Frequently Asked Questions
What are your Hours of Operation?
Sessions are scheduled at times and locations that work best for the client and the trainer. Locations include your home, office, local shopping center or areas where you are interested in improving behavior. Individual trainers' schedule may vary.
I'm not sure what positive training techniques mean?
Positive training techniques mean that we are teaching the dog new behaviors by giving them a positive outcome when the behavior (i.e. 'sit') is given. A positive outcome is different for every dog. An obvious, no brainer, positive outcome for most dogs is a food reward. However, we look to incorporate praise and play as positive reinforcers.
I just got my puppy, when should I start training with KissAble Canine?
Training can start today! With any good training program, the first step is building a good relationship. This starts the instant you bring your new dog home. There are numerous games and exercises to begin using that will give your dog a head start to a great partnership with you and your family. In-home sessions are an excellent place to start. This aids you in establishing the best house rules and home environment. It's never to early to get the best out of your puppy.
Can my kids bring the dog to class?
Children are more than welcome to private, semi-private and group classes. There must be an adult present with any minors in group class. Trainers will be focused on the whole class and will not be able to personally attend to children during the lesson. For the safety of your children we are not flexible on this guideline.
Can you train my dog without me?
KissAble Canine can train your dog without your presence. We understand the this may be the only approach in certain situations and we would be happy to work with you to put a program together.
I'm really not interested in using food to train my dog. She'll get fat and will learn to only sit for food, right?
Food is a very powerful and effective tool in training. Our goal in training is to use it to introduce behaviors. There is no need for you to carry a sack of stinky treats for the rest of your life. When your dog is learning a new behavior we will certainly be using motivators (praise, play, food, etc) as a positive outcome. Food is just another piece of the training puzzle. Weight management is very important in raising your dog and we will work with you to ensure your dog stays healthy.
I hear you use the clicker. I don't want to use the clicker.
The clicker is another tool to use in training dogs. It is not the only way to training your dog. However, it is known to be one of the most effective methods. Once you meet with a trainer and develop the best program for your dog, it may or may not include the clicker. In our eyes, a well-rounded trainer is familiar with the clicker and has it as another tool in the trainer's "toolbox." Again, we try to work with you to train your dog and you must be comfortable with the techniques we use.
How do I know KissAble Canine is a reputable training company?
KissAble Canine has been listed in the Washingtonian Magazine in the Best of Pets edition, 2008, and voted 'Best Trainer' by Northern Virginia Magazine, 2010 and 2011. We have also been commented on Yelp! and Consumer's Checkbook with favorable marks. We are active in the local rescue communities and recommended by area veterinarians. Our trainers, Lisa, Mandy and Gwen, are also certified holding their CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) status. For a wonderful article on selecting a trainer, take a look here: http://www.apdt.com/po/ts/choose_trainer.aspx
I can't get out of work on time, can I reschedule our lesson?
Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy: The owner of the dog(s) may postpone any of the lessons provided twenty-four hours notice is given to KissAble Canine. The owner understands and agrees that failure to give the company twenty-four hours notice of a lesson cancellation by phone or email will result in KissAble Canine, LLC counting the lesson as a completed lesson with session price owed by the owner to KissAble Canine, LLC for this missed lesson. Additional make up lessons may be purchased at $95.00 per lesson.
How far do you travel?
KissAble Canine travels within a 15 mile radius of our South Arlington, Virginia headquarters at no additional charge. Locations greater than 15 miles are charged a modest fee of $5.00 for every five miles of 15. This fee is assessed per round trip visit to the home. Discounts or coupons are not applicable to mileage. Please see the chart below of a a break down of mileage charges:
Additional Mileage Fee