Frequently Asked Questions: Dog trainer, Toronto.
What tools do you use?
- When it comes to dog training it is important to remember that one size does not fit all and to have a large "tool box". Some tools that I use are: Slip leads, e-collars, prong collars, food, my dog, my cat, toys... The goal is to create calm and tuned in dogs. I will use the most appropriate tool for each dog to reach that goal.
Will a prong collar hurt my dog?
- No! Prong collars have a bad reputation. Do they look barbaric? Absolutely. However, they are an excellent communication tool that will not hurt your dog. They allow the handler to give the dog informations with very gentle pressure. You could compare it to "power steering" in a car. I exclusively use Herm Sprenger collars as they are high quality and have rounded and smooth prongs.
Tell me more about e-collars
- Absolutely! E-collars have come a long way. Modern e-collar training is nothing like it used to be. E-collars are the clearest, gentlest and most effective way to communicate to your dog. I exclusively use E-collar Technologies products. Their collars system have a 100 levels. The collar is used at the lowest level that your dog feels. Can this tool be abused? Of course. So can a flat collar or a harness. E-collars open a new line of communication between you and your dog. It is also the safest way to have your dog off-leash. It is the only tool giving you to possibility to recall your dog at great distances. I have never trained a dog that did not benefit from the extra freedom and reliability gained with e-collar training.
What happen if I don't get the results I want from the training? Is there a guarantee?
- Due to the many variables involved to create a well-behaved, balanced dog, including owner commitment, consistency, and follow-through, it would be unethical for me to offer a 100% guarantee. However, I only choose the most dedicated and diligent owners so, in our experience, no matter how severe the issues, I consistently see breakthrough results and amazing transformations. We work hand in hand as a team in your dog’s rehabilitation. This process of teamwork and collaboration begins before I even meet your dog, moves through the training process, and continues long after your dog has gone home. Once you hire me, I consider you part of the Forward Dog Training family, and your success is my utmost priority.