Dog Training FAQ

Answers to you questions about our Tampa Dog Training Programs

At Bayshore Dog Training we get asked a lot of the same questions and decided to make it easier for you to understand what our Tampa dog training programs are all about. Below are some of the commonly asked questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us or give us a call at 813.359.1137. We always love to talk about dog related things.

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Where are you located?
Do you offer 2 week intensive training programs where my dog stays with you?
How do I know that you can train my dog? Is he beyond help?
Do you train puppies?
How will my dog be properly socialized if he isn’t in a group setting?
Do you work with all breeds?
Both of my dogs are fighting? Is this something you can work with?
I would like my dog to be certified for CGC, therapy and/or service dog purposes. Is this something that you offer?

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Where are you located?

At Bayshore Dog Training, what we offer is all private in-home dog training. Our trainer Victoria will work with you one on one and give you a personalized training program based on your dog’s specific training needs. Victoria works with clients in the Tampa, Clearwater, Lakeland and Spring Hill areas. As long as you are within 45 minutes of Tampa, Victoria will come to your home.

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Interesting! Do you offer 2 week intensive training programs where my dog stays with you?

This kind of program, where dog trainers take your dogs for an intensive, training boot camp is called a board and train program. With the mass sharing on media sites such as twitter and facebook, these programs have become very popular recently. While board and train programs are helpful for some RARE cases, we feel that since the dog spends 90% of his time at home, it is important to educate the family on how dog behaviors develop and keep them involved in every step of the process. A good dog should listen to his owner, not just a trainer who keeps him for a few weeks. This is why we work side by side with YOU so that YOU can build a relationship with YOUR dog based on mutual trust and respect. Many of our private training clients have gone through board and train program before without success because the programs did not show them how to maintain those new behaviors once the dog returned home. A close friend and fellow dog trainer in Columbus wrote a great article on board and train programs. Feel free to read it for a deeper look at why board and train’s are not ideal for most cases.

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How do I know that you can train my dog? Is he beyond help?

As long as your veterinarian has ruled out any medical reasons for behavioral change, there is no reason why you’re dog cannot be trained. Our time tested approach has been successfully training dogs for over 26 years, most of those cases with severe aggression or anxiety. Any dog is capable of being a wonderful, happy part of the family. The determining factor will rely on YOU, the owner, to follow through with all of the behavior-improving routines and exercises once the training sessions have ended in order to create long lasting behavioral change. A dog spends most of his time in the home, and this is where the patterns and daily routines need to change in order for your dog to succeed.

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Do you train puppies?

Absolutely! It is incredibly important to establish clear boundaries and rules with puppies from a young age, before any unwanted behaviors develop. Our puppy training programs are completed in-home and are designed to teach you how to develop a good relationship with your puppy from day one. We cover housebreaking, house manners, basic commands, leash walking and the importance of establishing a feeding and exercise schedule.

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How will my dog be properly socialized if he isn’t in a group setting?

Once a dog is older than 9 weeks of age, he has already passed the “socialization period” in puppies. From this point on, we will focus on teaching appropriate greeting behaviors and desensitizing your dog to stimuli (such as other dogs and people).

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Do you work with all breeds?

We work with all breeds, shapes and sizes! No exceptions here! From big Great Danes to tiny Yorkies.

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Both of my dogs are fighting? Is this something you can work with?

Absolutely! Inter-household aggression is NEVER a fun thing. We all want our pets to get along. A fellow Canine Trade Group member, Johanna Evans, who is a dog trainer in Jacksonville posted a great article on inter-household aggression recently. Her case study showcases how our methods can help reshape household dynamics for the better.

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I would like my dog to be certified for CGC, therapy and/or service dog purposes. Is this something that you offer?

Certification is a lengthy process and something that we do not offer at Bayshore Dog Training. Many certifications require an advanced level of obedience, which we can absolutely establish with you and your dog. In fact, lots of our clients have gone forward with specialty certification programs after completing ours.

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Should the whole family be at the consultation?

It is highly recommend that anyone who handles the dog on a day-to-day basis is at the consultation. The consultation is where Victoria can discuss your long-term training goals, the dog’s behavior and what methods she will be using after having seen your dog. Consistency is key to long-term success and if everyone is at the consultation, it is easier to ensure that anyone handling the dog will follow the program’s outline.

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