An “e-collar” is a collar with a stimulation mechanism. The collar is controlled by a remote the handler holds. The remote allows you, the handler, to maintain full control of your dog for up to 300 yards! It is not used as a punishment or a “shock” as many people assume, it is simply used as a training device for communicating with your dog. It produces a subtle electrical current between two contact points located on the collar. In the past, this type of collar was used as a “shock collar” and many inexperienced dog owners tried to use this device to scare their dog into submission. In the proven training method we teach, your dog is never “shocked into submission” or abused. Unlike a shocking device, the e-collar is used to get the dog’s attention and keep it focused on listening to the handler. It is the equivalent of someone tapping your shoulder to get your attention, or setting your phone on vibrate so it will get your attention when someone is calling you. We teach the dog to listen to those “taps” and that the “taps” mean, “I am trying to get your attention.”
No! Almost everyone is VERY surprised when they receive quite the OPPOSITE reaction from their dog. In little time, your dog will recognize that the e-collar means they are going outside (to run, play ball, be free, etc. AND they know they are going to do training). You will be surprised when your dog comes running and sits down waiting for the e-collar to be placed on them. A bored dog is a destructive dog; a trained/exercised dog is a HAPPY and a SAFE dog. When you are busy, your day goes by quickly and you are energized! Now imagine a dog with no friends, no Facebook, no television, and no internet. Their only REAL stimulation is the training you give them and their time outside to run, play, and bond with you!
No. During our first meeting we will put the e-collar on your hand and you will feel the mild stimulation. A common misconception is the e-collar will burn their skin. This is false. Other people think the e-collar is equivalent to being shocked with a taser, this is also false. We are dog trainers because we LOVE dogs and we would never do anything to harm them! Furthermore, we would never do anything to a dog we will not do to ourselves. Bottom line: the e-collar is safe and is tested on humans.
All of our lessons are private. You and your pup will receive individualized instruction from a professional trainer.
Our lessons are conducted at our facilities in Christiansburg and Vinton.
Generally, we do not like to train dogs inside the house! Why? It is easy for dogs to listen when they are in their own home. It is a familiar environment. If your pet trains in an unfamiliar environment, with distractions, they should listen to your commands anywhere.
We teach you how to incorporate this training into your daily routine. We ask you to spend 35-45 minutes per day working with your dog for the first four-weeks of training to set a good foundation for the training, but after integrating the training into your daily routine, maintenance will be easy! However, the timeframe could vary depending on your dog.
Basic Obedience is generally done in FOUR lessons. Each lesson is an one hour, private session. You must wait at least seven days between lessons so you have time to practice. As a result, the Basic Package usually takes a month to complete. We also offer a two-week Board and Train Program where your dog stays with one of our amazing trainers and completes the basic obedience commands in just two weeks.
You will get your dog back fully trained and off-leash in half the time. After completion of basic obedience training your K9 will be ready for the advanced obedience classes.
Your dog will benefit tremendously! Most behavior problems (biting, chewing, jumping, etc.) are based off a lack of exercise, discipline, and out of boredom. With this training, your dog is receiving top-quality obedience training, which in turn, allows you to give your dog freedom to run around and play. By investing in training, you are investing in the welfare and happiness of your dog. Our goal is to see your dog running freely off-leash so it is getting exercise and you have full recall. Not only does all of this greatly benefit your dog, but it also benefits you and your family. Remember, if you do not employ your dog and give it a job to do (training), it will become self-employed. A self-employed dog will cost YOU money!