FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

How old is too old to train a dog?2019-02-10T19:38:34+00:00
Your dog is never too old to be trained. As your dog ages, training becomes more challenging because of learned habits your dog has developed. As most humans know, it is much more difficult to break and old habit. This isn’t any different in the dog world.
What is the best age to adopt a puppy?2019-02-10T19:39:01+00:00
The best age to adopt a puppy is between 7 and 9 weeks of age. Puppies are going through developmental changes within the first 4 months of life. The first 6 weeks can be critical for learning species-specific behavior, such as bite inhibition and canine body language. These behaviors can best be learned from Mom and siblings. Between 8 and 14 weeks of age is when the window of opportunity begins to close. This is the best time to get puppies socialized with other people, places and things, because at 16 weeks of age the window of opportunity closes.
What is the best age to start obedience training?2019-02-10T19:36:56+00:00
The sooner, the better! Puppies under 4 months of age have not developed any bad habits, so it is easier to work on preventing problems rather than trying to cure a problem later. Older puppies and dogs can and should be trained also, it just may take a little longer because of the habits that have already developed.
When will my puppy be house trained and why is he/she able to hold urine during the night but not during the day?2019-02-10T19:39:25+00:00
Like humans, a dog’s body goes into a type of hibernation during sleep periods, and slows things down. Most puppies can make it through the night by the time they are 12 weeks old. Most puppies can hold their urine during the day by the time they are 16 weeks old. However, some puppies/breeds can be as old as 10 months before they can hold urine.
When will my puppy stop chewing on everything?2019-02-10T19:39:47+00:00
Most puppies cut down on chewing when they are done teething at around 7 months of age. Please remember that chewing is a pleasurable activity for most dogs so have plenty of appropriate toys available for them.
Why choose a training class run by a certified professional dog trainer?2019-02-10T19:41:39+00:00

A certified professional dog trainer has training skills as well as instructional skills to enhance the experience and success for you and your dog. Certified professional dogs trainers have demonstrated their knowledge and experience in dog training. They stay informed of current knowledge in the field and are familiar with the latest training techniques and equipment.

Why does my dog jump on me?2019-02-10T19:40:32+00:00
All puppies (and a lot of adult dogs) naturally jump up on people as a way of saying “Hello” when they are excited. You may also be inadvertently reinforcing this behavior. No matter if you are greeting the dog or pushing him/her away while saying “no”, if the dog is happy enough, he/she won’t care what you say or do as long as you are paying attention.
Why doesn’t my puppy come when I call?2019-02-10T19:40:11+00:00
Some dogs have made a poor association with the word “Come”. Your dog may have learned that coming to you always results in a bad consequence, such as having to go into the house, which just ended their fun outdoors.
Why should I start training my puppy early?2019-02-10T19:38:03+00:00
Because of time limitations, it is important to start socializing and training your puppy as soon as possible. Puppies go through several developmental stages before they are a year old and some of the most critical stages happen before 4 months of age.
Why use food for training? Isn’t it bribery?2019-02-10T19:40:54+00:00
Just like humans need to be inspired and motivated to do a job, dogs need motivation also. Food is one of the most important potent motivators for any animal. Think of food as reward for a job well done, not a bribe. There are a lot of things that dogs will think are more interesting than a human, so we need to give them a reason to want to pay more attention to us and carry out our requests.