FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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WHERE ARE YOUR LESSONS HELD?
Our lessons are conducted at Paws and Claws Pet Care Inc. located at 23 Linden Park, Penfield, NY 14625 unless otherwise discussed with your trainer. Please park on the side of the building with the green dumpster. Your trainer will meet you there and bring you inside.
Later Advanced or Behavior Mod lessons are held in home, or in public, based on the needs of your dog.
WHAT TRAINING METHODS DO YOU USE?
Every dog and owner we work with are different. We believe in using whatever methods will work best for your situation.
The way we will train a puppy vs. an older dog who is already a flight risk will be completely different. For instance a puppy can be conditioned to return to you strictly for a reward. A dog who has already learned running after a distraction is more valuable than you and your reward, may need a little extra help with training tools.
We are balanced trainers which means we do use all quadrants of conditioning. This includes Positive Reinforcement, Negative Reinforcement, and in some cases Punishment. We find the right balance of each for every individual dog. Our goal is to use the least invasive methods that will work for your dog and goals.
In a situation where a leash and reward are failing, we may recommend additives like Prongs and E collars.
WHAT ARE E COLLARS?
E-collars are not the old school "shock collars" people tend to think of. They are closer to the Tens Units used at a doctor's office on humans every day. The stimulus used is extremely light and a very effective way to communicate with your dog. All owners feel the E-collar on their hands and are given an in depth lesson on use at the start of training.
The E-collar is a small portion of the training. Our main focus is clear communication with your dog.
Any training tool used improperly can be dangerous. CCD does NOT recommend purchasing an E-collar without consulting a professional. Let us show you the proper way to use training tools. Please reach out to us with any questions!
WHAT IF MY DOG ALREADY KNOWS THE BASIC COMMANDS?
That's great! Many of the dogs we train already know some commands. We will bring those commands to a new level and and have your dog doing them around heavy distraction. Lessons are done at your dog's pace. If they are mastering the basic commands quickly, we can move on to more advanced commands or new places.