Congratulations on taking the first step and booking with Three Tree! …now what??
First thing’s first: give yourself a big ol’ pat on the back! You’ve made the first move and are on the path to Human-Canine Harmony. Next, take a deep breath. There’s no need to be nervous for your training sessions. I am here to help you and your dog reach your potential, strengthen your relationship, address the behavioral issues, and give you the knowledge, tools, and confidence it takes to be the leader your dog needs. I am so happy you reached out for help, so let’s get started!
What do you need to have?
Each dog and situation is different, but there are a few things that will help in every session:
- A dog bed (I use elevated cots to train, which have many benefits and can sometimes be easier for the dog to learn with. However, any dog bed in good condition will work just fine)
- A crate/kennel that is appropriately sized for your dog. If you already have the crate, perfect! I understand that some people have a negative association with crates or think it is a form of punishment. I’m here to tell you it is not. Please remember, you reached out for help for a reason. Crates are a big part of my programs and something that I believe every dog should have access to because of their numerous benefits. Giving your dog a designated space for structured down time and decompression after exercise and any stressful activity is essential.
- A 4 or 6 foot sturdy leash. I use various tools such as slip leads and training collars, and will bring those along with me for the first session. Once I work with your dog a bit, I will make my recommendations on what tools we will use moving forward.
- If your dog has bit, attempted to bite, or is a risk to bite (whether it be people, yourself, other dogs etc.) you will need to get a properly fitted basket muzzle. Chances are we have already discussed this topic during your consultation, but please reach out if you need additional information about purchasing or muzzle conditioning.
- You may want to take notes, so have a notebook or iPad at the ready. I do provide digital handouts on general topics, but training plans are developed intuitively with the dog and person in front of me. I do give “homework” and things to work on each week, so taking notes is very helpful so you have something to refer back to.
**Please note: Make sure you don’t over exert your dog before our session, and do not feed your dog directly before our session. In order to train effectively, we need some energy and (hopefully) some food motivation!
What should you do when I arrive?
If your dog is a bite risk, I ask that you put your dog in the crate, or in a different room when I get there. If your dog is human friendly, no worries! Seeing their normal greeting will help me to figure out what they need.
The first 10-15 minutes we will sit down and chat, and develop a plan. The rest of the session will be hands on and we we will get to work!
Board & Train Programs
Drop off will include a brief follow up to our consultation and will focus on discussing our training plan, as well as answering any questions you may have. Please plan for 20-30 minutes.
Midway sessions are 2 hours and will be scheduled during drop off. Go home sessions are 3 hours and will be scheduled during the last week of the program.
What do you need to send with your dog?
- An appropriate amount of food for their stay. Don’t worry about portioning out, I have storage containers and measuring cups galore.
- Any daily medications, supplements, or preventatives they are on. Please be sure to write out dosages if not already indicated. Additionally, if your pup has allergies or needs specific grooming supplies please bring those along.
- Your ecollar and/or prong collar will be ordered by me prior to your dog’s program. Please bring your dog in a flat collar (with ID tag) and a sturdy 4 or 6 foot leash. I may recommend additional things such as a place cot, puzzle feeder, or specific toy that can be purchased before your dog completes their program.
Thank you for your trust and the opportunity to help you and your dog. It is an honor to be a part of your journey.
Welcome to the Three Tree family!