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Let’s face it there are a lot of different types of dog training methods out there. Positive Reinforcement training (the training methodology that I use with my clients) has become more used and become scientifically more effective in training than “dominance theory” training. It has become so researched and supported that even the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior has done their own research and supports Positive Reinforcement dog training as the more preferred and effective training. You can read their researched article here.
Choosing the right dog trainer for you and your family is important. You will be working with this person for several weeks depending on your training issue. So you will need to be able to communicate effectively, have the same training beliefs and be able to have the time and budget for the dog trainer. The American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior has written a great article with tips on how to choose a trainer and key points to look for. You can read the article here.
Polite Dog Training is great for puppies and where I spend 4 weeks with your dog. Training them on the beginning behaviors of Sit, Down, Stay, Look, Hand Targeting and Recall (Come). This is a Doggie Homeschool package, so I do the training for you. What that means is that I will do 3 training sessions a week with your dog each week over 4 weeks. We will also do a training session each week with you where you will learn what fluffy learned that week. This is typically called a transfer session. Basically because we want the skills to go over to you since you are the one she will be listening to! So you have to learn it. When the 4 week training is done we will have what a call a Fido Follow Up session. I like to schedule a training session to see how you guys are doing to make sure training is still on track and if there are any adjustments that need to be made.
Leash Walking is another Doggie Homeschool training package and great for puppies or young dogs who need to learn how to walk on a leash. I spend 3 weeks focusing on Loose Leash Walking and Heal behaviors to have a dog that walks nicely on the leash. I also include Look as well. There are 3 training sessions each week then each week I will have a session with you where I will show you what me and fluffy worked on so that Fluffy will be following your lead and not just mine. At the end we will have my Fido Follow up to make sure you all are on track with your training and if any adjustments or extra training sessions are needed.
Impulse control is one of the hardest things for dogs to do. That’s why I have just Leave It, Drop It and Stay in one package. We want to set them up to succeed. Just like my leash walking package, this package is over 3 weeks with 3 training sessions each week with the dog, 1 skill training session with you where I show you what we worked on. Then we end it all with Fido Follow Up. Since Impulse Control is so difficult for dogs, extra sessions may be needed as each dog learns at their own pace.
Diamond Dog is where I coach you through the process of training your dog. Since this package is 12 sessions (2 times a week over 6 weeks) this package can be used for puppies / young dogs that need to learn basic obedience or some dogs that may have some anxiety issues to be worked on. I suggest writing down what your training goals are prior to starting our training program. It’s important to set a realistic goal for what can be achieved during our time together. If you want to put together a personalized training plan, that is definitely an option.
Happy hound is good for working on 2 to 3 behaviors that need to be refined. I would not suggest this for puppy training unless you are using it as an add on. This is also not recommended for a dog with anxiety issues. Happy Hound is great for basic obedience behaviors.
This is when your dog looks like acting aggressively(but in most cases is scared) towards people who come in/near/towards the house or the same when they are on the leash. Depending on what would be discussed at the consultation would depend on the type of package that is put together.
Watchdog is when your dog barks at people , dogs, cars, etc going by the house or the car. Anything that they consider their domain.
Demand barking is when they bark to get something they want and in the past you have given in because you want them to stop barking. Now they have figured out how to get it and it has only gotten worse. These are just some examples.
At the consultation and assessment, a package would be put together based on where your dog is. These can be done as either Doggie Homeschool or Coaching options
Leash Reactivity is when the dog is hyper excited to go meet a dog and probably pulling to go see them. They may not necessarily be barking or maybe they are out of excitement but it depends on their body language. Leash reactivity doesn’t mean fear or aggression, it can mean many things but that if they are super excited they need to be calm in order to meet the other dog/person.
On Leash Dog Fear is usually lunging and barking (this is what my Mojo does, it’s down to barking most times now). Reading the body language and what they are saying will determine what they are saying. Even the bark when fearful will be different then a normal bark.
These can only be done as Doggie Homeschool. The package needed would be determined at the consultation and assessment.
Initial Consultations and Assessments are done online via Zoom for a couple of reasons.
- Since this is a gathering of information and a goal setting for you and your dog, there is no training involved. However, you are more than welcome to show me the behaviors your dog can do at this point.
- It helps to minimize the distraction for our conversation. Many times I find that during the conversation of trying to gather the information the dog loves to be the center of attention and of course they should be, however it limits what we are able to discuss in the time that we have. In order for me to help you achieve your goals, the less distractions the better.
- You can be as comfortable as you want. It also doesn’t require a lot. A laptop, tablet or mobile device with a camera, something to lean it up against and internet connectivity.
- The last thing you need and is sometimes forgotten is a list of what your goals are for training. Many times when there are distractions, things get forgotten.