S.A.S K-9 F.A.Q

1. What types of dogs do you train?
S.A.S K-9 trains all dog breeds, and all dog sizes. We don’t breed discriminate here! 

2. How old does my dog need to be to start training?
Private lessons can start at 8 weeks and older in Owner’s home. High distraction sessions will not occur until Dog(s) have had all their proper vaccinations. Board and Train programs can begin after your puppy has had their series of parvo vaccinations, Bordetella and Rabies (aprox 14-16 weeks old) It is never too early to learn how to communicate properly with your dog, and never too early to create a good obedience foundation!

3. Is my dog too old to train?
The only time a dog is “too old” to train is if your Dog has a physical condition that would prevent the Dog from performing. Older dogs can learn just as fast, if not faster than younger dogs!

4. What does obedience training provide for my dog?
Nothing, unless you understand how to control your dog’s excitement and instincts first. Once you have a clear understanding, Obedience training provides a better relationship between Owner-Dog, confidence, boundaries, mental stimulation (exercise), and useful daily tools for calm-quiet, well-mannered Dog life!

5. What style of Training do you use?
We always let the dog tell us what will work best! As a Trainer and Behaviorist, it is up to us to determine how each individual dog learns best, and how they respond to various methods. We always start with Positive reinforcement to achieve our best results, strictly force trainers (only E-Collars, Prong Collars, Choke Collars, Fear tactics) do not achieve long lasting success because they have never taken the time to build a relationship with the dog. Here the use of various methods, ensures that we have the ability and education to successfully train any dog, to have a long-lasting relationship with your pet. We do use Gentle Lead Head Haltis, No Pull Harnesses, Prong Collars, Occasionally Slip Chains, Slip Leashes, Regular Collars and E-Collars at the end of our Off Leash Program. Every dog is different, and requires a different approach at times when tools are involved, some require tools for safety, some require tools for progression in a more efficient time, there are various reasons dog trainers use tools, but Trainer's AND Owners should mix it up, and focus on positive reinforcement!

6. Can you train Aggressive dogs?
Absolutely, there are different types of aggression, some learned behaviors and some genetic. We must determine the true type of aggression your dog is displaying, to best target those specific needs. Results are always achieved on different levels. Genetic dog aggression (commonly only found in dog-dog aggression) is the most difficult to train, as you cannot modify genetics. Developed aggression in these cases is much easier (meaning the dog was good with dogs before x-y-z happened) is in most cases is very successful. Even away from these two, there are many other forms of aggression. We always achieve great results, and we especially excel and love Fear aggression cases!

7. Do you offer group classes?
No, we truly believe that group classes do not accomplish enough for the owners. Group classes are generally easy money for Trainers and while the Owners and Dogs do learn some things, your time and money could be invested in private training which is tailored to you and your dog’s exact needs. If you are in need of socialization, travel to a dog park or pet store, it’s free. On occasion, we donate our time to rescue organizations for some very basic obedience group class for their adopters. 

8. Do you come to my house?
Depending on the program selected, we hold many of the first sessions at the Trainer’s location, then progress to parks, stores and other heavily traffic areas to progress the dogs training under high distractions. We will come to your home for in-home style issues that only occur in your home.

 9. What areas do you serve?
We provide services to the entire Jacksonville, NC area and surrounding cities. (Holly Ridge, Hamstead, Wilmington, Hubert, Cedar Point, Morehead City, Emerald Isle, Topsail, Richlands, Beulaville) are all included. We also provide services often from many other states. Many of our clients come from Virginia, South Carolina, and even California and Florida!

10. How do I know what kind of training program is right for my dog?
By answering a few questions over the phone/email/facebook we can recommend the training program to best suit you and your dog.
If you are looking for off leash reliability or to address your dog’s reactive behavior or aggressive tendencies we will recommend a board & train program.

If you want to be in the driver seat for the training process, then private lessons are for you. We will coach you through the process and then it is up to you to practice throughout the week until the next lesson. Reaching your goals is dependent upon the practice, repetition and consistency you put in throughout the week until the next lesson.

If you would like us to do all the hard work for you, return your dog with a full understanding of obedience for every day life and simply leave you with maintaining the training, a board and train is for you. If your dog is practicing dangerous or excessive behaviors we want to be the trainers in the driver’s seat. A board & train program will be recommend so that we can help you reach your goals. Sometimes it is best to leave it to the professionals to address certain issues so that your goals for your dog are reached.

Board and Train F.A.Q

11. Where does my dog stay during their Board & Train program?
During your dog’s board & train stay, he/she will stay in our Facility where they will be taken care of by dozens of staff members and our Trainer's. Each dog has their own Suite, plenty of potty time, play time and social time with other dogs and people!

12.  Will my dog remember me? Can I come visit my dog during training?
Yes, your dog will absolutely remember you… how could they forget?! In the grand scheme of things just a few weeks will not break your bond with your dog and there is no way they can forget you. You will see your dog during training based on your programs lesson schedule. 

13. My dog has never been away from me, won’t that be difficult for them?
Unfortunately, if your furry best friend has never been away from you then the first few days of training can be stressful to some dogs. Usually after just a couple of days they fall into the routine and are happy to be with us as we build a bond with them. While we could never replace you and your relationship with your dog, we work diligently to make sure that they are happy and fulfilled during training. For dogs who experience separation anxiety, then training for a few weeks with us will reboot these anxious behaviors. By removing your dog from a place where they practice those anxious behaviors we can help them become more calm and comfortable with independence!

14. My dog is a rescue, will they shut down in a board and train? Will he think we abandoned him?
While some dogs can be stressed in their first day in a new place, we find that rescued dogs are actually the best equipped to cope with new environments and stressors. Dogs that have been in a foster system or through a shelter are used to being in new places and changes. The best part is that this is not a shelter environment and we like to keep things calm and quiet. Your rescue dog is also given a lot of one on one attention each day, so while it is not home, it is a close second!