Dog Training Help and Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some questions we receive often. If you don’t find the answer to your questions here, contact us!   We would be happy to personally address your questions and concerns.

What will my dog learn with your Full Service Training?

Your dog will reliably learn the following obedience commands: heel, sit, down, place, come, stay, car/door stays, mannerisms, OK (the release), and any specific issues you are having will be incorporated into the training.  Before you leave your dog with us, all your goals and training expectations (including any behavior issues) will be discussed, evaluated, and incorporated into your training program.  We will continually keep you updated throughout your dog’s stay with picture text and progression videos. View our Full Service Training.

Will my dog listen to me after the Full Service Training program?

Yes!  Absolutely! There are 3 transition lessons with you and your dog after their training is complete.  The dog does not return home until you are confident with the obedience commands and all the training has transferred from trainer to owner.  You are also invited to 3 group classes after your dog has returned home and graduated.  This class is designed for the owners/family members of the recent graduates of the program to practice their handling skills around high distractions.  Your dog is already trained, but this allows for more practice for their humans!

Who will be training my dog?

During the meet and greet, you will be introduced to the trainers that will be handling your dog. Even with multiple trainers, we still only take 5-6 dogs at a time because of all the quality that goes into your individual dog’s training. Each trainer that works at The Doghouse, LLC has decades of experience and the credentials to back it up. Click here to see credentials.
We do have other amazing staff members that will assist in keeping your dog fed, clean and happy as well.

Is it ok if my kids are involved in the training?

Depending on the age and maturity of your kids, they can definitely have some part in the training. The trainers will be able to guide the family with options that will be in your dog’s best interest.  Sometimes a great way to get younger kids involved with the training is to teach them games to play with the dog, assist in feeding routines, and showing them healthy leadership/boundaries around the family pet. During the transition lessons it is encouraged that the entire family be present so that everybody is clear on the new commands and rules.

I have more than one dog that needs training. Can they be trained together?

Yes. Each dog will be evaluated separately, as well as together, to determine the optimal training for each dog. If two or more dogs are involved in training it is sometimes beneficial to use 2 different languages so that the dogs don’t get confused about whom you are commanding. We will help you decide if it is best to send the dogs individually or together.  We have successfully done both, it comes down to the best interest of the dogs and the family dynamic. 

How long is the application process for the Full Service Training?

The application process is just to reserve your spot for the training.  The Doghouse, LLC takes 5-6 training dogs per month.  It is important to put a deposit down if you have specific dates that need to be planned around (ex: vacation).  Holidays are another time when kennel boarding and training book quickly.  The average wait for the Full Service Program is 4-6 weeks.  If other unexpected instances requiring you to be out of town or family emergencies occur The Doghouse, LLC will work hard to accommodate your schedule.

What do I need to bring with me for the Full Service Training?

Bring the food your dog is currently eating.  If we will need to administer any flea/tick prevention or heart guard put it in a plastic bag with the date it is to be given.  Florida Statutes require that your dog’s up-to-date shot records be provided along with their current rabies information.  You are welcome to bring their dog bed or approved toys that can be left in their kennel overnight.  Just remember that they may not go home in the same condition, so bring bedding that is washable.  

Can I visit my dog while they are in the Full Service Training?

We know you will miss your companion while they are away.  We find that some dogs will be indifferent to visits but others can get depressed if their owners come and go.  The Doghouse, LLC will never tell somebody that they can’t visit their dog, but will discuss possible effects on their individual dog. The trainer needs to bond, and develop a relationship of trust, with your dog.  This is an important step in the learning process for your dog, and an important consideration in advising about visits.  The Doghouse, LLC provides numerous text/picture updates and 2 progression videos of your dog’s training progress throughout the program. This helps clients to be part of the training journey and start preparing you for your trained dog.  We encourage this to be an interactive process with the client and we are in constant contact with training updates.

Do you offer refresher training?

We do offer a Refresher Full Service Training for previous graduates of the program. If you are planning a vacation you might consider to use this time and keep your dog’s obedience skills sharp while continuing to challenge them.  We also offer group lessons so that you can practice your obedience around other dogs and distractions.  It is called our Proofing Class and after your dog graduates their training you will be invited to 3 of them. We hold these once per month at the training facility.  This group class is a great way to keep your dog socialized with other dogs/owners while practicing your obedience in real life training scenarios.  All under a trainer’s expert supervision!

What comes next after the Full Service Training?

We offer the AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluation, Advanced Obedience, Off Leash Training, Sport Training, and Service Dog Training.

When and how do I pay?

On the first day of training, half the balance is due and then when the dog goes home, the final balance.  When reserving dates for a Full Service Training Program you are required to place a non-reimbursable deposit to secure a spot for your dog.  The deposit goes towards the balance of the training.  If you are paying for Private Lessons, payment is due at the end of the session.  Boarding fees are paid when you pick up your dog. The Doghouse, LLC accepts cash, credit, and personal checks.

Which Full Service Training Program should I choose?

If you are not sure which program best fits your dog’s needs The Doghouse, LLC can help.  Customizing a program to fit your dog’s interests or answering any questions you might have is just a phone call away.  We also can set up a meet/greet to evaluate your dog for the best program according to the issues they have (if any) and your training goals. 

Should I choose Private Lessons or a Full Service Training Program?

When choosing between a Full Service Training or Private Lessons consider the following:

  • How much time do you have to put into the training?
  • Will it be best for your dog to be submerged into a “training environment”?
  • How consistent can your training be at home during the learning stages?
  • How consistent will other family members be so that the dog doesn’t get confused or frustrated?

