Q & A

Question:  What makes this system of training different than others ?

Answer:  This One of a Kind System is Interaction vs Learning Based.  While the majority of trainers, including Balanced, approach the process as a learning exercise this can take a path of Bribery for many dogs based on a failure to understand the role of influence.  While the picture at a response level (sit, down, come and stay) can look impressive initially based on appearances and assumptions it is very common for behavior issues to continue.  This system uses specific interactions to fade the owner into the relationship which allows the dog to release control which corresponds to resolving unwanted behavior.  When adopting the proper process everything is reconciled as a result including the role of influence, devices etc.   This system of training is very special and is one of a kind based on how it approaches the dog and human relationship.

Question:  Is this system positive reward based ?

Answer:  When you hear the words “positive reward” within the dog training world it is important to understand their context.  These words align with the very popular and problematic learning narrative in which trainers are superficially motivating dogs to respond initially when a dog is already holding a level of control within the relationship. Based on the “current state of the relationship” and with influence being absent this takes a path of bribery for many dogs and owners.  It is very similar to getting a already selfish child to respond and bringing the entire focus onto assuming that you can trust those responses as representing that the perceptions of the child are automatically changing.  What is being ignored is the role of influence within the process and the motives which underpin response beyond appearances.  The right way to view training based on reconciling behavior issues and how a dog’s decision making process is governed (social) is as a intervention.  This interaction based approach answer those critical questions while establishing predictable and intentional outcomes for dogs and owners.

Question:  What force is used on dogs within this system ?

Answer:  The role of influence is reconciled via specific interactions which the dog comes into agreement with based on its reasonableness (Proactive vs Reactive / Corrective).  The reasonableness of influence aligns with how you invest and interact with your dog.  How influence is applied by those who called themselves Balanced Dog Trainers often creates bad optics and raises more questions regarding the both the role of influence and process itself.  Those who consider themselves to be anti force trainers claim that influence is not required and you don’t need to interact certain ways or use certain tools to get a dog to “respond”.  Again the problem via the application of learning when applying a motivating agent for a dog already holding control is the issue.  While influence is a necessary ingredient (social) within the process (interaction based) it is not hurtful, harmful or unreasonable.

Question:  How much does training cost and how many sessions does it take to see results ?

Answer:  Within this system sessions are scheduled and completed as needed.  Typically is takes approx 3 sessions to experience good results which represent 3 weeks of training.  Session rates are listed on the fee page of this site.

Question:  Is training performed in a group or individual setting ?

Answer:  This system of training uses an individualized approach.  This allows for better results.

Question:  How long does a session last ?

Answer:  The first session lasts approx 1.5 hr while follow up sessions 1 hr.

Question:  Does it cost more to train more than one dog during a session.

Answer:   Yes.  The reason for this is that the duration of the session would extend beyond the standard session time based on one dog.  Keep in mind that the method is basically the same for each dog.  If you would like to train more than one dog during the session please let me know so I can provide what the additional fee would be.

Question:  What is the best option to get started ?

Answer:  I recommend a Home Visit Session to begin the process based on where you spend the most time with your dog.  If you are considering the board and training option I would recommend at least one Home Visit Session prior to moving forward with a Board and Training.

Question: Do you offer Boarding for Dogs ?

Answer:  No.  When dogs stay at the facility full time it is for training.

Question:  If I live beyond Central Florida do you still offer the Home Visit Option ?

Answer:  Absolutely yes.  Simply submit the online form with your address to receive the fee for your area.  Considering that you receive everything needed during the first session it can still be well worth the fee based on what this system of training can do for you and your dog.

Question:  What type of behavior issues does this system work to resolve ?

Answer:  All behavior issues and problems including aggression.  This one of a kind system offers unlimited potential and hope to all dogs and owners.

Question:  When should I begin training with my puppy ?

Answer:  Considering that behavior issues result from a relational problem the sooner the better.

Question:  What if I failed in the past using other methods are you still able to help ?

Answer:  Absolutely.  What makes this system of training special is that it represents new beginnings for dogs and their owners.

Question:  How do I schedule a session ?

Answer:  Simply phone 407-201-0678 or submit the contact form if you have any further questions about how this system of training can help you and your special pack member.  If you are interested in scheduling a session simply provide a possible date and time that works best for you and we can get started.