FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
WHAT KIND OF METHODOLOGY DO YOU USE?
I call it nature-based training. More freedom, praise, and love are rewards for good behavior. And I deter negative behavior using the same corrective process as a mother dog would have on her young puppies. This involves using safe and harmless level of discipline depending on the personality of each dog. I’ve never once injured a dog. I’m actually a very loving, fair, and understanding leader to dogs and people.
IS DISCIPLINE MEAN?
Have you ever been disciplined by your parents or guardian? Did you come to hate your parents for disciplining you? And are you afraid of them now? Is your personality shattered? Did you turn into a criminal? If you did, then you likely experienced something called abuse. Abuse is very different from discipline. Many people think of physical force when they hear abuse, but did you know that even treat training can be abusive? Dogs can be fed so many treats that they become grossly overweight. This leads to health problems, difficulty exercising, and a lower quality of life.
When you learn how to safely discipline your dog, you’ll soon realize that it’s not mean at all! In fact, it’s a nice thing!
DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE TRAINING?
Private training is included in the boot camp program. Lee provides you with 2-3 hours of private training when you pick-up your dog from boot camp. Lee requires all dogs participate in the same program. One-off sessions and in-home training is not available nor recommended. These types of services set dog owners up for failure. There’s far too much for both you and your dog to learn in order to be successful.
YOU SAY THAT YOUR BOOT CAMP PROGRAMS WORK ON EVERY DOG? WHAT IF MY DOG IS AGGRESSIVE?
Yes! The “one size fits all” training is real! Lee’s programs are designed to expose and eliminate everything you dislike about your dog. This includes common behavioral issues, obedience issues, and even aggression! And that’s not all! Your dog will maintain his unique personality you’ve come to love and enjoy.
I SEE LITTLE BLUE AND WHITE LEASHES HANGING FROM SOME OF THE DOG’S NECKS IN YOUR VIDEOS. WHAT ARE THOSE?
The training lines you see in my videos are part of the secret to success when it comes to off-leash training. That secret will soon be exposed to you when you choose Lee’s Dog Training! Every dog uses these leashes until they prove their worth.
DO I NEED TO BUY ANY TRAINING MATERIALS?
Lee will provide you with all the basic training materials that you’ll need. In some difficult cases, you may choose to purchase an electronic collar. Although every dog is trainable without an electronic collar, there are some situations that e-collars can come in handy. Lee recommends the “Garmin Delta Sport XC” electronic collar. Other similar models will work, too. So don’t worry if you already have one, you won’t need to buy another.
WHY ARE YOU SO ADAMANT ABOUT OFF-LEASH TRAINING? DO YOU DO ON LEASH TRAINING, TOO?
We should always work with our dogs on-leash until they’ve had enough training to trust them off-leash. But even when we have our dogs on-leash, we are working towards off-leash control. How do we start to train off-leash, you ask? Well that’s a trade secret that Lee can only disclose to his clients.
Too many accidents happen every day with an on-leash style of training. What happens if your leash breaks? What if the dog squeaks past you at the door and gets loose? Dogs who aren’t trustworthy off-leash are more susceptible to accidents. They can get hit by cars, eat poisonous food, run away, and more. All of these things are easily prevented if we would make the investment to train our dogs to the fullest extent. I’m so adamant about perfect behavior and obedience because I get too many calls from people who’ve had a tragic event happen in their lives from on-leash training. And they are often the same people who felt their dog didn’t need training prior to the tragic event.
I also believe that all dogs deserve the highest quality of life possible. If your dog is off-leash trustworthy, they can enjoy the sights and smells without needing to be restrained by a leash. Think of the freedom and enjoyment your dog would have without the feeling of being shackled everywhere they go.
WHY DO YOU ONLY HAVE BOOT CAMP? WHAT IF I DON’T WANT ADVANCED TRAINING?
Lee has found that even the most successful private training clients have had very limited results compared to his boot camp program. Once the bulk of the work has been done, maintaining the training is relatively easy.
Most training facilities provide “Basic training” and one-off private training sessions that set dog owners up for failure because they provide very limited/short term results with very little real-world application. It’s a waste of time and money to pay for your dog to participate in a program that doesn’t provide you with useful results.
