training

Training Programs Available:
Private Lessons $85
Boot Camp- 1 week $475

All programs include basic obedience, manners, and socialization.


Training is an important component of your dog's overall health and safety. Since you take your dog to the Vet (medical), take your dog into your heart (emotional), and take your dog to exercise, should you not take your dog to work? I do not mean your work. I mean provide for him a job so he can be mentally strong. Dogs deserve to be balanced. Balancing your dog's life provides your home with a trusting, respectful and well-mannered pet.

 

 

 

Which program you choose depends on your skill, time, family interrelationships with the dog (young kids/other pets) and the origin of the dog. Please call me or write to find out which program is for you.

What is training?

Training is about teaching your dog a list of verbs that you will implement through the use of a leash, patience, and simple communication. The list of commands would include: COME, SIT, HEEL, DOWN, STAY, OFF, LEAVE IT, BACK, QUIT, QUIET, WATCH, LET'S GO, WAIT plus a whole lot more.

Why should I train my dog?
Training sets boundaries while instilling self-esteem. This will make your dog a proper member of your family.

How is this accomplished?
Dogs need to be given at least 15 minutes each day of formal schooling which includes all leash work. Then while you're interacting with your dog in a casual way the same words should be used to instill manners.

What does self-esteem have to do with dog training?
Dog of any age are like children. They naturally want to please. If the teacher (you) make them feel good about what they are learning, they will repeat that wanted behavior, thus establishing positive self esteem.

Should I use treats?
Basic training should be done without anything like treats because it is artificial. Your relationship with your dog is his reward.

What techniques should I use then?
Your dog will benefit by allowing him to drag a leash so that when you ask him to do something and he is no t quite solid in his learning, the leash can be used to mechanically execute the command. By giving your dog commands even in a casual way, it's like giving your dog a job.

What does employing my dog mean?
Think about it. When you do a job- do you not want to do it the best you can? For one- money and two-self gratification? Well dogs think much the same way. The difference being they do not need the extrinsic reward (money- treat). Though treats do make a dog perform, they would rather gain self-gratification and please you. This self-gratification is called intrinsic reward

What is the relationship between intrinsic rewards and self esteem?
The more a dog is experiencing positive interaction in training it will feel better about doing that command over and over again. “It is the nature of the beast”.

What is the best way to communicate with my dog?
A dog prefers clear, simple and consistent language. Their preference would be for you to:

1) Eliminate the word NO from your vocabulary unless it is a 911 emergency situation.
2) Do not repeat commands
3) Do not use harsh volume

Well that seems too soft and fluffy. How does one influence a dog without strength in hand and voice, or bait?
Remember in training you are developing an animal’s respect. It wants to learn. It is about establishing wanted behaviors. Webster’s dictionary defines a behavior as “an action that is quantifiable and measurable. In order to have a dog develop and maintain good behaviors, you must teach in a format that informs the dog as to what you want it to do, over and over.
Behavior- Verbs- Actions

So now what? Do I expect my dog to never do anything wrong?
Your dog will make mistakes. But as a trainer (owner or handler) you should take the initiative to teach your dog appropriate behavior. By showing your dog the better choice and making him feel good about that choice, then he will do his best to do that action.

Can you give me some examples?
Okay, you have a dog/puppy. In anyway that best suits you- dog school, private lessons, a video, reading a book or whatever , teach the basics to your dog. I will call that “formal schooling”. When you take your dog out for a walk, don’t just walk out and back. That is boring for a dog. Also don’t let him sniff every piece of earth, which is disrespecting your time. Make him do stuff. As you walk down the street, pretend you are dancing with your dog and throw in the commands. Mix them up, vary them. Develop a relationship with your dog where he can feel useful. Employ your dog.

Sounds like a lot of work. Suppose I don’t have a lot of time?
You have chosen to own a dog. Just like the vaccinations, spaying/neutering, food, water and shelter a dog deserves basic training. Pick a hallway, driveway or do laps between two telephone poles out in front of your house. Take ten minutes a day; develop that vocabulary with your dog.

How does dragging a leash help my dog?
Without sounding idealist a dog that is taught the basic commands during “school time” should be executing the same commands when in “off time”. This “off time” is not really free time. Dogs should be on your time. When you give a command the dog should respond right away. If you give your command clearly and simply, your dog does not respond, use the leash to show your dog the execution of the command you said.(Wean your dog off the leash as a tutor when he does the commands without needing prompting. Don’t think your dog is ignoring you or being stubborn. Remember dogs are always in learning mode, with the leash on you have access to your dog. This is used to remind him what the word means and to do it when told.

Here are some examples of realistic expectations of your dog's behavior:


1) Pleasant greetings when he approaches someone, without jumping.
2) When someone comes over to visit, your dog should be able to DOWN/STAY for an appropriate amount of time.
3) Teach your dog not to jump on counters or get in the trash.
4) When your dog has good manners, you will not have to "shun" them away into another room or be embarrassed by his behavior.

Wow that is exactly what I want my dog to do, to have manners and respect when I say something.

How can I be sure I keep doing the right thing to make all this happen?

Remember, dog training is like parenting. Set limits, ensure a positive learning environment, teach by example, allow for errors, correct properly, and never forget- training a dog is only one step- behavior management is the second step.

Train your dog- establish wanted behavior.

Training is not an event of the day; it is a program to live by.


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