Commonly Asked Questions About Training
Thank you for choosing Zippity Do Dog Training and Behavior Modification. When using this contact information please allow 72 hours for an email response. When calling please allow 48 hours for a return phone call response. Voice mail is the preferred method of contact if you have an urgent situation or behavioral issue that poses a threat.
What is your pricing?
I have created a website of transparency when it comes to pricing and training options, to avoid unnecessary phone calls and emails regarding these specific questions. Most common questions can be easily answered by going through the different pages of training offerings. An intake form must be completed before I will work with you.
What do I do next?
Once you have completed the required Intake form that best corresponds to your dog's needs, I will attempt to contact you two times. The first attempt will be by phone to either set up an appointment for a consultation, or to work you into my current schedule to begin training. This phone call will be within 48 hours of receiving the appropriate training form. If we are not able to connect by phone, then I will email you. If I don't hear back then your form is shredded.
What types of training do you offer?
- Adult Basic Manners Level I and II
- Puppy Training Level I and II and III
- Reactive Dog Behavior Modification
- Leash Reactivity
- Specific Behavioral Problems
If you have a reactive dog or a dog exhibiting behavioral issues you must complete this form.
If you have a puppy there are several options on the puppy page, and you must complete this form.
What methods of training do you offer?
Positive-evidence-based-training, that is backed by science, is the method of training offered. Period. No exceptions. If you are using a prong, choke or a shock collar for training now, you will need to cease using these tools if you wish to work with me. If you are interested in learning modern training techniques and willing to give up antiquated training methods, you may be eligible for a discount through project tRADE. To learn why punishment doesn't work to modify behavior go here.
Why are you so against aversive training methods?
Because I was an aversive trainer in the early 1990's. I used prong, choke and shock (vibration, tone, E-collars) how ever you chose to frame them. I am a cross-over trainer. This means that I once used aversive and compulsion training methods, and then I learned a far better more effective way of training dogs, and found it so effective that I never went back. I have also seen the damage caused to dogs as a result of these training methods, regardless of whether these tools are used incorrectly or correctly, they create fall out. I hold a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis as an Accredited Practitioner (ABAP-1); I have become painfully aware of how dog behavior is effected by harsh and cruel training methods.
Do you come to my home?
In most cases training is private, 1:1 provided in your home, which is often the place where you need the training the most. In some cases a group setting may be more appropriate, or eventually your dog will progress to a group setting depending on the type of training you are receiving.
Will I be part of the training?
Yes absolutely! You must be part of the training and you must complete the provided homework each week in order for training to be effective. Without your full participation you are wasting your time and money. You will only get out of training what you are willing to put into it.