Frequently Asked Questions
Due to the many variables involved to create a well-behaved, balanced dog, including owner commitment, consistency, and follow-through, it would be unethical for us to offer a 100% guarantee. However, we only choose the most dedicated and diligent owners so, in our experience, no matter how severe the issues, we consistently see breakthrough results and amazing transformations. We have never come across a dog we could not help. We work hand in hand as a team in your dog’s rehabilitation. This process of teamwork and collaboration begins before we even meet your dog, moves through the training process, and continues long after your dog has gone home. Once you hire us, we consider you part of The TopDogK9 family, and your success is our utmost priority.
In a board and train, John or Ty will set up the program for your dog and be the primary trainer working with your dog. John’s trainers will also participate in the daily training. In all in-home sessions, you will meet with John and/or one of his head trainers
John will determine if owner participation is appropriate or helpful to the program. In most cases, we have found owner participation counterproductive to the rehabilitation and training process.
Our training approach is relationship-based. We create a love for the behavior in your dog so that the dog is working for us, not for food. This is the only way to get consistent behaviors that will stand up to distractions.
We use prong collars because we find them to be the best tool for connecting, communicating, and creating a harmonious relationship with the least amount of physical stress to the dog and owner. Most tools tend to only mask or manage the behavior, while the prong collar allows us to actually break through and effortlessly communicate, creating a vastly different state of mind and a highly responsive dog. While prong collars tend to look horrible, when used correctly, they have been proven to be the least physically taxing, most humane, and one of the safest tools available.
Yes, we specialize in state-of-the-art, low-level, communication-style E-Collar training. Our E-Collar program is like nothing you have ever seen, and is nothing like the E-Collar training of old. Contemporary E-Collar Training utilizes the softest, most gentle remote communication, and is one of the most humane and effective approaches to dog training available.