(317) 259-8336

2122 Broad Ripple Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220


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Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7am - 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on the age of your dog, everyone begins at either the Puppy Kindergarten or Level 1. Puppy Kindergarten (PK) is for dogs 8 weeks to 16 weeks of age and is on a four week rotation. PK students will attend one class per week and focus on socialization and training opportunities that help your puppy develop into a well-mannered adolescent dog.

Any student who is older than 16 weeks of age at the start of their class should begin in the Level 1 program. Level 1 begins the basic obedience and house manners tract. Each level has 6 to 7 skills that you are required to train your dog to know before moving into the next level.

In order to enroll in one of our training programs we need to receive completed copies of your registration paperwork and your tuition payment. You can download the registration forms by clicking the PROGRAMS link on our home page and clicking on New Student Forms. Bring the completed forms along with a copy of your dog’s vaccination records to Bark Tutor, 2122 Broad Ripple Ave, or fax the registration and vaccination information to 317.259.7789. One of our staff member will then contact you finalize your enrollment, review available start dates, and collect tuition payment.

We do offer day care to any alumni enrolled in either the day training or group class program. Our daycare availability is limited to allow space for our training dogs, so be sure to enroll in daycare early if you are interested!

All of our training programs utilize positive reinforcement based training techniques. We believe that these proven techniques are the most suitable for training the family dog because they allow all family members to take part in the training and have better control of the family dog. We are dog-friendly, but not permissive.

Yes, food rewards are used in our training school as a means to teach the dog new skills. Dog training is all about motivation and either you sufficiently motivate the dog and train him to understand what you want him to know or you spend a great deal of time punishing him for bad behavior.

At home we encourage students to use their dog's daily ration of dry dog food for training rewards when practicing new skills. You can save the higher value treats for practice at school or outdoors in more distracting environments. We will show you how to successfully use food so that you do not fall into the trap of "my dog only listens if I have a treat".

A reward is anything your dog wants, needs or is willing to work for. This could include food, attention, toys, access to the outdoors, talking, eye contact, playing fetch or tug of war. We encourage students to use life rewards to maintain good behavior around the house.

The quality or importance of the reward needs is determined by your dog. More important rewards should be used in higher distraction training. Before you take your dog for a walk, have him sit to put the leash on. Before you toss the ball, have your dog lie down. This is a non-confrontational way to teach your dog boundaries and incorporating training into everyday situations.

Dog training, like everything else, changes and improves as we learn more about training animals in general. The methods used in the training school are very current and well-established methods used by professional dog trainers all over the world. Training with rewards rather than with fear and force will build a very positive relationship between your and your dog.

It isn't just about food, but about you using all the things your dog loves as rewards for correct behavior. Respect based on fear isn't the best way to build a relationship with your dog. We encourage you to use all the things you were going to give the dog anyway for free as rewards for correct behaviors. These life rewards are built into your daily life and should be given for appropriate behavior, rather than being given just because the dog is breathing or because it is five o'clock.

The sooner the better, providing your dog is up to date on all required vaccinations. We know that puppies are at their optimal learning during the first four months, so we encourage you to bring your puppy to classes as soon as possible. However, adult dogs of all ages can and do learn, so it is never too late! If you recently acquired your pet from a shelter or rescue group, we ask that you wait 10 to 14 days before bringing him to the training school. This will give ample time for any illness to incubate that he may have been exposed too.

Your participation and the relationship you have with your dog is vital to both your family's success and ours. Whether you choose to enroll in the day school, group training classes or private lessons we are here to help you train your dog, but we can't do all of the work for you.

The day school program is designed to install new commands and begin teaching your dog how to properly behave around humans and other dogs. We will share with you your dog's progress and give you assignments that you will need to work on at home. This is not a cure, where you will leave your dog with us and magically he will be trained. We are not your dog's owners and your family's follow through will inevitably determine how your dog behaves when he is around you. It will be up to you to take the information that we give you and carry on with it at home.

We have three full time instructors and one assistant that will be working with your dog during the day. The variability in our instructors will help your dog to generalize information better, decreasing the likelihood that he only does it with one person. Our group training classes will consist of one instructor per class.

All dogs must show current vaccinations records for DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella, and the Canine Influenza Vaccine (CIV). Your dog should be free of any parasites and pests such as fleas or worms and not be showing any symptoms of communicable diseases. Puppies should have a minimum of two DHPP and one Bordetella vaccine prior to their attending classes.

Communicable disease symptoms would include sneezing, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and/or discharge from his nose or eyes. Even if your pet does not seem sick, if they are displaying these symptoms, please do not bring them to school. They need to be seen by your veterinarian and a note brought back stating your pet is not contagious to other pets.

Dogs that are aggressive to other dogs or people are not appropriate for our training school. If you have concerns with how your dog will do in a group training environment, you can call 317-259-8336 to set up a time to meet with one of our trainers to assess the needs of your dog prior to enrollment. For some dogs, a group class environment is overstimulating and private one-on-one classes with one of our instructors helps the dog to feel more comfortable.

All dogs should be wearing a well fitted buckle collar. We encourage but do not require the use of the Gentle Leader Head Collar or Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness. We have them available for sale at Bark Tutor. We discourage the use of metal training collars in our training school unless approved by our instructors. A leash that is 4 to 6 feet in length is also necessary. Retractable leads are not allowed. We have some treats available during class (Billjack) but please bring your dogs favorite treats/rewards with you.

Yes! Our classes are family friendly, and we welcome all family members, including children. Small children may become bored, tired, or disruptive, and we recommend that you bring an extra adult who can tend to their needs.

Older children are welcome to handle the dogs as long as they are able to physically control the dog and work with the dog during the week. We encourage children to be involved in all parts of training classes, but for their safety and the safety of the animals, an adult must be present and ensure physical control of the animal. Please encourage all family members not to chat while the instructor is speaking.

We encourage family members to come to class, but it is best for the dog if he has one main trainer during class time. If you think that your partner may need to sub in for you at sometime, he/she should be attending the classes regularly so they are able to maintain consistency with training cues learned in class.

Having a well trained dog is a way of life. It is not something you do once per day for 20 minutes. When you are teaching new skills, spend two to three minutes three to five times per day training the skill. Once he understands the necessary skill you need to begin using those cues in daily interactions with your dog and offering regular feedback so that your dog clearly knows your expectations.

Start at home, and then take the dog someplace new several times per week for a practice session. Dogs that only practice at home will be very easily distracted and will only know the behavior at home. Practice is what makes the dog a trained dog, so we really emphasize practicing training correctly, frequently, and in a variety of different places.

Class fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please observe our training school before enrolling your dog if you have any questions with our program and if it will fit your needs.

Proper socialization involves exposing your dog to a variety new and unusual objects, people and situations. Anything or anyone your puppy lives with is not new or unusual because they are within his “comfort zone”. Even if your dogs lives with another dog and children, you should take the time to expose him to new children and dogs. This will insure he has a broad context to put his appropriate behavior into.