Why Do We Have To Do It That Way?
First, we have a system and we stick to it. Yes, you will have to hand-feed your dog. Yes, we will start in the house, then move to the backyard, and then to the front yard and driveway. We will go from the least distracting environment and build up to more challenging areas as your dog shows they are ready and able to handle it. Does that mean the process might take some time? That you won’t be working on the specific behaviors that concern you immediately during your first session? That you will be the one learning to actually train your dog? The answers to all these questions are, YES!
In our almost 15 years at K.I.S.S. Dog Training, we have come to realize that this method works best for the dogs and is the easiest for clients to follow. We also put 2 weeks between each training session to allow plenty of time for practice (since it will be you doing the training).
This might not be what you are looking for, and that’s okay…or it could be perfect for you. Our priority is always what is in the best interest of the dog; it is up to you to decide whether we are the right fit for you and your dog. Below is an article explaining our philosophy in a little more detail. Below that you will find buttons that take you to our Fine Print and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which tell you all about what we expect of you and what you can expect from us. Be prepared to read both the Fine Print & FAQs in their entirety because we expect all clients to read and agree to both before we begin training.
While it might seem we are just being difficult by making you read all of this, it is really the exact opposite. We want you to be happy and get the most out of your training, and the first step is to know what we are all about before entering into the training process. We feel the best way to do this is for us to be as transparent as possible and we sincerely appreciate you taking the time to go through these steps.
We look forward to helping you with your pooch!
What to Expect
Sometimes humans become frustrated when their initial concern isn’t immediately addressed:
- A dog that jumps.
- A dog that pulls on the leash.
- A dog that doesn’t listen.
- A dog that is “out of control”.
- A dog that doesn’t like men, children, house guests, or other dogs.
While these behaviors might be driving you nuts, they are not and cannot be the starting point for a successful dog training experience. Instead, we start with teaching the dog and its human to pay attention. Not only to each other but to the environment around them.
We start with resource control (hand feeding) inside your home or in a group setting. We then move on to more distracting environments. Moving forward to each new or more difficult task will be determined by your dog’s success or failure, and that depends on the work you do during the time between each session.
Let’s Get Started!
We typically work together 3-5 times and put at least 2 weeks between each session, so there is plenty of time for practice and coaching. Each problem behavior is different, but a month of practice on the owner’s end is usually the minimum. It’s important to take one step at a time. Handle something simple first and then move on to more complicated issues. Let’s face it, we strive to make sure you and the dog are enjoying the process…otherwise, why work with the dog in the first place. 😉
Dog trainers are not magicians, Jedi Masters, or “Whisperers” of any kind. We are simply teachers; we teach other humans how to train dogs. Your success is dependent upon your work, your consistency, and your ability to practice what we teach you.
Prior to scheduling your training, you will be sent an email from DocuSign with our Fine Print & FAQs for your initials and signature agreement along with an invoice for you to submit a minimum $50 non-refundable deposit.
Angela asked me to put this little message here at the bottom of each section of the Start Here Tab…
This information is to help you, the client, decide if KISS Dog Training is a good fit for you and your pooch. We will not ask for your electronic signature agreeing with these three items till you call the office and sign up for training. At that point, the office will send you a DocuSign Envelop to sign and initial parts of all three documents…
Hopefully, that clears up any confusion about the signup process and how the electronic signatures will work, Mike.