Does every dog need training?
Yes, your dog needs training and so do you! Many times my clients say that they have learned more in class than their dog did. This is typically the case, but not everyone admits it. At CTBS, LLC we teach you how to understand your dog and how to work with your dog to create positive and lasting behaviors. Young dogs and puppies learn from their environment, they do what is in their best interest. They figure out what works by trial and error. As a responsible owner, you can be one of the key elements in your dog's learning process.
At what age can I/should I start training my dog?
The sooner the better, and the good news is it is never too late. Yes, old dogs can learn new tricks! All puppies should begin puppy training as soon as they arrive home. Potty training, early socialization, chew training, and basic puppy manners are a must for all pups regardless of size. If you are planning on getting a puppy or adopting an older dog, please feel free to contact us ahead of time to reserve a place in one of our classes. Training will help strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Your dog will be happier and less likely to develop behavioral problems.
Which shot records should I have for my dog or puppy?
For puppy classes, puppies must be up-to-date for their age, with at least the first set of DHLPP shots, usually given between 6-8 weeks of age. Because socialization is so time-dependent, we do not usually recommend waiting to start class until the whole series of puppy shots is complete, but different veterinarians will suggest different guidelines for your puppy, so please take their advice into consideration. For non-puppy classes (Basic Manners, Teach Your Dog a Trick, Rlly, etcetera) dogs must have the full sequence of DHLPP (usually an annual booster for adult dogs) and the Rabies vaccine. Bordatella (Kennel Cough Vaccine) is recommended. The "vaccine records" may be anything from a vet receipt to a shot-vial sticker to a note from the breeder or a checked-off list with the shots on them.
How old should my dog be before using a dog training collar?
We suggest waiting until your dog is six months old before training using a training collar. This is to ensure the dog is physically large enough to support the collar. Just as importantly, this time frame allows your dog to mature mentally so as to understand training and the basics of commands.
What types of training methods do you use?
We use a cutting edge approach to dog training and behavioral modification. Our training approach encompasses a number of different training tools and approaches depending on the unique circumstances presented by our clients and their animals. At the core of the method is Attention-Based Training. This broad approach to training allows our trainers to use a variety of attention based tools (leashes, collars, food, toys) to achieve the goal of attention to command around distractions to suit the situation. Above all, our training methods are positive and humane.
What should I bring to class?
Please bring the following items to your class. Proof of vaccinations. Puppies should be up-to-date for their age and have at least the first set of shots. Older dogs should have all shots. A moderately hungry dog. Don't starve her, but don't give her a substantial meal or leave out food for a few hours prior to the session. Treats. Specifically, soft, pea-sized treats. Standard 6 foot leash, buckle collar or body harness. Head collar, if you are using one. Toy to get the dog's attention and/or chew toy to entertain the dog while you listen to the instructor. Long training leash, 20-30 feet long cotton web or leather. NO FLEXI-LEADS! Water bowl for classes.
Do you offer private training and instruction?
We offer private dog training and one-on-on-one behavior sessions for aggression, basic obedience, various behavior problems, competition, scent work, introduction to new babies or new dogs, and any other issues related to canines. We are happy to work with you to create an individualized program that meets your needs and your schedule. Please call us to discuss your needs; we are eager to help.
What type of training classes do you offer?
Each of our locations offers different training programs and training options. We recommend contacting us to discuss the training program you are interested in. Some examples of training programs offered are: Private Lessons, Group Lessons, AKC Canine Good Citizen/Puppy STAR, Rally, Agility, Competition Obedience, Tracking, Board and Train Programs, Puppy Training Programs, Lifetime Training, Combination Packages.
I have more questions. How can I contact you?
We would love to hear from you! Please contact us by telephone at 203.762.8920 or by email at: caninetrainingctbs (at) gmail.com