Bordetella (kennel cough) required yearly. Rabies (either 1 or 3 year vaccine accepted) Distemper or Distemper combo shots such as DHPP or DHLPP (either 1 or 3 year vaccine accepted) And a negative fecal exam within the past year.
Probably one of the most common questions that we get. The tools we commonly use are, prong collars, haltis, , slip leads, e collars, food, and higher value rewards(treats). People focus too much on the tool to the point where they develop opinions without ever learning the proper way to utilize and train with them. The tools never train your dog, it is a combination of the proper skills and knowledge combined with tools that make all the difference.
Each dog is different and should be treated as such. Depending upon which behavioral issues you are experiencing, your time and budget. We recommend that people really confused on which path they should take start out with a training consultation. In the consultation, we will go over and discuss which option is best for you. If you decide to move forth with one of our board & train programs, the money will go towards whichever program that you chose.
No, the prong collar will not hurt your dog. Our leash pressure communication system also called "language of the leash" is one of the most gentle and fastest ways to utilize a prong collar. We want to teach your dog that as soon as they feel the slightest amount pressure on the collar then need to flow with it not go against the grain. This is one of the first forms of communication we love to use in our system.
We heavily use positive reinforcement in our training system. Especially with dogs that come in for our board & train programs. Although we use positive reinforcement quite often, it is only one phase of our training system. Generally when acquiring a new skill it is great for the learning phase. We often prefer to work our dogs for their meals, and use treats when needed for certain situations/protocols.
We are a small training company with one location. Angelo Presta is the owner and training director and mainly will be working with and oversee training with your dog, along with one or two members of the team.
Due to many factors the short answer is no. We often find it very counter productive for dogs to see their owners while staying with us. Especially if your dog is suffering from any sort of serious behavioral issue such as aggression. We find it best to complete your dogs board & train program, then have you learn and transfer all of the information over to you once the program is completed.
No, the e-collar will not shock your dog nor will it cause any mental distress or harm. These are false accusations that have been floating around for years. Electric collars got a bad rap from inexperienced and old school dog trainers. Techonolgy and methodology have evolved, where we are using electric collars as a form of communication, rather than a corrective tool. Our collars range from 1-100 levels giving us great adjustability to the point where most dogs work on levels that feel as if a mosquito or bug has landed on your neck.Think of it more as pressure, so its either pressure on or pressure off. Using an electric collar is our last form of pressure we use in our system, so by the time with implement the collar your dog knows exactly what we are asking of them, and they are zipping around having a blast. It's an amazing site to see the magic of proper e-collar training.
No we do not do service dog or protection training. But we would be happy to point you in the direction of some great people that do. Our style of training is geared towards pet dogs, and dogs with serious behavioral issues. We strive to create obedient calm family dogs. My goal is to be able to have all my clients dogs enter a coffee shop, and able to sit there with no-one knowing they are there. I call this "the coffee shop dog" , if that gives you a better idea of what we strive for :).