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Dog Training FAQ's

Q. What makes Darwin Dogs so different from other dog training styles?


A.  At Darwin Dogs, we believe that the focus should be on the bond between you and your dog, and celebrating, rather than punishing, the differences between canine and human minds.  We focus on more than just dog training; we help owners understand the why behind the way their dog acts the way they do, rather than just a list of “do’s” and “don’ts” combined with the boring, constant repetition involved in traditional dog training.

Q. What does a typical dog training session look like?

A. We start by allowing your dog to feel comfortable, and typically that involves us taking your dog for a very brief “get to know you” walk.  We will then be doing a comprehensive overview of your dog’s activity level (and how to easily manage hyper-energetic dogs) as well as manifesting a plan to alleviate your dog’s boredom in a more effective way.  Now that we’ve set your dog up for success, we will be focusing on how to Pilot your dog's training towards behaviors that you wish to encourage, and gently negate your dog’s unsavory behaviors.  We focus on making sure your lifestyle is taken into consideration when developing your specific dog training plan, so there are no inflexible rules or unrealistic expectations on your time. Our Piloting method of dog training blends in seamlessly with your normal day-to-day lifestyle. 

Q. What is the difference between Piloting my dog and training my dog?

A. Piloting is not too much different than parenting.  It’s based upon love and kindness, but allowing mistakes to be learned from, rather than punished, ignored, or attempting bribery to make them stop.  It’s dog training based upon communication, not domination.

Q. My dog is 12.  Is he too old to train?

A. No dog is ever too old to train, as our Piloting method incorporates tactics to resolve anxiety, aggression and fear, which often starts to plague dogs as they age.  Our goal is a happy, anxiety-free dog well into their golden years. 


Q. What if it doesn’t work?

A. We have specifically designed the Piloting method of dog training to be simple, easy and intuitive.  There are no pages and pages of rules to memorize, and no constant training sessions.  Piloting is meant to blend in seamlessly with your life, not overtake it with non-stop dog training rituals.  And if you do have questions, you are always encouraged to contact us.


We are always here to help you every step of the way, from the day you bring home your new puppy to helping your dog live their best lives as a senior dog.  

Support is always here for you from our dog training blog articles that are updated weekly to our free pack walks every Sunday in the Cleveland Metroparks, you are never left to troubleshoot any of your dog's behavior on your own.  We are always just a quick phone call away.

Q. What kind of guarantee do you offer?

A. If you don’t experience a positive difference in your dog’s behavior within 30 days of completion of your dog’s training, we offer a full refund.   



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