General FAQs

How do I sign up?

To get started with us, simply click Sign Up and fill out the form. We’ll review your information and call you to set up an evaluation. After the evaluation, we will put together a schedule for training or dog walking.

Is the evaluation required? Do you do in-home evaluations?

The evaluation is required. It’s a way to get to know you and your dog, give you an assessment, make recommendations, and discuss your specific needs or challenges. It’s also a way for you to interview us. We prefer to conduct evaluations in public places because observing the dog when there are distractions gives us a much better sense of what we need to work on. That said, we can do in-home evaluations if you need.

Other dog trainers offer free evaluations, so why do you charge a fee?

We train one dog at a time, which means that every session is tailored to your specific goals and your dog’s specific challenges. That starts the instant we meet your dog. We’re not trying to fill group classes and we don’t want to waste your time or ours.

Why do you charge a higher evaluation fee for dogs with aggression?

Two words: liability insurance.

How do I know whether I need a standard or aggression evaluation?

A general rule of thumb is that an aggression evaluation applies if you are experiencing any of the behaviors listed on the Aggression Stopper page.

Can I talk to you in person before I sign up?

Absolutely. We take phone calls from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every night of the week.

Other trainers promise off-leash obedience from day one. Why do I need to do Level 1 and Level 2 with you?

Nitro K-9 offers professional-grade obedience training in a complete system that is designed to get your dog off-leash from the moment we start. However, we train all obedience on leash first, rather than starting with ecollars (as many of these trainers do), because that is how trust and relationship are established. The fact is, many of my clients never need to go through Level 2 to see off-leash results.

What is the difference between obedience for big dogs and obedience for little dogs?

The only difference between our two programs is the length of time of training sessions. Small dogs tend to have less stamina than large dogs. Keep in mind that all dogs are different, and if your small dog wants to go, go, go like a big one, we can make that happen!

Why do you train in parks and public places?

We conduct all our training in public places, and encourage you and your dog to do the same on practice days for one simple reason: people need their dogs to obey in the real world, and the real world is filled with distractions. Only by training in these real-world environments will you see real results.

How much will I need to practice?

Training a dog takes time and repetition, and your goal should be to train every day. Although this may seem daunting, even 10-15 minutes a day makes a huge difference. If you can train more, that’s even better. And remember, training is not something that happens just when you bring out the leash. Every interaction with your dog is an opportunity to reinforce what you’re learning with us.