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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Will you train my dog for me?
    No. This has to be a team effort. Ron has the ability to teach dogs, but no client will succeed in gaining correct "pack structure" or utilizing obedience training without participating in the educational process themselves. This requires practicing at home on your own, as well. Further, Ron does not teach individual lessons or travel elsewhere for training.
  • How long is a training period for a dog?
    The length of time required to train a dog depends on not only what the goal of training is, but what the client does in between training sessions. Dogs learn through repetition and consistency, which is a 24/7 task. What you put in is what you get out, so your progress can move as quickly or slowly as how committed you are to practicing.
  • How much does training cost?
    An Initial Consultation is $150. As for continued training, there is no broadly applicable answer to this question because client and dog needs vary so greatly. In order to get an estimate, contact Unique K9 Services directly. Once a clear and detailed understanding of a client's desired outcome is established, price points can be set. Payments are to be made on a monthly basis.
  • Where do sessions take place?
    All sessions take place in public spaces in Manhattan, N.Y. Dogs need "real world training," and all the distractions that come with that. While you may have a command nailed down in the quiet of your home, it can be much harder to maintain that level of focus in a dog without exposure to diversions. Desensitization to real world environments is critical for achieving consistency in performance.
  • How long is an individual session?
    Our in-person private sessions of up to 4 clients range from 45 minutes to an hour, on average.
  • Can't I just drop off my dog with you to be trained and then get them when you're done?
    No. I do not train dogs for clients; I train clients to work with their dogs. Further, sending your dog off to be trained by someone else would not work. Upon your dog's return, they would not listen to you any more than they did previously - they would only listen to the trainer who had worked with them separately. You need to establish correct pack structure with your dog through repetition and disciplined practice. I am here to guide you in the most effective manner of teaching your dog and to help you throughout the training journey, but I cannot do it without your participation.
  • My dog has an issue with aggression towards other dogs. Can I still come to training sessions?
    Yes, but you and your dog must speak with Ron previously about attendance and safety. Eventually, dogs who are in training to work on aggression can attend group training sessions while standing at a reasonable distance from other dogs present.
  • My dog gets distracted really easily. Can I still come to a training session?
    Absolutely! In fact, it is great practice to expose your dog to all of the distractions of a training session in Central Park, particularly with a group of other clients and their dogs. Our sessions are not playdates, but educational experiences, so your dog will be given the opportunity to practice and perfect not only focus, but containment and obedience, as well. And that's all before we even get to the formal obedience training held in each session!
  • My dog doesn't listen to me. Will training sessions even help if they are ignoring me?
    Yes, once you get pack structure straightened out. "Pack Structure" is a subject we go into great detail to explain and implement correctly for all our clients. Proper pack structure in your household is crucial, and we can work together to achieve it and cement it in your dog's mind. Once this happens, formal obedience learning can come easily with repetition and effort made practicing on your own in between sessions.
  • My dog is really scared of ____, is that something that can be worked on?
    Yes. We will provide desensitization training to help your dog overcome their fear at their own pace.
  • My dog has separation anxiety. Can you help me?
    Yes. The behaviors that accompany what is called "separation anxiety" in dogs are able to be modified through working on pack structure. There is no behavior that we cannot effectively combat or assuage in a dog.
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