Dog Training FAQ
Below you’ll find a list of common questions we receive about our dog training programs and our Asheville dog trainer. Give us a call anytime at 828.348.0255 or email us if your question isn’t on the list, or if you’d like to get started.
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Absolutely! Dog behavior training is appropriate for dogs of all breeds, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. We evaluate every dog as an individual, and bring no biases to the table.
Yes! Puppy training is extremely important! The first few months you spend with your puppy can either shape bad behavior habits and patterns, or good ones. We can show you how to shape the kind of good behavior you want to see from your dog as an adult! We work with all ranges of behavior issues, including severe issues like aggression and anxiety. Our puppy training programs are designed to give you the dog behavior knowledge and know-how to prevent these issues from developing, and to get through all the common puppy problems in the process (housebreaking, nipping, etc.).
I am located in Asheville, NC, but I cover a wide area, including Greenville/Spartanburg, SC; Tri-Cities, TN (Bristol, Kingsport, & Johnson City, TN); and surrounding communities. Give me a call at 828.348.0255 to see if I can travel to you.
I don’t think so. My training programs are actually an incredible value because they are commitment-based. This means when we start working together we set definite training goals, and I commit to working with you until we reach those goals. You won’t ever have to pay for more lessons, or another package. By committing to reach definite training goals, I’m pressed to deliver results, which means you avoid the hassle of having to pay additional fees and/or hire other trainers for the same old behavior problems. My goal is to be your last dog trainer!
If you’re pricing dog training, click here for a very thorough explanation of the cost of professional dog training.
I would caution you against thinking of dog behavior in that way. It can be dangerous (and is ineffective) to try to “spot check” dog behavior. Check out this article written by a colleague of mine for a full explanation on this topic, but the short answer is that if you want results to last, dog behavior is best addressed as a whole!
That’s a good question, and my answer might surprise you: you pick! Believe it or not, there isn’t an organization that oversees dog trainers and assigns titles. There are several dog training organizations out there, but they each make up their own standards, tests, and titles. Anyone can hang up a shingle and call themselves a dog trainer, dog behaviorist, dog wizard, dog whisperer, etc.
I most often use the title “professional dog trainer,” but “dog behavior trainer” works as well, since you could say my specialty is resolving behavior problems.
Feel free to ask if you aren’t sure I offer the kind of training you’re looking for. You can call me at 828.348.0255 or email me.
Definitely not! I am committed to high standards of professionalism and ethics in dog training, but even if I wasn’t, a condescending attitude is just not me! If anything, I hope you’ll see me as a professional, and even a friend. My role, as far as I see it, is to build your confidence and empower you to handle your dog in any situation, at any time. You can only do this by being an informative, yet supportive coach!
That would be me, Adinna Mullins. I’m a professional dog trainer and the owner of Blue Ridge Dog Training and the local Thank Dog! Bootcamp. Blue Ridge Dog Training is solely owned and operated by me. Click here to learn more about my background.
I wouldn’t classify myself as a treat-based trainer, although I sometimes use treats to teach a brand new behavior. I certainly don’t rely on them though, and they aren’t always appropriate. I most frequently use them when a dog has never been taught ‘sit’ or ‘down’.
No, I am solely owned and operated, but I am a member of Canine Trade Group, a national network of professional dog trainers. We are all committed to the same standards of professionalism and ethics in dog training. Regardless of our individual backgrounds, we are united by our philosophy and approach to dog behavior modification.
The big advantage to training with a Canine Trade Group trainer like myself is that we can all lean on each other for advice or tips if we reach a sticking point (and inevitably, there are always sticking points!). This “group think” environment provides the support and quality information that many solo dog trainers lack. It also keeps us up to date on the latest in dog training.
We are very accessible and happy to answer any other questions you may have! Feel free to call us anytime at 828.348.0255 or email us.