Our dog training blends effective, humane management techniques with positive reinforcement training methods. We believe that positive training is the most effective and humane method of creating happy, eager, and joyful partnerships between animals and humans.
All our training classes (private or group) are designed to help you create a better relationship with your dog. We teach the "why your dog does what he does", how your dog see the world, and give you some strategies on helping your dog learn the rules of the house and the wider community. Remember that a dog with self-control will never be out-of-control. Our training is simple and it works. A dog that looks at you is waiting for the next 'command'
What is Positive Reinforcement? It is a training method based on the science of operant conditioning, which is a set of scientific principles about why animals change their behaviour. - basically, create positive associations to get the behaviour that you want.
Behaviour is changed when it is reinforced. It is also called Reward Based -- rewarding good behaviour, ignoring and also correcting bad behaviour. Basically, if the behaviour is rewarding for the dog (or human) they will continue to do it, because it works. It's our duty to tell a dog what it needs to do to become rewarded for them. If your dog jumps up on you or on your friend, don't tell your dog NO because he doesn't know what NO means, but s/he surely knows what SIT means.
Dogs need direction. A dog can not be 100% perfect. They will make mistakes, but it is up to us to teach them the right behaviour.
10 Reasons to spend time training your dog
To educate yourself on how to better communicate with your dog in order to live in harmony.
To compete in competitions. While it may not be your intention to train to this level it is possible to get "hooked". Training should always be enjoyable and is a challenge for the dog and owner to achieve new levels. Competition ranges from basic commands through to agility where dogs compete against the clock over an obstacle course, and tracking where dogs must follow a scent to find a person.
To train means spending time with your dog - at least 10 minutes per day practising lessons learnt with a dog trainer or what you read in books. This strengthens the relationship between dog and owner.
For a dog to learn to respect the owner as the leader (leader doesn't mean forcing your will on your best friend, rather showing him/her what's expected of them and reinforcing it with a verbal acknowledge, and surprise him with a treat occasionally.)
To help overcome common problems such as jumping on visitors.
To add variety to the dog's life and help prevent boredom which in turn overcomes behavioural problems, such as digging and unnecessary barking in bored dogs.
To impress people. While all the dogs around you are out of control you will be proud of your dog's response to your commands.
To make your dog accept being handled when grooming or at the veterinary clinic.
To perhaps get some dog registration concession on registration fees for trained dogs.
Dogs which are trained are a pleasure to take for a walk and a pleasure to own.
Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative.Mordecai Siegal
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