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General Training Questions

 

What training services do you offer?

Copilot Academy, LLC is proud to offer Puppy Obedience, Basic Obedience, Advanced Obedience, Therapy Training, Service Dog Training and Behavior Rehabilitation Training for dogs with fear, anxiety or aggression. You can see the full line of services offered by Copilot Academy here. 

What is your training method?

Copilot Academy, LLC uses a variety of techniques to shape your dog’s obedience. Our diverse experience, and training methods use a combination of food, toys and praise to help motivate your dog during training. Various training collars may be used temporarily as a tool to help discourage unwanted behaviors. All training is conducted with your dog’s best interest in mind by using calm, assertive, fair and consistent techniques.

How long are your training sessions?

Puppy lessons are 60 minutes each. Basic and Advanced obedience lessons are 90 minutes for the first session and 60 minutes for all other sessions. 

Can my children attend training sessions?

Yes of course! Children are welcome and encouraged to come and interact with training. Dogs should see everyone as a pack leader. Games can be integrated into training so that appropriate aged children can interact with your dog’s obedience. If your child is too young to interact, then they are still welcome to attend sessions. Keep in mind that training sessions are information packed, so you might want to consider getting child care if you are unable to dedicate 100% of your attention to the training session.

Where are the training sessions held?

The beauty of mobile training is that the sessions can be held just about anywhere! Training can occur inside your home where the problem behaviors present themselves, at dog approved stores or high distraction environments to include parks. 

At what age should my dog be in order to start private lessons?

We would like to start formally training your dog no earlier than 10 weeks of age. All dogs should receive training from the moment you integrate them into your home, however, 10 weeks is a great age to start. Any earlier and most puppies want to sleep through the training sessions. 

How much time should I spend training each day with my dog?

Goal is to keep training fun. Focus on short and frequent training sessions with your dog. The more time you invest in training them on a daily basis, the faster your dog will start to understand what is expected of them. Each dog learns at a different rate. We recommend at least 5 to 10 mini sessions a day (2-10 minutes each session).

Do you offer off leash treadmill training?

Yes! Treadmill training should not replace a walk, but can be a life saver on rainy days or days that you get off work late. Off leash treadmill training ensures your dog’s safety, which is paramount! Contact us today to see what solutions Copilot can offer your family.

Where do I purchase the training equipment?

Training collars can be purchased the day of your first training lesson from Copilot Academy. Place beds are ordered upon request. Visit our shop to see the full line of products for your dog.

What is important to know for training?

Training is a lifestyle change. Consistency, patience, follow through and persistence is key in order to achieve your goals. 

My dog is stubborn or older, can they still learn obedience?

Yes of course! Increased amounts of patience may be needed on your part, but all dogs have the ability to be trained. We have proven just that! Check out some of our training videos on our home page, or YouTube here!

We are expecting a baby! Do you offer training that educates owners on how to integrate a baby into the home with a dog(s)?

Yes! We have a lot of experience working with expecting families and families that have children. We would be happy to communicate all of the knowledge we have in order to provide you and your family with a smooth transition from the hospital once your bundle of joy arrives. 

Are consultations free?

Yes, if attended at Purser Family Park in Harker Heights, TX or at our DFW area training facility in Alvarado, TX. If you would like an in home consultation, then there will be a $50 convenience fee plus a standard GSA travel rate of $0.57 per mile round trip charge. 
 

Questions About Your Dog

Do you work with all breeds?

All breeds, all ages, all temperaments.

Do you work with intact dogs?

Yes, we have a lot of experience working with intact dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds. 

How old is too old to train a dog?

No dog is ever too old to be trained. We believe dogs can learn at any age by using consistent techniques.

MY DOG IS STUBBORN OR OLDER, CAN THEY STILL LEARN OBEDIENCE?

Yes of course! Increased amounts of patience may be needed on your part, but all dogs have the ability to be trained. We have proven just that! Check out some of our training videos on our home page, or YouTube here!

At what age should my dog be in order to start private lessons?

We would like to start formally training your dog no earlier than 10 weeks of age. All dogs should receive training from the moment you integrate them into your home, however, 10 weeks is a great age to start. Any earlier and most puppies want to sleep through the training sessions. 

HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I SPEND TRAINING EACH DAY WITH MY DOG?

Goal is to keep training fun. Focus on short and frequent training sessions with your dog. The more time you invest in training them on a daily basis, the faster your dog will start to understand what is expected of them. Each dog learns at a different rate. We recommend at least 5 to 10 mini sessions a day (2-10 minutes each session).

HOW MUCH EXERCISE SHOULD MY DOG RECEIVE EACH DAY?

All dogs are different depending on their age. Key is to go on at least 2 walks a day with your dog. Walks can range from 15 minutes (younger puppies) to 45 minutes (adolescent, adult dogs). Exercise helps to strengthen the bond between you and your dog. They will thank you for the focused interaction!

How many dogs do you accept into the board and train program at a time?

We do not compromise the integrity of what we offer to our clients, so only 2 dogs are accepted into the board and train program at a time per trainer. Our priority is to ensure that your dog is provided the utmost care, safety and quality training time. Standards will not be compromised!
 

Board and Train Questions

How long is the board and train program?

There are several Board and Train Program options. Our most popular is our 28 days board and train program. The program includes 28 days of one on one personalized training attention from our certified professional trainers. Your dog will be trained in basic and advanced obedience at high distraction locations to help fool proof all of their obedience commands. 

How many dogs do you accept into the board and train program at a time?

We do not compromise the integrity of what we offer to our clients, so only 2 dogs are accepted into the Board and Train Program at a time per trainer. Our priority is to ensure that your dog is provided the utmost care, safety and quality training time. Standards will not be compromised!

What would my dog need to have during the board and train program?

4-Step Packing List:
— 1.   Food for 30 days. Usually a 30 lb bag will be enough. If more is needed, then Copilot Academy will purchase it and the owner can reimburse us at the dog’s scheduled pick up date. 
— 2.   Dog bed
— 3.   Familiar toys 
— 4.   Hear tworm medication if due during board and train timeframe
***Please be sure that your dog is on their current diet for at least 2 weeks before the scheduled drop off date***

Does Copilot Academy offer just boarding?

Our DFW location is now offering doggy daycare and overnight boarding. Our Killeen area Copilot Academy location is specifically training focused. Here are the boarding programs we trust in the Killeen area:

Stillhouse Luxury Pet Hotel

Barker Heights

 

Links to Nationwide Pet Boarding Websites:

Rover

Dog Vacay

 

Payment Questions

What forms of payment does Copilot Academy accept?

Cash, personal check, cashiers check, money order or credit card. If payments are made via credit card, a 3% credit card convenience fee added to the total cost. All checks should be made payable to COPILOT ACADEMY. 

Is payment required upfront?

Board and Train payment is required in full on the day of drop off (minus the deposit made to reserve your spot). Private Lesson payment is ideally requested upfront. If payment cannot be made in full upfront, then you can pay every two lessons or half upfront or all upfront.  Thank you for your understanding as training is not a product that can be returned.

Do you give Military discounts?

Throughout the year VIP discounts are offered via our email list. Sign up today to get professional training tips and VIP offers here, absolutely FREE.

WHERE DO I PURCHASE THE TRAINING EQUIPMENT?

Training collars can be purchased the day of your first training lesson from Copilot Academy. Place beds are ordered upon request. Visit our shop to see the full line of products for your dog.
 
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