FAQs about Training

We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions regarding our training. Don’t see your question here or need clarification? Please call Kasten’s Dog Training at 574-522-7050.

What kind of training do you do?

                We offer on and off leash pet obedience training and teach the following commands: sit, down, come, heel, place, break, stand, off, no, get it, bring it, drop it, as well as, behavioral modification.  We can modify the following behaviors and more: jumping, chewing, digging, housebreaking, crate training, play biting, leash pulling, whining, excessive barking, chasing, excited/submissive urination, leg mounting, counter surfing, getting into the trash, eating poop, food/toy possessiveness. . .

What kind of training programs do you offer?

                We offer Residency Training – Your dog boards at our facility and our professional trainers train your dog, then through a series of private lessons we train you.  We also teach you how to train your dog through group lessons or private lessons.  In addition, we offer a combination of residency training and private lessons in a program called “Train & Go”.

What method of training do you use?

                We use marker training which includes verbal praise and verbal corrections as well as, light leash pressure and visual commands.  We do not use force, yanking, heavy leash pressure, spanking/hitting, or loud voices to train dogs.  Dogs learn best in a calm, consistent, and positive environment, and this is what we provide.

What training tools do you use?

                We use transitional leashes, gentle leaders, prong collars, head haltis, starmark collars, and e collars.  All our training tools, when used properly, require minimal pressure to communicate with your dog.  We also train you, the owner, to use the tools properly.  We utilize shaker cans, water squirt bottles, and doggie don’ts to reorient a dog’s focus.

How much is training?

                Prices vary – Please visit our Dog Training Programs page for more information.

What is included with a training program?

                Every training program we offer includes the tools your dog needs to succeed.  The residency training programs include your dog’s boarding, training tools, and your private lessons including follow up lessons.  Group lessons, private lessons, and train & go include your training tools.

When your dog participates in a residency training program please provide enough food for their entire stay (portioned into individual servings).  Kong toys, Nylabones, and washable bedding are optional.

How do I know which training program my dog needs?

                During the evaluation your trainer will ask you about your goals and the issues you face as well as assess your dog’s personality.  Your trainer will then educate you on our training tools and programs and advise you on the program that would best meet your goals and why.

How much is an evaluation?

                An evaluation at our facility costs $20 or you can opt for an evaluation in your home for $100.  For locations outside our zip code of 46507, a trip charge may be applied.  Please call 574-522-7050 to schedule your evaluation.

Why do I need an evaluation?

                At the evaluation we gather information such as; the goals you have for your dog, the issues you are facing and behaviors you want to change, and your trainer assess your dog’s personality.  Also, during the evaluation your trainer will show you our training tools, discuss our training programs, and advise you on the best program to meet your goals as well as the dog’s needs based on their personality.

Can you train my dog to not jump on people?

                Yes, each of our training programs address jumping as well as many other behavioral issues dog owners face.

My dog is aggressive towards people, can you still train them?

                Yes, we gather information about your dog during an evaluation.  We want to know the dog’s history (if you know it), what behaviors they display, what triggers their aggression, bite occurrence(s) if any and the situation around each bite event and the bite level, we also assess the dog’s overall personality and temperament.  We then help you decide which program is best suited for your dog.

                We will not turn away training a dog due to aggression alone; however, we need full disclosure from you regarding your dog’s behaviors and triggers.

Can I schedule training for while I am on vacation?

                Yes, we frequently train dogs while owners are on vacation!  In order to work with your schedule, it is best to coordinate with us at least 2 to 3 months in advance.  We are often booking training for a month to a month and a half out and we need to complete an evaluation prior to scheduling your dog’s training.

Do you train all dog breeds?

                Yes, we train all breeds of dogs from the tiniest to the largest!