FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will my dog forget me during the 3 or 5 weeks in its training?
Absolutely not. Every dog remembers it owner(s). Lots of the dogs I train also come back here to board and they are also excited to return.
Where will my dog be trained?
If your dog is enrolled in the board and train program, it will stay in the training room in my home. The dog will spend time in the training room, in my home living as a typical family dog, and on field trips being exposed to lots of different environments.
You are so far away from me. Do you have other facilities?
Not at this time. However, with our shortest program being 3 weeks, we have had customers drive all the way from New Jersey and Delaware to take advantage of our training. They also spent time at the local breweries and vineyards and made a nice trip of it!
Do you guarantee your results?
No, but I have trained many dogs that have already been through professional training programs, and my training is the last stop. This is because not only do we train the dog, we educate the owners on how to maintain the training during the two 90 minute go-home sessions.
I’m going to miss my dog. Can I come visit while its in training?
We like to think of the program as rehabilitation, so to get the best results, we do not do visits during the program. However, all the dogs that are here for training become social media stars so that their owners can stay up to date on how they are doing and can learn along with them.
WHAT IS BALANCED TRAINING?
It is obedience training in which the dog learns yes and no, using various ways to communicate: I reward the dog with affection or food and provide consequences to stop unwanted behavior. To put it into perspective, if a kid does something they know they shouldn't do, the parent gives them a consequence. Or if they do something great, the parent gives them a reward. Well, the same idea applies to balanced dog training. Without the balance of both yes and no, dogs are often confused, anxious, and misguided, attempting to figure out this crazy world. We provide guidance and leadership that helps them understand what exactly is expected of them.
WHAT TOOLS ARE USED & are they safe?
These are the most frequently used tools at Sadie's Rules:
prong collar by Herm Sprenger
e-collar (by E-collar Technologies)
flat buckle collar
All tools used by Sadie’s Rules are safe and effective. I’ve used them for years on my dogs and continue to do so because they make my dogs safer. I can take them hiking off leash, to busy restaurants, and into stores and not have to worry about their behavior.
WHAT PACKAGE IS RIGHT FOR ME AND MY DOG?
If you've looked at the training packages page and can't decide on one, please fill out the contact form. Mention in the comments that you are undecided on which training package is best. I'm happy to help you decide what's right for you and your dog.
WILL TRAINING CHANGE MY DOG'S PERSONALITY?
No. If you have a silly, quirky dog, it will just be an obedient, silly, quirky dog. However, if you have an insecure, fearful dog, then your dog will likely come home with more confidence and able to better cope with life.
WILL MY DOG BE PERFECT WHEN I TAKE IT HOME AFTER THE BOARD & TRAIN?
Perfect, no. However, your dog will have a fantastic foundation and you will be educated on how to take what your dog has learned and implement it at home. There will be a period in which the home will need to mimic the board and train in order for the training to stick. This means some work and effort on the family's part to make that transition smooth and the training worth-while. I like to equate it to much like the relationship you may have with your personal trainer and the work you put in at the gym...you can't just work hard at the gym and then eat McDonald's all day everyday and expect your body to look like David Beckham's. It takes work. Luckily with dogs, they only take a little drill work everyday and you will see great results.
ARE THERE ANY BREEDS SADIE'S RULES WON'T TRAIN?
No. I am a firm believer that the breed of the dog does not determine their behavior. However, I do know that certain breeds can exhibit certain traits patterns i.e. some breeds are more athletic than others. I do reserve the right to not train a particular dog and family, should I feel Sadie's Rules is not the right fit for them.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
Please check out my training packages page.
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