MY DOG DOESN’T HAVE ANY MAJOR BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS. DO YOU CHARGE LESS FOR THAT?
No. This is because I’m providing all of my clients with the same knowledge and training to have a well behaved dog and off-leash obedience to the highest level possible in a short time. If your dog is already well behaved, that just means you’ll get even better results than everyone else! It also means that it’s far easier to maintain your dog’s high level of training. If your dog is a well behaved dog now, the results you will have is beyond anything you can imagine.
MY DOG IS REALLY AGGRESSIVE/TIMID/HYPER/ETC. DO YOU CHARGE MORE FOR THAT?
Nope. However, just be aware that you may have more work to do than the average dog and owner.
WILL MY DOG LISTEN TO ME AFTER YOU TRAIN THEM? HOW DO WE ACCOMPLISH THIS?
Yes. After a short transitional training process, your dog will listen to you. Your dog will show dramatic improvement almost instantly, but complete off-leash trustworthiness can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on the dog (and your ability to apply the techniques shown to you). Lee’s job is to humble your dog and bring them to a level where you can work with them with minimal trouble. Your job will be to decide how good you want your dog to be and follow through with those expectations. Your dog can be as good as you expect them to be. This means you can have any level of results that you want, including complete off-leash control. Make no mistake, your dog will have a complete understanding of what’s expected of them. Your job will be to enforce those expectations using the techniques Lee will provide you with.
WHY DO YOUR METHODS WORK BETTER THAN OTHER METHODS?
The methodology I use makes more sense to dogs because it mimics the way they interact with each other in nature. Many of my clients really enjoy getting on their hands and knees and barking like a dog, too! Just kidding… I’ve never had anyone do that. Although I’m sure some of you would be willing to try anything at this point! Leader dogs use controlled, calculated discipline to gain the respect of the other dogs in their pack. They only use as much discipline as needed to gain a desired result. When done properly; praise, play, and discipline is a very safe and highly effective training process.
MY DOG IS A GOOD DOG BUT HE CHARGES THE DOOR WHEN PEOPLE COME IN. OTHER THAN THAT, HE’S GREAT! I DON’T REALLY NEED/WANT OFF-LEASH CONTROL. CAN YOU PRO-RATE YOUR TRAINING TO HELP ME WITH JUST THIS ONE PROBLEM?
The short answer is no.
The longer answer is: the reason your dog charges the door is a complex issue with your overall leadership over your dog. A dog who charges the door doesn’t respect you as the leader, regardless of how good they are outside of that situation. If your dog is charging the door, there are things you are doing in your every day interactions with your dog that are ineffective and need to be changed. If you had effectively established leadership in your dog’s mind, he would never have charged the door in the first place.
It would be a waste of your time and money to address only one issue with your dog because the solution is much more complicated than that. It may provide short term results, but without complete devotion to the methods, your dog would eventually regress back and start charging the door again.
I HAVE 2 DOGS. BUT ONLY ONE NEEDS TRAINING. CAN YOU HELP ME?
I can help you, but I highly encourage you to train both dogs. Although you may feel one of your dogs doesn’t need training, they should be trained anyway. Untrained dogs can have a major influence on a trained dog. All of the money you invest could be undone unless you train both dogs. Having said all of that, I know you’d be better off training one of them, rather than none.
ARE THERE DISCOUNTS FOR MULTIPLE DOGS?
Yes. Please contact Lee for a quote for multiple dogs!
HOW DO YOU REWARD A DOG?
Dogs only need praise, play, and more freedom as a reward. Not only that, but the better your dog listens to you, the more you like them and can give them a happier life in return. You’ll be able to reward your dog by taking them with you, rather than leaving them at home. Rewarding your dog with freedom is much tastier than a treat!
There’s also new scientific evidence that proves dogs prefer physical and verbal praise to treats. See link below:
Not only is it unnecessary to give dogs treats, it can be interpreted by your dog as an act of submission. If you look a dogs in their pack environment, leader dogs don’t willingly give up food to their pack. They protect it, they fight for it. Any time you give up food to your dog, you instantly show them that you are a weak leader who is willing to give up something that they fight for. By default, your dog will assume that you are no longer willing or able to lead the pack.
