Q: What areas do you serve?

A: We are conveniently located in Warrenton, Oregon and service the entire Columbia-Pacific Region, including Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Seaside, Gearhart, Hammond, and Astoria in Oregon and the Long Beach Penninsula in Washington.

Q: What if I need to cancel or reschedule an appointment?

A:  Please give as much advance notice as possible, but no less than 24 hours if you need to reschedule an appointment.  The dog owner understands that failure to give 24 hours notice by phone or email can result in Mod. Dogs counting a lesson as completed with session price owed for the missed lesson.

Q:  Do you provide behavior consultations for dogs with aggression, extreme fearfulness or shyness, separation anxiety, or other complex behavioral issues?

A: At this time Mod. Dogs does not offer consultations for serious behavioral issues like aggression, extreme fearfulness, or separation anxiety. We will happily provide referrals to the area’s skilled Certified Behavior Consultant, Expert Canine.

Q: What is positive reinforcement training?

A: Positive reinforcement, one of the 4 principles of Operant Conditioning developed by BF Skinner. We teach a desired behavior (sit, down, etc.)  by providing a rewarding consequence (food, toy, praise) when the behavior is given (i.e. “sit” means I get a cookie!).  It is much easier to elicit desired behaviors, and extinguish undesired ones, when this type of training is used vs. the “old-fashioned” training of force and punishment if a dog doesn’t do what the trainer wants, not to mention that it is much more fun and rewarding for you and your dog!

Q: What is a clicker and why do you use it?

A: A clicker, also known as a “reward marker,” is a signal to the dog that he has just performed a rewardable behavior.  Because of the novel, consistent sound of the clicker, the dog learns quickly that the sound means a reward (usually a treat, but sometimes a toy or play) is coming, and that he just did something to earn the reward.  This is great for training new behaviors.  For dogs with sound sensitivity or owners who find using a clicker cumbersome, an alternative to the clicker is a verbal marker, like the word “Yes!”   

Q: I just adopted an adult dog from a local shelter/rescue. Can my adult dog still benefit from basic manners training?

A: Yes (and congratulations)!  With positive training methods, a dog of any age or breed can learn and benefit from training.  Mod. Dogs owner, Elise Patrick, has trained multiple adult dogs of various breeds and various levels of prior training, and all have been successful in their learning.