FAQs about Our Dog Training Services
If you do a minimum of 21 days of Doggie Camp, you will receive our training guarantee, which gives you free Private Lessons for the rest of your dog’s life.
Private Lessons will be scheduled at our facility in Arroyo Grande.
Commonly Asked Questions
We are open every single day (weekends and holidays included) with trainers on staff from 6 AM until 11 PM working with the doggies. Our business hours are 7 AM - 7 PM. Our administrative staff is available to discuss our programs and schedule appointments from 10 AM - 7 PM.
Similarly, to people, every dog is unique and has different training needs. At Doggie Do Good we offer a variety of options to best suit the needs of you and your doggie for the very best results. Doggie Camp is our most successful program for people looking to get the very best results. For those who have busy schedules and specific needs, we also offer Private Lessons. Whether the training need is aggression suppression, establishing boundaries, potty training, or any type of basic obedience, we can send a Doggie Do Good trainer to come to your location to work with you and your doggie’s specific training needs. Private Lessons are an excellent way to work with your doggie in a comfortable environment of your choice.
Yes; we train dogs of all sizes, personalities, breeds and ages. At Doggie Do Good, we really can teach old dogs new tricks!
No; we are not a kennel. Doggie Do Good, Inc. is a full service training facility in a home environment. Whether your doggie is here for Doggie Camp, Day Care or Boarding, they are in a friendly home environment on two and a half acres, where they get to socialize and play with both people and other doggies with constant supervision by professional trainers. All of the doggies who come to Doggie Do Good have the same day in that they all get to go out and play. Here at Doggie Do Good, your dog will never have to sit in a kennel all day.
No dog is really impossible to train. We have had many doggie owners bring us their dog saying the same thing, only to be surprised by how well behaved their doggie is when we do the Doggie Camp Return. Keep in mind that we usually get the toughest of the tough dogs to train so we have lots of experience and success with the “impossible to train” dog. We love the challenge and we have yet to find the dog we could not train. While we can never promise absolute perfection from your dog (they are animals that are capable of thinking on their own and making their own decisions), we can promise that you will see improvements in your dog's behavior(s).
Doggie Do Good, Inc. provides Service Dog training and Doggie Camp nationwide. With our other programs we service most of the West Coast. If you choose to have a Private Lesson, we can travel to your home.
Yes. We would never stop you from seeing your doggie. We do encourage you to wait at least 3-5 days before visiting in order to give your dog time to adjust. Every dog is different and we find that some dogs have difficulties transitioning from visit mode back into training mode, so if you do visit it is always possible that you may set back your dog’s training, which could result in a longer stay. We call you once a week to give you an update, along with sending photos.
When you are ready to drop your doggie off for Boarding or Doggie Camp, there are very few things that we need from you:
1) Please make sure your doggie is current on all his/her vaccinations, including Rabies, Distemper/Parvo and Bordetella. We will need a copy of your vaccination records.
2) We will need enough food for the entire length of your doggie's stay with us. We don't want your doggie to get an upset stomach, so it's best to not introduce new food. The dogs in Camp get tons of exercise throughout the day, so if you're leaving your dog with us for Doggie Camp we recommend bringing at least an extra week's worth of food.
3) Your doggie will need to be current on some sort of flea control (Advantage/Advantix/Frontline/Comfortis, etc...) and that is simply because your dog will be staying indoors in Sandy Sandberg's home. In addition, the dogs go off-property so we would hate for your doggie to pick up fleas while at the beach or park.
We like to think of Doggie Do Good as a "Doggie Disneyland". There are so many dogs here to play with and your dog is going to get so much attention between training and playing that it will be hard for your dog to have a free second to miss you! A lot of the separation anxiety is from the owners themselves. But you can rest easy knowing that your dog is in a good environment and making tons of new friends! Dogs also bond with their owners very quickly, so your doggie is sure to remember you and will be excited to see you when you return to pick him/her up.
While doing 21 days of Camp is recommended, it is not required. You won't receive a training guarantee unless your dog stays for a minimum of 21 consecutive days, but you can send your dog to Camp for as little as two days. In addition, the more time that your dog spends at Camp the more behaviors your dog will be able to learn, and the more solidly they will be instilled. For example: During ten days of Doggie Camp, we can work on roughly two behaviors (such as "stay" and "quiet"). It is best to discuss with a trainer what behaviors you would like your dog to learn and go from there.
To qualify for a Service Dog, we require a completed Service Dog Application, which includes a signed letter from a doctor that deals with your disability explaining how and why you can benefit from a Service Dog. The application will also give you an opportunity to answer questions about you, your disability, lifestyle and what you are looking for in a Service Dog.
We can train a variety of Service Dogs for those with disabilities. Some of the things we train include hearing assistance, mobility/stability assistance, psychiatric assistance, seizure assistance, diabetic assistance, etc. We train to fit the owner’s needs so we will customize the Service Dog training to help give the disabled owner an easier and more fulfilled life.
We always have dogs here that may qualify to be your Service Dog. You can see our available dogs under "Available Service Dogs." If you would like to certify a doggie that you already own, we can evaluate your doggie and let you know if they would be a good candidate for Service work. We can also help you pick out a suitable dog from a breeder or elsewhere.
The Service Dog training period will vary depending on how many tasks the dog needs to learn and how quickly a certain dog will respond to and apply the training. Before we start the training, we will give you an estimated time frame. It generally takes anywhere from 4 to 12 months.
Private Lessons are for the owner who would like in-home assistance with training. A professional Doggie Do Good Trainer will come to your home and work on the behaviors you request. The trainer's goal while at your house is to show you how to work on the behaviors you would like your dog to learn, but it will be up to you to work with your dog on a consistent basis if you want to see any results. Keep in mind that Private Lessons are hourly so the more you want to work on, the longer it is going to take.
Private Lessons are all custom to you and your needs as a pet owner. A good starting point for our trainers would be any problem behaviors you might be having with your dog or any basic obedience you would like your dog to learn.
Doggie Do Good uses a variety of training tools to train your doggie. Just like humans, every dog is different and what works well for one dog may not work well for another. At Doggie Do Good we are professional trainers who will evaluate the needs of your dog and the best method of training. We always couple our training with praise and love. We understand that some owners may feel differently about certain training methods and we would never use a training tool that you were uncomfortable with. If you have specific questions about our methods, feel free to contact us.