- General Questions
- Most basic class related
questions are answered on our "contact us" page
- Why should my dog learn to obey off-leash if I live in the city?
If your dog is not obedient without a leash, there is one command he will never reliably
obey--Come! Even in your backyard, you need your dog to come when called. Country walks, camping, or romps in the park are
pretty bleak to a dog that must be forever leashed.
- Does Scotch Pines train for the show ring?
A dog who has been through our course can certainly compete well in the obedience ring, but
our focus is on a greater level of obedience that a rote routine in an artificial environment. We gear
our training toward real life obedience.
- Is this method right for all dogs?
Thousands of dogs of all breeds and temperaments have successfully and happily graduated
from our course over the last twenty years! Why not your dog?
- Why are the classes so big? Will I get personal attention?
Dogs trained in a quiet, calm setting only obey in quiet, calm settings--- not in the hustle
and bustle of real life. Thirty to forty other dogs provides a wonderful distraction, along with the goat, chicken, rabbit
and numerous other distractions we bring into class. As for personal attention, we have found that people paying triple for
our private lessons never do as well as people in a class setting.
- Will we be using food treats?
No. Food treats are great for getting dogs to do tricks, run agility courses, and look good
in the show ring. Food training is worthless in producing an off-leash dog in real life distractions. Guide dogs, police dogs,
search and rescue dogs-- all dogs who must have serious obedience are not food trained. We'll be using praise and corrections.
Is it important for me to attend
each of the 9 weekly classes?
Yes! Every single class is extremly important and
missing even one can have very negative effects on your overall training.
Does Scotch Pines Offer boarding?
No, we do not offer any boarding or board and train at this time. We are
in NO WAY affiliated with Scotch Pines Doggy Camp. Please contact your veterinarian's office for recommendations on a good
boarding facility for your dog.
What minimum age do you require for dogs?
years old minimum
Who can attend
all well behaved family members
Cost of class
Does Scotch Pines offer Discounts?
Yes, we offer a10% discount for all multiple same household dogs and for all past clients
with their new dog!
Do you accept payments?
Occasionally, although only by special permission with 1/2 paid on
week one of class, the remaining 1/2 paid by week 3
What is the duration of class?
We meet one day per week
for 9 weeks, each class is 2 hours long
When are the next available starting dates?
Current starting dates
are listed on our registration form page
What time of day are classes usually held?
7-9 pm Winter classes
6-8 pm Spring and Summer classes although times may vary throughout year
What is your location for your classes?
Meridian and Nampa- Specific
location sent to registrants ONLY
What towns do you offer classes?
Nampa and Meridian-- only
Do you accept Bully Breeds?
Yes we accept all breeds of dogs!
Do you allow unaltered dogs in class? (Not
What services do you offer?
group classes and private training. No board and train offered
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