Frequently Asked Questions

6What happens if I don’t get the results I want from the training? Is there a guarantee?

Due to the many variables involved to create a well-behaved, balanced dog, including owner commitment, consistency, and follow-through, it would be unethical for us to offer a 100% guarantee. However, we only choose the most dedicated and diligent owners so, in our experience, no matter how severe the issues, we consistently see breakthrough results and amazing transformations. We have never come across a dog we could not help. We work hand in hand as a team in your dog’s rehabilitation. This process of teamwork and collaboration begins before we even meet your dog, moves through the training process, and continues long after your dog has gone home. Once you hire us, we consider you part of the Balanced K-9 Training family, and your success is our utmost priority.

Who will be working with my dog? Is Jayme the only trainer?

In a board and train, Jayme will set up the program for your dog and be the primary trainer working with your dog. Jayme’s assistants will also participate in the daily training. In all in-home sessions, you will meet with Jayme.

Will I get to see my dog during the Board and Train?

In most cases we find owner participation counterproductive to the rehabilitation and training process.

Will my dog remember me when he/she comes home from a Board and Train?

Yes, your dog will remember you and your home and will not think that he or she has been abandoned by you.

Why doesn’t Balanced K-9 Training use a food based training system?

Our training approach is relationship-based. Jayme believes firmly that our dogs should be working for and with us, not for a food morsel. Treat training has many limitations and tends to cause dogs to be overly-excited, hyper, and food-fixated rather than relaxed and calm. In some scenarios training with food can even become dangerous especially when working with more severe behavioral issues. That being said, there are certain scenarios in which a scent lure or food is used in a limited and careful capacity, but it is not our main way of achieving a balanced, obedient, and happy dog.

If you’re not using food to train dogs what are you using?

We use many tools while training dogs. First and foremost we rely on the international language of appropriate energy and body language in creating a more primal interaction with our canine companions. Always keeping a calm assertive energy we introduce a pressure on / pressure off system using slip leads, prong collars, and low level remote collar training to introduce obedience and exposure to real world scenarios. Each dog will have a specific plan to address the families and dogs needs.

Why do you use prong collars?

We use prong collars because we find them to be the best tool for connecting, communicating, and creating a harmonious relationship with the least amount of physical stress to the dog and owner. Most tools tend to only mask or manage the behavior, while the prong collar allows us to actually break through and effortlessly communicate, creating a vastly different state of mind and a highly responsive dog. While prong collars tend to look intimidating, when used correctly, they have been proven to be the least physically taxing, most humane, and one of the safest tools available.

Why do you use Remote Collars?

Modern Remote Collar training is the most effective, most reliable, most humane, and transformational training available today. It creates off leash trained dogs both inside and outside the home, a stronger relationship with your dog, and is very effective when dealing with aggressive, anxious, and insecure dogs helping to create a massive state of mind change.

How do you train with an E-Collar?

We use low-level, communication-style, modern Remote Collar training, which looks nothing like the high adversive Remote Collar training of the past. Most levels that dogs are being worked at are not perceptible to human touch.

What does a day at Balanced K-9 Training Board and Train look like?

The dogs sleep inside in our home in the kennel room. We only work with a small number of dogs to give every dog the attention they need, and maintain a relaxed environment. First thing in the morning, all dogs go out on a 45-min to 1-hour long structured walk, followed by breakfast. We then get started with one on one interaction and training exercises. Every day dogs have the opportunity to participate in our unique socialization/play time with our balanced pack (client’s dogs will not be in danger of interacting with dangerous dogs). After this, dogs go through several more hours of hands-on training, alternating between active commands, duration work, and specific behavior modification. They will also receive plenty of rest, down time, and personal one-on-one attention. You dog’s safety is our primary concern.

My dog is uncontrollable on the walk – pulling, lunging, barking, growling – can you fix this?

We consistently get fantastic results with all levels of issues, from mild pulling and disobedience, to severe dog reactivity.

My dog is really aggressive. Do you work with aggressive dogs?

Yes. We specialize in aggression rehabilitation, and we are one of the few places in Philadelphia providing successful rehabilitation solutions for problem dogs. We have built our reputation by successfully rehabilitating some of the most severe cases. It is typical for us to give huge results to clients who have already exhausted the options of several other training programs, styles, and medication regiments.

I have tried other trainers before and didn’t get the results I desired – what makes your program and approach different and more effective?

We are often the last stop after clients have been through multiple trainers. Unlike other training approaches that only focus on developing rehearsed behaviors, bribing with treats, or merely managing/bandaid-ing the problem, we have developed a unique approach that fundamentally changes the dog’s state of mind. Once we address the dog’s state of mind, the sky’s the limit for what we can create. By cultivating new habits, teaching the dog to make better choices, training calmness instead of excitability, and employing our unique duration work, we are consistently successful with dogs that others are unable to help. This will be the last dog training your will ever need.

I can’t afford your programs, but I’m in a bad situation with my dog – what can I do?

In special cases, we can sometimes arrange a payment plan – please contact us for details.