Frequently Asked Questions
Will my dog be trained after one session?
No. The re are many factors in having a consistently well-behaved dog. It depends on you, your pup, and your individual goals.
We’ll give you the tools, skills, and knowledge you need to continue working with your dog at home. Even just a few short weeks of class can go a long way - they cannot, however, magically erase years of unwanted behavior. Expecting too much from one training session can put too much pressure on you and your dog, and can take the fun out of training for everyone. Instead, begin your session with an open mind and absorb everything you can. By taking the skills from class and continuing to work with your dog, you'll see continuous improvement. Training is supposed to be an ongoing effort in your relationship with your dog - not just a one-time event!
What do you guarantee?
Here at Playful Pandemonium we guarantee:
A commitment to teach only humane, gentle, and fun training for both you and your dog
Customized training plans that fit your lifestyle
A kind and productive professional relationship where we'll treat you with the same kindness, understanding, and respect that we will give to your pets
To be dedicated to your learning goals and do everything we can to help you reach them
To use, teach, and keep up-to-date on the latest and soundest methods offered by the scientific community
Are you insured?
Yes, we are fully insured through Business Insurers of the Carolinas.
Do I need to be the alpha when training my dog?
There is no need to dominate or be the "alpha" when training your dog. Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years and are no longer the same as their ancestral counterparts. In addition, the initial study which perpetrated this myth is severely outdated.
Please feel free to read this great article explaining it further here.
What will happen to my dog if she gets it right?
What does your dog love? Food, fetch, tug, praise? We'll reinforce desired behaviors with something your dog loves. We will mark the desired behavior with a "click" or a verbal cue to let her know we liked what she did, thereby encouraging the desired behavior to continue.
What will happen to my dog if she gets it wrong?
Reinforcement for the undesired behavior will be removed and your dog will be given another opportunity to perform the desired behavior.
What's wrong with training focused mainly on positive punishment?
Here are just a few of the many pitfalls:
You can cause physical pain and damage to your dog
It is difficult to gauge and control the appropriate intensity
Dogs can develop "punishment callous", and the undesired behavior may return when punishment stops
It is difficult to have perfect timing and consistency
It can suppress desired behaviors and inhibit offered behaviors
It does not teach the dog what to do in place of the undesired behavior
It can cause your dog to mentally and physically "shut down"
It can cause your dog to become aggressive
And, most importantly, it can damage the dog's confidence, trust in the trainer, and relationship with their human.