Latchkey Training

Hand Us the Leash

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Are you busy and results-oriented? Love your dog, but don’t have time to train between work, family, and other commitments? Or do you just want to put your dog’s education in the hands of a professional? We can do it!

Instead of sending your dog off to a boarding facility, you can give your dog the opportunity to learn his manners in your own home and neighborhood. Once our sessions with your dog are complete, we’ll coach you on how to work with your dog to maintain the behavior without us around.

We offer both owner-present and owner-absent latchkey training. Thinking of the latter? We have strict security policies, professional, background-checked employees, and detailed follow-up reports so you know exactly what we did each day. And best of all, you’ll love the results! It’s the closest thing to a dog training magic wand that there is.

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How Does it Work?

Meet and Greet
Before your training officially begins, your trainer will come to your home and meet you and your dog. We'll secure your key or access information and get logistics in order. This quick session takes about 30 minutes and is included in your package at no additional fee.
Training Sessions
During the training sessions, your trainer will work quickly through systematic training plans that enable us to train efficiently - as fast as your dog is able to learn, that is! Your dog will also receive a potty break before and after training, and a quick break for playtime midway through. We recommend 3 training sessions per week for quickest results.
Progress Reports
You'll receive follow-up reports following each training session via a private blog with pictures and videos. We'll give details on the training steps we did, tips on managing your dog's behavior, and any interesting details from the session.
Transfer Sessions
Every fourth lesson is a private training lesson with the owner, usually held on the weekend. We address the human half of the team by teaching you how to react to problem behavior appropriately, how to give your dog's commands correctly, and other owner-oriented skills like leash handling or nail trimming technique.
Graduation
Your dog will get his diploma at his final transfer session. We'll make sure to answer any last questions you have about your dog so that you are confident and ready to use your dog's new behaviors effectively. We can return your key or move it to our secure long term storage safe for future sessions. And you and your dog will live a less stressful life together as a team!

Training Options

We’ll customize a training program to fit your needs; we don’t do a one size fits all curriculum for a white-glove service. However, there are four main tracks that owners tend to follow. You decide which fits your needs best!

Please note that aggression to strangers and fear of strangers are not a good fit with latchkey training. If your dog suffers from these issues, you will need to choose behavior consulting instead.

Manners is our top program choice for bouncy adolescent dogs who are careening through life. If you’ve ever met a 9 month old Labrador, you know we’re talking about!

  • We can work with your dog on basic obedience and strengthen his responses to cues like sit, down, stay, come when called, and leave it.
  • We can focus on leash walking and get your dog manageable for neighborhood walks.
  • We can focus on people manners and get the bouncing, mouthing, and jumping under control.
  • We can focus on problem solving behavior issues as long as we can re-create the problem context. For example, barking for attention is a green light, but that one time he peed on your aunt’s couch isn’t something we can fix with obedience practice.

If you’re dealing with a specific problem and you aren’t sure if we can work with it via latchkey, just ask!

Another common request is for us to take care of the painstaking technical training procedures required to work dogs through handling issues like fighting nail trims or panicking over muzzling at the vet.

Routine care procedures can be mutually enjoyable instead of a struggle!  We use positive reinforcement training and build pleasant associations with care procedures via systematic training plans.

We can help your dog learn to willingly accept the following and similar items:

  • nail trimming
  • brushing & dematting
  • trimming, clipping & blow-drying
  • toothbrushing
  • taking pills
  • accepting ear and eye medication
  • wearing a muzzle
  • accepting restraint and examination
  • staying still for care procedures

Leash reactivity is a separate issue than just general leash manners. If your dog pulls, lunges, and barks aggressively at other dogs or people on walks, just teaching a heel won’t solve the problem – it will fall apart as soon as he sees another dog.

Luckily, this is a great problem to work on in a latchkey setting. We’ll send two trainers out, one with a decoy dog if needed, and work your dog through progressively more difficult training setups until he or she can handle seeing and walking past other dogs and people.

We will install simple behaviors like trained U-turns, name response under duress, and teaching your dog to automatically look away from other dogs and back at you.

If your dog is difficult to manage on leash, we may need to work through the leash walking program first, then move on to the reactivity issue.

We must admit that puppies are some of our favorite latchkey clients!

New puppies soak up information and new experiences quickly, and they have a sensitive period of socialization that ends by the time they are four months old. You don’t get a re-do on puppies, so we love it when owners give us a chance to teach good manners and socialize the little ones right from the start.

With puppies, we can cover:

  • socialization outings in new environments
  • introductions to friendly strangers and dogs
  • housetraining assistance and crate training
  • basic obedience (sit, down, stay, come… )
  • positive introduction to wellness care (nail trims, toothbrushing, vet exams, and grooming)
  • exercises to prevent aggression over food or chewies
  • polite greetings
  • leash manners
  • doorway manners

There you have it. Hand us those puppies! As long as you don’t mind us tacking on an extra ten minutes of cuddles (that’s free).

An Inside Look

So, what exactly do we do in our sessions? Take a look at some of our past progress reports (with client approval, of course!) and see what a day in the life of a latchkey dog looks like.

Details Person?

You can read our latchkey policies and contract below to ensure you’re comfortable with the terms.

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Pricing

Jump Start Package – $650 for 2 weeks

To get your dog rolling, you can choose a starter package of 8 training sessions. This is enough time to begin making noticeable progress, get to know your dog, and tune up your dog following the first owner transfer session.

Rocket Launch Package – $1200 for 4 weeks

Ready to see a drastic change in your dog? Then begin with our premium package of 16 training sessions. We will have time to make significant progress on your goals, and you’ll start to wonder how you ever managed to survive before Hands Full!

Behavior Brush-Up – $350 for 1 week

Returning clients only can choose to add additional sessions in sets of 4 if they allow us to retain their key or access information in our secure long-term storage safe. They can, of course, also choose to renew their larger package to receive the discounted rate.

Travel fees will apply for in-home clients outside of the Wichita metro area. These fees are returned directly to your trainer to cover gas costs and vehicular wear and tear.

Charges are calculated based on the distance of your home from the Kellogg/I-135 interchange. Fees are $10/visit 20-39 miles away; $20/visit 40-60 miles away.

Our all-inclusive pricing includes the cost of:

  • the meet and greet
  • training sessions
  • travel within service area
  • all training treats
  • printed handouts
  • training assistants
  • decoy dog handlers
  • a head halter or no-pull harness for leash walking clients
  • training supplies (clicker, treat bag, chewies, etc.)
  • a Kong for puppy clients
  • any other additional items needed to carry out the training