THE DOG TRAINING FAQ CENTER
Have a Question? Here’s an Answer
Welcome to the PUPS Dog Training Help Center. I have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions from my clients into one place. Check them out below - maybe you’ll have the same question that was on somebody else’s mind. Should you have any other questions that we may have missed, do not hesitate to reach out.
WHICH TYPES OF ANIMALS DOES PUPS DOG TRAINING TRAIN?
In PUPS, we train all type of dogs. From Puppy classes, pet dog training, dog sports training and behaviour modification classes for aggressive dogs.
WHAT IS YOUR TRAINING METHODOLOGY?
In PUPS, we use Reward Based Training Techniques. Clicker training is one of the tool of Reward Based Method.
WHAT DOES PUPS DOG TRAINING DO DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHERS IN YOUR FIELD?
We offer a comprehensive and innovative Life Skills Levels Program designed to better meet people’s individual needs and give each dog the time he needs to learn. Our life skills levels program not only teaches practical pet dog training that every dog needs to know with a big dose of fun thrown in but skills that are needed to build an enthusiastic learner throughout the dog's lifetime.
Our positive dog training methods are the development of clear understanding, provides dog and handler with a relationship of powerful communication with positive motivational techniques that produce dogs that excel in obedience both at home and in the obedience ring.
Our teaching methods presented encourage and cultivate dog's thinking abilities believing that dogs learn by trial and error. We encourage dogs by removing correction from incorrect responses as a result, the dogs do not fear failure and are taught to exercise options in a quest for the correct desired behaviour.
WHAT IS THE BEST AGE TO START DOG TRAINING?
You should start training as soon as possible, right after your puppy or dog have their 2nd vaccination done.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE BEFORE COMING FOR CLASS?
Come with an open mind. Try to feed half of dog daily meal portion before class. We need your dog to stay motivated with food.
WHAT IS YOUR AGILITY PROGRAM ABOUT?
Our agility program is open to dogs and puppies over the age of 3 months with proper vaccination. Puppies under 6 months old will not be jumping - they will work with ground rails since we don't want them to be injured. Older puppies will work with low jump heights commensurate with the size of the puppy. We do not want dogs to be injured by repetitive jumping and this is especially important with pups since the growth plates in their bones don't close until they are nearly a year old. This is why most organizations will not allow dogs to compete until they are 12 months old of age). However, puppies can start agility quite young and enjoy the experience while they learn the foundation and fundamentals without stressing their bodies.
DO YOU REQUIRE DOG TO BE OBEDIENCE TRAINED BEFORE GOING FOR AGILITY CLASS?
Although it is recommended that your dog needs obedience training, our Level 1 Agility Foundation and Fundamentals Skills Classes will provide your potential agility dog with the right stepping stone to his agility career.
DO I NEED TO RUN IN AGILITY CLASS?
Agility is a physically demanding sport for both dogs and handlers. Dogs should be fit and trim - and it is recommended that you have your veterinarian determine whether or not he has any ailments (ie: heart problems) that could preclude your dog from participating. Handlers do have to run with their dogs!
DOES AGGRESSIVE DOGS MAKE SUITABLE CANDID FOR AGILITY?
Dogs which are aggressive towards other dogs are not eligible for group classes. Furthermore, to prevent injuries, it is sometimes necessary for the instructor to touch or hold your dog. If your dog is not amenable to being handled by people other than yourself, he may not be a good candidate for agility. Sometimes we can work with these types of dogs in private lessons, sometimes we can't.
MY DOG IS A MARKER, WHAT DO I NEED TO TAKE NOTE OF?
Peeing on or around the agility equipment is a major no-no and we ask that you discourage your dog from "marking". Occasionally, a dog will have an "accident" - the handler is expected to clean up "accidents" that occur in the agility area or equipment (pee, too!). There are designated areas for pottying your dog where we only ask that you pick up poop.
IS BARKING DOG A CONCERN ?
We will ask that you discourage your dog from barking - it isn't necessary to the sport and makes it difficult for you and the other students to hear instructions. It also makes it challenging for the dog to hear your instructions.
DO I EXPECT HOMEWORK AFTER MY TRAINING SESSION?
You will have homework! You don't need a yard full of equipment to work with your dog on agility lessons. There are many skills which can be practised without any equipment at all in just a few minutes a day. If you are thinking about competing someday, you'll at least need to practice weave poles at home - it is highly unlikely your dog will learn them just coming to class once a week. We will make recommendations on "makeshift" agility obstacles that you can make or buy cheaply to use in small areas.
WHAT ARE DLEARNING PROGRAMS?
D-learning is distance learning or online training courses for busy executive and for clients who have transport problem.
HOW MANY LESSONS PER WEEK IN THE D-LEARNING CLASS?
Depend on the duration committed to the program. Usually, it will be held per week and each lesson will be sent out to our clients directly or download from our website.
WHAT'S AGILITY DLEARNING VIDEO-COACHING CLASS?
Agility dlearning Video-Coaching Class for your clients that need specific help to improve their agility run and agility career.
Unutilized time log will not be forfeited and clients can choose to top-up for the next session.
THINGS YOU NEED TO BRING TO CLASS?
1. Terrific goodies your dog can eat quickly without leaving crumbs (ie: soft liver treats or cheese or for some doggy Bak Gua!)
2. A flat buckle collar with no hanging tags or attachments that your dog can not slip out of
3. A 6-foot leash that you don't care if it gets dirty
4. Your dog's favourite toy (balls are fine!)
5. Your dog, patience and a sense of humour