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What is an e-collar and how does it work?

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An “e-collar” is a collar equipped with a stimulation mechanism, similar to a tens unit used in physical therapy for humans. The collar is controlled by a remote held by the handler, allowing full control over the dog within a range of up to a mile, depending on the model. This gives your dog significant freedom while ensuring safety, preventing them from running off.

 

Contrary to common misconceptions, an e-collar is not a punishment tool or a “shock” device. It is a training device for communicating with your dog. It produces a subtle electrical current between two contact points on the collar, causing the muscle to contract. This method is gentle, akin to someone tapping your shoulder or your phone vibrating to get your attention.

 

During our first meeting, we will place the e-collar on your arm or hand so you can feel how mild the stimulation is. It does not burn the skin or shock like a taser. The stimulation is merely a signal to get your dog’s attention, promoting focused and effective training without causing harm.

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How long will my dog have to wear the e-collar, and will my dog hate it?

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Your dog will not need to wear the e-collar permanently. Once the training is complete, your dog will likely obey commands indoors without the collar. However, we recommend using the e-collar outdoors when off-leash, as it serves as an “invisible leash” providing control in unpredictable environments.

 

Many owners find that their dogs become excited when they see the e-collar, associating it with fun activities and interaction. Our personal dogs, for example, eagerly sit in front of us when they see us pick up the collar, they are ready for adventure. The e-collar signals upcoming exercise, play, and stimulation, which are vital for a happy and well-behaved dog.

 

Without a job or training, dogs can become bored and destructive, leading to costly damages and strained relationships. The e-collar helps ensure that your dog remains engaged and well-behaved, both indoors and outdoors.

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Where are the private lessons held?

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We prefer not to train dogs inside their homes, as they can become complacent in familiar environments. Training in unfamiliar settings with various distractions enhances your dog’s ability to follow commands. Therefore, we conduct training sessions in parks, at our facility, and occasionally in businesses, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience.

 

Focusing on one dog and one owner at a time allows us to provide personalized and effective training. Training multiple dogs simultaneously can dilute the quality of the session, so we dedicate our attention to your unique needs.

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Is there a size restriction for e-collar training?

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E-collar training is effective for dogs of any size, shape, and age above 6 months. For very small dogs, such as teacup breeds, we use a modified collar that relies on vibration rather than stimulation to achieve the desired training results.
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Do you offer support after training is completed?

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Yes, we provide lifetime support for our Board and Train program, except for a fuel surcharge for distances over 35 miles each way if we need to visit you.

 

For private lessons, we offer free phone assistance. Additional support beyond phone calls is available at $25 per hour, with a fuel surcharge for distances over 35 miles each way.

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What is foundation training and when can my puppy start?

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Foundation training covers the seven key resources you control with your dog to encourage proper bonding and respect. This foundational approach sets the stage for a successful training journey.

 

What Does Foundation Training Include?

  • Bonding and Respect: Focuses on building a strong relationship between you and your dog.
  • Commands: Teaches essential commands like Come, Sit, and Down.
  • Marker Training: Utilizes “Marker” training combined with treats and positive reinforcement to enhance learning speed.
  • Communication: Helps you clearly communicate with your dog, making it easier to understand and follow your commands.
  • Loose Leash Walking: Trains your dog to walk on a leash without pulling.
  • Distractions and Distance: Prepares your dog to obey commands despite distractions or from a distance.
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When Can My Puppy Start Foundation Training?

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Your puppy can start foundation training once it is at least 9 weeks old and has had at least two sets of vaccinations. This ensures that your puppy is ready both physically and mentally for the training process.
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For more information or to schedule a session, feel free to contact us. We are here to support you and your furry friend on your training journey!

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Where will my dog stay during training?

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Your dog will stay in our homes, ensuring they are comfortable and in a familiar environment. We do not use kennels or keep them away from us. Our homes are pet-friendly environments equipped with all the necessary amenities to ensure your dog’s comfort. Your dog will have access to cozy resting areas, ample play space, and a nurturing atmosphere.
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Will my dog be isolated during training?

