Dog Scholar Academy FAQ

How do I know if Dog Scholar Academy is for me?

  • You’ve welcomed (or plan to welcome) a new puppy into your family and need help.
  • You are feeling overwhelmed by a young, new, furry creature to care for and educate.
  • You haven’t had the time to connect with and teach your new puppy how to live in your home.

What results can I expect?

  • A strong relationship with your dog.
  • A clear understanding of what makes your dog happy.
  • A confident dog that can make good choices.
  • A dog that understands what your expectations are and how to meet them.

Why choose Dog Scholar Academy over other programs?

Paws and Affection brings 8 week old puppies into our program to train for a future as service dogs, so the age bracket of your dog is one we are VERY familiar with. Our dogs start out the same way as your pet does – with the basics. We start with house training and relationship building. We believe puppies raised with love, respect, and socialization make the happiest dogs.

We believe in working with dogs in a relationship based manner using body language and tone of voice as our main method of communication and teaching. We talk to them in a loving conversational style, treating them as members of our team. The results are low anxiety, high confidence dogs that can problem solve, adapt to change, and successfully recover from stress. 

During their school day at P&A, your dog works alongside similar aged puppies who are part of the Paws and Affection training program. They are all held to the same high standard and learn how to be polite and respectful while having fun and getting their cups filled with love and learning.

How many weeks can we sign up for?

There is a minimum of a 6 week term. Additional consecutive weeks can be added until your dog is 6 months (or 24 weeks) old.

How old does my puppy need to be to enroll in the academy?

Puppies need to be between 8 and 12 weeks old when they start the academy.

What will my dog learn in your academy?

We have a full curriculum outlined and you can find it here.

Does my dog have to come in consecutive weeks or can I pick and choose what weeks they come?

Once your dog begins attending the academy, it is important they come consecutive weeks for the training process. In order for us to successfully build on what they learn here, consistency is key and missing weeks can result in confusion and difficulty for the dog. Taking a day off is ok, but should be the exception not the rule in order to maximize their success in the academy.

What method of dog training do you use?

We teach our dogs using the Bond Based Approach, which uses a relationship based philosophy relying on body language and tone of voice rather than cues, rewards, or punishments. We talk to our dogs in a conversational style and show them what we want rather than telling them. We have found this approach results in dogs with lower anxiety and higher confidence.

Will I have any sessions where I can learn how to train too?

Yes! There are weekly group training classes with the P&A team and other puppy/foster teams while your dog is with us. These are for you to learn what your dog is working on and learn how to continue and reinforce their training at home as well as after they graduate from the academy.

What if I need one-on-one time with a P&A trainer?

Included in the academy tuition, upon graduation from the Dog Scholar Academy, you and your dog get a one hour private training session with a P&A trainer to review and demonstrate all the behaviors the dog knows and answer any questions. 

If you feel like you need additional private sessions to facilitate the bonding and training process, these can be scheduled at a rate of $100 per hour. These sessions can be held at P&A or in your home.

Does P&A cover the cost of my dog's care while in the academy?

No, you are responsible for covering all expenses related to the dog during the training process including vet care, health insurance, food, and needed supplies.

What are the hours of operation?

P&A academy is open 5 days a week, Monday to Friday only. We ask you to drop off your dog between 7 and 9 AM and pick them up between 5 and 7 PM at P&A HQ in Narberth, PA. 

Does P&A provide training materials?

Yes! You receive a Dog Scholar handbook with detailed information about Paws and Affection, our training philosophy, dog behavior, and lots more great information. In addition, you get a workbook with clear, simple, explanations of what your dog learns and homework assignments to keep everyone on task.

What is the tuition and what is the payment process?

The tuition fee is $700/week, due at the beginning of the week by check or online.

What's included in the tuition?

  • Potty training basics reinforced every day.
  • Daily training of bond based behaviors.
  • Daily socialization, handling, and exercise.
  • A Dog Scholar handbook with detailed information about Paws and Affection, our training philosophy, dog behavior, and lots more great information!
  • A workbook with clear, simple explanations of what your dog learns and homework assignments to keep everyone on task. 
  • Weekly one hour group training classes with the P&A team and other puppy/foster teams during your enrollment.
  • Upon graduation from the Dog Scholar Academy, a one hour private training session with a P&A trainer to review and demonstrate all the behaviors the dog knows and answer any questions.

Is the tuition tax deductible?

No. The tuition expense is not a donation and is therefore not tax deductible. However, the revenue goes directly toward supporting the P&A pups and helping them grow, thrive, and learn, empowering them to become service and facility dogs for children who need them in the greater Philadelphia area. 

My dog has aggression, do you help with that?

For the safety of the other dogs in our academy, we do not accept puppies that present with any signs of aggression. We recommend seeking a private trainer or speaking with a behaviorist to help with this particular need. In addition, we do not accept puppies that have any health issues they could pass on to the P&A team of pups. 

To learn more, check out the program and tuition and the curriculum.

If you are interested in enrolling your puppy, you can Apply Here.