You’ve booked, or are preparing to book your first session with the Best Dog Training Company in the area, Say It Once Dog Training as seen on Good Morning America. What do you need to do, know, and have for your special day. In this blog, we will go over everything from the equipment that you'll want to have ready for our training day, how to prepare, and how to pay for your dog training lesson.
First off, breathe. You don’t need to be nervous for your training session. Remember, we are absolutely NOT coming to your house to judge you. We are coming to your house to help you and your dog reach your potential, build your relationship, fix the behavioral issues you are having, and give you the confidence it takes to be the leader your dog desperately needs. I have so much respect for owners who know when it’s time to call for help, and we cannot wait to be the help you desperately need.
What do you need to have for your session?
Every dog is different, as well as every household environment, but there are a few things that should be in every house. Whether you have a puppy, or a dog with a behavioral issue, you will benefit from having the following.
Two very important notes! Make sure you don’t over exert your dog before our training session, and do not feed your dog directly before our training session. Even if they miss a meal, or only eat half, it will help. Remember, in order to train, we need some energy, and we definitely need food motivation!
What should you do when your trainer arrives at your house? If your dog is a bite risk, we put these particular dogs in the crate, or a back room when we get there. Remember to condition your dog to the Baskerville Muzzle before the session! If your dog is human friendly, even if they are a pain in the butt at the door, let them do their thing! We will coach you through it, just have a leash handy. The first 10-15 minutes your trainer will sit down with you and have a conversation at the kitchen table, get to know you and your best friend, and explain the layout of the session before starting the hands on portion of your training.
As the owner of the company, and having been training dogs for the past 10 years I want to thank you very much for trusting our team with your dogs. I know how much they mean to you, and it’s my honor to help you and your dog achieve balance, and reach their true potential. Happy training!
Our payment process is very simple, pay only for what you need. You don't need a one size fits all package, because your dog and situation is unique. You pay after your session, and we take payments via a card reader on Square. You can use both debit and credit cards.
We know your time is valuable, and ours is too. Please understand that we only have limited availability, and out of respect for our employees and our other clients, we kindly ask that you give us at least 5 days notice if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. We will always contact you with a reminder 7 days before your appointment via the cell number you signed up with. I understand that life happens, and it’s not always possible to control your schedule 5 days in advance, however cancellations made within 48 hours of your scheduled appointment will result in a $50 fee to get rescheduled. We will do our very best to reschedule your service for another time that is convenient to you.
9/12/2021 10:05:07 pm
Titus is a 3 month old puppy that uses his mouth for everything. Does he need a muzzle or can he be corrected of this habit?
9/13/2021 07:35:41 am
Hey Lynn! Great question, and thank you for asking. Your puppy does not need a muzzle. What you are seeing is a very common behavior from a puppy (common, but not acceptable) and something that during your first session you will learn how to handle.
9/28/2021 08:06:18 am
Hi Vinnie! To piggy back off of Lynn's question, we are in the same boat with a 4 month old puppy who uses her mouth for everything. I don't know the first thing about training a puppy if I am being honest. Having two young kids doesn't make it any easier either. I have been watching as much as your content online as I can, which is awesome by the way! But I think I am missing how to start from the very beginning. I'm not currently seeing Rachel's virtual puppy sign ups online anymore. Do you offer services for puppies in home? Again thank you for all of the content that you share, and for all that you do!
2/9/2022 05:39:27 pm
Information for my appointment on February 15 in the morning
2/15/2022 11:50:09 am
Hi! Looking over the information for your first session and
3/8/2022 05:40:40 pm
3/12/2022 12:05:28 pm
Can two people be at 1st session/s?
3/13/2022 06:35:20 pm
3/15/2022 08:29:24 am
Is it necessary to have a crate for the dog prior to the first session? He has never been in a crate. Our Golden Retreiver is approximately 94 pounds but very friendly.
5/26/2022 06:44:05 am
Hello, thank you for the initial information. I am very excited to get started. I don’t currently use a crate or dog muzzle. Is it necessary to get a dog crate? If so, should i get one or two since i have two small Terrier mixes about 13-15 lbs each. Regarding muzzle, my dogs they are not biters as far as i can see and they have never really been in close contact with other dogs so i am not sure how they would react. Should i still buy dog muzzles? Please let me know. Last but not least , i can’t seem to find the video that i meed to watch before our first session. Please advise, thank you.
3/15/2022 01:15:14 pm
I have an old English bulldog. We tried muzzles, different ones. We can not find one that will fits right and stays on. Also we don’t use a crate.
3/16/2022 11:44:26 am
Hi, will I need a dog bed for training even though my puppy is only 11 weeks old and sleeping exclusively n his crate? Thanks!
3/30/2022 10:24:38 am
I'm excited to work with Bree. I'll have everything ready to start our training session.
