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.


    Training & Programs

  • What is in-board training?
    In-board training is a method of training, where we board your dog at our facility for the duration of the training process. Our programs enable your dog to learn commands quickly and effectively. Having your dog participate in daily training sessions 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 over 60+ training sessions ranging from obedience, confidence building, physical conditioning, and etiquette/manners training. It would take 15 months of weekly private sessions and cost $7,700* to complete the same amount of training. In an eight-week program, your dog will participate in 120+ sessions. It would take 30 months and on average costing $15,399* 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 your goal or objectives.
    *Cost comparison is an average taken from 3 separate dog training companies in Minneapolis, MN; as of January 2019.
  • How would you describe your training methods?
    We use all four quadrants of 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 scientifically proven to be highly effective for training animals (and humans).
  • 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. There are three phases of dog training: acquiring information (learning), proofing or ensuring the dog understands the command, and generalizing (proficiency through consistent execution). It is third phase of training that we use the electronic collar to proof and generalize responses to commands.
    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. This is because ignoring an unwanted behavior will NOT make it go away, and we cannot reward away unwanted behaviors. 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. We use a corrective collar as a management tool, and to emphasize control, not inflict pain.
  • 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.
  • How early can I enroll my dog for training?
    Puppy Camp - 12 weeks or older
    Boot Camp - 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.
  • What is the day like at boot camp? Do you train every day?
    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.
    Daily Schedule:
    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, nature hikes, 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 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).
  • What training is provided for the owner(s)?
    Handler training for the owner(s) is a day-long process where we teach how and when to use the commands, how a dog will continue to learn lifelong, and the owner's role of influencing and reinforcing their dog's behavior returning home. We also teach owners about self-reinforced behavior and how to stop a dog from returning to old or bad habits from life before camp.
    The first half of the day is a seminar style presentation, Q & A, equipment instruction, and a light lunch. The second half of the day is hands on instruction. Each owner will become reacquainted with their dog, we will work hands-on going through a variety of exercises, commands, and drills; by the end of handler training, each dog and their owner will be up to speed with commands and working together.
    This day-long process is a group event and begins at 10:00 AM ending around 3:30 PM. The success of our camp comes in two forms; training for the dogs AND training for the owners.

    Behavioral or dog specific:

  • Do you accept dogs that are aggressive toward humans? What about other forms of aggression?
    No, 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.
  • 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 its family. We specialize in obedience training and proper etiquette for pet dogs.
  • 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 that are over 100 lbs OR if a dog is large enough it requires a colossal size crate. We want to make sure that every dog that comes to our Academy is comfortable, well rested, and has plenty of room to sleep overnight or while not in training. If you are unsure on crate size or whether your dog may need a colossal size crate, please feel welcome to 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 housebreak my dog?
    Housebreaking a dog can mean a lot of different things, depending on the person or household. To most, it means being able to leave a dog to roam or be free (unsupervised) with good behavior. In other words, NOT chewing on household items, having accidents, barking at windows, digging in the trash, etc. Puppy camp and boot camp will not teach a dog to make moral decisions nor will it teach a dog how to behave unsupervised. Our camps will teach a dog how to respond to commands, engage in proper etiquette, and take direction from humans. A housebroken dog comes from conditioning a dog to rest while the owner isn’t home via crate training, use of commands to demonstrate proper behavior(s), and through maturity. These things come with time, age, and reinforcement of what your dog will learn at our Academy. Every dog is different; however, we will give you the tools, training, and know-how for your dog to become housebroken.

    Considerations:

  • Will my dog forget who I am?
    No, we have never had a situation where a dog has not remembered its owner or family. If a dog comes direct to our facility from the breeder or rescue, it has not lived in the new owner's 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 its owners the moment they reunited.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 property in a wooded setting. We want our guests to feel at home while living in an environment conducive to dog obedience training.
  • Will my dog ever misbehave after it graduates? What is your 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 or when your dog engages in an unwanted behavior(s) or makes the decision to 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. To demonstrate the high level of training each dog receives at our Academy, we publish a YouTube video. In the graduation video we showcase a dog’s ability to respond to commands, for both male and female handlers. For 8-week and 12-week graduates, part of the video will show responses to commands in public places. These graduation videos are published on YouTube and accessible to the world-wide-web. You can view them by visiting our YouTube channel (click here).
  • 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
  • Why Neuman K-9 Academy?
    Our training camps are unlike any other you will find nationwide. Here are ten benefits of our boot camp that differentiate what we offer versus any other inboard trainer. 10 Key Benefits of Our Boot Camp
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