Dog Training FAQ

This page was intended to answer many of the common questions we receive about our dog training programs and our Dallas / Fort Worth dog trainer. That said, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We love to talk about dogs! Call us anytime at 817.580.7293.

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Do you work with all breeds?
Do you train puppies?
What area do you cover?
Sounds good, but I bet you’re expensive!
What if I just want to address one behavior?
Are you a dog trainer or a dog behaviorist?
My last dog trainer was kind of condescending. Is that what I can expect from you?
I live in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. Who would be my dog trainer? 
How is it possible you can handle such serious behavior problems? 
Do you train with treats?
Are you a franchise?
What kind of dog do you have? 

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Do you work with all breeds? 

Yes! We work with all breeds, no exceptions.

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Do you train puppies?

Definitely! Puppy training is extremely important. Our puppy training programs are completed in-home because they’re designed to teach you how to develop a good relationship with your puppy from the get-go. The dog’s relationship to his/her family as well as his/her lifestyle at home are the two most important factors influencing a dog’s behavior. Knowing this, our puppy training programs are designed to teach you how to handle these factors the right way so that you have the best chance of avoiding behavior problems in the future. We also cover common puppy questions, of course.

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What area do you cover? 

We cover the entire Dallas / Fort Worth area, including the mid-cities area, Keller, Flower Mound, Plano, Mansfield, and more. Brian covers Fort Worth and the surrounding areas, and Gillian covers Dallas and the surrounding areas.

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Sounds good, but I bet you’re expensive! 

We wouldn’t say that. Our training is commitment-based, which means instead of nickel and diming you for lesson after lesson after lesson (to continue indefinitely), We charge just one flat fee, and we commit to working with you until we reach our training goals, which we set during our consultation. If we are in it for the long haul, that presses us to deliver results, and you avoid the trouble of having to hire trainer after trainer for the same old problems.

If you’re pricing dog training services, click here for a very thorough rundown on the cost of professional dog training.

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What if I just want to address one behavior? 

We would caution you against that line of thinking. In order to create lasting behavior change, dog behavior needs to be addressed as a whole. Check out this article for a full explanation of just how dangerous spot-check dog training can be.

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Are you a dog trainer or a dog behaviorist? 

We are whichever you’d like to call us. There isn’t actually an organization that oversees dog trainers and designates titles. There are many organizations of dog trainers, but they all make up their own titles and funky little letters to put after their name. Anyone can call themselves a dog trainer, dog behaviorist, dog wizard, dog whisperer, etc.

Personally, we prefer the title dog behavior trainer, or dog behaviorist. We work primarily with behavior, so we think a title with behavior in it is probably most accurate. Professional dog trainer works, too. Plus, people seem to think behavior training is something different than regular old dog training, although we’d argue it’s the same thing (or at least it should be).

If you’re not sure if we are offering the kind of training you’re looking for, just ask!

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My last dog trainer was kind of condescending. Is that what I can expect from you?

No way! If anything, you’ll be asking us to stay for dinner! We are just as much of a people person as a dog person. We think our ability to connect and empathize with our clients is responsible for a lot of our success. There are lots of skilled dog trainers out there, including in this area. What makes a successful dog trainer is their ability to reach both the dogs and the people. That’s our utmost priority because it’s hard for the dog to change his/her behavior over the long-term if his/her family isn’t on board.

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I live in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. Who would be my dog trainer? 

If you live in Dallas you will work with Gillian Snyder, if you live in Fort Worth you will work with Brian Ponder.

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How do I know your trainers can handle such serious behavior problems? 

We’ve had the privilege of studying with some of the most skilled dog trainers in the country, and the training protocol we follow has over 30 years of success behind it. The proof is in the pudding.

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Do you train with treats?

Sometimes. We think treats can be helpful to teach a brand new behavior. They aren’t always helpful, though, so we certainly don’t rely on them. We most frequently use them when a dog has absolutely no idea what ‘sit’ or ‘down’ means.

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Are you a franchise? 

Nope. We are affiliated with Canine Trade Group, a national network of professional dog trainers, but we don’t answer to them, or to anyone. We are solely owned and operated.

That said, we are extremely proud to be a part of CTG. We are NOT dog trainers who’s off on their own following their own made-up methods and approaches, and Googling for advice when something isn’t working (and inevitably, something doesn’t work). We use an approach that has proven to be successful, yet we consistently seek the input, advice and opinions of our CTG peers and mentors. We are all committed to the same standards of professionalism, ethics, and results, so this is feedback we can trust. The other members do the same, so we are consistently learning from their experiences as well. Keeps us current and informed, and keeps our minds open. Such a valuable resource to have, especially in a profession that can be so isolating!

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What kind of dog do you have? 

Brian owns two Australian Shepherds and Gillian owns a Mastiff, our trainers have expierence with a variety of different breeds 🙂

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We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have! Feel free to call us to talk about your dog and our dog training programs: 817.580.7293