What makes Acme Canine different from other dog training services?

Dogs are our passion!! And we want you to have the best relationship with your dog as you can. Our goal is to be a canine resource for our clients and help them improve their bond with their dog.

We believe obedience to be a way of life and so we specifically enforce good manners whenever your dog is in our care. We teach each owner and dog on a personalized level, using a combination of canine learning theory, canine psychology and behavior modification (through counseling and instruction). This results in dog-handling skills that will provide a strong and positive relationship. Acme Canine  provides demonstrations and skilled instruction to educate dog owners not just on the “how” of things but also the “why”.

The staff at Acme Canine feel our client/canine relationship shouldn’t end with training so we continue to provide continuing education services such as Spike’s Blog, our e-newsletter the Bark, dog training materials , workshops and our availability for our clients to call or email us with dog training questions. We believe in life-long dog training and coaching so our clients form a happy relationship with their dogs that lasts a life time!

What can I expect when I train my dog with Acme Canine?

The number one thing that sets us apart from dog trainers is our commitment to achieving results with EVERY dog. All dog trainers are striving for results, but many (if not most) of the dogs we work with have worked with a dog trainer (or two) in the past. Our goal is to be a canine resource to our client! When we first talk with a client, we’ll learn their issues with their dog, we’ll determine the best trainer for the situation, and then we’ll commit to working together until these goals are a reality.  As we develop our relationship we’ll provide further opportunities to improve the client’s relationship with their dog. This involves a good deal of effort on everyone’s part, but all of this effort is worth having the best relationship with your dog.

We also do our best to keep those involved with the dog, up to date on what’s happening. After our initial consultation, upon request a certified Acme dog trainer will send your veterinarian a detailed report. We welcome input from all involved with the dog from family to trainer, groomer to veterinarian, and we’ll be sure to continue training whenever the dog boards, attends daycare or other events with us.

What method do you use to train dogs?

Each dog is unique in personality and temperament and every owner has their own needs and way of learning.   Some dogs need structure, others more encouragement.  Your dog will “tell” us how to train them.

Acme Canine uses a variety of training methods to train dogs.  We find that dogs with behavior issues tend to respond better to a balanced method of training than totally positive.

Balance training basically means teaching a behavior using whatever positive reinforcement tools are available (capture, lure, model, shaping).  Then, once a dog has a clear understanding of the correct response for a cue, introduces corrections and escape/avoidance.  The balance lies between positive reinforcement and correction.

Balance training continues on past the point where positive reinforcement trainers stop.  The idea is making the dog accountable and responsible, with increased reliability.  The dog learns consequences of choices, and a solid work ethic.  It is not about making a dog do something they hate, but making a dog take the work seriously.  When a person’s life can hang in the balance; they cannot truly afford to have a dog who thinks it is perfectly okay to make a choice not to work.  Dogs are not robots or machines obviously.  They are fallible just as humans are.  Still we have a greater compliance if the dog is working for work’s sake instead of for an anticipation of reward.

Why don’t you have a single fee that covers all necessary visits?

Every dog and family is unique and not all dogs need the same amount of work.   My scheduling options provide owners flexibility in assessing progress, and maintaining control over goals and spending. I work hard to help owners get the best from their pet, while providing services that offer outstanding value.

How quickly will my dog learn?

24 hours:  If not repeated; the memory is absent.
1 to 5 Days: repeated daily; the task is in short term memory.
1 to 30 Days: repeated daily; the task in long term memory.

Improvement in performance continues as training is effective.  Of course the environmental factors (trainer effectiveness, task complexity, etc.) influence the time frame, as do the dog’s genetic factors.

Another statement of expected learning curve:

Average student and average dog – 12 weeks for a task to be 85 % reliable.
Good student and good dog – 10 weeks for 85% reliability.
Poor student and average dog – 16 weeks for 85% reliability.

Do you use choke collars?

Acme Canine uses an assortment of training tools to accomplish your goals, including slip collars.  Slang names such as “pinch”, “choke”, “spike” and “shock” certainly ten to foster the belief that these collars operate by means of pain.  These offensive names discourage many people from using them.  Many tools are misunderstood and misused.

To a professional they are, in fact, a genuine value.

All collars are simply tools design for specific purposes.  It is important to know what result you are looking for in order to help determine the best tool for the job.

Training equipment is just that–equipment used for training.  It is a tool and, as such, does not substitute in any way a trainer’s or owner’s ability to train.  When used properly it aids you in teaching your dog to learn.  It is not only important to understand how to use equipment correctly but it is important to use the right equipment.  It is equally necessary that the equipment be worn properly.  (for more information, please read our blog article Training Equipment; common misconceptions)

Are there any dogs you don’t work with?

I do at times make referrals to other Columbus area professionals if I think it’s in the best interest of the dog or its family. For example, a family who is unable to work with their dog may be better served by a residency training program. Also, serious cases of aggression (especially in large dogs), are better dealt with in a training facility than a home.

How does obedience help resolve behavior problems

Obedience training always improves communication between a dog and its family.  When a dog has a solid foundation of  obedience, the commands can be used in conjunction with any desired behavioral assistance. Some dogs may require significant training before a severe problem behavior can be thoroughly or safely addressed.

Do you require vaccinations to train?

Acme Canine requires that all pets be current on all vaccinations for training or to attend our workshops.  We require Rabies, DHPP and 6 month Bordetella (canine cough) as well as heartworm and flea and tick preventative. All vaccinations must be veterinarian given and we require proof in the form of a receipt or by calling to verify veterinary records.

 What payment methods do you accept?

For your convenience, we accepted all major credit cards, debit cards, checks and cash.

What is your cancellation policy?

Should you need to cancel your appointment, please contact us 24 hours in advance. A 100% cancellation charge will incurred for any service not cancelled at least 24 hours prior to appointment.