These are important reasons why one training program might be a better choice than another.  Making the right decision can help your dog better enjoy learning and obedience.  The right decision can also help you better reach your training goals.

With a Full Service Training Program, The Doghouse, LLC, does all the foundation work until the obedience is consistent and reliable. It will then be your job is to prepare the family for a trained dog.  Reinforcing the commands at home will be important in helping your dog listen in their home environment.  The most successful clients are the ones that continue to incorporate the training commands into their daily life at home.  A Full Service Training Program takes the stress off of you to consistently work with the dog multiple times a day around high distractions.  It also allows for a professional, experienced trainer to take your dog to a higher standard of training.  We know how to push and challenge thresholds, what outlets your dog needs to be fulfilled, and how to create reliability within the training; all so you can have the luxury of just getting to enjoy your trained dog. 

If learning alongside your dog is important, then Private Lessons is the program for you.  I also encourage newly rescued pets to establish a relationship with their owners through Private Lessons.  To have success with Private Lessons, remember you will have to make time to practice what was taught in the lessons at home. This enables both you and your dog to fully learn the lesson and be prepared to progress during the following training session.

Why should we choose your company when there are cheaper trainers out there with shorter training programs?

The best advice for choosing a Dog Trainer or Dog Training Facility is to DO THE RESEARCH!  We strongly recommend you do exactly that.  We are confident you will find The Doghouse, LLC in good standing on your list of choices. Anybody can claim to be a trainer, there are no required certifications.  We train dogs with an array of behavior issues; we are one of few dog training companies that successfully train dogs with aggression/socialization problems.

Carrie, the head trainer, has been training dogs for almost 20 years and has wealth of credentials to support her subject matter expertise. Click here to see Carrie Silva Wooddells’ credentials and accomplishments.  We provide the highest level of customer service; modifying our services to meet client’s needs while providing a personal touch through frequent modern communication.

Here are a few points about The Doghouse, LLC:

  • Safety is our first priority
  • Limit of 5-6 dogs in training at one time… providing great dog to trainer ratio
  • Provide consistent personal contact with dog owner through video, picture, text and phone
  • Convenience of location
  • Fully licensed and insured
  • Fully air conditioned inside kennels protecting your dog from storms and sun
  • Kennel, other buildings, and grounds equipped with video monitoring devices
  • Boarding is only offered for previously trained dogs to ensure a learning environment at all times

Our prices are based on many factors, but rest assured we have thought long and hard about pricing.  As a family owned business we understand a budget.  When it comes to the amount of time we have your dog, our full service training is a minimum of 3 weeks.

Yes, there are other trainers out there that claim they can fully train your dog in 1 week, but the reality is your dog will not retain reliable obedience in that short amount of time. Here is a blog to support why 1-2 week programs do not create reliable obedience training for your dog.

Other dog trainers might be able to put on a temporary show for you making you think your dog understands their new commands. What you are seeing though is the dog running through the motions of training and will be able to duplicate those behaviors if put into different environments or training scenarios.

Training is a life change with your dog and in order for your dog to truly understand obedience it takes consistency and repetition. Training cannot be forced or rushed; it is not fair to do that to the dog. After training at The Doghouse, LLC your dog will be confident and reliable in their obedience commands no matter what the environment.

We feel that we have a connection with each one of our dog and human clients. That relationship is crucial to trusting us that we will always have your dog’s best interest in mind. When your dog is with us, they become our pet for their stay. When you choose The Doghouse, LLC you are choosing to support a family owned business in your community that takes pride in having individual relationships with each client and dog. We understand our dogs are like our children and you wouldn’t just trust anybody with your child. Your dog’s welfare and safety is always our top priority. When signing up for one of our Full Service Training Programs you are investing in the life of your dog with our training experience and the quality and pride of our work. We don’t just train your dog and disappear; we hope to build lasting relationships here at The Doghouse, LLC.

About Our Training Facility

Where are you located?

The Doghouse, LLC is conveniently located in the center of the greater St. Petersburg/Tampa area at 4365 62nd Ave N Pinellas Park, FL 33781.

What will my dog’s day look like?

Your dog’s day is structured around numerous training sessions, planned feeding, rest and play.  This program of events is designed to fit each dogs special needs. When dogs enrolled in the Distraction, Socialization, or Aggression Training Programs are ready, a trainer will continue their obedience sessions around various locations in town. 

When your dog is with us for Boarding, his day is structured around outside play times and feeding.

The dogs (both the boarding and training dogs) are divided into play groups according to temperament.  Boarding is extended to our clients that have completed one of our training programs and outside clients whose dogs have passed our meet and greet process. This ensures we are knowledgeable and confident of all temperaments and training levels of our boarding dogs.

Where will my dog sleep?

Your dog will sleep inside in an assigned, air condition kennel. Security cameras are in each room, monitoring your dog at all times.  Nest temperature control devices are also across the entire kennel.  The safety of your dog and the cleanliness standards of The Doghouse, LLC is a top priority. It is our goal to ensure your dog returns home happy, healthy and of course trained!

What are your hours for boarding and pick up?

The Doghouse, LLC is primarily a training facility that extends boarding to previous clients or dogs that have been evaluated through our meet and greet process.  Our drop off and pick up hours are daily between 8:00-6:30 pm. Pickups on Sunday or Holidays are an extra fee.  

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