HOW OLD DOES A DOG HAVE TO BE TO START TRAINING?
Dogs start learning things from their mother from the moment they are born. They actually have a great deal of training already when you get them (from the mother dog). It’s a common misconception that puppies are incapable of being trained to a high level. The ideal time to start training is immediately after you’ve acquired your dog. A young 8 week old puppy is capable of training immediately. I generally recommend a puppy be at least 11-12 weeks old at the start of training, but they are capable of learning at any age.
IS MY DOG TOO OLD FOR TRAINING?
Great question! No. All dogs think the same way. A fourteen year old dog can be trained just as well as a fourteen week old dog. You might see more resistance from you older dog, since they’ve lived their entire life being the alpha. But that won’t change their ability to be trained.
IS MY DOG’S BREED A FACTOR IN TRAINING?
Great question! Not much. All dogs think the same way. Any breed of dog can be trained just as well as another. Some breeds may have a tendency to be more stubborn than others, but that won’t change their ability to be trained.
WHAT IF IT DOESN’T WORK FOR MY DOG? DO YOU HAVE A GUARANTEE?
Yes! I guarantee it will work for you! The methodology used is so effective, it never fails. The only catch is that you have to un-waveringly follow the methodology. The only formal “guarantee” I can make is verbal affirmation that the training will work for you if you follow the methodology. Once you start learning about the methods, you’ll see why it’s so effective.
CAN I HAVE MY KIDS DO THE TRAINING TO TEACH THEM TO BE RESPONSIBLE?
I don’t recommend that kids participate in the hands on training process until they are a little older or the dog is fully trained. Even the smartest kids can make a lot of mistakes when training and it’s unfair to the dog to be physically corrected for a child’s mistake. Adults make enough mistakes as it is and we really want to minimize the corrections we have to apply to our dogs. This is another reason why I require dogs to participate in the boot camp program, to minimize the confusion and unfairness for your dog when it comes to training.
If you’d like your child to learn about responsibility, have them play, feed, and clean up after the dog. But leave the training up to you. (Taking the dog for a walk should not be left for children to do alone unless the children are highly capable as it can hurt your training results.)
MY DOG LOVES US, HE WOULD NEVER BITE US.
Be careful in assuming this dangerous myth! No matter how confident you feel, do not believe that your dog is incapable of biting you! A leader dog could bite anyone who attempts to challenge their authority. This includes their own pack members. Dog bites within the family sometimes happen and owners are always shocked and confused. Often because the dog has never bitten before. If you look at the history of the dog, you’ll probably see signs of barking, growling, and other dominant behaviors that indicated that the dog viewed itself as the leader in some way. This is why it’s so important to train our dogs to be followers to our authority. This will save us from potential problems in the future.
HOW DOES YOUR TRAINING SAVE ME MONEY?
- No more treats to buy. Save hundreds of dollars every year!
- No more trips to the groomer! Primp your well behaved dog!
- Travel with your well behaved dog and save on boarding costs.
- Eliminate the need to replace carpet, furniture, valuables, etc.
- Eliminate medical and legal bills from aggression and vehicular related accidents.
WHAT IS “THE FUN ZONE”?
The fun zone is the time during training when you no longer have to worry about “training” your dog. Life becomes fun. You can take them anywhere and they behave in a way that you would expect them to behave. No bad behaviors, no trust issues. It’s quite amazing how enjoyable it is!
WHAT IS “THE RIPPLE EFFECT”?
The ripple effect is the way that water ripples when you throw a pebble into the pond. One little pebble can cause the entire pond to ripple. Your dog can have this effect on other people. Every time you walk by someone on the street and your dog is barking frantically trying to get at them, you are causing unwanted stress on that person whether they express it or not. There are so many examples (jumping, licking, begging, etc.) in life where people are constantly annoyed by other people’s dogs. Any time you allow your dog to behave a certain way, just imagine how that behavior might make other people feel. It’s not fair to your neighbor to have to listen to your dog bark incessantly at the squirrels in the yard or people passing by. We need to be aware and courteous of the impact our dog has on everyone around us. Even if a certain behavior might not bother you, it’s probably not that pleasant for everyone else. So it’s important to train our dogs so that the ripple effect our dog has on others is a positive one!