Can you help train a our dog/puppy/rescue?
YES! Learn more about our Board and Train services.
Do you offer private lessons?
YES! Learn more about our private lessons.
I don’t live close to DogLogic. Is there a way to learn your positive reinforcement techniques?
I’m a new student. What should I know before my first class/training session?
We are very happy that you have decided to join our DogLogic family and look forward to working with you! Please read our new student welcome and contact us if you have any questions.
I’d like to recommend DogLogic to my friends/family/veterinarian, what’s the best way to make the introduction?
Do you offer gift certificates?
YES! Contact us today and we’ll have your gift certificate ready for pick up at your next class or mail it directly for you.
Is there any way to help make our vet visits less stressful?
YES! Our training methods use positive reinforcement to help you and your dog make each visit to your vet less stressful for BOTH of you. Contact us today to discuss how we can help or register for one of our online courses.
I am a veterinarian, is there a way to help train my staff on your positive reinforcement techniques?
YES! We are currently working on an online training package for you and your team. We’ll be updating this answer soon!
Please contact us directly at 704-546-5911 or Lynne@DogLogicTraining.com to book your free ‘Lunch and Learn’ presentation for you and your team.
What type of harness should I use?
We recommend a front fastening harness. This means that the leash attaches at the center of the dog’s chest. Some that we like include:
What are the best kind of treats to use for training?
You can use a variety of treats according to your dog’s taste. They need to be:
- small (about the size of your little fingernail)
- soft (they should be easy to swallow and not crumbly)
- stinky (dogs LOVE smelly treats!)
If tossing them onto the ground, they need to be easily seen by your dog. You can also use some of your dog’s daily food allowance so that he has the fun of having control of his meals.
How many treats do I need?
We train in very short sessions requiring 6-10 treats each time. To learn, the best rate of reinforcement is approximately 10-20 treats per minute. So for a 5-minute training session, you would need to have about 100 small, soft, stinky treats available.
Do you let your dogs sleep on the bed/climb on the furniture?
This is entirely up to your own personal preference. Our dogs have their own beds so that we can get a good night’s sleep. They love them and race there at bedtime. Our dogs are allowed on furniture if invited but will get off if asked.
Should I leave food down all the time for my dog?
Our answer to this one is a definite NO. If your dog has full and free access to his food at all times, then you lose a very valuable resource to use in your training. (See morein-depthh advice on this in our online dog training course Basic Essential Behaviors)
What do you think about using a crate? Is it a punishment?
Crates are wonderful. We believe that all dogs should be taught to love their crates. This will give them a safe haven when they want to rest away from the family bustle. It will also make travel and veterinary visits safer and less stressful. Getting in and out of a crate can also be a great training game for dogs destined for a sporting career. In our opinion crate training is an essential!
Are there any particular toys that you like to use?
We love to play interactive games with our dogs using tug and retrieve type games. Some dogs get to enjoy playing with toys by using those that you can stuff with a favorite treat. Playing with your dog with interactive toys helps to develop a great relationship.
When left alone, or when relaxing in the evening, we like to use toys that the dogs can enjoy without you. Examples of these might include:
- Stuffed Kong
- Snuffle Mat
Of course, your dog will tell you whether he or she likes a particular toy. Be sure to listen to them whilst at the same time, paying attention to safety. NEVER LEAVE DOGS ALONE WITH SOFT TOYS THAT MAY BE INGESTED!
My dog loves to Jump. How can I get started in agility classes?
There are a number of essential skills and concepts needed to be successful in agility or in any other dog sport. Recalls and impulse control are very important examples of these. For this reason, we recommend that, before embarking on aport specific classes, you take our online courses Basic Essential Behaviors and Clicker Training Made Easy and/or our Basic Manners Class.
I don’t wish to breed from my dog. Should I spay or neuter?
There are many differing opinions about this question, even amongst professionals. This decision needs to be taken in consultation with your veterinarian, who will help you to consider both the physical and behavioral implications of your decision.
Should we us a Flexi-Leash?
My dog won’t come when called. HELP!
My dog becomes very stressed at the veterinarian’s clinic and at the groomers. How can I help him to be more comfortable with these experiences?
There are lots of things you can do to help your dog in these situations. These include desensitization and husbandry games. You can find out more about these techniques by taking one of our online courses or on site courses.
Someone told me I shouldn’t lure my dog. But I have found it useful in the past. What do you think?
Luring can be a useful tool used wisely. HOWEVER, when used in the wrong place, e.g. with a fearful dog, it can have the opposite effect. Our Basic Essential Behaviors online course will help you with this and many other practical questions.
I have a new puppy and I’m always taking him out for bathroom breaks. But while we are outside, all he does is play. Then he comes in and goes to the bathroom in the house. HELP!
Be sure to stay with your pup outside until he does his duty. You may have to stay a while – and you will have to endure whatever the weather conditions. If he is distracted and can’t really concentrate, go back in the house, but confine your pup to his crate for a while. When you let him out, go outside again immediately and try again. Do not let him play freely in the house until you know he has done his duty outside. This process will take a while but is well worth the effort. All dogs are different. Be vigilant and your patience will be rewarded.
As a rule of thumb you puppy will need to be taken outside:
- As soon as he wakes up
- As soon as he comes out of his crate
- After eating/Drinking
- After playing