*Evaluations are a a critical part of this process and allow us to take an extensive behavioral history and observe the dog's behavior firsthand. We require this for all new clients. In turn, we create a training plan based on the data we've acquired that is specific to your priorities and needs. This allows us to train efficiently and not overlap on skills the dog already knows. Without evaluation, we are training in the dark which is a terrible approach to training from both a professional standpoint and for the dog. We need to get it right from the get go. It is the greatest kindness to both our clients and their dogs. I really appreciated this article on the topic of why training with a plan is important and all of the aspects that go into creating a training plan for a dog.