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Let’s face it there are a lot of different types of dog training methods out there. Positive Reinforcement training has become more used  because it is 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. They have come out with a public statement that supports Positive Reinforcement dog training as the more preferred and effective training. You can read both their researched articles on Dominance training theory and humane dog training through these links.

Choosing the right dog trainer for both you and your family is personal and 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 and have the same training beliefs. Then you have be able to invest 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 my 4 week training program and great for puppies. Since this is a Doggie Homeschool program, I do the training for you. This means that I will do 3 training sessions a week with your dog each week. Then there will be a skill transfer session each week with you where you will learn what fluffy learned that week. It’s important for you to know the skills since you are the one she will be listening to.  Lastly, there will be a Follow Up session when training is complete. This is important to make sure your training is still on track. Also if there are any adjustments that we need to make.

Leash Walking is my 3 week Doggie Homeschool training program. I will focus on Loose Leash Walking and Heal behaviors to have your dog walk nicely on the leash. There are 3 training sessions each week. This also includes a transfer session with you weekly to show you what we worked on. Then we will have a Follow up to make sure you are on track with training. Also if we to make any adjustments or extra training sessions are necessary. 

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 program. We want to set them up to succeed. This program is over 3 weeks with 3 training sessions each week with the dog. Then 1 weekly skill training transfer session with you to show you what we worked on. Finishing up with a Follow Up session. 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 over 12 sessions (2 times a week over 6 weeks).  This program can be used for both puppies and young dogs that need to learn basic obedience. Even some dogs that may have some anxiety issues to be worked on. I suggest writing down what your training goals are prior to our initial consultation. 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. This program can also be used as an add on. I would not recommend this program for dogs with anxiety issues.

Usually your dog looks like they are acting aggressively(but in most cases is scared) towards people who come in/near/towards the house. It will be the same when they are on the leash. Depending on our discussion at the consultation would depend on the type of program I put together. 

Watchdog is when your dog barks at people , dogs, cars, etc going by the house or the car. Basically anything they consider their domain.

Demand barking is when they bark to get something they want. In the past you have given in because you want them to stop barking. They have now learned how to get it and it has only gotten worse. 

After the consultation, I would put together a program based on where your dog is. This can be done as either Doggie Homeschool or Coaching options.

Leash Reactivity is when your dog is hyper excited to go meet a dog and probably pulling to go see them. They may not necessarily be barking, maybe they are out of excitement. This will depend on their body language. Leash reactivity doesn’t mean fear or aggression. It can mean many things but if they are super excited then they need to be calm in order to meet the other dog/person. 

On Leash Dog Fear is usually lunging and barking. 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 program needed would be determined at our consultation.

Initial Consultations are usually recommended to be via Zoom for a couple of reasons.

  1. Since this is a gathering of information and a goal setting, there is no training involved. 
  2. It helps to minimize the distraction for our conversation. Many times I find that during the conversation of trying to gather 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.
  3. You can be as comfortable as you want. It also doesn’t require a lot. If you have a laptop, tablet or mobile device with a camera. Then something to lean it up against and internet connectivity.
  4. The last thing you need  is a list of what your goals are for training. Many times when there are distractions, things get forgotten. 
You can visit my calendar here to schedule your initial consultation.

Dogs don’t generalize the same way we do. So when you are teaching them behaviors and training them,  in different places (inside/outside, different rooms, etc), different scenarios, etc. It’s important to understand that some places may be harder than others because there may be more of a distraction. This is what we want because we want them to learn with distraction but not until they first learn what the behavior means. Check out a couple videos where I am teaching Sit/Stay with different motivation but also with increased distraction for advanced dogs.

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