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No, your dog will not be isolated. They will be an integral part of our daily lives and routines, receiving the attention and care they deserve while undergoing training.
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How do you ensure my dog's safety during travel?

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Safety is our top priority. Your dog will always travel in a crate designed for their comfort and security. This minimizes the risk of injury and provides a safe, controlled environment during transport.
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Will my dog have interactions with other dogs?

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Yes, your dog will have the opportunity to interact and socialize with other well-behaved dogs under supervision. This helps in their overall development and social skills.
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What kind of training environment do you provide?

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Our training environment is designed to replicate real-life scenarios, providing practical and effective training. This includes indoor and outdoor settings, ensuring your dog is well-prepared for various situations.
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How do you handle behavioral issues during training?

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We use positive reinforcement techniques to address and correct behavioral issues. Our experienced trainers tailor their approach to each dog’s unique needs, ensuring effective and compassionate training.
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Will you provide updates on my dog’s progress?

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Yes, we provide regular updates on your dog’s progress, including photos and videos. We believe in transparent communication and keeping you informed every step of the way.
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What happens after the training is complete?

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Once the training is complete, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive report and personalized tips to continue reinforcing the training at home. We also offer follow-up sessions to ensure a smooth transition.

How Many Board & Trains Do You Have at a Time?

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How many dogs are in your board & train program at any given time?

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We prioritize quality over quantity. We only have 1-2 dogs in our board & train program at a time to ensure each dog receives personalized attention and effective training.
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Do the dogs in the program start their training at the same time?

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No, the dogs do not start at the same time. We space out the start dates so that each dog has at least one full week of focused training before another dog joins the program.
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Why do you limit the number of dogs in your board & train program?

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Limiting the number of dogs allows us to provide individualized training and care. This ensures that each dog can make significant progress and get the most out of their time in the program.
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What benefits does this approach offer for my dog?

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By having only 1-2 dogs at a time, we can tailor the training program to meet your dog’s specific needs. This focused approach leads to more effective behavior modification and skill development, resulting in a better-trained dog.
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Will my dog receive one-on-one training sessions?

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Yes, your dog will receive one-on-one training sessions. Our trainers dedicate ample time to each dog, ensuring personalized attention and quicker learning outcomes.
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How long is the training period for each dog?

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The training period varies depending on the dog’s needs and the specific goals set by you and our trainers. Your dog will receive several training sessions throughout the day. As soon as we can see the dog is consistently exhibiting the desired behavior and isn’t going past their limit, we end that session so they can rest and absorb what they just learned.
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How do you ensure the health, safety and well-being of the dogs in your program?

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We take the safety and well-being of the dog very seriously. Each dog receives close supervision, regular exercise, and a structured routine to ensure a healthy and happy environment. If the dog in the board and train is an “Aggression” case, we only have one board and train during the time they are there to ensure everyone’s safety.

 

We also have strict protocols in place to prevent any injuries or mishaps during training sessions. Our trainers are highly experienced and skilled at handling dogs of all sizes, breeds, and temperaments.

 

In addition, we follow all necessary sanitation and hygiene measures to maintain a clean and healthy environment for the dogs. We also work closely with a veterinarian to monitor the health and well-being of each dog under our care. If there are any medical concerns, we will immediately address them and provide appropriate care for the dog.

Our main priority is to create a safe and positive learning environment for all dogs in our program so they can reach their full potential. By following these strict guidelines, we ensure that every dog receives the best possible care during their training period with us. 

So, you can rest assured that your beloved furry friend is in good hands with us. Our trainers are passionate about creating well-behaved and happy dogs and will do everything in their power to achieve this goal while prioritizing the health, safety, and well-being of your dog. 

Thank you for entrusting us with your dog and we look forward to helping them become the best version of themselves! Remember, at UKDT, we treat every dog like they are one of our own, with love, care, and respect. We believe that dogs deserve only the best, and that is exactly what they will receive under our care. Together, let’s create a better world for dogs through proper training and care. 

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