Take The Lead FAQs

Take The Lead FAQs

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Questions About Dog Training

Not Sure Where To Start?

The first step is a FREE consultation with one of our trainers.  This scheduled call usually takes 15-20 minutes and is the best way for our trainers to learn more about your needs for your dog and to discuss the details of our programs to determine the best fit.

Call Tina Alderman at “Take The Lead” today at (954) 649-6421 or (617) 320-9285.

Private Lessons, Day School or Board and Train?

Private In Home Training

Private in home training is customized for you and you dog.  You have the advantage of working at your home around common distractions such as other people and animals in the home and neighborhood.  With 1:1 training, the owner is the trainer and we are coaching you through the process.

If you are limited with time or your dog is displaying problems outside of your knowledge and comfort zone, we recommend Day School or our Board and Train Programs:

Day School

Day School is an option if you have a busy schedule or don’t have the expertise to deal with a behavioral problem but aren’t ready to send your dog off to boarding school. Day school is a full day program that focuses entirely on training. Your dog’s package is 100% tailored to emphasize whatever YOUR goals are.  Drop your dog off in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day.

Board and Train

Our Board and Train program is our most intensive program.  Your dog will live in our home for two to four weeks as one of our own dogs.  Every dog is viewed as an individual and each program is customized to address the specific needs and behaviors of your dog.  Our Board and Train program covers the core elements of leadership, manners, communication, as well as the basic commands (including sit, stay, down, place come, and heel).

Are you the right trainer for me & my dog?

If you are ready to change, work and learn, then I am 100% ready to help you every step of the way. Nothing will change with your dog if you don’t change!

Here is a list of things that you need to be 100% on board with if you want to be successful with your dog at home:

  • Crate at night
  • Crate when you leave the house
  • Structured walks
  • Duration Place
  • Threshold manners
  • Giving meaningful consequences when needed
What is your style of training?

We are balanced trainers who use multiple tools and approaches to help dogs of all sizes, breeds and behavioral issues. We believe in telling pups when they are doing something right, and when they are missing the mark. This takes away confusion or gray areas for the dog and our communication is clear and predictable.

What type of training tools do you use?

We believe that it’s important to have a large “tool box” when it comes to training dogs, because there is no “one-size fits all” approach to dog training.  Some tools we use include: prong collars, slip leads, e-collars, treats, toys, long-lines, bark collars, treadmill, place cots, and crates. Tools are used to communicate and guide dogs to make good choices and to reach their full potential. The goal is to have a calm, relaxed, tuned-in, confident, happy, and obedient dog.

Which forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Cash, Check, Venmo, and Zelle

Are You Insured?

Yes. This business is our livelihood and we are fully insured through Business Insurers of the Carolinas in Chapel Hill, NC.

We are also member of the IACP and attend conferences and training seminars regularly.

Questions About Boarding & Training

What do I need to bring for my dog to the Board and Train?
  • Your dog should be wearing their everyday collar with their information.
  • Dog food for the length of their stay.
  • Vaccination / Shot records- confirmed in the paperwork.
  • Flea, tick or heart worm medication if needed during their stay.
  • Any other medications you need us to administer while your dog is with us.
Can I visit my dog during the board and train?

We believe that visits can be very beneficial. It is common that your dog will listen to the trainer but not the owner.  We encourage owners to come in at key stages of the training to start learning the training techniques and reaffirm their bond with their dogs. This way we see where the training is at and the areas to focus on before your dog goes home.

How do you make sure that my dog responds to me when the program ends?

All of our board and train options include lifetime trainer support and follow up private lessons, and the necessary equipment to ensure success. We want you to feel confident that you can maintain the training for the life of your dog, and that we are here for you.

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