Please review dog training programs on this website before hitting the "Book Lesson HERE" at the bottom of page, which will take you to another website just for booking an appointment. The "Simplybook.me" website has abbreviated descriptions of the programs that are described in much more detail on the "Training Programs" page on this site. Before leaving this site, know in which program you want to enroll your pooch.
Due to the fact that there are several options for each course, remember that there are 3 basic things you are choosing from when picking a session or course. These things determine the cost.
*First, are you signing up for a single session or a course? Most dogs and their owners need a course, but we can accomplish a lot in a single session, so you can always sign up for a single session and go from there. The only downside to that is that if you find a space in our schedule that is open and works for you as well, and you book the single session, nothing can stop someone else from booking the same spot(s) in the coming weeks. We do stay busy, so signing up for one session assuming that the same day and time will be available in the next several weeks will often not be correct. If you have a fairly open schedule, it's not an issue because there's always something to choose from. But if your schedule has very few options, I recommend signing up for the course and if you decide not to continue, we just cancel the remaining lessons. Very rarely does a customer not continue after seeing how much progress we get out of their dog during the first session.
*Second, will we be traveling to you or a location of your choice (if not your home), or will you be driving to us? If you wish for us to come to you, the phrase you will look for is "In Home/Traveling" session or course. Drive time is a factor when we come to you, so those of you who live outside the Mt. Pleasant area or an area within a 20 minute drive of Mt. Pleasant may want to consider coming to us if you are looking to keep your cost as low as possible. Also keep in mind that "within a 20 minute drive of Mt. Pleasant" can mean two totally different things depending on the time of day and location. Accounted for within the prices listed for the In Home/Traveling lessons is 20 minutes each way in the car. So a rush hour trip to James Island or Summerville can be a $90 difference by the time we figure in the trip there and back. "Lessons at the Pooch Palace" indicates that you plan on coming to our Mt. Pleasant Pooch Palace location for your lessons, which is a low, flat rate because you are the one fighting traffic.
*Last, who will be teaching your lessons, an assistant trainer or Jeff, the owner? We highly recommend lessons with an assistant trainer unless you have something really crazy going on. A dog who is terrified of everything he/she sees, or is aggressive off leash, going after and actually biting other dogs while not attached to it's owner, or a dog who is displaying behavior that you think is just plain "crazy"...like he/she might actually be mentally challenged through genetics or by environmental situations from the past that you are not aware of...these things may need lessons from Jeff, the owner. But don't mistake those things with a dog with high energy or a dog who acts aggressively when on a leash and attached to you. Those dogs may need Jeff and his 30 years of experience, but those dogs need a foundation started first, and that can be done with an assistant trainer. If you aren't sure, just call and we'll decide together which you need. 95% of dogs do just fine with a little structure, and an assistant trainer can help get you there. If you think your dog is going to eat my assistant, let me know and we'll probably schedule something with me, though it might be a bit of a wait. I stay very busy with dogs that people send to me for boarding/training and dogs with serious issues.
If you plan on paying on the scheduling site, skip this paragraph. You can pay through paypal with or without a paypal account, and you can be refunded for any lessons not used if you sign up for the course just to make sure you hold a certain day and time that works for you. We've been in business for over 30 years and you won't find any complaints of Alpha Dog Training taking money from anyone withouth providing the lessons that we agreed to provide. You can also book a course and choose to "pay later". The only downside to that is that when you do this, the time slot remains available for others to book and pay for until I "approve" the session(s). All it takes is for me to get on the website and hit a button, but on a busy day, you can book a session and choose "pay later" and by the time I see that you needed the lesson approved because you wanted to pay later, someone else can book the same spot. So if you go that route, text me to please approve your lesson ASAP. It only takes me a minute to do on my phone but if I'm in the middle of a busy day, I will need to be made aware that you booked a session or course and want to pay later and that I need to get on the booking website as soon as possible to approve the session. I realize this isn't a perfect situation but as busy as we are, I can either spend all my time on the phone scheduling lessons, or I can spend my time teaching lessons. The sure way to avoid this is to pay when you sign up. The next best thing is to simply text me to approve your lesson ASAP.
If you are on the booking website and are choosing a session or course, each box has a very brief description of the course. At the upper right hand corner of each box is another very small box that you can click which will open up the entire description of what the session or course involves, just to make sure you are choosing the right thing. You will be asked to fill out some general information and the more detailed you are with the "3 top issues your dog displays", the more that helps us when preparing to come see you.
I have made the program descriptions as detailed as possible on this website to keep us trainers training instead of being on the phone all day explaining what we do. However there are questions that come up and situations that don't always fall within the norm, so feel free to call or email if you have questions or concerns about which program you need, or if you have issues with the scheduling site. I'm happy to talk to you if you need a conversation, just please be patient...it is often that night or even the next day before I can call you back. Below is the link to schedule a lesson or a course. If you have questions, my number is 843-224-2559 or email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is often the faster way to communicate when two busy people are playing phone tag, if that turns out to be the case.