We're not your average dog trainers! We've created a program that incorporates genuine home life with structured daily management. This enables your dog to dive into learning, achieving amazing results in only 12 days. Once the foundation is set, we work with you individually to teach you how to maintain success and be a trusted and respected leader on your own. You'll learn how to get problem behaviors under control and help your dog feel more confident and secure. Instruction is customized to the individual needs of you and your dog.
We utilize the natural psychology of dogs to establish structure and leadership by balancing discipline and affection. Dogs have an innate ability to follow respectable leadership once communication is established. We nurture this trait to bring out the best in your dog's abilities! We tailor our approach to the personality of each dog we work with, reaching for the stars while maintaining achievable goals.
By enrolling no more than 10 dogs at a time, we can ensure that each dog receives the individual attention necessary to meet their needs.
Every owner receives a video of their dog working with their trainer, EJ or Heidi. We also include their prong training collar and CK9's comprehensive handbook to help you further progress at home.
Follow-up is free! Additional lessons are free! Don't hesitate to reach out if you need more help. Plus, we're always available by phone or email to walk you through most issues.
Frist, schedule your check-in and checkout appointments and pay the deposit. Contact us for access to the online registration portal. We usually start a new session every 2 weeks, unless we're closed for family time. Check here for our upcoming schedule. Arrangements can be made easily over the phone or by email. The duration of your dog's stay is 12 or 13 nights, depending on your choices for check-in and checkout days. The training is the same either way, we just need to spread out the appointments as we spend a lot of time with each individual/family.
All you need to bring is your dog's food, proof of current vaccinations (rabies, bordetella, parvo/distemper), and to make sure they're current with monthly flea control. The second payment is also due at this time. You'll meet with us at our home for about 1 hour. We'll greet you at the door and give you a tour. We'll discuss your dog, your needs, training goals, and your responsibilities to maintain the training. We'll do all we can to assure you that we'll take excellent care of your baby!
We know you'll miss your dog! But relax and enjoy the break while your baby is away at "doggie camp." We'll keep you updated with two detailed weekly reports and pictures. The first report is emailed to you on the first Friday, and the second one is on the Thursday before your pup goes home. A link to pictures will be sent to you on the Saturday in the middle of your dog's stay.
You'll receive a 2 hour lesson (or 3 hours with 2+ dogs) when you return to pick up your educated pup. The final payment is due at this time. We'll greet you at the door again, discuss your dog's training, watch your dog do all of the commands on video, and then walk you through a well-mannered reunion. You'll have a chance to practice everything hands-on with your dog. A link to download your dog's video is emailed to you after your lesson, plus you'll receive our comprehensive handbook and your dog's prong training collar. In addition, your dog will be bathed before pick-up.
At your checkout lesson you'll learn all about how to be a good leader and receive hands-on instruction for commands and good manners. We'll also cover solutions for specific concerns. You'll learn how to use the techniques applied to commands and manners to resolve virtually any issue! We encourage all involved adults and older children to attend. Little ones are also welcome, we just want to be sure you're able to focus on the lesson.
Follow the instructions given to maintain obedience commands and proper manners as well as overcome behavioral challenges. Your practice sessions are only 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week! Plus manners as needed. Use what you learn to control problem behaviors in the moment as they occur. See the results continue to improve as you continue to be consistent! Contact us anytime for additional help if and when you ever need it. Most of the time we can help you over the phone or by email. You can even return free of charge for one-on-one help, no limits! We'll always be here for you!
Why? Most simply put, we use prong collars because they're amazing at simulating the corrective nip that one dog would give to another, even a mother to her baby. Used correctly, it is safe, humane, effective, and, most importantly, natural!
All correction is balanced with generous and affectionate praise and cuddles. We are not treat-based. Read more about our method here!
We only use Herm Sprenger brand collars which are high-quality with blunted tips and a smoothly gliding chain that doesn't grab skin. We may recommend an e-collar for some manners-based problems, such as barking, but their use is optional and not essential to our training.
You can get off-leash with a prong collar! It may take longer, but it emphasizes your relationship with your dog, earning their respect and focus. If your dog knows the commands, is well-practiced, and respects you, he should listen to you, even off-leash. We show all our clients how to work towards this on their own, without the need to purchase "advanced" training. In most cases, it happens without you even noticing! Bear in mind that some dogs/breeds will always struggle with self-control, but we'll help you understand your dog's individual abilities. Home and yard off-leash is achievable for most dogs.
We encourage our clients to do their own research and feel comfortable with prongs. Unfortunately, you will find horrible articles about them. These are almost always from people who have never used one, or sadly, seen them used cruelly. The best place for honest feedback from actual users is reviews on sites that sell Herm Sprenger prong/pinch collars, such as chewy.com and petsupplies.com.