Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to start training?

As soon as possible! It is a lot easier to form new habits than fix old ones. Many behavioral issues that we see in dogs are caused by boredom or lack of management, so the sooner you can start forming new habits, the closer you will be to living optimally with your dog. Puppies can start training as early as 8 weeks of age.

I want to sign up. What now?

Pick out the package you would like to sign up for here. Complete your purchase through our website or send us an email if you would prefer to set up a payment plan. Once your package has been purchased, we will reach out via email with additional information regarding booking lessons or scheduling your immersion program.

How much does training cost?

Quality dog training is an investment. Our packages range in price from $2,000 to $15,000.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, some of our packages can be split into payment plans consisting of one, two or three payments. If you are interested in setting up a payment plan, please email us rather than purchasing a package via our website.

What is your availability like for lessons and for immersion programs?

We typically have immediate availability for one-on-one lessons as part of “The Bestie” program or “The Whole Enchilada.” Immersive board and train programs like Puppy Pre-K and Keen Camp tend to book out 1 to 2 months in advance, though our schedule is constantly in flux.

Do you offer one-off, in-person lessons?

We do not. We believe in completing training, not just starting it and there’s only so much that can be accomplished in one, two, or three lessons. We do offer virtual lessons that are conducted via zoom and can be booked a la carte. These are a good option for out-of-state folks.

How do I book lessons?

Lessons can be booked through our booking site/app. If you’re just starting training, make sure to select “In-Home Lesson” or “Lesson at 124 Winners Circle.”. As you progress through training, your trainer will advise you as to when you should start booking outdoor lessons at mutually agreed upon locations.

If you are having trouble booking with a specific trainer, here is a pro-tip – select a date several weeks in the future, THEN select the trainer you would like to work with. Once the trainer is selected, backtrack to the current date. A button will appear on screen allowing you to skip to that trainer’s next available time slot. 

We recommend spacing out your lessons by 7-10 days. With young puppies, you may find it beneficial to space them out a bit farther (2-3 weeks) after your first two lessons. We don’t recommend booking your lessons any closer together than once per week or any farther apart than once every 3 weeks.

We recommend booking 4-6 lessons to start with, especially if you are looking for evening/weekend availability or if you want to work with a specific trainer. You can always reschedule or cancel a lesson if your schedule changes, though we do ask that you please give us 24 hours notice.

How long are the lessons?

In-home lessons, outdoor lessons, and immersion go-home/follow up lessons for individual dogs are 40 minutes to an hour, depending on the dog and owner. The length of the lesson is dictated by the stamina of the dog, how quickly new concepts are learned, how many questions are asked, etc. For multi-dog households in which more than one dog is registered for training, lessons may take longer, though this is handled on a case-by-case basis.

What do I need for lessons?

The top things we would recommend having on hand for a lesson are your dog’s food (ideally in a treat pouch), a clicker, and a tug toy.

Nice-to-have items would include a raised bed, squeaky ball, and long line. 

Check out this video featuring products we recommend. Additional tools and toys we recommend can be found here.

This is our absolute favorite toy from K9 Tactical Gear. You can buy the fleece by itself and attach a cheap leash for distance in your play.

Try not to feed your dogs on lesson days (even if your lesson is later in the day), you will be using a lot of their food and want to ensure they are motivated to work for it.

How many times a day do I need to practice?

We recommend aiming for 2 to 3 short (10 to 15 minute) sessions per day. Do not feel limited to training during structured sessions, though! As you interact with your dog throughout the day, feel free to reinforce desirable behaviors. And of course, make sure to get in some unstructured walking time and play sessions.

When and where are group classes?

Group classes are scheduled 1 to 2 times per week at various locations around the Fort Mill, Rock Hill, and greater Charlotte area. To accommodate various schedules, we typically offer one weekday class and one Saturday morning class every week. The group class schedule, locations, and topics covered all vary by season.

Group classes allow for owners and dogs to practice working around both controlled and uncontrolled distractions. Whether your dog is friendly to a fault or unsure about other dogs, working in a group environment challenges both dogs and owners to take their skills to the next level. Group classes are a great place to work around like-minded individuals who are working towards a shared goal – to better their relationship with their dog.

Group classes are only available to clients who have completed training (some exceptions are made for dogs who are in the process of training and are ready to participate based on trainer assessment). Once you become a KD client, you will receive access to our private Facebook community which includes the group class schedule.

Do you offer boarding?

Yes! We offer boarding services exclusively to clients who are in the process of completing a training package or have already completed a training package.

How do I schedule a boarding stay?

Send us an email with the dates that you will be traveling. When requesting boarding, keep in mind that we typically book weeks to months in advance, especially for weekends and holidays. 

What does boarding entail?

Boarding is an extension of our training services and an opportunity for your dog to be immersed in a structured environment (while still having lots of fun!). We try to find a balance of furthering your dog’s training, encouraging socialization with trusted dogs, and shaping calm behaviors in the home. 

Every day is different, but a typical day may include a few short training sessions, a dedicated play session or two, supervised social time, an outing or hike, a group class… the options are endless!

Where do dog’s stay when they are boarded?

When dogs board with KeenDog, they stay in home with our trainers and we treat them like members of the household. They are crated for safety at night, for rest breaks throughout the day, and for transport in our vehicles.

What do I need to send with my dog for boarding?

All we need for boarding is your dog’s food (ideally split into daily portions), any medications your dog will need during their stay, and any training tools sized specifically for your dog or provided by your trainer (i.e. harness, prong/slip collar, e collar and remote, etc.). All of our trainers are equipped with leashes, crates, bowls, toys, place cots, etc.

What vaccinations are required?

To participate in any KeenDog training, boarding, group classes, and/or events, all dogs must…

  • Be current on Rabies vaccine (required by 4 months of age, one year after initial dose, and then every 3 years, as required by law)

  • Be current on Bordetella vaccine (required at 6-8 weeks old, again 4 weeks later, then yearly afterward, recommended every 6 months)

  • Be current on DAPP combo vaccine (required at 6-8 weeks old and again every 3 to 4 weeks until dog has reached 16 weeks, one year after final booster, then every 3 years afterward)

  • Be current on Leptospirosis vaccine (recommended, not required)

  • Be current on Canine Influenza vaccine (recommended, not required)

  • Be current on flea and tick prevention medication

  • Have a negative heartworm exam within past 12 months

  • Have a negative fecal exam within past 6 months

All dogs must be up to date on their vaccines, and it is the owner’s responsibility to make sure that proof of current vaccination, testing, and heartworm/flea/tick prevention is on file at the time of admission. If proof of vaccination is not available upon admission, the vaccines, testing, de-worming and/or heartworm/flea/tick prevention will be brought current upon admission. The client will be charged accordingly. Dogs are required to be current through the departure date of boarding on Rabies, Bordetella, Distemper (DAPP combo), Heartworm Test, Fecal and/or deworming (within 6 months), as well as flea and tick preventative. Dogs are checked upon admission for fleas and ticks. If fleas are discovered, the dog is required to have a flea bath and Capstar or Comfortis, and Advantix will be applied at an additional cost to the owner. If ticks are discovered, a tick bath and Advantix are required at an additional cost to the owner.

Does my dog need to be spayed or neutered to participate in training?

Nope! We support delayed spaying / neutering and we are well versed in managing intact dogs. If your female dog will be in heat while boarding with us, we ask that you please let us know ahead of time and provide disposable or reusable diapers.

Do you guarantee your services?

No, we do not. We cannot guarantee human behavior and follow through. 

Still have questions? If you read through this list and still have a question, please send us an email or book out a virtual consultation (free of charge) via our booking site/app.