Dog Training FAQs of Neuman K-9 Academy
Our Dog Training FAQs are a valuable resource if you are considering enrolling your dog or puppy into one of our training programs.
If your question isn't answered here, please feel welcome to contact us.
- >> What is in-board training?
In-board training requires that your dog be left with us at Neuman K-9 Academy for the duration of the training.
Our programs enable your dog to learn commands quickly and effectively. Having your dog on-site is a key component to the success of our training.
With consistent and countless repetition of commands, we accomplish much more than a once-per-week program.
- >> Why consider in-board training?
It is the most efficient and effective method of dog training. When a dog is going to perform a critical task such as guide dog for the blind, detection for explosives/narcotics, and other important tasks - the dog is trained by a professional and then turned over to their handler with training. It is highly successful and the same process we use for boot camp training. Our trainers will train more dogs in a month than the average person will own in a lifetime. Our experience of training dogs and coaching owners is time proven.
In a four-week program, your dog will participate in 60+ training sessions. It would take 15 months of weekly sessions and on average - $3,000 to complete the same amount of training in a private training class.
In an eight-week program, your dog will participate in 120+ sessions. It would take 30 months and on average - $6,000 to complete the same amount of training in a private training class. This also means you the owner would be investing hundreds of hours of your own time, gas, and efforts with the possibility your dog will not obtain the goal or objective your have for it.
- >> How early can I enroll my dog for training?
- 12 weeks or older
- 6 months or older
- >> What is the difference between Puppy Camp and Boot Camp? Why does Puppy Camp cost more?
Puppy camp is for dogs 3 - 6 months of age. If a dog is 6 months or older, it would enroll in the Boot Camp course.
Puppy camp costs more because puppies require more time during confidence building and socialization. They also are more prone to having accidents or needing additional bathroom breaks. The field trips, obedience training, commands, and curriculum are the same for Puppy Camp and Boot Camp.
- >> Will my dog forget who I am?
No, we have never had a situation where a dog has not remembered it's owner or family. That said, if a dog comes direct to our facility from the breeder or rescue, it has not lived in the new owners home nor developed a bond, so it is not to be expected. We have had dogs stay with us 12+ months that immediately recognized and remembered it's owners the moment they reunited.
- >> Where will my dog be kept while in training at Neuman K-9 Academy?
Your dog will stay at our facility with its own private crate or kennel, and between training sessions, have supervised opportunities to socialize and play.
Our Academy is a fenced and gated and gated property in a wooded setting. We want our guests to feel at home while living in an environment conducive to dog obedience training.
- >> Do you accept dogs that are aggressive toward humans? What about other forms of aggression?
We do not accept dogs with aggression toward humans. The liability of a dog biting a staff member or person in a public place is beyond what we are willing to risk. Dogs with aggression such as dog-on-dog aggression, resource guarding, and other forms of behavioral issues may be accepted on a CASE BY CASE basis. If a dog is enrolled with aggression of which was not disclosed prior to placing a deposit, it will be ejected from the course and the deposit will be forfeited to pay for the vacant spot in the course. If you have questions or are uncertain if your dog would be accepted, please contact us.
- >> Will you train my two litter mate dogs?
No. We do not accept litter mate dogs that live or reside in the same home. Two dogs from the same litter that live in different households are permitted, however litter mates living together will not be accepted for training.
- >> Can you train my dog to be protective of me or my family?
We do NOT offer personal protection or training that would teach a dog to be aggressive toward humans or protective of it's family. We specialize in proper etiquette, and reliable obedience training.
- >> What is the day like at boot camp? Do you train everyday?
Boot Camp training and activities are 7 days a week from camp start to graduation. The daily schedule will vary depending on time of day for field trips, and duration of exercises depending on where a dog is at in the training process and weather conditions. If weather is not ideal for working outdoors, we have a climate controlled indoor training center onsite, designed specifically for dogs and dog related activities.
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Bathroom & Play time
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM Obedience training and field trips
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Bathroom & Play time
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Obedience, treadmill and field trips
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Bathroom & Play time
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Feeding & rest
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Treadmill Training & Physical conditioning
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM Bathroom & Play time
9:30 PM Lights out - Bedtime
- >> If you do the training, will my dog still perform the commands at home?
Yes. However you also will need training which is a big part of the success of our course. Owner follow through of commands, correcting unwanted behaviors, and rewarding your dog for making the right decisions, will be necessary for your dog's training to last a lifetime. We will teach you the commands, hand signals, and protocol for what to do if your dog does not immediately respond to a command. Upon course completion, you will receive a YouTube link of your dog performing the commands, written go-home instructions, and hands on training with you and your dog. After your dog returns home, we also include two hours worth of follow-up handler training.
Just as police dogs and service dogs are trained by professionals and then turned over to their handler (with training), we complete the training and turn your dog over to you (with training).
- >> Will my dog ever misbehave after it graduates? What is the guarantee?
Dogs are living breathing creatures that live in the moment. Throughout their lifetime we can guarantee that you will need to reinforce proper responses to commands and good behavior. We can also guarantee that you will need to attach negative consequences (P+) if they decide to engage in an unwanted behavior or not respond to a command. This is part of the owner training we provide at graduation. Reinforcement of the training is a lifetime commitment. The more consistent you are, the more consistent your dog will engage in good behavior as well as respond to commands.
