Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Living in the #1 dog-friendly city in the United States, it was only natural for Signature K9 to make the Austin area it’s training grounds! That’s right! We are Mobile dog trainers! During the day, we train in many different dog-friendly locations that the Austin area has to offer. At night, we train out of our own homes! After working your K9 companion around distractions and different environments, your pet makes their way home to stay at their trainers’ house overnight. This helps train your dog in both high distraction environments and home environments!
What makes Signature K9 Training Academy different from other training?
At Signature K9, we educate owners to think differently about their dog and to understand the relationship dynamics involved in dog training. We support the notion that dog training isn’t just an activity, it is a way of life. We seek to remove stress and frustration that sometimes accompanies dog ownership by actively taking charge of the training so that your dog will learn how to live harmoniously with you and your family. Our method of training is balanced. We will teach you positive reinforcement, how best to reward and encourage good behaviors, but also, how to interrupt and curb unwanted behaviors.
Best of all, our methods work without scaring your dog or resorting to harsh punishment! We focus the training on you — the human. We want you to understand what methods work, which ones don’t (and why) and help you build a relationship with your dog based on mutual understanding and communication.
How do you do it?
We have developed a process that supports clear and effective communication between Dogs and their beloved families. Not only will you learn how to “Simply and Effectively” get your dog to listen to you, but our training solutions are also disguised as mentally stimulating games that empower your dog resulting in optimal engagement. Signature K9’s methods rely on mutual understanding, motivation, and consistency while setting your dog up to make the right decision.
I hear a lot about positive reinforcement training. Is that what you do?
We do use positive reinforcement, but we also teach people how to simply and effectively stop unwanted behaviors using our innovative 4-step process. Our methods are (1) fear-free, (2) scientifically proven to work, (3) easy to learn and use, and (4) effective. Techniques make sense and are easily repeatable by the ordinary owner.
Do you guarantee results?
No, however, we can teach you how to better communicate with your dog, & quickly and effectively help you teach your dog the rules of your home. Ultimately, it is up to you to track progress and practice your commutation and solutions. We can promise you this—if you stick to our training regimen and make sure that everyone in your household is consistent—you will see the changes that you want to see in your dog’s behavior.
When should I start training?
Right away! The sooner you learn our process the faster you will be able to communicate with your dog to get the behaviors you want. Training a younger puppy is easier; habits (good and bad) can be formed in as little as 2-3 weeks. As soon as you walk in the door with a new dog or puppy, whether you know it or not, training has already begun.
So, the sooner you start teaching your dog – the better! Once you learn our process and create the right environment for success, training will be a breeze! Puppy group classes can also help with socialization and follow through.
Puppies must be 5 months of age before they can enroll in our ‘board and train’ comprehensive program. However, puppies can enroll in private training or puppy group training classes after 8 weeks of age.
What requirements do you have for puppy classes?
Your puppies’ safety is paramount, so we insist that all our students are in the midst of their vaccination schedule for Distemper, Parvovirus and Bordetella. Please take the time to speak with your veterinarian about vaccinations. Tools required: flat collar and a six feet non-retractable leash.