Updated: Jul 18, 2020
One of the most common questions potential customers ask me is, "How many sessions will it take to train my dog?" The most accurate (and frustrating!) answer I have is, "it depends."
Why can't I give a more specific answer? Here are a few of the factors to take into consideration:
How long the animal has been performing the behavior
Level of the intensity of the behavior
Age of the animal
An animal's prior learning history and/or level of socialization
The animal's cognitive abilities and processing speed
Age health, weight or other issues (i.e. deafness)
Owner's time constraints and ability to practice/do homework
The comfort level and skill set of the owner
The ability of the owner to implement management
The need for veterinary intervention and/or medication onboarding
As you can see, there are many moving parts! At our initial, goal setting session, all these aspects will be taken into consideration to give the owner a more accurate answer. After the initial session, a Training Plan is created to fit both the dog's and owner's needs. The Plan is a living/breathing document that is updated and modified as we get deeper into the program and make adjustments to fit the situation (Note: Behavioral Assessments are required for any extensive behavior modification plan).
I hope this makes the "it depends" a little less frustrating. If you have more questions? Don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org