With two expert canine trainers on staff, each with their own fields of specialty and focus, you cannot go wrong at Barks 5th Avenue! If you are looking for puppy/potty training, basic obedience, protection, or competition (frisbee/disc dog, Schutzhund/PSA, etc) we are your destination for success!
Frequently Asked Training Questions
Q. What is the most-requested training type?
A. Our 3 week “board and train” package is the favorite amongst families. During this period, your dog stays with us at our facility, and has daily training sessions with his/her assigned training. We have found this to be the most successful method of training, as it allows your pooch to focus on the curriculum without any distractions.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Be discerning, beware of paid initial consultations, and ask questions. This is your dog; he/she loves you as much (if not more) than you love him/her. Do not place their well-being in the hands of someone you do not trust.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Training dogs takes a lot of emotional energy; our trainers become good friends with your dogs. While this is a ‘job’, it is not something we can simply turn off at the end of the day. Through training, we become invested in you and your pet’s happiness. The secret isn’t much of a secret at all; care for the dog as if he/she were yours, trust in their ability to learn, and remember that this is a living creature with its own personality and limitations, and work with them in much the same way you would a child; with patience, caring, and positive reinforcement.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. With over three decades in the training business, Pennie and her team of expert trainers have found that an individual approach to each dog is key to success. Positive reinforcement, reward-based training in a dedicated training facility allows us to succeed where others cannot.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. We get to play with dogs all day long! Who wouldn’t love that? 🙂
Helping a family by training their best friend gives us a sense of joy that is found in few other occupations. Watching a family grow closer to their pet is a blessing!
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What’s your answer?
A. 1. Is the consultation free? YES. We do not charge for the initial 1hr consultation.
2. What do we discuss in the consultation? A personalized training plan for your pet. You will also walk away with an abundance of free advice from our master trainers, allowing you to better relate to they “why” behind the “what” of your pet’s actions.
3. Do you offer payment plans? Yes, we do! Your trainer will discuss options during your free consultation.
4. Can I come visit my dog during training? Of course! If you elect to enroll your pet in our board-and-train program, you and your trainer will set up visitation times for you to come spend quality time with your pet!
5. With a trainer doing all of the obedience work, will my pet listen to me at the end of the training period? Your trainer will conduct a Transfer of Leadership at the end of the training, where you (and your family) will be guided by the trainer on the commands, hand signals, and psychology behind your dog’s new behavior. Of course your dog will remember you, and utilizing the commands learned, will be a more disciplined pooch! 🙂
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. We recently had a rescue dog come in for training. The poor girl had obviously been abused as a pup, and had severe nervousness and trust issues. Nichole, one of our trainers, spent the entire first week of training simply laying on the floor next to her, showing her that he cared for her and would not harm her. By the end of her 3-week training period, she had progressed leaps and bounds in trust and confidence, and was a successful graduate of our program (albeit with some nervousness that she has since grown out of). We still keep in touch with the family, and we are proud of her growth and happiness!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. At Barks 5th Avenue, we train using POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT. We do not insult, attack, severely punish, or hit dogs. We believe that by praising and rewarding dogs, they (like people) are more likely to perform as we request. Over the decades, we have found that this is the most successful method. Scoldings for inappropriate behavior are light and appropriate, with a focus on REDIRECTING the dog’s attention and energy towards the positive task, instead of focusing on the negative.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Our love of animals has drawn us together. Pennie, our founder, was a champion rodeo rider, and her love of horses eventually carried over to sport dog competitions (she is a multiple-winning frisbee dog champion). The rest, as they say, is history!
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. We also train dogs for a local charity organization, the DAWG Foundation, who provide service dogs for military veterans battling PTSD. This is an intensive, year-long training process, and we recently began training 2 twin sister black labs. One will be going to a local USMC veteran who battles PTSD. The veteran comes in daily to work alongside the trainers, and the team is quickly growing into a family. It is an amazing thing to watch!
Training services available:
- Board and Train
- Barks Behavior Boot Camp
- Private Instruction
- Puppy Potty Training
- Training Refreshers
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