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Frequently Asked Questions

You talk about "leadership" a lot. Does this dog training method include dominating my dog with force?

No, there is no force or domination tactics required in this dog training method. You don't have to out-power your dog, but you do have to be the decision-maker for your dog. Being the leader in dog training means that you have to understand what your dog is thinking and feeling and use dog psychology to earn your dog's love, trust, and respect, rather than rely on force, pain, shocks, or intimidation to get your way. 

There's no force? Does that mean that I never say no to my dog while dog training?

Again, you are going to use dog psychology to earn your dog's love, trust, and respect. This means that the dog will give you fewer scenarios in which you have to say no. That being said, as your dog trainer, I'll teach you how to "say no" to your dog and give him consequences to his actions that actually work. Dogs are very logical. They understand consequences very well when they are delivered with proper dog training.

Pretty sure I'm already the leader, how can I tell?

Does your dog bark at strangers or out the window? Does your dog hide food in the couch cushions? Does your dog pull on the leash? Does your dog only sometimes come when you call? Does your dog know how to get your attention? Does your dog lean in on you? If you answered yes, then , sorry to break it to you, but you're definitely not the leader. Don't be too hard on yourself however because to be a leader, you have to know some dog psychology; you cannot use human psychology to become a dog's leader. You could train your dog to salute you and get down and give you 20 push ups, but it wouldn't mean that your dog sees you as the leader. As your dog trainer, I'll teach you exactly how to be the leader in your dog's eyes.

How many times do you have to see my dog?

Typically, once. I am a dog trainer, but I don't really train your dog, as much as I train you how to interact with your dog in such a way that she sees you as leader. That's why my services offer the best bang for your buck. Because after our time together you are absolutely empowered with the knowledge you need for dog training moving forward. 

After our consult, what if I have more questions or I run into problems?

As your dog trainer, I'm here for you for the lifetime of your dog. If you have a question, we will either email or talk on the phone about it. As long as your pooch is in your life, so am I. Like I said, my services really are the best bang for your buck when it comes to dog training.

Be honest with me. Does this dog training method actually work? Will it actually work for my dog?

I have never heard of a dog or puppy that this doesn't work on. Unless your dog is actually a cat, your dog understands dog psychology. So when you apply the leadership rules with your dog, he automatically GETS IT. As long as you are applying these dog training rules 100%, it will work for you and your dog. Some dogs are simple and follow along immediately, while others are tricky and it'll take a few months. Your dog will be in your life for a decade; what's a few months?

Will this dog training method make my dog perfect?

Nope. If you want perfect, get a robodog. This dog training method doesn't make your dog perfect; nothing and no one is perfect. My dog training services give you knowledge and tools so that you know how to calm your dog down, train them, and form a strong relationship with them. 

Do I stop using the dog training method when my dog is fixed?

First of all, this method isn't about fixing your dog; she's not broken or bad. She is misunderstood. This method offers you a way to understand your dog and work with her. That's not something you'll ever stop doing. It's a bit like manners in the human world. Saying please and thank you is a human custom that isn't just for kids to be more polite; it's a lifelong thing. Likewise, as long as you have a dog, use this dog training method. 

Did you make up these rules and rituals in this dog training method?

I did not make them up. No human did. These rules and rituals are dog-made. That's why dogs follow them.

How do I work with you and how much does it cost?

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I have more questions. How can I answer them?

Contact me through this website, or email me at, or call me at 204-242-4883.

Elaine Bruewer and labradoodle puppy, Toby
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