4/10/2022 08:27:22 am
I'm excited to work with Josh. I will have everything ready to start our training session
5/7/2022 02:21:41 pm
We are excited that we finally have a date.
5/8/2022 06:45:17 pm
I can’t wait to start this training I have an 18 month old Laver doodle who is a crazy one
5/18/2022 08:38:19 pm
Can’t wait to get a date! Thanks so much
5/31/2022 12:38:05 pm
Briggs and I are excited to start our training!
6/10/2022 10:23:38 am
I actually have 2 dogs. How does that work? How do the fees change?
6/13/2022 05:09:48 pm
I checked Amazon for an elevated bed and they of course have a gazillion. Do you recommend any special brand? Are there any bad brands that you know of?
6/16/2022 09:54:41 pm
This message is forTravis. Travis, Rachel is passing us off to you for our future training. I was hoping to communicate with you prior to training on the 27th. This email reads as if it’s going to be our first time ever training Romeo. To date, I continue to train him daily (well, maybe 75% of his days). While on our daily hike, I will use the techniques we have learned from Rachel. We have had Romeo for 2 1/2 years. He comes to my spa everyday since we brought him home. He is a rescue from Turks & Caicos (he’s a Potcake).. He has a very chilled disposition and very well behaved, but can be skiddish & tentative at times. He has been a great asset to the spa environment. However, this past week, he made a grumble/low growl toward four persons, snapping motion toward three people, and a snarl towards a small child…something he has never done before. He did not make contact with anyone, but the behavior is quite concerning. I don’t know if this has any bearing on the situation, but he had a French Bulldog buddy that came to work 2x/wk. When Berry moved to FL:, 3-4 weeks ago, that is when we started seeing a few odd behaviors - nothing worrisome, until now. Could this have any relevance?
7/20/2022 01:40:48 am
I am asking before we go any further. I refuse to muzzle. Lucy and also I refuse to use a crate. She has free range of the house. I don't believe in creating her and I would never put her in a muzzle. If this is a problem it might not be a good fit. Lucy has never bit anybody. She's a barker is my only problem. She's not a biter and I would never put her in a cage. I'm not judging people who do put their dogs in cages, Lucy does not like a cage. She is a rescue and if I put her in a cage is going to trigger some PTSD which I am not comfortable with. I have spent 16 months with this dog working with her daily to make sure that she feels confident and loved and I am not going to muzzle her or create her so I will leave it up to you. Like I said before, she is a sweet dog. Her only problem is reactive barking that scares other people. She's never bitten anyone so I'm sorry. The muzzle and the crate are a deal breaker for me. You contact me if this is still a possibility. Thank you
Elisa Villa Carsia
7/22/2022 08:23:37 am
Please contact me regarding scheduling training ASAP
Mary F Sturm
8/8/2022 11:34:22 am
Please contact me directly via phone if possible to schedule.
9/13/2022 04:54:09 pm
My sister adopted a dog last month, and it looks like she's going crazy with all the mess he creates. I think my sister could benefit from talking with a dog trainer, so I'll call her to suggest it and share your tips too. Thanks for the insight on what tools you'll need for your dog's first training session.
10/17/2022 12:04:16 pm
11/30/2022 07:55:35 pm
Remy and I are looking forward to your lessons to correct his behaviors he's not really a bad boy he just doesn't understand so hopefully with Ryan's help we'll have that all under control thank you so much can't wait
1/3/2023 06:30:47 pm
1/20/2023 07:38:51 am
I like how you mentioned that considering a dog bed could help during your basic training with your dog. Last night, my cousin told me that his dog is intelligent. He planned to enroll his dog in an obedience dog training program to achieve better communication and obedience traits. He asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to consider. Thanks to this instructive article, I'll tell him they can consult a trusted dog training program lesson as they can provide more information about the training process.
1/31/2023 06:41:11 pm
Hello I am looking forward to Lolly's session with Jake but I can't find the form I am supposed to send back. Would you let me know how to find and return it. Thanks
2/26/2023 09:24:30 pm
Thank you for reminding me to avoid overexerting your dog before our training session and to avoid feeding your dog just before it. My daughter took in the canine. I'll advise her not to overexert her dog before the puppy training program.
2/27/2023 12:13:49 pm
I'm planning on getting training for my dog, but I'm nervous about it. It makes sense that being prepared for the sessions ahead of time would be helpful. I'll make sure that I have everything I need for the training.
2/27/2023 12:16:53 pm
Thanks so much for the tips on how to prepare for a professional dog training session and the list of essentials like a dog bed for the place command. My aunt just got a new puppy and she wants to make sure she takes as good care of it as she can so he can have a great life. She's been looking about getting him into a professional dog trainer so she can see how to properly train and care for him.
3/9/2023 08:20:23 am
I really appreciate you for publishing this blog here; it’s really helpful and very useful for us. This is really appreciated that you have presented all data on the dog blog. thoughts. tips...I love all the information shared. Great article!!
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