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What does an e-collar feel like?

An e-collar—short for electronic collar—is a wonderful communication tool for advancing and building on obedience as well as off leash reliability. High quality e-collars use TENS units, which in effect is a muscle stimulator. At a low to mid working level, it can feel like a pulsing or tingling sensation. At higher levels, this sensation becomes more prominent. Using this tool properly and introducing it gradually to learn a dog’s “working level” prevents the dog to have adverse reactions to it and will not hurt your dog. This tool can easily be misused if not under the guidance of a professional dog trainer or can be introduced improperly. Our trainers will only use high quality e-collars under our specific list of brands (E-Collar Tech, Dogtra, Garmin). A properly used e-collar is a safe and efficient mode of communication especially when working with off leash communication.

What is the purpose of a prong collar?

A prong collar is an effective training tool to communicate on leash. The collar's design is made so pressure ie evenly distributed around the neck, rather than targeting one specific area. A prong collar is meant for quick short corrections in order to regain a dog's attention.

Which types of animals does Mannered Mutts Training, LLC train?

We have experienced staff and are able to take on a variety of temperaments, breeds, sizes, ages and behaviors. During your consultation, you will be able to express any issues, concerns and your training goals with the trainer and they will be able to find the right program for you and your dog!

What should I bring for my dog's board and train?

You should bring enough food for your dog's entire stay. You can also bring blankets, beds, toys that they can have in the crate as long as they don't have destructive or chewing tendencies. You can also bring treats or any special food for them that you would want. If your dog is currently on any medication, you will want to bring that as well for the entire duration of their stay so we can make sure that remains consistent.

Which kind of training tools do you use?

We use martingales, slip and prong collars, high quality e-collars, Starmarks and others. We also have an array of muzzles that we fit for the dogs here. Every dog is different with unique needs and there is no "one size fits all". We want to make sure whatever tool we use is going to be the best fit for your dog.

What vaccinations are required for my pet's training stay?

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What is expected from me?

While our trainers will bulid the foundation needed for your dog to have all the skills necessary, consistency, owner commitment and follow through will be needed from you. Whether you're doing private lessons or a board and train, your trainer will make sure that you have all the information needed to keep up with training while at home. Your follow through is imperative to the success of your dog's training?

Who will be training my dog?

You can find our trainers under the Meet the Trainers tab!

How far will a trainer travel?

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Do you offer a guarantee?

There are so many variables that come from a well-trained dog that it would be misleading for us to offer a 100% guarantee. While we strive to set every dog and owner up for success, we need equal pars of commitment from the owner as well.

I want to set up a consult! What should I expect?

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What is your method of training?

We utilize what is called “balanced training” which involves the use of both reward-based techniques and corrections. Using rewards to capture and shape the behavior we are trying to achieve and building on that knowledge. Once the dog has an understanding of what is expected, understands how to follow leash guidance and lures, we will introduce a correction for undesired behaviors. This is important to create a well-balanced dog on teaching them what they should or should not do.


Before introducing corrections to commands and behaviors the dog understands, we start by teaching and introducing a dog to leash pressure, something the dog is able to control and turn “off”. By teaching them to follow this pressure and what desirable behaviors turn it off allows the dog to have the motivation to work for the rewards and perform the behaviors we want more consistently by understanding that there are . This allows us to move to a more variable reinforcement schedule with our rewards overtime. Through this process, the dog is able to learn in various situations that pressure or corrections are applied for undesired behaviors we would want to redirect to more positive ones, so they can understand the process and earn a reward.  

collars under our specific list of brands (E-Collar Tech, Dogtra, Garmin). A properly used e-collar is a safe and efficient mode of communication especially when working with off leash communication.