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Training Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a list of “must-haves” to send along with your Dog.
  • Current Rabies tag or proof of rabies vaccination certificate
  • Flat Collar w/ ID Tags
  • Collar/Harness you currently use and a leash
  • Crate (ask your trainer if needed)
  • Dog Bed/Blanket or Towel
  • Dog Food
  • A few chewies/treats
  • Flea/Tick, Heartworm, or other meds to be administered
Immersion Training
  • Trainees board in the home of their trainer so they are receiving education 24 x 7.
  • DTC USA teaches real life, practical manners and establishes long lasting habits. Most dogs can “sit” or “down” especially if you have a treat in your hand. It's usually more useful to have them behave well in the house, at the dog park and at other public places.
  • Each dog is assigned a primary trainer who is responsible for their instruction throughout their training program.
  • Our trainers work together to provide your dog the benefit of all of our years of expertise.
  • Trainers take their trainee dogs to classes, on field trips, and to other places they may be going. This allows dogs to become accustomed to riding in the car and to visiting a variety of different places.
  • DTC USA provides two sessions after graduation to help make each dog's training successful. The first session transfers the training basics to you and your family, and the second session follows up on any issues you may be having.
  • Graduates are also welcome to attend the on-going weekly Intro to Obedience class where owners and their dogs can practice their new skills under the watchful eye of the training team.
  • Because three weeks is the length of time it takes a dog to establish new habits.
  • Because once your dog's new habits are established, they're easy to maintain and can be kept up with only a little effort.
  • Because teaching the owners is more than half the battle. Habits are easily broken if not maintained.
  • DTC USA emphasizes leadership, and then uses whatever method best motivates your dog. Hunting dogs won't necessarily respond to the same methods which work on working dogs, toy dogs, or terriers. We figure out what works best with your dog and individualize the training to achieve the best results. We DO NOT use electronic shock collars.
  • YES! And they will also remember all the things they used to get away with. It is imperative you keep up the training we teach you so your dog learns that rules apply with you and at your home as well.
  • No. We are not changing the personality of your dog. If he/she is a goofy dog when he/she left, he/she will still be goofy when he/she returns. Stubborn or feisty? Still stubborn and feisty when he/she returns. The difference is your dog has learned to follow directions no matter what. It is up to you to be more stubborn or feisty than your dog. You got the dog because you liked their personality, and we’re adding to their behavior not taking their personality away.
  • We come to your house for private consultations because that's where the problem is occurring. We pick up and drop off Training Camp dogs at your house so we can see the problems where they're happening, and show you how to fix them. Our classes are held out in the real world so you and your dog learn real world skills. Dogs have situational memories so learning in a classroom makes it harder to transfer those skills to your home or the places you regularly go.
  • We train your dog in our trainers' homes because it's as close as we can get to their home environment. Dogs have situational memory so the closer the situation, the easier it is to transfer their new skills to you.
  • Each trainer has made their own journey so exact certifications vary. However, regardless of where they started, each trainer has to pass the Donnie test before they are allowed to handle each type of dog and behavioral issue. This requires many hours of hands on training often over years. Becoming a DTC trainer is an apprenticeship type of training where the master signs off on your skill level. Many trainers today receive a beautiful certificate after doing online training and may not have ever touched a dog. That definitely does not meet Donnie's quality standards!
  • Payment is due in full 1 day before services are rendered.
  • Training Camps require a 50% deposit at reservation, with the balance due 1 day prior to start date.
  • Continuing Education reservations require a $65 deposit, with the balance due 1 day prior to start date.
  • Training Camp and Continuing Education deposits are refundable if cancellation is made more than 24 hours prior to the start date. A $65 penalty will apply to last minute cancellations made within 24 hours of the start date.
  • Day Camp payments are due upon purchase.
  • A $50 late charge will be added to an unpaid balance more than 7 days past the date of service.
  • You will receive email reminders with a link to the online invoice and payment system 7 days before, 3 days before, and on the due date.
  • Yes! We only ask you give us 7-10 days before you come and see them so we can get them in a good routine.
  • The Training Camp Manager selects a suitable trainer depending on your dog’s breed, age, personality, and the goals you have for them.

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