Q: What are your dog trainer's qualifications? A: Our dog trainer, Sabina Gross, completed a BSc in Animal Sciences from a top European University, making her one of a very small number of Niagara dog trainers with an academic backgroundin animal studies and behaviour. Check her complete résuméon Linkedin.
Q: Who will be working with my dog? A: Since you will be the one living with your dog, it isn't helpful if you aren't taught how to work with them. A good dog trainer teaches the dog's handler how to work with the dog, and will rarely, if ever, hold the leash. Be wary of dog trainers that offer to train your dog for you through board-and-train, or similar services. These "dog trainers" are often employing inhumane and ineffective dog training techniques, aimed at solving the problem superficially, rather than at the root. You are a huge factor in your dog's life, you should be the one training him!
Q: Why should I pay more for private dog training when group dog training classes are cheaper? A: We offer only private dog training lessons for many reasons: --Cost vs. Price: not only are our services more valuable, but most of our students have actually paid for and gone through group lessons, and are now seeking private lessons because the dog training issues they wished to change still haven't been resolved! -- Theconvenience of being able to train right in your own home, or around your property, rather than in a crowded dog training school, where you are learning general dog training, that isn't tailored to you and your dog. -- The one-on-one attention, catching and solving training and handling issues as soon as they appear, rather than letting the issue go on unnoticed. -- Group classes are one-size-fits-all, but you and your dog are individuals, deserving individual attention and dog training methods that suit you! -- Sometimes life gets in the way, and you can't keep up with dog training lessons. Flexible scheduling allows you to reach your dog training goals on your terms, without having to pay extra for make-up classes, or falling behind in group dog training. With private lessons, you not only get all of the above benefits, but constant support even between lessons.
Q: What about socialization? A: Not all dogs are ideal for socialization work, and it shouldn't be done indiscriminately. At Corbie's Dog Training, our dogs have been selected and trained specifically to help when dog-socialization is of concern.
Q: What dog training methods are employed? A: The type of dog training methods we use are rooted in motivation, which means we use rewards that the dog values to teach him what we want. Training is successful when both dog and handler get what they want, and this is possible through rigorous motivational training. To consolidate training, behavioural corrections are also employed to obtain concrete and reliable commands, eliminating confusion about what is expected. Read our brief article on reinforcement and punishment to learn more about their uses in dog training!
Q: Aren't corrections in dog training inhumane? A: In dog training jargon, the word correctionis a broad term, signifying any sort of consequence to behaviour with the objective of decreasing the likelihood of said behaviour repeating itself. The effectiveness of the correction depends on many factors, but fear and intimidation are never good long-term corrections for any behaviour. Effective corrections are never painful. A good example of an effective correction is leaving the room when your dog asks for attention in any manner. Polite behaviour, on the other hand, earns him attention. Are you new to dog training lingo? Here's a little disambiguation: "Corrections" vs. "Punishment"
Q: Are treats used in training? A: Food is a very valuable and powerful motivator. When employed correctly, it will help yield concrete training results. How to properly train with food (among other rewards) is an important aspect of all our training programs, as it isn't as simple as just feeding your dog when he doesn't something you like! Feel free to check out our blog post on food rewards to learn more!
Q: My dog is dominant, how can I get his respect? A:Dominance is a disproven concept in domestic canine behaviour. We have come a long way from the days of explaining dog behaviour as nothing but rank-seeking in nature. For more information on the dominance fallacy, please visit our dog training blog and check out our post on thedominance fallacy.