FAQ

dO YOU WORK WITH ALL BREEDS?

Yes. 

Do you work with aggressive dogs?

Yes - in fact more than half of all dogs we see have dog aggression/reactivity and/or human aggression/reactivity. The first step is determining what the cause of the problem is, and then creating a roadmap to fix the issues. 

where can i find a quality german shepherd breeder?

Unfortunately, the German Shepherd (GSD) breed has been put through the ringer of bad breeding throughout the years. Due to its popularity, it has become a target for hip & elbow dysphasia, digestive problems, and a whole slew of other issues. As a FREE service to anyone, if you are in the market for a German Shepherd puppy, please give us a call. We will put you in touch with reputable breeders that have a history of producing quality GSD lines without health problems that are sociable, trainable and all around a good representation of the breed.

are you insured?

Definitely.

how early do you start puppy training?

16 Weeks - but you can start earlier.  If you are going to pay us, it makes more sense to start at 16 weeks once the brain is more developed and they are a little less ADHD.

how can I become a dog trainer?

Its tough to get into the world of dog training.  My advice - read everything you can about it, volunteer your time with a pro, intern, ask questions, trial and error.

What payment do you accept?

Cash, Checks, VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover.  Most programs require a non-refundable deposit to secure your spot in our calendar. 

do you train dogs on weekends?

We are not open to the public on weekends, but do work with dogs in our Stay & Train program.

what are your hours? 

We start at 9am.  Last call for evening appointments is 5:30pm. 

 

Is your building secure?

Yes!  Our building meets all Department of Defense / Department of Agriculture standards.  We have state of the art kennels as well as monitored controlled access.  As of April 2018, we partnered with EPS Security for monitored fire protection and security.  We have 24/7 video of the facility and grounds!

do you offer boarding?

Yes. $30/day ($35/day during holidays). To our knowledge - we are the least expensive boarding option in West Michigan where the dogs still get out of the kennels for playtime and fun.

Can you train any dog for protection?

We will need to find out.  We look at dozens of puppies for our protection program to find the perfect candidate.  Generally, most dogs are not capable of doing protection.  However, we can do an evaluation to find out!  If you haven't purchased a puppy yet -- let us help!

do you train service dogs?

Have we done it before? Yes, a handful of times. Is it a focus for us right now? Absolutely not. We receive around 20 dogs per year from surrenders. Of those dogs, maybe 1 or 2 have the 'right stuff' (health, age, temperament, sociability, trainability and drive), to do service work. It goes back to the example of the German Shepherd. Just because you have a GSD, it doesn't mean that dog would do well as a patrol/narcotics dog for a Police Department. Every dog is different, thus a thorough evaluation of that dog is required to determine if it could be re-purposed into a service dog role. If we have any service dogs in training, you will see them posted on the Available Dogs page. 

CAN YOU TRAIN MY DOG AS A SERVICE DOG?

We can provide an evaluation to see if they have the 'right stuff' for service work - again it all depends on the dog. Most dogs (99/100) are not service dog quality. If you need a trainer immediately visit the Association of Professional Dog Trainers - https://apdt.com and find someone near you that can help. 

What is with the LOF Defence products on your store page?

We wanted to partner with the best companies out there for K9 equipment - and LOF Defence produces some of the best products on the market. As of January 2018, we are the only distributor for LOF Defence products in the United States. 

Do you sell every product that LOF Defence makes?

The short answer is yes. Give us a call if you need products from their website - www.lofdefence.ca

CAN I SURRENDER MY DOG TO YOU?

Traditionally we have taken in surrenders for many reasons - trained/fixed them and then gave them away. We saw the number of surrenders skyrocket in 2017, and while we enjoy taking a problem dog, fixing it and finding a good home for it, we are also a business. We were spending a lot of payroll hours training dogs that were ultimately given away for free. Our policy for 2018 is this - if you need to surrender your dog, we will evaluate it and determine if it could be put into a working role. That job could be a detector dog (arson, narcotics, explosives, bed bugs, SAR). If the dog has potential for police work (and most do not), then we would take them into our police canine program. If the dog doesn't have the drive to have a job, but they don't have many issues, we will take them in to re-home them. If the dog has no potential to work, and has many many issues, then we will not take the dog. 

What is your canine procurement program?

We are looking for untrained working line dogs that have the potential for a Specialized Search and Detection (SSD) role, Military Working Dog (MWD), and Police role. If you breed Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, or German Shepherds, we should talk. We will buy your dogs, foster them and train them for these roles.