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What are your hours for drop-off and pick-up?

Drop-off and pick-up are by appointment Monday through Sunday. Please get in touch with us at 225-301-0175 to schedule an appointment.

If we wanted to drop our dog off for training, when could we get started?

Usually, we can get your dog in for training within a few weeks, but sometimes there is a short waiting period. We can take reservations for a future date. If you are planning a vacation and want the dog to be trained while you’re away. Please contact us as soon as you know your vacation date.

My dog has specfic training needs, can you help us?

Each dog is viewed as an individual and has its challenges and needs. Our program covers the core elements of manners, communication, respect, and basic commands (including sit, stay, come, go back, etc.). In addition to these fundamentals, our training program is customized to address your dog's specific needs and behaviors.

What will my dog be doing when he is not training?

The dogs are out and about almost all day, every day. We put them in their kennels at mealtime and for rest time. After training, each dog can unwind on one of our seven dog yards. During inclement weather, the dogs are brought into our indoor kennel building, where they can enjoy some free time or rest. Unlike other training kennels, we do not force the dogs to stay in an enclosed kennel all day. We believe that they need free time to unwind and be a dog.

Do you train all of the dogs with an e-collar?

Over the years, we have trained many dogs without the e-collar. The collar is such an excellent tool if used correctly. We do not "teach" with the e-collar. We "reinforce" what your do has already learned. In addition to the e-collar, we train all dogs with a metal chain collar (choke chain), a leash, and a  long lead. So we don't use the e-collar only.

What is your opinion on using treats as rewards during training?

Rewards are not just about food treats. In fact, for some dogs, food is not a highly valued reward, and other things are more important. But this is why food is often used in training, especially for puppies: for many dogs. The fastest way to their brain is through their stomach, so food treats are often an effective way to reward behaviors as they learn. Rewards can be verbal praise; some dogs desire physical affection, while others feel rewarded by fetching a bumper or going for a swim. After working with each dog a couple of times, we can quickly determine their "Love Language." 

Will my dog forget me while being away from me so long during training?

Dogs have a very long memory; six weeks to three months is not a long time for them. Once your dog smells and hears your voice, it will recognize and be happy to see you. You will also come to the kennel at scheduled intervals during the training to work with your dog.

Will training change my dog's personality?

Training changes your dog's behavior but not his personality. Training helps organize the dog's thought processes to be more self-controlled and respond to commands.

Will training help to correct my dog's undesirable habits such as digging, destructive chewing or nuisance barking?

Training teaches your dog to respond to commands when you are present. It does not teach the dog to behave in a specific manner when you are absent. Digging and chewing are best addressed by confining your dog in a crate or run when you cannot supervise him. Nuisance barking is best controlled with an electronic bark collar which picks up the vibration of the dog's vocal cords when he barks. They are variable intensity and can be adjusted to a suitable level.

What breed of dogs do you train?

We have trained all breeds of dogs. You would be hard-pressed to find a breed that we have not trained – from Chihuahua to Great Dane, big or small, we train them all!

What is the best way to contact you?

Most of each day of the week is spent working with the dogs. We spend the rest of our time at the kennel doing chores and caring for the dogs.

Overall, the best way to contact us is by email at jen@y-farms.com or by text at 225-301-0175. We can not answer our phone due to training & due to the noise level at our kennel.