Frequently Asked Questions
Do I just leave my dog with the trainer or do I stay?
While our trainer would love to spend class time snuggling your dog, you are required to stay during the entire training session. Our training sessions are designed to begin the behaviors during class so that you can continue to practice with your dog at home. This ensures that your dog listens to you, and not just our trainer.
Can more than one person in my family attend training class?
The more the merrier! Having the entire family come to training class means that the whole family hears what the trainer says, and can get their questions answered. When the whole family is on the same page, you gain the consistency that your dog needs to succeed!
How old does my dog need to be, and what about shots?
Puppies can start as young as 10 weeks old and there is no such thing as a dog too old to come to class! Puppies must have at least 2 sets of shots and adult dogs must be current on all shots, including rabies.
What should I bring to class?
Treats! You want to bring small, soft, chewy treats for training class (look for something pea sized). Your dog will need a collar, and a leash (no retractable leashes, please!!). Harnesses are also allowed, as long as they fit well and your dog cannot slip out of them. For the owners, having a treat pouch you can wear as a belt or hook on can provide a great way to keep your hands free during sessions.
Are there any breeds you don't allow in class?
We do not discriminate by breed! All dog breeds, big and small are welcome in our classes. We love dogs of all types!
Can you board my dog and train him?
Unfortunately, no. I have 3 senior dogs who are happily living out their retirement at home. While the temptation to drop a dog off with a boarding facility and have them trained is a big one, there are many risks involved with this sort of training. If you are considering this type of facility, make sure you are allowed to make unscheduled owner visits, take a tour and see how the dogs currently there react to the trainers, and make sure they do not use choke chains, prong collars or any type of electric collars (even if they "only tickle" the dogs with them). Training is best done by the owners, so your dog knows how to listen to you, and you both understand how to communicate with each other.
When do I have to pay for my classes?
The simple answer? It depends on the class!
Beginner classes at Unleashed - $30 deductible & remaining balance required on first class
Beginner classes at ICC Belden - Full balance must be paid upon time of scheduling
Private classes - $20 non refundable deposit required upon time of scheduling
Training at home - Full balance must be paid upon time of scheduling
Tricks - Full balance required on class day