The Upbeat K9 Dog Training FAQs
FAQs 2018-03-06T01:22:42+00:00


My granddaughter loves to take my dog for a walk when she visits, but he’s so strong he drags her down the street. I’m afraid my granddaughter is going to get hurt. Can you help? 2018-03-08T16:05:44+00:00

Yes we can! Loose leash walking is something we teach all of our clients. Even more importantly, we teach your dog how to listen to everyone in the family, no matter how tall!

My dog constantly begs at the dinner table until someone shares with her. If I’ve told her “No” once, I’ve said it a hundred times, but she won’t stop. What do I do? 2018-03-08T16:05:07+00:00

It sounds like two things are happening here. “No” may not have any meaning, especially if it is not followed through or if she isn’t told to do something else. She is also learning that if she waits you out, she will eventually get fed. So she is training you to feed her to get her to leave you alone.

Every time there is a thunderstorm, my dog hides in my bedroom. Sometimes, she even pees on the floor! What can I do? 2018-03-08T16:04:15+00:00

It is human nature to want to coddle and make our dogs feel better; however, making them do some obedience and work with you is usually a better option. If she is busy paying attention to you and working on some obedience, the thunder (or anything else that startles her) becomes background noise.

This all sounds pretty good. How do I get started with The Upbeat K9? 2018-03-08T16:02:40+00:00

All Upbeat K9 locations offer a free consultation. Most locations will even come to you to do one! This enables our trainers to meet you and your dog, go over your training goals, and find a program that works for you. Give us a call and we will help you set one up.

I know some trainers use shock collars, but I don’t want you to hurt my dog. What training methods do you use? 2018-03-08T16:01:53+00:00

The Upbeat K9 trainers are well versed in a variety of training tools; from food to collars to remote collars. We know that not all dogs do well with every tool and we will help you decide what tool is best for your dog as well as what tools you’re comfortable with using. At the end of the day, whatever tool you’re comfortable in using will be the one you’re most consistent in using and that’s what’s most important to us.

I want my dog to be well behaved, but I am afraid the training will change her personality. What do you think? 2018-03-08T16:01:00+00:00

Just like with people, attitude and personality may seem to drop when something is new. Through consistency and black and white expectations, attitude comes back and personality will still be there. Anytime we see a drop in attitude after training is if expectations start to become inconsistent.

When my dog was a puppy, she used to nip at my hand for attention. I thought it was cute. Now that she is 80 pounds, it’s not so cute anymore. How do I re-train her? 2018-03-08T16:00:06+00:00

A lot of puppies will bite when they play. Unfortunately it will carry over into adulthood if not addressed early on. However, it’s not too late to fix it! It will be important to consistently let your dog know it’s no longer acceptable to bite when she gets excited and equally as important to start giving her something more appropriate to do, like hang out on her bed with something to chew on.

We are thinking of adopting a rescue dog. He’s very adorable, but skittish and afraid of everyone. What can we do? 2018-03-08T15:58:57+00:00

Over the first few days, you’ll start creating a bond with your new dog. Setting up schedules, learning each other’s personalities, and starting to recognize certain behavior traits. Starting a training program early on will help build that bond and we have a lot of experience working with nervous, skittish, and submissive dogs.

My dog tries to rub himself on the leg of anyone that visits our home. Needless to say, this is pretty embarrassing. What can we do to break the habit? 2018-03-08T15:58:13+00:00

There are two parts to fixing this problem. There is letting your dog know that the behavior is not ok, with a marker like “No” and then having him do something you do like, such as “Place”. The other part to this is being consistent. If every time he does it, he’s told not to and made to do something else, a new habit will form and the old one will go away.

Every time my dog starts barking, we have to give him treats to shut him up. I’m afraid he’s going to get fat. What should we do? 2018-03-08T15:57:23+00:00

When a dog is barking at something, we need to get his attention back on us to get him to stop. There are many techniques to help with that and not all require food every time. We can teach you other approaches and work with you on a plan to manage how much food he is getting during training.

My Mom is moving to a nursing home, and we are adopting her dog. What can we do to help him make the transition? 2018-03-08T15:56:25+00:00

We recommend that you set up a free consultation so that we can meet and evaluate the dog and his ability to handle this change. This way we can give you all the help and support you will need to make this transition as easy as possible

We’re expecting our first child in a few months. What can we do to help prepare our dog for the new arrival? 2018-03-08T15:55:45+00:00

We would love to have you meet with one of our trainers to take our “preparing your dog for the new baby” class. In this class we will teach you all the things you need to do to make the transition as easy as possible for you and your dog.

If you’re the one training my dog, will he listen to me after he’s trained? 2018-03-08T15:55:10+00:00

If we decide that a JumpStart program is the best option for you and your dog than we will also make sure you have all the information, tools, and support to make sure the behaviors transition over to you. All you will need to do is stay clear and consistent with the expectations we have established for your dog and he will mind you just as well.

I have an older dog who has never received formal training. Is it too late to teach him some new tricks? 2016-11-03T04:15:07+00:00

It is never too late to start teaching your dog new habits. It will take more time and effort than teaching a new puppy but you will love the outcome.

I have a young puppy. How old does she have to be before she can be trained? 2016-11-03T04:14:41+00:00

You started teaching your puppy the day you got her. It is extremely important that we are clear with a puppy from the start as to what we want them to do and what we don’t. You can start formal training as soon as your puppy has her second round of shots.

How long will it take to train my dog? 2016-11-03T04:14:14+00:00

In order to know how long it will take to train your dog we will need to do a free consultation. During your consultation we will get to understand what you are looking to gain form the training as well as evaluate your dog to see what we will need to do to get him where you would like him to be. At that point we will be able to give you a timeline for his training.

How much does it cost to train my dog? 2016-11-03T04:13:45+00:00

We do not have a one size fits all approach to training. Each dog owner team that has a free consultation will have a customized program designed to fit your specific needs. Because of this individualized system pricing varies.

My dog barks at everything that moves, including birds, leaves, and the mailman. Can you help? 2016-11-03T04:07:41+00:00

Barking due to over stimulation and lack of impulse control is one of the most common issues dog owners face today. During your consultation we will diagnose the problem areas and set up a program to solve your dogs barking issue.

We have an electric fence, but my dog runs right through it to chase the neighbor’s cat. Can you help? 2016-11-03T04:07:12+00:00

The electric fence can be a great tool but if your dog has gone through it on a regular basis it becomes useless. When we do your free consultation we will evaluate your dogs understanding of the fence. At that point we will either adjust his understanding or give you new tools to create the same behavior of not leaving the yard without permission.

Most dogs seem to naturally get along with other dogs. Not mine. Can you help? 2016-11-03T04:06:31+00:00

Dogs that are reactive to other dogs are this way for many different reasons. These range from aggression to fear, we will find out where your dogs reactivity is coming from during your free consultation. We will then set up a personalized program to address the issue.

I would like to take my dog to the park without a leash, but she always wants to run off after squirrels. What do I do? 2016-11-03T04:04:30+00:00

If your goal is to have your dog off leash in any situation it is extremely important that you train your dog in a clear and consistent training system. We would be more than happy to get your dog off leash after we sit down with you and evaluate your dog to see what we will need to do for her during your free consultation.

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