Frequently Asked Questions
What training equipment will I need?
Leash Free Living uses different collars for different programs. Puppies can participate in any puppy program using equipment of your choice. We prefer flat buckle collars or martingale collars, but harnesses will work as well.
Adult dogs will wear standard chain training collars (choke chain) or check choke chain collars (martingale). If medical reasons prevent you from training your dog on a chain (slip) training collar, we can create a custom program using alternative equipment through private lessons.
How much homework will I have to do?
You can expect about an hour of training each day while enrolled in one of our training programs. It is well worth the effort!
Can my whole family come to class?
Yes! The more the merrier.
What if there is inclement weather?
In the case of inclement weather for group classes, we will refer to Anne Arundel Community College’s closings. If schools are closed, classes will be postponed until the following week. Private lessons will be determined on a case by case basis and can be rescheduled or postponed.
What if I have to go on vacation during the training?
Leash Free Living offers training services at Cozy Canine Camp in Crownsville, MD. If you have to take a trip during the class, or lessons, we can do the training for you while you dog is boarding there. A review of each day’s training will be posted to your dog’s personal training log on the Student Training Forum.
How long until my dog is fully trained?
The answer to this question is very dependent on what your training goals are for your dog. My goal for my dogs is to be “Leash Free Living.” I have found that it takes an average dog approximately 2 years to reach the point where they can be reliable off-lead in public, every day situations. That time may be shorter or longer depending on your dog’s temperament and drives.
You will have the tools necessary to reach on-leash reliability at the end of our 6 week Basic Obedience courses and the tools necessary to reach off-leash reliability at the end of our full 10 week Companion Dog programs. Training is an ongoing process and will require some maintenance and upkeep after the initial training has been completed.
What if I can’t complete the training? Do you offer refunds?
We have a very high success rate with dogs when homework is done as assigned. Our refund policies are listed below by program type.
Group Classes – If classes are dropped more than 7 days prior to the start of the session, a full refund will be given. Classes dropped during the 7 days prior to the start of class will be refunded, minus a $25 processing fee. After the start of class, no refunds will be given. If it is decided that your dog/situation is better suited for a different training program, we can apply the remaining balance (of unattended classes) towards the new program.
Private Lessons – Private lesson fees are non-refundable. If your dog transfers to a different program, the cost of the remaining balance (of unused lessons) can be applied to the new program.
Board and Train – Prior to the start of training, board and train fees are fully refundable. After the training has been done, no refunds will be given. In home board and trains will be charged a cancellation fee (20% of cost) if the program is cancelled within 2 weeks of the scheduled start date.