Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How old does my dog need to be to start training?
A: According to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, dogs can begin training as early as 7-8 weeks of age with appropriate vaccines.
Q: What vaccines does my dog need to start training?
A: All dogs sixteen weeks of age and older are required by Idaho State Law (1952 Code § 6-07-22), to be vaccinated against rabies. Furthermore, petagogy requires that your dog be vaccinated by a veterinarian for bordetella and all core vaccines at least 10 days before starting any group classes. For further information about core and non-core vaccines see HERE.
Q: Do you offer payment plans?
A: Our Private Training and Day Training Passes include easy automatic monthly payments.
Q: Will I always have to use food rewards?
A: As with many answers in dog training, "it depends." Once you learn how to use rewards effectively you may not want to stop using them. However, if you do decide to stop using food as a reward, we will show you how.
Q: What does petagogy mean?
A: petagogy is a play on the word "pedagogy", which is defined as "the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept." petagogy then is defined as "the method and practice of teaching pets"!
Q: Does petagogy offer service dog training?
A: petagogy does not currently offer service dog training.
Q: How do I know what service is right for me?
A: All of our private services are customized to your and your dog's specific needs. So, if you have a specific problem or need help in your home and/or in public, then private training is the way to go. If you have a puppy between 8 weeks and 6 months of age and/or if you've taught your dog basic manners in the home and public and you'd like to enhance those skills, then group training may be the right choice for you.
Q: What training equipment do I need?
A: We recommend the following equipment:
Flat collar for holding your dog's I.D. and Rabies tags
Bait Bag - Doggone Good Rapid Rewards Pouch
Clicker - All services include 2 free clickers.
Q: What is a clicker?
A: A clicker is a small noise-making device that is held in your hand. A clicker is used as a "marker" to let your dog know when they have done the correct behavior and have earned a reward.
Q: Do you offer a guarantee?
A: Effective dog training is dependent on many dynamic variables. An ethical dog trainer does not offer guarantees because they understand that behavior is determined by many variables that are out of the trainers control.
Q: If I use food to train, will my dog get fat?
A: It's up to you! Managing your dog's weight is all about managing the relationship between energy input (food) and energy output (exercise). As long as you are adjusting your dog's daily meals and providing adequate aerobic exercise, they should not gain weight.
PRIVATE TRAINING F.A.Q.
Q: If I cannot make it to a private session, what should I do?
A: We understand that sometimes things don't go as planned. Therefore, we offer a flexible cancellation policy to accommodate our clients when life gets out of hand. If you need to cancel a session simply call, text or email as early as possible to let us know. We will re-schedule your appointment as our scheduling allows.
Q: Where are private training sessions held?
A: Private training sessions are typically held in your home, neighborhood or other agreed upon location.
GROUP TRAINING F.A.Q.
Q: How many dogs are in a group class?
A: There are no more than 6 dogs in any of our group classes.
Q: What do I need to bring to a group class?
A: We suggest bringing anything that will help your dog stay calm and focused in a busy environment. Furthermore, bring enough small, soft, stinky treats to last the hour you will likely need more than you think (so pack extra!). If your dog likes toys, bring a few (no squeakers). Also bring a water bowl, leash, and harness.
Q: If I cannot make it to a group session, what should I do?
A: We understand that sometimes things don't go as planned. Therefore, we offer a flexible cancellation policy to accommodate our clients when life gets out of hand. If you need to cancel a session simply call, text or email as early as possible to let us know. Group sessions cannot be made up.
DAY TRAINING F.A.Q.
Q: What is Day Training?
A: Day Training is a service that we offer where we come and train your dog for you several times a week and teach you how to maintain what has been learned.
Q: Why would I choose Day Training?
A: Day training is a great choice for individuals who want a well-behaved dog but simply don't have the time or knowledge to reach that goal. Day training takes some of the pressure off of you.