FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General Questions

Crate training is an important part of our philosophy here at Think Pawsitive. Our trainers will work with you to make crate training a positive experience.

Yes, we sure do, any and all breeds are welcome at our facility.

Yes we welcome intact dogs at our facility!

If your dog comes into heat while in one of our classes, you’re still more than welcome to join us! We ask that you inform your instructor and your dog wears panties to class. Dogs in heat are not allowed in our pool or water treadmill.

All students registered for class will be sent a supply list prior to the start of their class. But in general, you can expect to bring treats, chews, a regular collar, a 6 foot leash, one of our required loose leash walking tools, and something to cover your crate. If you need to bring a crate, we will let you know.

We allow two handlers per dog in all of our classes, a maximum of two people can go back to our pool at a time, and we allow one person in our water treadmill sessions at a time.

New clients interested in training will go ahead and start in either our Beginner Puppy School or Adult Manners course depending on your dog’s age. We also have a variety of workshops available with no prerequisites!

Here at Think Pawsitive we train using Positive Reinforcement, meaning we reward the behaviors we want to see with treats and toys!

K9 Splash Questions

No. For liability and safety reasons, we do not allow customers in our pool.

Our pool is kept heated to 84 degrees year-round so your dog can swim comfortably in any season!

Our pool is 41 ft. x 21 ft.

Unfortunately, we can’t put a number on it as all dogs are different, but our ‘Learn to Swim’ package is a great place for any dog to start!

All dogs new to swimming at our facility will start with an Initial Swim Evaluation.

Absolutely! We do require a veterinary input form to be filled out by your vet prior to you scheduling an Assisted Swim. This way our staff can ensure your dog receives a positive and safe experience in the pool. The staff will give you tips on how to keep your dog safe for future swims without a staff member assisting.

Yes, we do require that all Initial Swim Evaluations be completed with your dog wearing a life jacket. We also require that dogs in Assisted Swims wear a life jacket if a staff member has to be in the pool with them. Some dogs struggle finding the ramp their first time at a new facility, and by putting a life jacket on your dog our staff has a safe comfortable way to grab onto your dog if they need help. Some dogs need extra assistance in the pool and a life jacket allows our staff to position their body correctly.

Of course, our staff will try out a variety of treats and toys with your dog. We can work on encouraging either food or toy drive to motivate your dog to swim, and we can also work on retrieves later once we’ve used food to help your dog develop a positive association with water!

TAILS Academy Questions

TAILS stands for Tailored Adventures, Interactive Learning, and Sports

Dogs coming into our TAILS Academy program are friendly with strangers and other dogs. They should be comfortable being lifted and touched, comfortable in a plastic or wire crate, and okay with a stranger reaching into their crate to attach a harness, leash, or gentle leader.

We train using positive reinforcement. That means reinforcing the behaviors we want to see with treats and/or toys.

Full day dogs will get double the number of sessions as half day dogs!

Treats – ¼” soft treats: For example, tricky trainers, hot dogs, cheese, dehydrated treats, etc. – A regular flat buckle collar with a name tag attached – One of our 4 acceptable loose leash walking tools: Sensation Harness, Easy Walk Harness, Freedom No-Pull Harness or a Gentle Leader Head Halter – A regular 6-foot leash – A chew or Kong for inside their crate – No Hide chews, bully sticks, pig’s ears, Kongs stuffed with peanut butter, wet food, broth-soaked kibble, cottage cheese, slow feeder bowls, etc.

 

When dogs aren’t in a session with an instructor, they will enjoy a chew or Kong in their crate for a well-deserved rest and mental break to help prepare for their next active session.

Most dogs with leash walking success get ½-mile to 1-mile walks!