- >> How will I be able to find out about my dog's progress?
We use email as our primary method of communicating with owners during the training process. We send weekly updates including photos and a narrative describing the weekly events and training exercises.
- >> How would you describe your training methods?
We use a combination of classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Two complementary motivations play a role of instrumental learning:
The maximization of positive outcomes and the minimization of negative outcomes. During the learning phase we go through hundreds of repetitions of each command using positive reinforcement (R+) along with verbal markers to teach the dog what the commands mean. After a dog has a clear understanding of the commands and is motivated to follow them, we transition into the proofing and generalization stage of training. This is when we begin to hold them accountable, by only rewarding the right responses to commands (R+), and only rewarding good behavior(s). Further we attach negative consequences through positive punishment (P+) by applying corrections for not following a command or for engaging in unwanted behavior(s). By going through the learning process at the Academy, your dog will not only learn how to follow commands, but more importantly, its actions can control the environment- an outcome that makes learning itself intrinsically rewarding. Our training process is scientifcally proven to be highly effective for training animals (and humans).
- >> What is clicker training? How is it different from your training?
Clicker training is a method of marking behavior with a sound (click) followed by a secondary reinforcer (treat). We use markers, however we prefer to use words for markers rather than clickers, whistles, or other devices. Going home your dog will learn to respond to verbal commands and verbal markers.
Clicking a clicker or offering food or treats simply will not stop your dog from chasing down a squirrel.
Our training program is effective regardless of clickers or squirrels.
- >> Do you use corrective collars in your training?
Yes. However, we believe in first teaching the dog what is expected through positive motivation and positive reinforcement before any corrective collars are introduced.
We use a corrective collar to emphasize control, not inflict pain. There are three phases of dog training: acquiring information (learning),
proofing or ensuring the dog understands the command, and generalizing (proficiency through consistent execution).
Over the years we have received hundreds of dogs that have gone through 'Positive Reinforcement Only' training courses that have failed at addressing unwanted behaviors. In order for a negative behavior to be extinguished a negative consequence needs to be applied. We reward the good behaviors, apply a correction to the unwanted behaviors, and proof responses to commands by use of a corrective collar AFTER a dog has learned what the commands mean and AFTER it has performed them several hundred times.
- >> What immunizations are required and what do I need to confirm my dog's immunizations are current?
We require dogs to be properly immunized in accordance with the protocol set forth by the state of Minnesota and USDA. All dogs must be immunized prior to arriving at our facility. Vet records confirming your dog or puppy is current on immunizations is required 5 days before camp begins. If a dog or puppy will need a booster or vaccine while at our facility, we can arrange to have it administered by our vet.
Bordatella and Canine Influenza are not required by our Academy - click here to find out why.
**Bordatella, kennel cough, and canine influenza vaccines are NOT offered while dogs are at our facility. If an owners chooses to have these vaccines administered, they must be done prior to 30 days of the course start date
We also require a clear fecal sample dated within 45 days of the dog arriving for training. This information or testing can easily be provided by contacting your vet.
- >> My dog has a long coat that requires brushing, maintenance, or bathing on a regular basis. Is this included? Can you groom my dog or perform stylized hair cutting?
The cost of the course is for boarding and training alone. If you have a long coated dog, we recommend having their coat trimmed down (50%) prior to beginning the course to help prevent matting. Routine brushing and bathing can be scheduled during boot camp however an additional fee would apply. We do NOT offer stylized hair cutting. At the end of the camp we do offer a bath, ear cleaning, and nail trim for a fee. This is optional however recommended if you would like your dog clean at the time of pick-up.
- >> Do you train small breed dogs? How about giant size dogs?
Yes. We accept all breeds of dogs regardless of size. There is a $200/month fee for dogs enrolled over 100 lbs due to special accommodations needed for a giant size crate, transporting during field trips, and waste clean up.
- >> Can I visit my dog during the training process?
Once a dog is enrolled we do NOT allow visitation. The trainers are engaged in training exercises, field trips, and activities that would need to be cancelled in order to accommodate owners visiting. Instead we send weekly email updates to each owner including a detailed description of the progress made, and pictures of each dog in training.
- >> What if I need my dog to arrive a few days before camp starts, or stay a few days after?
Dogs are welcome to arrive before or after training camp. However, a boarding fee per day will apply. If you would like to arrange for boarding, please complete the boarding reservation form here: Boarding Reservation Form
- >> Once I place a deposit, can I cancel or request a refund?
Deposits are non-refundable. Once you place a deposit we will reserve a spot for your dog in the month specified.
If an emergency or unforeseen event occurs and your dog will not be able to attend the reserved date, we can transfer the deposit to the
next available month. However, we do require 30 days advance notice. Click here for Payment Policies
- >> What method of payment do you Accept? How can I reserve a spot in your course?
We accept Visa or Mastercard. Due to bank fees and increased regulation for processing checks, we do NOT accept checks (personal or bank draft). If you would like to reserve a spot in a training course, please complete the Training Enrollment Form
and we will send you a Docusign contract and payment authorization form. Once completed, we process payment and send you the questionnaire, health form, and list of required items.
- >> Why Neuman K-9 Academy?
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