Frequently Asked Questions
What training equipment will I need?
Leash Free Living uses different collars for different programs. Puppies can participate in any puppy program using equipment of your choice. We prefer flat buckle collars or martingale collars, but harnesses will work as well.
Adult dogs will wear standard chain training collars (choke chain) or check choke chain collars (martingale). If medical reasons prevent you from training your dog on a chain (slip) training collar, we can create a custom program using alternative equipment through private lessons.
How much homework will I have to do?
You can expect about an hour of training each day while enrolled in one of our training programs. It is well worth the effort!
Can my whole family come to class?
Yes! The more the merrier.
What if there is inclement weather?
In the case of inclement weather, we will send out an e-mail to any group classes that may be effected. Any closings or delays will also be posted on our Facebook page.
Private lessons will be determined on a case by case basis.
What if I have to go on vacation during the training?
Leash Free Living offers several training services that can keep you up to speed with the class while you are away.
1) Board and Train Programs. Check our our Tag-Along program, and our In-Kennel training options!
2) Walk and Train. If you have family/friends/pet sitter already taking care of your dogs, we can plan mid-day visits for training sessions.
3) Day Training. This is our Day Care and Train option, if your pet sitter is willing to transport them to school.
How long until my dog is fully trained?
This is a trick questions. The answer to this question is very dependent on what your training goals are for your dog. I have found that it takes an average dog approximately 2 years to reach the point where we are fully satisfied with their training. That time may be shorter or longer depending on your dog’s temperament and drives.
However, training is an ongoing process. Training will require some maintenance and upkeep for your dog to stay sharp. Training is also a necessary for of mental stimulation for your dogs. Dogs that are mentally stimulated are happier, healthier beings. We encourage you to explore our Advanced training options after basic obedience as a way to continue bonding, growing and learning with your dog.
What if I can’t complete the training? Do you offer refunds?
We have a very high success rate with dogs when homework is done as assigned. Our refund policies are listed below by program type.
Group Classes – If classes are dropped more than 7 days prior to the start of the session, a full refund will be given. Classes dropped during the 7 days prior to the start of class will be refunded, minus a $25 processing fee. After the start of class, no refunds will be given. If it is decided that your dog/situation is better suited for a different training program, we can apply the remaining balance (of unattended classes) towards the new program.
Private Lessons – Private lesson fees are non-refundable. If your dog transfers to a different program, the cost of the remaining balance (of unused lessons) can be applied to the new program.
Board and Train – Prior to the start of training, board and train fees are fully refundable. After the training has been done, no refunds will be given. In home board and trains will be charged a cancellation fee (20% of cost) if the program is cancelled within 2 weeks of the scheduled start date.