Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We have answers to frequently asked questions about our Protection Dog and Service Dog Training services and more. Let's work together to create a positive and effective training journey for your dog.

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Some of Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you may have many questions when it comes to training your beloved dog. That's why we've compiled a comprehensive list of the most frequently asked questions by dog owners. If your question isn't addressed here, or if you'd prefer a personal conversation, we're just a call away. Reach us at (305) 781-1231.


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basic and advanced dog obedience Dog Training

Basic obedience training for dogs includes teaching them essential commands like sit, stay, come, down, and heel. It also involves behavior modification to rectify issues like jumping, barking, and leash pulling.

Advanced obedience training builds on the basic skills, incorporating complex commands and behaviors, such as walking off-leash, obeying commands at a distance, and handling distractions.

Obedience training is crucial for maintaining a harmonious relationship between you and your dog. It ensures your dog's safety, reduces behavior issues, promotes mental stimulation, and facilitates easier vet visits or grooming sessions.

Basic training covers essential commands and behaviors, while advanced training introduces more complex tasks and higher levels of discipline and control.

Training can begin as early as 8 weeks old, focusing on simple commands and socialization. However, formal obedience training is generally recommended around the age of 6 months.

Generally, dogs can start advanced obedience training after mastering the basics, usually around 1 year old. However, it varies depending on individual progress.

Key basic commands your dog should learn include: sit, stay, down, come, and heel.

Skills include off-leash control, precision and distance in command execution, and complex tasks like directional commands (left, right, back).

Training duration varies based on the dog's age, temperament, and prior training experience. Generally, a dog can learn basic commands within a few weeks of consistent training.

At DogMaster K9 LLC, we employ positive reinforcement techniques, where we reward good behavior and ignore or redirect undesirable actions.

We continue to use positive reinforcement, focusing on consistency, repetition, and gradually increasing the complexity and challenge of the tasks.

Advanced training enhances your dog's discipline, mental stimulation, and adaptability to various situations. It strengthens your bond and allows more freedom for the dog.

Yes, dogs must master the basic commands and exhibit good behavior before progressing to advanced training.

After completing advanced training, you can expect your dog to respond reliably to commands, even in distracting environments. Your dog will also be capable of performing more complex tasks and will exhibit good behavior both at home and in public.

Consistency and repetition are key for reinforcing training at home. Use the same commands and reward system as we do in class for continuity.

We offer both private lessons for individual attention and group classes for socialization and distraction training.

Yes, we offer both. Private lessons provide one-on-one attention and can be tailored to your dog's needs. Group classes offer the added benefit of socialization and distraction training.

Bring a leash, your dog's favorite treats or toys for motivation, and poop bags for clean-up.

Progress is often seen in improved behavior at home and in public, as well as successful command execution.

Consistent practice is vital. Incorporate the commands and behaviors learned in advanced training into your daily routine with your dog. Use rewards to reinforce these behaviors, and keep training sessions short but regular.

Protection Dog Training

Protection dog training is a type of dog training that teaches dogs to protect their owners from harm. This type of training is often used by law enforcement officers, security guards, and people who live in high-crime areas.

The cost of training a protection dog can vary significantly depending on various factors such as the dog's breed, age, current training level, and the specific protection skills required. On average, professional training for protection dogs can range from $1,000 to over $10,000. For a more precise estimate, please contact us directly with details about your dog and your specific needs.

While basic obedience training can begin as soon as a puppy is old enough to focus and follow instructions, specialized protection training generally starts when a dog is around one to two years old. This is because the training can be physically demanding, and the dog needs to be mature enough to handle it.

Not all dogs are suited for protection work. Certain breeds are more inclined towards protective behaviors, but more importantly, the individual dog's temperament, physical ability, and motivation are crucial factors. Before starting any protection training, we recommend an evaluation to determine if your dog is a good fit for this type of work.

It's crucial to differentiate between aggression and protective behavior. An aggressive dog may not be a good candidate for protection training as it can pose a risk to other dogs, people, and even its handler. It's important to address aggression issues with appropriate behavior modification training before considering protection training.

While any breed can be trained for basic protective behaviors, some breeds tend to excel in this area due to their physical characteristics and temperament. These breeds often include German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Rottweilers, Dobermans, and Boxers. However, the most important factor is the individual dog's temperament and aptitude for training, not just the breed.

Protection dog training involves teaching a dog to respond in a specific way to perceived threats to its handler or home. Training includes obedience, agility, tracking, and defensive techniques. A well-trained protection dog should be able to distinguish between normal and threatening situations and respond appropriately.

