Where do you travel? Our trainers travel for in-home seminars to most of Middle Tennessee and parts of West Tennessee. Please note, sessions more than 45 miles or 1 hour from White Bluff, TN will incur a travel fee. Nikki is available to travel anywhere in the US for seminars and staff training.
Why don’t you offer free consultations? We recognize there are many trainers who offer free or reduced price consults prior to training. In order to have more time to help more people and their dogs, we don’t schedule consults. Our trainers will begin training during the first session.
How long are sessions, and how many will I need? Initial sessions are 1.5 hours. Sessions are typically spaced 1-2 weeks apart. After the initial session, 1 and 1.5 hour sessions are offered. Many manner issues can be taken care of in 2-4 sessions, while behavioral issues typically require more.
Contact us regarding rescue organization pricing if the dog you are training is a foster. Note: If your dog has bitten someone, we require a minimum of 3 sessions, and require the first 2 to be prepaid.
What if I have more than 1 dog? The price per session does not change regardless of the number of dogs being trained. Keep in mind, though, more sessions may be required if each dog has a significantly different issue, as training must be tailored to each dog.
What can I expect in a session? Our trainers will come to your home for training. We recommend all family members and/or those who frequently take care of your dog(s) are present for the session. If you have a session after 3 pm, please do not feed your dog dinner as Nikki or Gray will show you new techniques for feeding. DogSpeak typically provides high quality treats, but please have some available if your dog has food allergies or intolerances of any kind. After each session, your trainer will email you handouts pertaining to your dog’s needs. Sessions are typically spaced 1-2 weeks apart to allow you to get into the habit of using the techniques you have learned during your session.
Do my kids need to be involved? All family members, especially children, are encouraged to be involved in the training process. This not only ensures consistency for your dog, it also teaches your children how to be more confident leaders, and how to interact appropriately with dogs.
Who will be training my dog? Nikki Ivey, our lead trainer, handles behavioral issues and manners, while Gray Peebles, our associate trainer, focuses on manners and puppies. Occasionally, both my come to a session in order to set up scenarios involving human and dog interaction.
What if I need to cancel or change a session? We understand life happens, and are happy to work with you if you need to cancel or change a session. If cancelling, please let us know within 24 hours of your appointment. We reserve the right to charge $35 if adequate notice is not given.