call and we will absolutely answer any questions you have about dog training!
Q: What training techniques do you use?
A: We are balanced trainers meaning we use operant and classical conditioning to teach the dog right from wrong. We use positive reinforcement along with negative reinforcement to teach your dog. Think of it this way; if you tell your child to not touch something and they keep doing it. What do you do? Congratulate and reward them for not listening or do you enforce what you said? Every animal (humans too) learn through consequences both positive and negative. We teach them the same way you learned growing up!
Q: Are you positive only dog trainers?
A: Nothing in life is positive only. Even the “positive only” trainers use negative punishment to train dogs, there is literally no possible way not to. Training dogs is a science built upon operant and classical conditioning. With positive reinforcement comes negative punishment. With positive punishment comes negative reinforcement. This is how dogs learn. If you’d like to read more on this subject specifically check out another post we wrote: Positive Only Trainers, The Myth
Q: Do you use shock collars?
A: We do not use shock collars, we do use eCollars upon request. The collars we use are humane and do not “shock” the dog. It is a low electrical pulse that stimulates the muscle and nerves. It is like a TENS unit that you would have put on you at the chiropractor for muscle pain. To reasearch more about the specific eCollars we use please head over to eCollar Technologies website.
Q: Wow, that seems expensive!
A: The average cost for a 2 week board & train program in the Denver area is $2600. We offer a 6 month payment plan with no interest to make our training affordable for any budget. In our board & train programs we offer lifetime support, a full 1-2 hour take home class, free group classes, and a 1 year training guarantee. We’re not your dog’s trainer for 2-3 weeks we are your dog trainers for life!
Q: How soon can we get our dog into a training program?
A: We operate on a first come, first serve basis. Your payment or deposit will lock you in for the next available training spot. If you wait even just a few days after we send your invoice, that could push your training date back by 1-3 weeks. We are typically booked out 3-4 weeks in advance.
Q: How good is your dog training?
A: We are great at what we do and we guarantee our training. Once the training is completed we teach you how to work with your dog. We can do amazing things in a few short weeks but if the training isn’t maintained at home the dog can revert back to old behaviors. You know the ones that you called us for in the first place! We go over this with you in depth during our take home class and make sure you have the tools and skills to keep your dog behaving.
Q: What can I expect?
A: You can expect a well behaved dog in multiple environments with different levels of distraction. The dog will listen to you when you give them a command and will understand the communications we give. Your dog is special though and we develop a specific training plan to meet your expectations!
We’re sure we missed some questions but hope that we answered the ones you may have. At Complete Canine Training we don’t offer a cookie cutter solution to dog training. Every dog is different and needs a different training plan or approach. At the end of any of our dog training programs you will be able to work with your dog, know how to communicate and live life in a more harmonious environment together!
Give us a call or fill out the contact form and one of our team members will be in touch with you shortly to talk about your dog training needs!