Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Private training is generally available for clients in the St. Louis city and county area. If you are outside of St. Louis county, there may be a small travel fee applied to the cost of your program.
We do not have a facility.
My dog does __________. What kind of training do I need?
If you need help figuring out what kind of training is best for you and your dog, you can contact us for additional help.
How does scheduling and payment work?
We accept credit/debit cards, cash or check.
Scheduling your initial consultation is done either on the phone or online by email. After that, we schedule your appointments for the rest of your program at the first lesson.
What are your prices?
Prices are each program are listed in the details for that specific program by the symbol.
What kind of training methods do you use? Are you the right trainer for me?
The best way to find out if Jenny is the right trainer for you is to fill out our contact form! From there, Jenny will reach out to you to talk about your training goals and preferences, all for free.
We know training can be very personal process. Our goal is to set you and your dog up for long-lasting success, and we’re dedicated to making that happen for every one of our clients. If we’re not the right company for you, we’ll let you know! And we’d be happy to make a recommendation for someone who can help you meet your goals.
Sit Stay and Beyond is dedicated to force-free and pain-free training. This means we do not use shock, electronic, bark, prong or choke collars. It also means that we use rewards, lures and guides instead of yelling, pushing or pulling to help our dogs follow our instructions. We always use your dog’s natural motivations, skills and behaviors to help them learn.
I just got a new dog/puppy. Should I just do group classes? It’s way cheaper.
I highly recommend anyone with a new dog to do puppy or obedience training. It’s a great way to start off your relationship and build necessarily skills to succeed in your home! And if you’ve found a great group class, go for it! (If you still need to find one, we’d also be happy to make recommendations.)
If you have any specific training needs or concerns, however, I would recommend private training. Concerns like introducing a puppy into a multiple dog household, socializing a young puppy (play time is not the same as socialization!), training a mildly reactive dog (many shelter dogs can be mildly reactive after their stressful shelter experience), or introducing an adult dog to cats.
If your dog barks, lunges, pulls and can’t focus at all around other dogs, definitely consider private training. Most general obedience classes are not designed to handle dogs who are over threshold near other dogs or humans. And going to group class is definitely not the same as socializing or training a dog to behave better around other dogs.
Private training is also more convenient and offers better access to YOUR trainer. No need to beat rush hour traffic to go to classes, or wait a week to ask your trainer that question you had!
Either way, we support your decision to train your dog. We’re happy to be considered in your selection process, and wish you luck in your training journey!
How long does training take?
Well… it depends. On the dog, on the owner, on the dog’s behaviors, on the training goals.
The best way to tell would be to schedule your consultation and talk over your goals and options with Jenny. She’ll then let you know which training program would best meet your goals. Some of our programs are as short as one month, and others are as long as 4 months.
If you’re thinking “4 months is too short!” we also provides lots of after-program opportunities for training, like group classes and email/phone support, so that you can raise your goals as high as you’d like!