Dog Training Q&A

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Dog Training Q&A

Dog Training Q&A

Questions & Answers

What Is A “Free Demo?”
At Canine Tutors Dog Training we know that “Talk is Cheap” and seeing is believing so we arrange a time for one of our dog trainers to come right out to your house and show you our Demo Dog. This is a way for you to see what your finished product can look like. At this time we will be focusing on your dog training goals with your family. You will also be able to see what our techniques look like. We will promptly get your dog out and start the training process right there focusing on your stated goals. This costs you nothing. We want you to see real tangible results with out having to pay a single penny.

How Long Will The Free Demo Last?
Our Demo lasts about 40 minutes to an hour. We will be evaluating your dog and finding out the best motivational methods to use. At the demo we will make a plan for success and get started that day. While we are there feel free to ask as many questions as you like.

How much does your training cost?
Your investment will be determined by a few factors, such as your your dog training goals, age of dog and your location just to name a few. Because of all of the factors involved we offer the dog owner a free no obligation  consultation as well as a free training session so we can professionally evaluate your dog and so you can evaluate us. After we have your family’s goals in mind and have worked with your dog for a few minutes we will create a plan for success right on the spot and let you know what the investment will be.

Can you train small dogs?
Absolutely! We train all dogs, big or small!

What type of dog training methods do you use?
Canine Tutors is going to quickly asses your dog to find out what motivates it with the emphasis on the use of rewards to teach and maintain performance. We are going to create engagement by using things your dog values such as toys, tugs and food. Every dog is different so we have to find out what your dog values as currency.

So You Guys Use Treats?
Sure why not? You get paid for working right? Let me just tell you all the best dog trainers in the world, the trainers who compete and win on a global scale use something to motivate their dogs. Gone are the days of just compulsion training.  All you have to do is go to their website or their YouTube channel and see for yourself. Feel free to look up Ivan Balabanov, Bart Bellon or Michael Ellis.

What If I Need A Tune-Up?
Please call us immediately. Dog training is not unlike playing a musical instrument or learning mathematics. Just like these other disciplines dog training needs to be reinforced. Anybody can un-train a dog. If you feel you need help then give us a call and we will meet you in a public location so we can work you through your training challenge. Even police dogs, with all their super expensive training undergo routine maintenance to ensure performance.

Can My Friend Come With Me?
You bet! Bring anybody you like. Everybody is always entitled to a free first lesson. All we ask is that minors are accompanied by an adult guardian. Dog training is fun and easy when you know how and it is our goal to spread that message to as many people who are willing to listen.

Will I Need Any Equipment?
Everything you need comes with your training package. Although there is always more stuff to get. It’s kinda like fishing. Always another pole to buy. You’re gonna need that extra reel. Extra tackle box, better get one. Dog trainers have and need tons of stuff. Toys, treats, tugs. Long leashes and short.

Are dog parks safe for puppies and dogs?
I have a list of dog parks listed on my page but I gotta tell you I’m not a huge fan. They are just so unnatural. Taking your dog to a dog park is like taking it to a giant toilet bowl. These places are full of feces and urine. Dogs share drinking bowls. Owners just check out and text their  “friends” while drinking their latte, meanwhile your dog is getting his butt kicked half an acre away. If you have been to a dog park a few times I’m sure you have seen a pretty good dog fight. Nope not me. My job is to protect, interact with and engage with my dog.

What is a dog’s normal body temperature?
Answer: The normal body temperature for a dog falls within the range of 100.5°F to 102.5°F (about 38°C to 39.2°C).

If your dog’s temperature is outside of this range, you should contact your veterinarian. Body temperature over 104°F or under 99°F indicates an emergency situation.

At what age can I start to train my puppy?
Using gentle positive reinforcement methods you can start to train a puppy as early as 5-6 weeks of age. As with an athlete the younger you start the easier it is.

Why should I crate train my puppy or dog?
Millions of years of evolution have taught and shaped the canine to be den dwelling creatures. Out in the wild the canine will dig itself an underground den. Out in the open it is either predator or prey. The crate caters to a very natural instinct in the dog.

House training a dog is surprisingly easy with the use of a crate.

Can Pit Bulls lock their jaws?

This is a very common myth, but it is nothing more than an urban legend. Pit bulls are just another member of the canine species and have the same jaw structure as any other dog. If they had a special enzyme or other physical mechanism that allowed them to lock their jaws, then we would have to reclassify them as a different species. A closely related myth is the notion that pit bulls possess an exceptionally high “bite pressure” and thus do more damage when they bite. There is no evidence to substantiate this claim. In 2005, Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic found that pit bulls’ bite pressure is no higher than other dog breeds and lower than German Shepherds and Rottweilers. None of these dogs had a bite pressure even close to the level erroneously ascribed to pit bulls. If you encounter a creature with a bite pressure exceeding 1000 psi., you have encountered a hyena, a snapping turtle, a crocodile, or some other wild animal—not a dog. “Special” behaviors typically attributed to pit bulls—such as determination, prey drive, grabbing and shaking, or tenacity—are, more accurately, terrier behavior. Physiologically, pit bulls are no different from other dogs. (credit goes to this website.

Why should I train my dog?
Every dog and owner will benefit from dog training. The time spent together will form a close bond between them and help teach the dog what is expected. Imagine never having rules as a child, and then being yelled at as a teenager for doing something you had always done!

I have read that I should be rolling my dog onto his back and standing over him to establish my dominance.  It makes him mad.  Should I still do it?
I wouldn’t try it. If your dog is truly is a dominant dog your dog my say “challenge accepted!” That might be bad for your face. If your dog is just a mellow dog that made a bad choice this might crush what little spirit he has. Obedience train your dog using fair handed practices and work to develop and unspoken agreement.

I take my dog for a walk twice a day. Isn’t that enough?
Most dogs are designed to do very arduous tasks. Things most people cannot or won’t do for them selves. Take the border collie for example. They are designed to cover 80-100 miles in a single day…everyday. A 5 mile walk is not going to be enough. Most people in my opinion just take their dog for a walk because they don’t know what else to do with their dog. my opinion is work the dog, train it. When was the last time you saw a Cop taking his K9 for a walk?

Should I let my child or infant play unsupervised with my dog?
Would you let a child play with a gun? Now I know your child and your dog is perfect. Got it. But no.