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Frequently Asked Questions

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Family friendly dog training

Q & A with Erin Taggart, Certified Professional Trainer

Here's a quick Q & A of some questions I frequently get asked. If there's anything else you'd like to know about my training and how I can help you please contact me at Thanks for visiting Bright Paws, I look forward to hearing about your dog!

Can you tell me about your training?

Bright Paws uses positive reinforcement training, based in compassion and the constantly evolving sciences of learning and behavior. Rather than punishing what we don't like, we will teach the dog what we expect from them, similar to a parent guiding a child. We'll reward good choices, as well as humanely interrupt or prevent unwanted behaviors, as positive doesn't mean permissive! This creates an environment where your dog can easily offer their best behavior. 

Where do we train?

Bright Paws offers one-on-one, private lessons, where I meet you at your house or a dog friendly venue. Wherever you need help the most!

What is your service area?

Dog and puppy training is available in Lakewood, Ohio and the surrounding communities, including Cleveland's west side, southwest Cleveland, Fairview Park, Rocky River, Parma, Parma Heights, Brookpark, North Olmsted, Westlake, Bay Village, Avon and Avon Lake.


Online training is available anywhere!

What is your availability for new clients and scheduling?

Updated 11/12/2022: Bright Paws is currently accepting new clients for dog and puppy training. 

Lessons are available Monday through Friday during these time slots:





All lessons are self-scheduled on the website.

How often should I train my dog?

Dogs learn best in several short sessions, rather than a single marathon session. This could be a couple of 5–10-minute sessions a day for dogs, or several 1-minute sessions throughout the day for young puppies. 

You should also incorporate training into your daily life. For example, start asking for a "sit" at the doorway or before dinner is set down.

Will my dog be reliant on treats?

Treats are a powerful tool to teach your dog new concepts. They're motivational and provide clear feedback so the dog knows they're getting it right. But it's important to fade out continuous treating so the dog doesn't become reliant on the treat in order to perform the behavior. I'll show you when and how to do this!

Tip: When working with your dog keep in mind that treats are not bribes. The treat should only appear as a result of the good behavior, not something the dog needs to see before they decide to comply.

Do you offer discounts?

Multiple dog households can take 10% off any program of equal or lesser value when purchased at the same time, and only one initial consultation is required for the household.

Can you help with __________ ?

Bright Paws is a niche training service specializing in everyday issues and goals with the typical family dog or new puppy. This includes bad habits and nuisance behaviors, leash pulling, puppy training, adolescent dog training, basic obedience and manners, training your dog to behave with distractions, in public, around your guests, and more. I do not train for dog reactivity or other aggression issues, or socialization with other dogs. If you're wondering whether Bright Paws can help you with your unique issues with your dog, please send me an email at

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