Frequently Asked Questions
On June 11th, 2022 the Ontario Ministry of Health lifted provincial masking requirements. While SWEETGRASS DOGS doesn’t require the use of face coverings for training sessions, we are happy to wear a mask while working 1-1 for our clients’ comfort when requested.
If you test positive for Covid-19 or suspect you have been exposed, please err on the side of caution and reach out to re-schedule your session.
what methods do you use?
SWEETGRASS DOGS uses the scientifically proven method of positive reinforcement and we strive to keep our skills up-to-date through continued education. Being certified through the CCPDT, means adhering to their Standards of Practice and LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) Effective Behavior Intervention Policy.
what equipment do you use?
Our preferred pieces of equipment are a well-fitted harness with front and back clip attachment along with a 6-8ft flat leash. For certain exercises, we will swap out our regular leash for a long-line (15-30ft). We won’t use any equipment that will cause your dog discomfort.
WILL YOU WORK WITH ME if i have used other methods or equipment?
Of course! We understand that many factors can cause owners to use aversive equipment or methods, including guidance from a trusted individual, peer pressure or even just simple frustration. If you are open to following our methods, SWEETGRASS DOGS is happy to help.
where will training sessions take place?
SWEETGRASS DOGS doesn’t have a physical location, so all training sessions will take place either in your home or at an agreed upon location.
do you use food in training?
You bet! The effectiveness of food when training dogs (and all animals for that matter) has been well-documented over the years. While dogs may have slight variations in how rewarding they find food, the overall consensus is that at their core, all animals are food-motivated.
isn’t food a bribe?
It can be, which is why timing is so important in dog training. SWEETGRASS DOGS will teach you how to reward your dog accurately so you never have to say “they only do it when they know I have a treat”
when can i stop using treats?
While phasing out food rewards may be possible for certain simple behaviours, phasing out rewards all-together is not. Keep in mind, rewards can come in a number of ways – food, toys, attention – and provide invaluable feedback for our dogs. Without that feedback, our dogs’ good behaviours can begin to backslide. Reward what you want to see repeated!
THINK OF IT THIS WAY: At your job you are being praised and paid well for your work. A few weeks go by and suddenly the pay drops off… even though you’re still doing the same amount of work and receiving praise. You continue working for a short while, expecting the pay to resume. But it doesn’t. Do you keep working? Probably not!