North Dallas Dog Training

Serving North Dallas and Collin County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The following information may help you decide what is best for you and your pet and what to expect. There is much to discover!

Helpful Hints for Training Sessions with North Dallas Dog Training:

  • Have your pet wear the type of collar and leash specified in class orientation – different types of leashes and collars will be available to purchase.
  • Use training treats that your dog likes. Dogs generally prefer soft & chewy treats – cut up hot dogs work well.
  • Wear comfortable, flat, close toed shoes. Don’t wear shoes like sandals or high heels.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move in but that don’t get in your way. Pockets for treats are helpful.
  • Make sure your pet has pottied before class or private lesson. If you think you dog needs to eliminate in the middle of a session, don’t hesitate to take him the proper area to “do his business”.
  • Do not feed, or only feed a very light meal before training.

 Group Classes

In a group setting, you will be working in the same area and possibly side-by-side with other pet owners. Class sizes at North Dallas Dog Training are small (no more than 5) and part of the value of working in a group is that that are lots of sights and sounds to act as distractions. Your pet will learn how to focus on your directions beyond the class distractions. Don’t be embarrassed if you have difficulty at first with getting your pet’s attention. Practice will help.

Your instructor may review the entire course content on the first day and will introduce the materials to be covered at each session. You will be expected to practice what you have learned during the period before the next class as “homework.” We sometimes provide hand-outs to help you review the information covered in class.

Private Training

If you decide that private  training is more suited to you, your session may either be at our location or at your home. Private sessions can involve providing a detailed history of the pet’s behavior, particularly if you have consulted with us for a specific problem.

We will provide an “action plan” of what you will cover at each session. Written plans will help keep you on track, although the beauty of private training is that you can modify the pace of the instruction to suit your needs. Since your dog is being trained individually, the goals can be also customized for your pet.


Practice Makes Perfect

Whether you decide to train privately or in a class, make sure that you practice on your own in short daily sessions to keep your dog’s interest (10 to 15 minutes a day is what we ask). Practicing what you have learned in your training sessions is extremely important and will help you and your pet make progress.

Most training sessions begin with a quick review of what was learned the prior week before moving into new material that builds upon prior learning. Make sure that you understand each exercise and task that is performed. Failing to ask questions might mean having to retrain your dog later. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about why an exercise is effective or what the logic is behind the training method. You probably aren’t the only one with the question.

Finally, you should expect that both group and private lessons will help you achieve a closer bond with your pet and will build a more confident relationship through training.

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