Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why should you train your dog at all?
2. Why can’t I just train my dog myself?
3. What is dog training, will my dog just learn to sit, or is there more?
4. Are there any other results I can expect from doing training with my dog?
5. How do you select a trainer?
6. When should you train your dog?
7. How old should your dog be to start training?
8. What if I’ve been told not to take my dog anywhere until it has all its shots?
9. Do you guarantee your training?
10. What methods do you use?
11. If I use food in training, will my dog only respond if I have food?
12. Do I have to be mean to my dog?
13. How do I decide what type of training I need?
14. Why choose “I Said Sit!” as your dog trainer?

 1. Why should you train your dog at all?

It is imperative for your dog to learn properly, and besides, owning a well-behaved dog is a true pleasure. They live for your approval and time spent with you, but all dogs require education, discipline and structure if they are to be in a social setting, including around family, friends, and strangers they will encounter outside of the home. Good manners are a matter of training. Dogs are happier and love training and you’ll be happier and love having a dog that’s properly trained.

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 2. Why can’t I just train my dog myself?

This is not recommended based on the calls we frequently receive from people who want help fixing bad behaviors that have resulted from improper training methods. A dog learns from the time it is born, so if it learns something wrong, it is much harder for the dog to unlearn that behavior. If you teach your dog properly right from the start it will always know the right way. The guidance of an expert dog trainer with knowledge of proven, effective and current methods will produce results faster and easier than if you do it on your own.

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 3. What is dog training, will my dog just learn to sit, or is there more?

Teaching your dog to listen to you, to sit, lay down, come when you call it are certainly a big part of dog training, but you can expect a lot more. You will be able to communicate with your dog better. It will know when you are pleased and not pleased with it. It will be all around more manageable and easier to deal with on a daily basis.

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 4. Are there any other results I can expect from doing training with my dog?

Yes. You should expect your dog to be calmer and more responsive in general. In most cases dogs are less anxious, quieter and more relaxed. We also find other benefits like less barking and whining, and even things like chewing and scratching on themselves have disappeared.

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 5. How do you select a trainer?

Since there are no qualifications or requirements for Professional Dog Trainers, this is a very difficult question. Because you are likely to work closely with your trainer for a long time, find someone you are comfortable with. Meet with them and have them meet your dog. Watch them work with their own dog and with other clients’ dogs. Check how long they have been training. Get references from their clients and from kennels, vets and groomers.

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 6. When should you train your dog?

It is always suggested to bring a trainer to the scene immediately upon getting your dog. That way you avoid your dog developing bad habits before you realize it. Your dog is learning all the time whether you are teaching it or not. If you aren’t teaching your dog what you want it to learn, your dog is figuring out the best solutions for himself. The best thing you can do for your dog is to work with a qualified trainer immediately when the dog joins your family. This way the dog will learn what you want right from the beginning.

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 7. How old should your dog be to start training?

Each day your dog is learning and it’s best if they aren’t learning the wrong things. Dogs learn differently at different ages. Young dogs should have enriching positively oriented training so that learning is fun right from the start. Probably the most important thing is to not expect too much of your puppy too soon; however we suggest you start your training program with us before you even get your new puppy by observing a puppy class at “I Said Sit!”.

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 8. What if I’ve been told not to take my dog anywhere until it has all its shots?

It is vital that the dog be properly socialized and this must be done before the dog is three to four months old. It is unfortunate that more dogs are put down due to fear based behavior problems than are ever lost due to illness from socializing. In fact many vets think early exposure increases immunity. We suggest that you undertake an active program to accustom your dog to different things after its first round of vaccinations. If you have been told not to take your dog out until it has all its shots please click below to go to several articles about socializing written by Jonathan and veterinarians.

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 9. Do you guarantee your training?

It is impossible to guarantee a training program that has the variables of your dog’s temperament, previous life experiences, and the input of different people who interact with your dog. However, you will always see an improvement in your dog with a proper training program.

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 10. What methods do you use?

For behavior problems, we use a cause-based rather than symptom-based approach. You can count on a much longer lasting solution when you approach the cause of a problem. We also make a point of teaching your dog what we want it to do rather than what we don’t want it to do. For obedience lessons, training includes motivation, praise, play and proper guidance.

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 11. If I use food in training, will my dog only respond if I have food?

There is no one way that works with all dogs. If your dog likes food it provides a great motivation and a great reward. Additionally, your dog has to eat, and most people feed the dog without incorporating training. We always suggest a feeding routine that includes a few lessons. That way you are actually letting the dog earn food you were going to give it anyway for free. And we teach your dog to respond to praise even when you don’t have food.

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 12. Do I have to be mean to my dog?

No! I never suggest any type of confrontation or punishment in my training programs. We also work to avoid confusing the dog. Instead, we believe in adding structure and leadership. These qualities actually make the dog more comfortable.

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 13. How do I decide what type of training I need?

We like to speak with every prospective client personally so we can assess your needs and really get to know what is going on with your dog. Whether you need help with housebreaking, puppy evaluation or something more complex, we will evaluate your dog, discuss how you envision your dog behaving in your home and in public, then recommend an ideal program tailored to your needs.

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 14. Why choose “I Said Sit!” as your dog trainer?

Because training your dog should be a pleasure and “I Said Sit!” makes that happen here in Los Angeles. We were voted “Best Dog Trainer in Los Angeles on myfoxla. Like you, we love dogs and we really care about what is the best for your dog. We are firmly convinced that positive training can change and enhance a dog’s life – and yours.

Jonathan Klein’s “I Said Sit!” has an outstanding reputation in the Los Angeles dog training community and is consistently recommended as the “go to” dog and puppy trainer by veterinarians, kennels, groomers, clients and even other trainers throughout West Los Angeles from Brentwood to Westchester to Mar Vista. Jonathan’s training methods are based on over 40 years of personal experience working with thousands of dogs and their owners. All of the “I Said Sit!” staff is personally trained by Jonathan to provide optimal training for your dog and to ensure the highest level of customer service.

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