Frequent Questions

Welcome to our FAQ page, where you can read and ask dog training questions about potty training, leash training, how to stop problem behaviors such as barking, jumping, and more.

You can also learn about the Mann's Best Friend proven programs and principles!

  1. We have a proven track record at L.A. School for Dogs in Westlake Village, California. Every three to six weeks approximately 15-20 dogs graduate this program!
  2. These courses will show you step-by-step using REAL untrained dogs, in REAL training environments, yielding REAL results! 
  3. No other training program teaches my proprietary methods and philosophies, using Dog Speak, Body Language and the Five Senses. In order to teach dogs our language, it is essential that we first learn a bit of theirs!
  4. Your dog should walk next to you without pulling!
  5. There is a plan to get your dog off of food rewards by the end of the training.
  6. Your dog should become responsive to your first requests.
  7. Your dog should become tolerant to significant distractions (dog dependent). 
  8. We have a set curriculum, order and time frame in which you should achieve success.

No. Clickers are great for things such as teaching complex tricks because they can help you mark micro-movements by your dog. However, in my experience clients find it too cumbersome for general training of obedience. And it is not necessary since you are able to accomplish the same thing simply by saying the word “yes!” as your dog does something right!

While each dog will be different, the fastest way is to begin with crate training, and gradually expand the space in which your dog can be trusted over time. It’s possible to have your puppy somewhat reliable between 5 and 7 months of age. This is a very loose estimate due to differences in bladder sizes, feeding schedule and parenting.

This is the most complete and fastest way to stop bad behaviors, and build a rock solid relationship with your dog.

Most dog training goals or problems can be narrowed down to some basic principles.

And if you allow it, these programs will point out what you as humans are doing to inadvertently train and reinforce the very negative behaviors you are trying to eliminate!

In my experience dogs are easy because I understand them and their language, speak in their language and then teach them ours.  I will teach you to do the same. 

You do not have to use a crate to house train your dog but there are some things to consider:
Do you have the time to oversee your puppy every second to prevent mistakes and bed habits from forming? If not you need a crate, playpen, or section of laundry room to place puppy when you cannot be watching him. Once puppies discover that they can get away with raiding the trash can for scraps you cannot undo that pleasure! 

Do you plan on traveling with, or sending your dog to grooming or the vet at anytime in their lives? If so, they should be taught to become content in a crate.

A very young puppy will soil anywhere outside of it’s immediate sleeping space so a crate will allow you to get him holding it until you take him outside.

Remember: As long as you are giving your puppy plenty of exercise and taking him out for potty and play time multiple times per day, there is little reason not to allow him his naps in a crate. Four hours is the maximum time your puppy should spend in a crate.

This is a really good question because it addresses the communication gap between a dogs language and ours!

So often people come in to training with the complaint that their puppy won’t listen! Now I don’t know about you but when I was an infant I knew very FEW words!

So how can you know if your dog is understanding what you are saying?

Answer: There are too many variables in this question but you will definitely want to first be sure to teach your dog by completing hundreds of repetitions especially in similar situations where you are mostly going to be expecting him to listen and comply.

We address this point of training in the Proven Eight Week Program where we KNOW our dogs have learned something and now it is up to us to convince our dog that we expect consistent responses regardless of the situation.

Children under the age of 12 have difficulty with their own impulses and consistency so if children are doing actual training it should be with the guidance and supervision of an adult. Adults should think of their role as coach or referee who sets the rules of play, calls for fouls and time-outs and provides adequate protections and quiet-time for pets as well as children.

Children can really benefit from the structure of feeding, cleaning and walking responsibilities, and they offer the necessary socialization of dogs to a bustling atmosphere! Be sure to teach children appropriate ways of petting and handling!

Simple tricks and commands that are easy for children to try can include sit, paw, and so-on and they are fun to share with friends!

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