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Do you offer any free tips for dog parents?

Do we ever! Our Inquisitive Canine blog offers tips and solutions galore for anyone seeking answers to common questions like leash-pulling, counter-surfing and crate training, in addition to discussing fun ways to approach holidays with your canine friend as well as scenarios like Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Do you teach obedience classes?

Our classes teach more than just canine obedience — they educate you on the fundamentals of dog parenting by focusing on how your dog learns and communicates. We teach you how to see the world through your dog’s eyes, so you can successfully coach and motivate your dog to develop good manners (like sit, stay and coming when called). All of our classes and workshops, conveniently located in both Santa Barbara and Ventura, are designed to teach you how to positively reinforce the behaviors you want, while limiting and preventing inappropriate habits.

I’m signed up for one your of group classes. Is there anything I should do to prepare?

No preparation is required. Just be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start of class. This time will be used for taking care of paperwork, settling your dog and getting organized (if you didn’t register using our online form, then you’ll need to fill out enrollment forms on the first day of class). Please bring a copy of your dog’s up-to-date vaccination records so we may view them; we do not keep records.

As far as your dog’s attire goes, bring the following:

  • A flat or plain collar
  • Your dog’s ID
  • Leash (4-6 foot) made of cotton, nylon or leather (no retractable please)
  • Front-clip walking harness (our first and favorite choice!)
  • Gentle Leader (optional)
  • Muzzle: plastic basket, metal or leather (if necessary)

For more information on our Doggy Dress Code, please view our class policies and guidelines.

Please note that a couple of our classes include an orientation just for humans. Read the class description carefully to find out if orientation is listed for the type of class you’re taking.

I barely have enough time for myself these days, but I really want to train my dog to have better manners. Is this possible if I can’t dedicate all of my free time to training with my dog?

Absolutely! We suggest easing into the habit by weaving bits of training into your daily routine, like taking your dog on errands and practicing sit/stay, or rehearsing various manners with your dog while getting ready for work, cooking dinner or reading the newspaper! Even five minutes a day can make a big difference, since dogs learn better in short increments.

Also, our Out-of-the-Box Dog Training Game is ideal for busy pet parents, because you can play the game anywhere, even on the go, at anytime in your day that works for you — making dog training less overwhelming and more enjoyable.

My dog is interested in getting my significant other a special birthday gift. Is training a good idea?

Yes! The opportunity to learn and train with your dog is a wonderful way to celebrate any occasion together. And you can’t go wrong with a gift that will enhance the canine-human relationship for life! Please contact us to set up a gift of classes, workshops or private training sessions. Also, our Out-of-the-Box Dog Training Game makes a great gift!

My dog is well trained and minds her manners. Why would I want to take her to any classes or workshops?

Because learning is a lifelong process for everyone — both people and dogs! Well-trained dogs benefit greatly from the mental stimulation of new training. Plus, training your dog is a fun way to strengthen your bond through collaborative understanding, and it challenges you both to try some new tricks by taking your abilities to the next level. Plus, it just makes for fun togetherness time for you and your dog!

Can you really teach a old dog new tricks?

Yes! Your dog can benefit greatly from continuing education, which provides a channel for much-needed mental stimulation that can excite and motivate dogs of any age in ways similar to physical activity. Plus, the mental workout training provides can be extremely beneficial for dogs with physical limitations. Learning and training with your dog also helps enhance your relationship by strengthening the bond you share.

I’ve already completed classes with my dog and would love to take more. Where do we go from here?

Wherever you and your dog want to go! Any of our classes or workshops can help you achieve desired goals, whether it’s learning fun new tricks or developing more manners. We understand that terms like beginner, advanced and intermediate can mean different things to different people — that’s why our curriculum is designed to allow you to work with your dog at your own pace, according to your own level of comfort and expertise. With our guidance, every class can be modified to increase (or decrease) the level of difficulty, and we encourage you to focus on your own individual goals, no matter what level of training you may have previously completed.

Also, our Out-of-the-Box Dog Training Game is a fun way to make dog training even more enjoyable. Each training activity can be customized for specific needs and adapted to different learner levels to continue advancing your dog’s skills, and you can play it at home or on the go! It can even be played by others in your household, or sitters or friends who are caring for your dog.

I’m already juggling a busy schedule so I don’t have time to take my dog to class. What would you recommend for us?

We offer in-home training and flexible hours so you can enjoy all the benefits of our classes at a time and place that is convenient for you. Private Coaching is an effective, convenient and fun way for you, your dog and your family to engage in a lifelong education together. With private training, you’ll enjoy strengthening your bond with your dog through a highly customized training plan developed to fit your lifestyle and meet your individual needs and goals.

Another option is our Online Training, which can be done from your computer at a time that’s convenient for you. Joan will work with you to create a customized training plan/curriculum to fit your schedule, your needs and your goals. We also offer a Downloadable Dog Training Program that you can do at your own pace.

I noticed that your training methods don’t employ choke chains or prong collars to instill obedience. Why not?

Our methods focus on educating you on canine parenting to get the behaviors you want. In our classes, you’ll learn positive and nurturing ways to reinforce the behaviors you want, while limiting and preventing inappropriate ones — without having your dog wear uncomfortable devices. Choke, prong, shock and Citronella collars are considered “correction-based” devices that place emphasis on the behaviors you don’t want.

It’s important to note that your dog’s behavior at home and in public is determined by dynamic factors that are often overlooked in traditional obedience training. Our methods focus on understanding canine behavior so that you can successfully teach your dog good manners through techniques that reward and motivate. When dogs are rewarded for behaviors we want, they are more likely to perform those behaviors, while less likely to perform the ones we don’t.

For more information on our Doggy Dress Code and what to bring to class, please view our class policies and guidelines.

I’d like to enroll in one of your classes. How do I get started?

You can enroll in any of our programs by completing our convenient and secure online registration form, or by contacting us to make a reservation (for enrollment by phone, you’ll fill out your registration forms on the first day of class).

Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start of class. This time will be used for taking care of paperwork, settling your dog and getting organized. Please bring a copy of your dog’s up-to-date vaccination records so we may view them; we do not keep records.

What sort of equipment do I need for online training?

For Online Training, you can participate in ways that work best for you: by phone, by computer (with or without screen-sharing), by webcam or by emailing us videos of your dog (after which, Joan will reply with videos of training demonstrations with her and another dog).

View all of our Company Policies and Guidelines

I need additional information, do you have a Resources page?

Yes, we do! Here is a direct link to our Inquisitive Canine Resources page.