Frequently Asked Questions
~Where Can I Get
Directions to the Camp?
Directions can be
found here on the site, and the starting point is Hwy 82 in Northport, AL.
82 to 69N (you will be on 69N for at least 20 minutes)
Left on Brandon School Rd.
Left on Willcutt Rd.
366 Willcutt is on the right hand side of the road with a bright orange gate.
~Can I Come Out for a
Tour of the Camp?
Absolutely. We’d love
to show you around our facility, tell you about our services, and answer any
questions you may have. Due to the fact that we often have dogs running loose,
visits and tours are by appointment only – so give a call and we’ll be happy to
set up a time for you to come out and see us, any day except Sunday. Dogs with
current DHLPP, Rabies and Bordetella vaccine records are also welcome for
tours/visits or free evaluations for training/boarding.
~What Age Should I
Start My Pup’s Training?
Our Pup Camp starts at
9 weeks. Multiple studies have shown that anything pups learn before the age of
4 months stays with them forever. From a young age, your pup will be able to
better understand what is and isn’t acceptable and how to please you. Starting
young is priceless when it comes to obedience and Pup Camp is a great building
block for the future. Any further training will go much more quickly and any
behavior issues that develop will end more quickly as well.
~Is My Dog Too Old
While we don’t
recommend attempting to train an older dog for competition or agility
applications, no dog is ever too old to learn obedience and manners, or
graduate behavior modification/problem solving. Dogs of any age are capable of
learning and we have successfully trained dogs up to 12 years of age at
Tuscaloosa K-9 Camp. Give us a call, we’d be happy to personally evaluate your
dog for free!
~Can I Visit While My
Dog Is In Training Camp?
Of Course. We welcome
visits by appointment, Saturdays are best but if that doesn’t work, we can set
something up for you. Visits are best after the first week or two of training is completed. You can also call anytime you like to check on your best
friend while they’re in training; we’re here 24 hours a day.
~What do I need to bring along for my dog while they're at Camp?
You need to bring food for them so they don't get an upset stomach from changing their diet. You'll also need to provide any medications they'll need while here. Vaccine records showing proof of Rabies, DHLPP, and Bordetella up to date will need to be provided. All dogs are required to be on flea and tick prevention, as well as parasite prevention. You're also welcome to bring blankets, bedding, toys, treats, etc.
~Will My Dog Forget
They never do. Dogs
are very bonded to the people they love and they don’t forget. In fact, they’re
generally so happy to see their families that we have to give them a couple of
minutes to compose themselves before we can demonstrate their training. Loyalty
is a trait man can envy of canines.
~Will Training Change
My Dog’s Personality?
No. Training changes
behaviors, not personalities. We can teach your dog to listen to you, perform
tasks on command and eliminate undesirable habits as well as a whole host of
specialty training, but nothing will change who your dog is. In other words, we
can’t take away your dog’s desire to chase cars – but we can teach them they’re
not allowed to do it. In certain cases, dogs that are very nervous, anxious, fearful, or
aggressive and undergo behavior modification/problem solving training will
become calmer and more relaxed; alleviating these tensions through training and
desensitization allows the dog’s true personality to shine.
~How does the training work and how do I maintain it at home?
Our Go Home Package is included in the price of training. We are unique in the fact that you will receive a full go home lesson, review sheet and video, free private lesson good for up to 3 months, and our trainers on call 24 hours a day after you take your best friend home to assure that the training goes home with you too.
No where else can you get an aftercare program such as this. It is as important to us as is to you that your pet maintains their performance.
If you have more questions, feel free to give us call at 205-330-8319.