FAQ

What is a "balanced trainer"?
A balanced trainer is able and willing to use the most appropriate training tools for each dog. Just like people, dogs differ one from the other, and what might work with one dog isn’t guaranteed to always work with another. A balanced trainer recognizes these differences and works with the dog to determine which tool will most effectively help the dog to learn and help the owner to communicate with the dog.
What are training tools? Are they included in the cost of training and where are they obtained?
Training tools can vary, and may be used in combination with other tools or used by themselves. Training tools can include dog kibble, treats, a clicker, voice, varying types of leashes, elevated placebeds, and different types of collars. Each tool provides the right customization for the dog to more speedily reach training goals set forth by the owner. Dogs are more physical communicators and people are more verbal communicators, so we sometimes need to use a different tool to effectively bring the dog and owner onto the same page. Kalie has each of these tools and will bring them to the lesson in which they will be introduced to determine which you will need for your dog, but for your personal use, you will purchase your own (Kalie will make specific recommendations, whether in-store or online) or you may reimburse Kalie for getting them for you. There is no upcharge for Kalie getting the training tools for your use.
Can I train my dog on my own using online resources, such as Youtube or dog training DVD sets?
You absolutely can, and many pet owners try this first. Dog training is something that everyone can do, however, practice, timing and proper use of the right tools can make this job really challenging for most pet owners. It’s difficult to know how to do everything on your own without a mentor and some guidance, even with the best resources on the internet. The most frustrating thing is to put in time, effort and money to improperly train your dog, and then finally realize you need professional help. By this time you’ve spent money on some items that don’t make sense for your dog and may not work. It makes the job harder when the dog has a learning history and you have to untrain bad habits. The worst outcome from this experience is that the dog gets confused, the owner becomes frustrated, and the relationship is weakened between the two.
Where does training take place?

Depending on the owner’s goals and the dog’s needs, training locations can be agreed upon during the consultation and over the course of lessons. Training oftentimes needs to initially take place in the owner’s and dogs’ home, especially if the dog is exhibiting unwanted behaviors at home that may not occur in other places. However, it’s also important to generalize behaviors. Training can additionally take place in public spaces, to include, but not limited to, Kalie’s training facility, outdoor areas, pet-friendly stores, and restaurants.

Are there any training restrictions, such as breed or temperament? Does my dog have to be spayed/neutered?

There are no training restrictions based on breed, but there are two realities with training any dog – firstly, the owner understands the genetic traits of his/her dog breed. There may be some behaviors that take longer to improve or may ultimately not ever really be corrected to perfection. For example, if you have a scent hound and you do not want the dog to sniff the ground during a strict heel or if you have a chihuahua and you do not want your dog to bark at strangers. These situations may be attainable, but it will take HEAPS of work and goes against the genetic programming of your dog’s breed. Secondly, if your dog needs behavior modification for severe aggression, and Kalie does not feel adequately equipped to handle the situation, she will be glad to refer you to someone who is. The last thing Kalie wants is for an owner to waste resources if Kalie is not the best trainer for the owner and the dog. In regards to being spayed/neutered, this is not a requirement. Dogs can be trained whether they are intact or desexed.

If I have a dog who is not up-to-date with vaccines for personal reasons, would I still be able to have my dog trained by Kalie's K9s?

Yes, your dog(s) can still receive training with Kalie’s K9s, even if vaccinations are not current. Lessons for this client type would be restricted to private lessons and virtual training. Kalie honors all decisions made by dog owners for their pups. While choosing to respect these choices, any situation that would allow for dog-to-dog interaction can only legally occur with dogs who are up-to-date with their vaccinations.

How many sessions do I need before my dog completes training?
Some trainers offer training packages to include a set number of lessons with set prices, and may even offer discounts if you pay in full up-front. In many cases, these packages and pre-planned lessons work really well, especially if the owner has realistic goals and puts in the work when the trainer is not around. The answer to this question depends on a number of factors, including if the dog has had any foundation in training or if this is the dog’s first training situation, how fast and how willing the dog responds to the training, the owner’s decision to use the best training tools for that dog and being consistent, in addition to the owner’s goals for the dog. For instance, it is unreasonable to expect a dog, newly adopted from a shelter, without any previous training, to heel off-leash after two lessons. Just like the owner, Kalie wants the training to be efficient so the dog can function well within its home and the owner does not feel like time or resources are being wasted. Kalie’s lessons are charged at an hourly rate, and each lesson will continue to progress towards the owner’s end goals.
When can training sessions be held?
Kalie will work with you and your schedule to ensure that training sessions are conducted at a time that suits your needs.
How do I know if Kalie is the right trainer for me and my dog?
The choice is absolutely up to you, of course. You should always meet any trainer for a consultation prior to committing to training sessions. You should feel comfortable with the person you bring into your home and who you allow to engage with your pup. If Kalie is not the best trainer for you and your dog, that is okay. Kalie knows that she is an option, and feels honored to be considered with the many alternatives from which you have to choose. Kalie will be mindful of your goals and doing what is fair and safe with your dog. She will be on time and communicate with you before, during and after your lessons. She will be there as a resource, even after your pup has met your goals.
Is Kalie a "dog whisperer"?
Kalie feels like she will always be a lifelong learner in dog training. Her mentality is that she is a connector between owners and their dogs. She hopes to share her knowledge with dog owners so that they can feel empowered to communicate with their dogs and have dogs that are good members of their family and the community. Kalie has some whispering skills, but she fully acknowledges that her job is not complete unless the owner feels in control and happy with his/her pup.

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