FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Base Training Method?
It is a specialized approach to behavior modification training for fear, anxiety, aggression and hyper-activity. It focuses on establishing a base which can be systematically built upon with real world challenges. This is a self study course that is designed to minimize stress, promote calm behavior, improve communication, and build a stronger relationship between people and their dogs.
Is this course a good fit for me?
Yes! Regardless of training history (extensive or non-existent), your dog’s breed (big or small), age (puppies to seniors) or behavioral goals – this course can help anyone who is motivated to improve their dog’s emotional health and effectively address behavioral issues in the process.
How is the training structured?
You will be given two exercises each week. Your training sessions will be be approximately 10 minutes in length. For best results, I recommend doing one session each day, or two if you’re feeling particularly ambitious.
Will my dog be "fixed" after I complete an online course?
The goal of this training is to help your dog regulate emotional responses to challenging situations. We are not trying to “fix” behavior, because dogs that exhibit difficult behaviors are not “broken” – they’re lacking guidance. This course will show you how to work through challenges as a team and develop better communication and mutual trust in the process. Five weeks is generally not enough time to work through serious behavioral issues but it will give you and your dog the skills and know-how you need to continue forward with a solid action plan.
How long does it take to make significant progress with behavioral goals?
It depends. Training timelines can be influenced by your dog’s age, your level of commitment to implementing management and training protocol and the intensity of your dog’s behavioral issues. Younger dogs (below the age of 4) usually show significant improvement with issues related to fear, anxiety, hyper-activity and aggression in 3-6 months, if training is implemented with consistency. Older dogs (5 and above) will usually take 9 – 12 months before significant advancements can be seen. All training needs to be maintained, but maintenance becomes easier as the training becomes stronger and can more easily integrate into your dog’s routine.
What type of behavioral issues will this help with?
This training can help behavioral issues triggered by other dogs, unfamiliar people, sounds, moving objects (bicycles, skateboards). This same training can also be used to address moderate to severe cases of separation anxiety or aggressive behavior, however, additional support is recommended in these cases. Go to legendsdogtraining.com to set up an in-person consultation with Alyssa Rose, CPDT-KA.
Can I do training on my own, or will I need a friend or family member to help me?
The majority of training can be done with just you and your dog in the comfort of your home. However, in weeks four and five you will learn about the benefits of creating “training set ups” where your dog is exposed to behavioral challenges in a safe, controlled setting. In many cases it will be helpful to have a friend or family member assist you in creating these set-ups.
Where can I go to get support while I’m taking this course?
What training tools do I need?
Go here for more information about key training tools that you will need to successfully complete this course. This will detail recommended training food, mat, harness and leash.
Does my dog need to see a vet before beginning training?
Dogs can exhibit sudden changes in behavior if they are sick, experiencing pain or discomfort. It’s always a good idea to have a vet check prior to beginning behavior modification training to rule out ear infections, skin infections, joint or hip pain, dental or gum disease, or any other medical issues, that might be contributing to behavior changes, especially when dealing with aggressive behavior directed at family members or other resident dogs.
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