Top Five Questions
To Ask Before You Hire A Dog Trainer

Methods | Experience | Guarantees | Long Term Success | Relationship

What methods will the trainer use?

At Open Range our trainers are versed in all kinds of training techniques and methods.

Clarity Training Style

Open Range uses the Clarity style of positive reinforcement training. Clarity focuses on clear and simple communication techniques that work best for each specific K9 team (family/handler + K9).

Clarity training always succeeds because it is flexible. 

Training The Dog In Front Of You

We will be able to train each dog that comes to us because ORA trainers train the dog in front of them. 

This means that ORA trainers will adapt the very best training approach to be sure that you have a training method that is right for you that will help you succeed in the long term. 

Other training companies focus on short-term goals that only work with their style so that they can justify their hourly rate.

It’s important to have a trainer who can listen to you as a client and work within your parameters for you and your dog. It is also important that your trainer can operate within those parameters successfully. ORA trainers work with the dog in a variety of ways to meet both the family needs and the K9-specific characteristics.

E-Collar Companies

Most nationwide franchise companies use e-collar methods only. This is a lazy and damaging technique used by inexperienced trainers. This method is used because it is easy for any “trainer” to teach and so it is easy for franchisees to hire low-cost, inexperienced, “trainers” to run a K9 class. 

Avoid these companies at all cost, or your pup will be paying for it in the end.

“The best training method is the one that bonds the K9 with the family. Trainers who apply themselves to one ideological training style often ignore key opportunities to improve a K9 team because they care more about their style than they do about the K9 Family bond.”

Dawn Scott – Clarity Training Founder

What experience does your trainer have?

Open Range trainers go beyond what any other companies can offer because of our unique platform and proprietary approach to K9 training.

ORA trainers can have up to 14 different certificates which take 1-2 years to complete. Most ORA trainers are certified service dog trainers, so you know, you are only working with the best.

ORA trainers are independent, unique, and each is exceptionally qualified in a variety of training disciplines.

ORA contracts with the top 5% of K9 training specialists in the US.

When working with franchise K9 companies, you usually know what type of training you will get. But did you know the average franchise trainer only has 2 weeks of training, on one style of mediocre and often outdated training method, before they begin teaching you (for $200+/hr). It’s criminal really.

When working with independent trainers you may have no idea what to expect until after you have started your training sessions.

ORA Nationwide Fusion Trainer Network

ORA has a huge network of professional service and family K9 trainers all over the US that can lend ideas and expertise to help you be successful for your family and your dog. 

What guarantee's does your dog trainer offer?

A dog training company that offers a guarantee? That’s unheard of. Open Range offers training guarantees on every program we offer; online, in-person workshops, board-and-trains, etc.

If you are struggling to work with a trainer or if things are just not right, we will fix that! Our training network will allow us to find a better fit to help you and your dog. 

ORA will keep working with you until you have achieved the desired result of your enrolled program.

What type of long-term success can you expect?

At Open Range we are with you! We know that dog training is a long process and can only be done with diligence over time. 

The ORA platform is unique, the majority of programs offered through ORA include a lifetime group trainer for you. Our trainers will be there in a month and our trainers will be there in 2 years. Any questions you have, we are there for you.

The one-hour training session is an outdated and insufficient method of K9 training.

True success comes from your comprehension and application as the K9 handler and that often takes small baby steps over an extended period of time.

As experienced service K9 trainers, ORA knows what it takes to create stable and consistent results in the most difficult of situations. What you need to understand as a K9 owner is that this consistency is required for all K9s, not just service K9s. 

The science of training a K9 to behave appropriately in a human environment is more complicated than “sit”, “stay”, or “down”. 

K9s require routine, and as the owner, you must learn how to facilitate an appropriate bonding routine that requires a lot more time than a one-hour session can offer.

Does the trainer focus on relationship?

At Open Range we know that dog training is relationship building and bonding, period.

A good trainer can work with you for an hour and help you to get your pup to “sit”, but this information does not translate into long-term success with your K9.

Your pups’ behavior in each environment will be unique. As your pup goes through different maturity stages, their behavior will evolve. Your bond with the K9 and your understanding of K9 behavior will help you to achieve results in all situations.

ORA trainers focus on giving you the ability to grow a great relationship with your dog. This way, in the future, you can train, explore, and learn together. 

ORA is the only company that offers training programs that assist you in all life stages of your training needs.

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