Frequently Asked Questions...

While each dog and client's needs are unique, there are some questions that we are regularly asked by potential clients.  Because of that, we have compiled a list of some of the most common inquiries we receive. 

How much do you charge for dog training?

Every situation is different so pricing depends on what you need assistance with.  While we do have some standardized pricing for basic pet dog obedience training depending on location, other behavior issues and extended and specialty services are more involved and are more expensive. Please see our PAYMENT OPTIONS page for basic pricing.

We have over fifty years of experience, exceptional credentials, are very specialized and unique in what we do, how we do it and we get results.  Please contact us so that we can discuss your needs and how we can help. 

Canine Training Concepts
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No. The foundation of our approach is that every dog is different and their training program should be adjusted to fit how they learn best and the specific needs of the owner. 

Group classes do not allow us to personally get to know the dog and owner well to develop a program for their best success.  Also, we find that many owners have dog training needs or desires outside of basic obedience commands. Some clients have dogs with behavior issues that are triggered by something in the home environment.  Because of this, the best place to solve these problems is in the home where they take place. 

By offering private dog training to our clients, we are able to give them a unique experience to understand why their dog does what it does and how to communicate with it to get results. 

What training technique do you use?

We use our own training technique which is based on what the individual dog naturally brings to the table and how it thinks and learns.  Our training is always fair to the dog.  We do not beat, hit, or kick dogs.  We create a unique training program to fit each dog.  We don't try to fit the dog in to a single training program.

Do you train Pit Bulls, Pit bull mixes, Mastiffs, or other similar breeds?

No.  While we have trained many very nice pit bulls and similar breed dogs, we are no longer willing to put ourselves in a liable situation with such dogs and thier owners.  We have had experiences with several owners who asked for our advise and help but did not follow through with our recomendations.  This resulted in dangerous situations that put our business in a compromising position.  Because of this, we have determined that it is not in our best interest to take these cases anymore.

Do you train attack dogs?


What's the difference between an attack dog and a protection dog?

An attack dog is a HUGE liability and safety hazard - both for the owner and the public. We will not train attack dogs under any circumstances.

A protection dog is highly trained with an enormous amount of obedience and control work.  This includes extensive training with the handler to be able to control the dog adequately in addition to training the dog to PROTECT (defend).

Do you have a multi-million dollar training facility?

No.  We don't need one nor do we want one.  We do have a formal training facility for certain types of work.  However, most of our behavior training is done at either our Tumwater or Rochester locations.  Specialized training and behavior modifications are normally performed at the client's location since that is where most behavior problems take place. 

Why doesn't your Web site say what you teach protection dogs to do?

Again, each situation is different for each dog and client.  We adjust each training program to fit what is needed. We also do not publish specific protection commands or skills for client safety, liability, and security reasons.  If you had a protection dog, would you want someone to publicly publish what the dog knows and how to control it? Confidentiality is important to our clients.  It's important to us too.

Do you sell or breed dogs?

We offer consulting, liaison, and selection services to clients looking for dogs.  In addition to knowing many reputable breeders both here and throughout the World, we know a good dog when we see it.  We also know the right questions to ask as well as "red-flags" when it comes to selecting and buying dogs in today's market place.  By handling the searching, testing, selection, and buying process as a liaison for our clients, it allows them to remain anonymous and keep their identity confidential.  It also saves them from being taken advantage of by unscrupulous brokers and puppy mills. 

While on rare occasions may have a dog or puppies available through our breeding kennel, , we do not make a normal practice of selling our own dogs through our training business.  Our mission with our breeding kennel is to bring back the working Dutch Shepherd from the edge of extinction and breed strong, powerful working Belgian Malinios dogs...which don't make the best pets as these dogs need jobs.  Because of this, our breeding dogs are usually not a good fit for our pet training client's needs or desires.  It does happen occasionally but not often.

If we HAPPEN to have the RIGHT dog for a particular client's needs then we may offer that dog for sale.  However, we will give an honest assessment (both good and bad) about the dog if it is even a possible match.  We believe it does a disservice to the dog, the client and us if we don't reveal everything we know or see in a dog.  IF a dog we have is placed with a client, we want it to be a long and happy relationship for both parties.  Our reputation depends on our honesty and integrity.  Why would we jeopardize that up just to make a quick sale?

Matching the right dog to the right client is more important to us than moving one of our own dogs.

Are German Shepherds the best protection dogs?

Some companies claim that only German Shepherds, and usually only from their breeding program, make good protection dogs.  That's not necessarily true and it's highly misleading.  It would be like saying only people with purple eyes and green hair from Tahiti make good gardeners. Or like all the kids in a family of ten children are exactly alike and are all going to become presidents.  It just doesn't make sense when you think about it.

Now certain breeds are more inclined to be protective than others, of course.  For instance, you wouldn't want a Chihuahua to try and protect you from a 300 pound intruder.  That doesn't make much sense either.  But other large breed dogs besides German Shepherds can be fantastic protection dogs. Even mixed breed mutts can do the work if they have certain drives and instincts. 

So, when you see it advertised that only xyz's dogs are the best and everything else is "just a dog" (a catchy tag line, for sure), shoot a flag up in the back of your head.  It's probably not about the dogs and what you need at all. 

Bottom line, it's not about a particular breed.  Finding the RIGHT dog for YOUR needs. THAT is what's important. 

I've read that Schutzhund dogS don't make good protection dogs.  Is that true?

We get a good chuckle out of this question because the word "Schutzhund" literally means "Protection Dog."  Schutzhund is a competitive dog sport that is similar to German Police Dog training.  It is very specialized and requires years of training to perfect. Schutzhund dogs can make fantastic executive protection and family protection dogs.  It all depnds on the dog. 

Our mission is to find the RIGHT dog that fits a client's needs.  If a Schutzhund trained dog fits that requirement then that may be a dog we recommend. 


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