Is Asa Anderson the trainer for you?
I’m not like a lot of other trainers. What I offer is something truly unique — unique because I break down the walls that are keeping you from living the best life with your dog, and then we rebuild from the ground up together. My training is intense and life changing. Working with me means you have to bring as much to the table as I do (and I bring a lot!). I don’t accept just any client. You have to be willing to work hard and be committed to make the changes in your life that need to be made. If you think you’re ready to go the distance with your dog, then we might be a good match. I need the whole family on board. This includes the other dogs in the home, as well. Everyone around them influences dogs, so I need everybody to be on board with everything–my tools, my techniques, my philosophy, the exercise, and the household management program. We’re not just training ONE dog–we are creating a new lifestyle for an ENTIRE family! I want to make sure that you’re going to follow through with my household management program–this can be tricky for people. Your dog might have to get off of the bed and or furniture. You may also have to start crating your dog at night. Your dog will need to be in a command for long periods of time, multiple times per day. This builds Leadership. Our message needs to be consistent. Sending mixed signals to your dog will only confuse them. Just like people, dogs need daily exercise. A tired dog is a good dog! I need all of my clients to commit to a daily exercise routine. That doesn’t mean just letting your dog in the back yard! This means daily structured walks and possibly treadmill work. Exercise and routine is key to the success of my training.
Is there a secret to dog training success?
We want you and your dog to succeed! But your dog’s long-term success is only as good as the time (frequency) and consistency you give to training. No matter how much money you spend with a trainer, and no matter how smart your trainer is -or isn’t- if you do not commit to training in both frequency (how often you work with your dog) and being consistent (sending the same message to the dog), then any dog training will fail. We guarantee training techniques results with a 30 minute a day commitment from you in training your dog; however, we can’t guarantee you’re going to listen to us or follow the techniques we’re trying to teach you – so again, success comes back to you. (The 30 minutes a day does not include playtime, exercise, or socialization with your pup.) There are “no secrets, magic pills or jedi mind tricks” to dog training. It’s not rocket science. Dog training success is based on commitment, frequency and consistency.
What is a day in the life at Anderson K9 Training look like?
We only work with a small number of dogs to give every dog the attention they need, and maintain a relaxed environment. First thing in the morning, all dogs go out on a 45-min to 1-hour long structured walk, followed by treadmill work, and our unique socialization/play time with our balanced pack (client’s dogs will not be in danger of interacting with dangerous dogs). After this, dogs go through several hours of hands-on training, alternating between active commands, duration work, and specific behavior modification. They will also receive plenty of rest, down time, and personal one-on-one attention. You dog’s safety is our primary concern.
May I visit my dog during Board & Train intensive program?
Unfortunately, No. Most dogs that are eligible for this program have some serious issues. Separation from their owner is part of what makes this work so well. The home environment and the owner can represent bad habits and in order to truly make the change, it is best for your dog to focus on the work and then be reintroduced to you when she is in a much more confident, structured place.
Can you train aggression out of a dog?
No, but aggression can be controlled using a variety of praise-based methods, dependent on the extent of the aggression. Training begins with assuring all basic commands are solid with the dog and the handler is comfortable in handling his pooch prior to taking the experiences into the ‘real world’. For example, the handler learns refocus and avoidance techniques to help the dog maintain a level of calmness on those distractions that lend to his aggressiveness (other dogs, people, cats, and so forth). In addition, for safety and liability reasons, handlers learn when their dog should wear a muzzle or remote collar, whether in the home environment or in the real world.
What happens if I don’t get the results I want from the training? Is there a guarantee?
Due to the many variables involved to create a well-behaved, balanced dog, including owner commitment, consistency, and follow-through, it would be unethical for us to offer a 100% guarantee. However, we only choose the most dedicated and diligent owners so, in our experience, no matter how severe the issues, we consistently see breakthrough results and amazing transformations. We have never come across a dog we could not help. We work hand in hand as a team in your dog’s rehabilitation. This process of teamwork and collaboration begins before we even meet your dog, moves through the training process, and continues long after your dog has gone home. Once you hire us, we consider you part of Anderson K9 Training Family, and your success is our utmost priority.
Why do you use E-Collars?
Modern E-Collar training is the most effective, most reliable, most humane, and transformational training available today.
How do you train with an E-Collar?
We use low-level, communication-style, modern E-Collar training, which looks nothing like the E-Collar training of the past.
My dog is fearful and nervous – how does the E-collar work for him?
Actually, modern E-Collar training is the best training for dogs with these types of issues. Our E-Collar training system is designed to create more confident, relaxed, and comfortable dogs.
My dog is really aggressive. Do you work with aggressive dogs?
Yes. We specialize in aggression rehab, and we are one of the few places in Tri-State Area providing successful rehabilitation solutions for problem dogs. We have built our reputation by successfully rehabbing some of the severe cases.
My dog is uncontrollable on the walk – pulling, lunging, barking, growling – can you fix this?
We consistently get fantastic results with all levels of issues, from mild pulling and disobedience, to severe dog reactivity.
I have tried other trainers before and didn’t get the results I desired – what makes your program and approach different and more effective?
We are often the last stop after clients have been through multiple trainers. Unlike other training approaches that only focus on developing rehearsed behaviors, bribing with treats, or merely managing/bandaid-ing the problem, we have developed a unique approach that fundamentally changes the dog’s state of mind. Once we address the dog’s state of mind, the sky’s the limit for what we can create. By cultivating new habits, teaching the dog to make better choices, training calmness instead of excitability, and employing our unique duration work, we are consistently successful with dogs that others are unable to help. This will be the last dog training you will ever need.