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International Canine Training Academy

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Basic Obedience training?

Basic obedience training consists of on-leash heel, sit, stay, down, come, and finish heel.  The INCTA Basic Obedience Course consists of 6, 2 hour individual sessions or 8, 2 hour sessions in a group setting.  Three months is the earliest age to begin basic obedience, but kinder obedience can begin at 8 weeks.

What is Advanced Obedience training?

Once your dog is 100% reliable on-leash with all the basic obedience commands, he is ready to graduate and move on to advanced obedience which is the mastery of all basic obedience commands off-leash in all environments and situations.

What breeds need obedience training?

A dog’s world revolves around a reliable pack leader no matter the size, breed, or age.  A strong pack leader supplies the safety and security needed for the pack’s survival, and all dogs are DNA hard-wired to follow and respect the pack leader.  Obedience training teaches you to be the pack leader your dog needs and makes your dog a happy and secure pack member.  In short, all breeds benefit greatly from obedience training, but working breeds such as the Shepherd, Doberman, Rottweiler, Mastiff, etc.,  absolutely thrive under the firm and consistent leadership achieved through obedience training.

Is training expensive?

Once established and followed consistently, training lasts a lifetime.  INCTA prices are highly competitive, and every potential customer receives a free evaluation to assess how we can best serve our human and canine clients.  After your free evaluation, we will provide you with your individualized training options and prices.  All INCTA trainers are certified, maintain a strict code of ethics, and strive to provide the very best in customer service and satisfaction.

What training method does INCTA use?

INCTA treats dogs as individuals; we do not take a “one size fits all” approach to training. There are many training styles and techniques, and your free evaluation will determine what training techniques most appropriate for your dog’s breed, size, rehabilitation, and training goals.  All INCTA canine clients are treated with patience, kindness, and respect throughout the training process.  We teach the owners through hands-on training along with guiding the dogs into new behavior.  We use what ever works best and is the most humane way, while utilizing the breeds natural abilities, with the least amount of corrections, to modify unwanted behavior into pleasant one.

What is personal protection training? 

There is a lot of confusion over what protection training is and isn’t. Most importantly, a protection dog is not trained to be aggressive, vicious, or dangerous!  In fact, it is quite the opposite.  A protection dog is trained to react in a very specific and controlled manner to very specific situations. Both the dog and owner must be thoroughly evaluated and meet very stringent standards to even be considered by INCTA for protection training. PLEASE NOTE: No reputable trainer, nor training organization, would ever train a dog to be “mean.”  Protection Dogs are very sociable dogs and are well behaved wherever they go, but are very protective over their family and home and love children.

What is temperament testing?

A temperament test is an evaluation that exposes the dog to different types of everyday situations (such as human touch to specific areas of the dog’s body, sudden loud noises, being approached when eating, bicycles, skateboards, etc.) and scores the dog based on his reaction.  Temperament testing identifies existing and/or potential behavioral issues that need to be addressed.  A temperament test is required for any potential service or therapy dog.  INCTA offers very thorough but inexpensive temperament testing. Also, we will gladly assist you in choosing the right shelter/rescue dog or new breeder pup.  

What is a psychological evaluation?

A psychological evaluation is an overall assessment of a dog’s general “state of mind” by observing behavior and body language in a particular situation. It helps a trainer to determine what may be at the root of a behavioral issue.   For example: a dog can display what appears to be  aggressive behavior for many reasons—insecurity, dominance, fear, guarding—an evaluation can reveal the “why,” and when we know “why” we can take the necessary steps for rehabilitation.