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Dog Training

 

Utilizing our motivational training techniques, we create dramatic and lasting change in the behavior of our clients’ dogs. Through our many years of training and research we have developed fair and balanced methods of training that allow us to cause real results with all dogs. Our Specialty is rehabilitating the behavioral problems that most trainers are unable or unwilling to take on. Our professional staff welcomes those challenges.

Don’t live in our area? No problem.  We will work with you in-person to create a training regimen for you to follow, and check-in for updates to provide insights and solutions to any roadblocks in your training. 

BASIC TRAINING

The following is a description of our Basic Training Program:

 

Attention: Our attention getting exercise teaches each dog their name and to look directly at you each time you say their name. This lays the foundation for everything else you will ever request of your dog. If your dog is paying attention to you, you can get him/her to perform anything within their ability.

Leash Manners: This teaches dogs to work properly and confidently on a loose leash. Preventing unwanted pulling and jerking is often a concern of many dog owners. Teaching dogs not to jump up on people is also covered during this training phase.

Sit/Sit Stay: Dogs are trained to sit quickly on the first command and must stay until released or asked to perform another task.

Down/Down Stay: Dogs are trained to lie down quickly on the first command and must stay until released or asked to perform another task.

Come: The dog must come and sit directly in front of the handler when given the command to do so. The dog must stay sitting until released or asked to perform another task.

Heel: The dog will walk on the left side of the handler and turn or change pace as needed. The dog will sit when the handler comes to a stop.

Release: Everything that has a beginning must have an end. That is why each dog is trained to the “FREE” or release command. When the dog has completed an exercise, he/she is given the release and may move around at will, providing they do not pull or jerk on the leash.

Climb: This exercise teaches the dog to climb onto any object and remain there until released. If you are visiting the Veterinarian, the groomer or simply taking a ride in the car, just ask your dog to climb onto the seat or on to the table. They will remain there until released.

Place: The dog is trained to go to a crate or placemat and remain there until you release them. This is very helpful when someone unexpectedly arrives at your door. Simply point to the mat and tell your dog PLACE. They will run to the mat and stay there. Going on a picnic? Take your dogs’ mat and enjoy the day with your dog, not searching for him.

We start by turning each command into a reward-based exercise. Training is conducted in a controlled environment until the dog clearly understands what is expected of them. Then, we gradually introduce environmental distractions to ensure they will perform in the presences of people, cats, traffic, other dogs etc. We even have chickens, ducks and goats on our property to create heavy environmental distractions. Finally, we proof the dogs with resistance training. This teaches the dog that when given a command they must follow the command under all circumstances and distractions.

SERVICE DOG TRAINING

Do you want to train your own service dog and need help and guidance. Do you have questions on how to get started? This virtual service dog coaching program is for you!

In short, we can help you tackle any training challenge and even help you train your own service dog. Virtual service dog coaching sessions are available on any dog training related topic. We ca address any dog and training challenge you may face. Training techniques are demonstrated virtually.  Are you training a service dog and need some help with a task? Or public access? A training challenge or behavior? This virtual coaching program is for you!

Our virtual service dog coaching is available worldwide.

The service dog coaching programs are perfect for self-training service dog owners/handlers alike.

Participation in the coaching programs for service dog trainers requires a 6-months minimum commitment.

Coaching for self-training owners/handlers requires a 12-18-months minimum commitment depending on tasking.

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