My Dog Training Rules

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Sam Basso
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Because I love dogs, I won’t work with every person that asks me to train their dog. Since most of our dog problems are really PEOPLE problems, I won’t begin to work with a dog unless the owner is prepared to change how they will live with their dog. In fact, people problems often contribute to making dogs downright dangerous. I think that’s why people refer business to me “ I’ll tell the owners what they need to hear, not just what they want to hear. I’m not going to candy coat it.

Thus, be prepared for the following:

1.) I will do what is right, not what is just “good for business”. I can be very blunt when the seriousness of the situation requires it.
2.) You might not like hearing that your dog isn’t perfect, or that you need to change what you are doing
3.) I know you are coming to me for honest advice and help, and that is always my main concern
4.) Because I know what I’m talking about, it may seem to some that I think less of them as persons. That is never the case. I treat everyone with respect. But, it can be intimidating to some when they realize that what they’ve been doing isn’t working, or that they need to ask someone for help, or that someone is telling them in their own home that they need to treat their dogs or family members better. One of the main limitations on dog training is the attitude and work ethic of the dog owner; I’m going to set the bar high and encourage you to seek a higher level in life and with your dog.


By accepting & commencing an evaluation &/or lessons, you agree to the following terms & conditions; this constitutes a contract, which is binding on you & as guardian of any minor children accompanying you. These services will only be made available on the terms set forth herein. I am going to be evaluating & training you & your dog in the real world & the real world has hazards that can’t always be avoided. Working with dogs always involves substantial & inherent risks of injury, including death. The risks include accidents, errors, & natural & man-made hazards. You warrant you & your dog are physically healthy enough to be trained. You shall provide complete & accurate details about your situation with your dog. There is no guarantee made concerning the results of the training. In consideration for the use of these services, you hereby release Sam Basso;, & its personnel, agents; other participants in the training; owners; & affiliates from any & all claims arising out of or in connection with these services whether the claims & liabilities arise by the negligence of any said persons or otherwise, including costs & attorney’s fees. Arizona law governs this agreement, & Maricopa County is the sole jurisdiction & venue for court proceedings hereunder.

• All lesson fees, equipment fees, deposits & reservations shall be pre-paid, in full, in advance, & non-refundable in any event. I want your dog trained, & people are more likely to do the lessons when they have already spent the money. In addition, there are other people wanting my time, & once you get a time slot I have to turn other people away, so prepayment ensures that you have a regular time in my calendar. A deposit is for first right of refusal for an open pre-arranged time slot; which must be used by you within 6 months, or shall be forfeited.
• Lessons, evaluations and seminars conducted outside the Phoenix area require prior approval by Sam Basso.
• Cancellations must be made with previous day’s notice, or the fee will be charged. A maximum of 3 cancellations are allowed, & a maximum cancellation period of 1 week at a time is allowed, otherwise the entire fee is forfeited, unless otherwise agreed upon. Lessons are generally conducted every day, Monday through Friday, to immerse the dog & owner in a new lifestyle. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis. I reserve the right to terminate lessons & refund the remainder of your money, if I feel that the dog is too dangerous or the situation is not going to work out for the benefit for the dog. My priorities: People safety is first, dog/animal safety is second, & the results of training are third. You agree to contact me the moment a concern arises & don’t let any disappointments, if any, build to the point of distress. I am working with you as a team & I want this to be a positive experience for you as well as for me. You agree to return phone calls immediately. We shall each make a reasonable effort to work around holidays, planned vacations, emergencies, birthdays, & scheduled days off, provided we give each other advance notice; however, the total number of deferred days of lessons shall not exceed 30 without mutual consent. I reserve the right to temporarily suspend lessons on a dog that is sick, injured, infested, unfit, or needs grooming. The situation must be remedied before the lessons are re-started, & I can require a vet’s written certification & evidence.
• Never take the dog off lead, anywhere, unless the dog is unsupervised (in which case it should be unleashed in a crate or kennel), or we are working on off leash obedience exercises. You can’t control a free running, untrained dog. You agree to use a correction collar to train your dog, & agree that we will correct your dog as deemed appropriate by the instructor. Aggressive, fearful some active, & some reactive dogs require extra precautions, & we might require that you purchase & use safety equipment. You shall have your dog drag a leash or long line at all times, unless the dog is unsupervised or doing off leash exercises. You agree to return any loaned equipment or supplies immediately upon request.
• IF YOUR DOG IS FEARFUL OR AGGRESSIVE: You shall not allow strangers, children or others, or other dogs, to interact with your dog without your direct supervision. An untrained dog can be dangerous (especially if it is fearful, aggressive or highly active), some people can’t be trusted to be alone with a dog, & we want to teach proper greeting manners. You are responsible for ensuring the safety of yourself & others. Never let your dog play with aggressive dogs. Such “play” encourages learned dog aggression. No one plays “attack” games with the dog. Rough games, chase games, & aggressive games must STOP!
• No interruptions. I want your full attention & I want you to get a good result. Each lesson is allotted up to 30 minutes.
• I charge a $50 fee for a NSF check.
• You agree to stay current on your homework & diligently do the lessons as described. You will also obtain & use the materials & equipment that I recommend & use them properly. You’ll need to be present during some or all of the lessons. If you need help, put the dog away & call me. There are usually no “quick fixes,” so you might need to buy extra lessons in some cases.
• Potty the dog 5 minutes before the lesson. You don’t want to pay me to poop your dog; you want to pay me to work your dog.

There are two reasons why dogs can’t be well trained.

The first reason is a Dog Problem: the dog’s temperament, breed or socialization history interferes with learning & attention to what is being taught. This might be a dog that should be put down instead of kept. It also might be dog with unbalanced or weak drives, necessitating extra lessons to get appreciable gains.

The second reason is a People Problem: There are several manifestations of this situation:

* The Mommy/Daddy that refuses to see a dog as a dog, preferring to relate to the dog as a furry little baby;
* The Overly Busy Person that shouldn’t have a dog;
* The Cheapskate that won’t take proper care of their dog, even though they have the money;
* The Abuser or Neglecter or Nitwit;
* The Mule, who has an ego problem; they can’t listen to instruction and they can’t train a dog;
* The Acquirer who gets a dog as a trophy instead of a companion “ the dog doesn’t really have a family;
* The Whiffle-Whaffler, who keeps trying new methods, won’t stick to the training program, keeps shopping around for new advice, &/or listens to folks that aren’t trainers for training advice;
* The Sluggard, who won’t keep up the necessary lessons, lifetime training, socialization, and companionship.

If a prospective customer gets offended or won’t agree to my Rules or philosophy, then I know that the dog CANNOT stay trained OR be properly trained, & I don’t want to work with them. As a person of integrity, I would rather know that I have confronted a person with the truth, and; they rejected it, than take their money & pretend that I am training their dog properly. I want to do an excellent job, & I figure that you are hiring me because you know I want the very best result that I can provide for you and your dog.


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I hate rules such as these. I wish we lived in a world where “a man’s word was his bond”, where people took personal responsibility for their words and actions, where you could do business on a handshake, and that people worked out their differences in a friendly and reasonable way. But, unfortunately, things just aren’t that way. I have to penalize the 95% of good people out there, by having to implement some business rules, so that I can weed out doing business with the 5% of the nut cases out there. I apologize for having to set some rules just to advocate pro-dog editorials and to make an honest buck.

– Sam