Except for the specialized training of Guide Dogs and Assistant Dogs, Jim offers two types of training:
Board and Train
First, your dog will be evaluated in it's normal environment and a training program agreed upon. Jim will then take your dog with him to live in a heated and air conditioned kennel, with indoor and outdoor runs. Your dog will be trained several times each day while it is in Jim's care. The amount of time necessary to fully train a dog will vary depending upon the individual dog and the training you want your dog to have. Once trained, Jim returns your trained dog and spends time working with you and your dog so that you know exactly how to get your dog to do everything you want it to do. Please set aside ample time to work with Jim and your dog on the day it is returned.
In Home Training
After the initial (no cost) evaluation, Jim will come to your home at least once each week to work with you and your dog. You will be training your dog, under Jim's guidance, according to the training program agreed upon during the initial evaluation. You will be expected to work with your dog about 15 to 20 minutes each day between training sessions. Jim will be available, by phone between weekly training sessions, to help you with any questions or problems.
Guide and Assistance Dogs Guide Dogs can take up to six months to train. Assistance dogs can take more or less time depending upon the skills they need to assist a particular individual. Not every dog can do this type of work. Jim will also work with guide or assistance dogs that may be having problems.