Frequently asked questions

What is your training methodology?

We practice balanced dog training every day to lead people and their dogs to a brighter life. This means that we use lots of positive reinforcement to teach dogs new things. We also enforce the use of properly timed and applied punishment to stop unwanted behavior. A structured life has so many benefits, not just for your dog, but for your whole family! I'll guide you every step of the way!

Which types of tools do you use to train dogs?

We utilize the tools that are working for thousands of dog owners around the world. Prong collars, remote collars, clickers, long leashes, short leashes, bonkers, crates, and tons of food are most of the tools we use every day. We also use the environment to train dogs. We want the dogs that work with us to be able to handle any real world scenario that your family may encounter on a regular basis, so we expose them to things that fit your lifestyle.

Why should I hire Sunshine K9 Training?

By teaching you how to effectively communicate with your dog, we help you accomplish all of your pet dog training needs. We can teach you how to reward your dog at the right time and use properly timed punishments to stop unwanted behaviors. Many trainers avoid the use of punishment when training dogs, but we believe that when properly applied, it can save your dogs life. We will guide you through each step of the training process and continue to provide support after you and your dog complete training. What we do gets real results! Check out our social media pages to see what we're up to and what we've accomplished.

Does my dog need any vaccinations to work with you?

Your dog should be up to date with rabies, Bordatella and distemper. Proof of these vaccinations is required before in person sessions are scheduled. Your dog should be free of fleas or parasites that are spread through contact such as ringworm. If you know your dog has these issues and are dishonest about them, training will stop immediately, and no refunds will be issued. We value the safety of our own pets and the pets of other clients.

How can you hire us?

Check out our services page to see what training package you are interested in. Then fill out our contact form. Briefly describe the issues you are having with your dog and what we can help with and we will email or call you within 24 hours to schedule your first session.

Will I have homework?

Yes! Dog training is a lifestyle. We will give you all the information you need to be successful once we hand the leash back to you. Practicing after our lessons will help you maintain what your dog has learned. If you're struggling with something, reach out to us so we can address your issues and solve the problem. Repetition is very important. When we assign homework after a session, it is up to you to follow through to get the best results from our training.

Is my dog too young or too old to train?

Everything you do with your dog is training, from the first moment you pet them, to daily feedings, walks, and just hanging out at home. We can start training puppies to learn new things at 8 weeks old. Most dogs are never too old to learn new things and to break bad habits! With a dedicated owner, dogs of any age can accomplish so much!

What is your payment and/or refund policy?

A 25% deposit is required to reserve all programs. Payment for one-on one sessions is due in full before programs begin. A 50% deposit is required for ALL Board & Train reservations. Failure to do so will not reserve your spot in the program. Full payment is due upon Sunshine K9 Training receiving your dog for a Board & Train Program. Sunshine K9 Training will continue to provide support in the event that issues arise once training is through. No refunds will be issued on account of owner dissatisfaction. All deposits for one-on-one programs and Board and Train programs are non-refundable.

What does a typical day look like for dogs that are boarding?

When your dog boards with us, they stay in our home and become a part of our pack. Dogs sleep in separate crates at night and are crated when unattended. Cameras allow us to keep an eye on all of the dogs in the kennel room when we are not close by. They have scheduled meal times and potty times. Each board & train dog is worked with a minimum of 3 sessions per day, not including play/potty/meal time which are separate. Training sessions are spread out throughout the day. When dogs aren't playing, actively training, eating or sleeping, they are out and about with us learning to behave politely as part of the family. One to two days a week, dogs are not actively being trained, but have their normal meal/potty and socialization times. Both people and dogs need a day off now and then, but we keep the rules the same, even when your dog has the day off. Dogs in training will have opportunities to go on public outings to Decatur Square, pet stores, home improvement stores and public parks around the Atlanta area. We do not take dogs to dog parks to play with unknown dogs - this is non-negotiable. If your dog has been through a training program and is just boarding with us while you're away, they'll be included in our day to day activities and will occasionally accompany us on outings. They follow the same schedule as our dogs in training. Above all, your dog is part of our family while they are here. It's our job to guide them and provide a safe place for them to learn so they can be proud to show you how great they can be when their program is through.