Step 2: Matchmaking and Training
Rolling Meadows has many successful clients who have the time to enjoy and care for a well-trained adult dog but do not have time to housebreak a puppy or train a rescue. We are always on the lookout for special dogs that may be a good match for one of our clients.
Most people don’t know what to look for in a new pet and tend to focus on the look of the dog, choosing a cute, cuddly puppy or a beautiful adult dog. While it is important that you like the look of your dog, that should not be the most important consideration. Many other factors are much more important, including the dog’s temperament, energy level, and suitability for your home. Those are the primary factors that Rolling Meadows uses to select dogs for the Adult Trained Dog program.
Just as important as finding good dogs for our training program is finding the right dog for each client. A dog that would be a great fit for a very active person or family with a large yard may not be the right match for more sedentary person living in an apartment.
Rolling Meadows has developed a proven method for matching our clients with the right Adult Trained Dog for them.
- First you will provide us with some very important information by filling out our online application.
- Then we will talk to you extensively by phone to learn more about what you’re looking for in a dog, your schedule, and your home environment.
- Next we’ll talk to your references and ask you to send us some photos and videos to help us in the matchmaking and training process.
- We’ll also give you our references, clients who already have our Adult Trained Dogs in their homes who can tell you all about their experiences working with us.
Once we have a good idea of your needs, we’ll take the time to find the right dog for you. Sometimes we’ll have one already in the training program; other times you might need to wait several weeks or even a few months for the right dog to come along. But trust us, it’s worth the wait for a Rolling Meadows Adult Trained Dog with the right temperament and energy level for you. You’ll have years to love and enjoy your new dog, and none of the frustration of training a puppy or poorly trained rescue. It’s worth your while to be patient and trust our elite matchmaking process.
Once we’ve found the right dog for you, we’ll send you a photo and tell you more about the dog. We’ll tell you why we think this particular dog is a good fit for you, and if you wish to visit Rolling Meadows and meet the dog, you’re welcome to do so. Then we’ll complete the dog’s training.
We carefully screen dogs to find candidates that are a good fit for our Adult Trained Dog program, eliminating dogs that show signs of aggression, obvious health problems, or hard-to-break bad habits. From the moment we find a special dog that meets the criteria of our adult trained dog program, its training begins. Even during the evaluation process the dogs are being trained so we can assess how likely they are to succeed in our rigorous training program and make great companion, therapy, or service dogs for our lucky clients.
Once we start training, we evaluate the dogs continuously, and some dogs do not graduate from the program. Only the best dogs are placed with families through our Adult Trained Dog program. We find great local homes for dogs that don’t meet our exacting standards during the training process.
Our dogs are exposed to many different home environments to ensure that they are housetrained and will be very well behaved in a variety of home settings. Every dog passes our Petiquette Training, which includes sitting politely for petting, waiting to go through doorways, crate training, and more.
Every dog is also socialized with children, adults, mature adults, and different types of animals. The dogs attend our doggie daycare at least twice each week to spend time with other dogs in a fun but monitored setting.
Many owners think obedience training is teaching your dog tricks like shake or roll over. But obedience training is much more than that—it’s a way to communicate with your dog and build a lasting bond, and it gives dogs the mental stimulation they crave and makes their days more fun. Rolling Meadows Adult Trained Dogs are trained to respond to 18 obedience commands, which they will perform not only in your home but out in public as well. We take each dog to our group proofing classes, which normally have 5-10 other dogs and their owners, to ensure that they learn to perform their commands when there are distractions around. We also take our Adult Trained Dogs to stores, parks, and on other outings. And we will use the information from your application and our phone calls with you to condition your dog to specific things that will be found in its new home environment, like riding on a boat, being around horses, or going to sporting events.
We offer several levels of training, and we will assist you in determining the right level for you and your family.