While it's possible to train your own dog, we strongly recommend seeking the assistance of a professional, especially for protection training. This is because protection training requires a thorough understanding of canine behavior and precise control to ensure the dog is safe and reliable.

The duration of training can vary based on the dog's breed, age, current obedience level, and the specific skills you want your dog to learn. Generally, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to train a protection dog effectively. Consistency, repetition, and positive reinforcement are key factors in successful training.

Consistency is indeed key in dog training. For the best results, training sessions should typically be short but frequent, usually around 15-30 minutes a day. However, some breeds are capable of longer training sessions. This frequency can vary depending on your dog's age, energy level, and attention span. In order to ensure the most effective training process, we offer personalized training schedules that best suit the needs of both you and your dog.

There are many benefits to protection dog training. A protection dog can provide a sense of security and peace of mind for its owner. It can also deter criminals from targeting the owner. In addition, a protection dog can be a valuable asset for law enforcement officers and security guards.

There are several factors to consider when owning a protection dog. While they provide a high level of security, there are inherent risks. A well-trained protection dog is taught to respond aggressively in specific situations, and if control is lost, this could potentially result in injury to others. Liability issues could also arise if your dog attacks someone, leading to potential legal repercussions.

Additionally, owning a protection dog requires significant commitment. These dogs need regular and ongoing training to ensure they remain disciplined and well-adjusted. This process can be time-consuming and expensive, so it's crucial to be prepared for the long-term responsibilities.

Lastly, not every environment is suitable for a protection dog. If you live in a densely populated area or if your dog frequently encounters strangers, there's an increased chance of a misunderstanding or misinterpretation of threat signals.

It's highly recommended to research extensively, choose a reputable trainer, and understand the obligations involved before committing to owning and training a protection dog.

Service Dog Training

A service dog is a type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental health conditions, seizure disorders, mobility impairment, and diabetes. They are trained to perform tasks that their handlers cannot do because of a disability.

A service dog, according to the ADA, is specifically a dog that can be of any breed or size. This dog is trained to perform tasks directly related to an individual's disability. These tasks vary based on the person's specific needs, and the dog is trained accordingly.

Importantly, service dogs are not required by law to be certified or go through a professional training program. This means that while you may choose to certify your service dog or have it go through a professional training program like ours, you are not legally required to do so.

Additionally, service animals are not required to wear a vest or any other identification that indicates they're a service dog. However, many owners choose to do so for public clarity and to prevent unnecessary confrontations or misunderstandings.

Lastly, it's important to distinguish service dogs from emotional support or comfort dogs. While both types of dogs provide significant benefits to their owners, emotional support or comfort dogs are not considered service dogs under the ADA. This is because providing emotional support or comfort is not a task directly related to a person's disability as defined by the ADA.

Service dogs, according to the ADA, are not required by law to wear a vest or any other identification that indicates they're a service dog. However, many handlers do use these tools to signify that the dog is a service animal.



The ADA doesn’t regulate air travel. However, the Air Carrier Access Act allows service animals to accompany their handlers in the cabin of an aircraft.

While the ADA generally requires businesses to allow service animals in public areas, it does not override local health department regulations that prohibit dogs in certain areas where food is prepared. It's important to note that some restaurant and/or store policies may also set their own guidelines regarding service animals, which may differ from the general ADA requirements.

Before visiting any establishments with your service animal, it is best to research their specific policies to avoid any potential issues. Here are a few examples:

  1. Supermarkets: Some supermarkets may have specific rules regarding service animals, especially in areas like produce sections or near open food displays. (ex: Publix Service Animal Policy)

  2. Restaurants: While service animals must be allowed in customer areas, they may not be permitted in food preparation areas due to local health regulations.

  3. Public Transportation: Policies can vary by company and region, so it's essential to check if any specific rules apply to service animals on buses, trains, or other types of public transport.

By understanding and respecting these guidelines, you can ensure a smoother experience when visiting different places with your service animal.

Additional Sources:
ADA Requirements: Service Animals
Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA




Yes, a business can ask a person with a disability to remove their service animal if the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, or if the dog is not housebroken. Otherwise, the animal must be allowed to accompany the person with a disability.



No, a business cannot charge a fee for a service animal. Service animals must be allowed to accompany their handler at no additional cost.



No, under the ADA, hotels and other places of lodging must modify their "no pets" policy to allow service animals in all areas where guests are allowed to go.



While many breeds can be trained as service dogs, the most common include Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds. However, the suitability of a dog for service work depends more on its individual temperament and ability than on its breed.

The training duration for a service dog can vary greatly depending on the specific tasks the dog needs to perform. However, on average, it takes between 6 months to 2 years of consistent training to fully train a service dog. This includes both task-specific training and public access training.


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