Why is training my dog a necessity?
As a dog owner, one of the first questions you may ask is, Does my new companion need training? Yes, and so do you! Whether you are intentionally teaching him or not, your canine friend is always learning-and this is true not just for puppies but also for older, adult dogs. If you do not teach your pet your rules, he will invent his own. Training allows caregivers to safely and humanely control their dog's behavior. Positive training enhances the bond between dog and owner, and helps ensure that your dog will respond happily to your instructions.
What should I look for in a trainer?
It's essential that the dog trainer you select uses humane training techniques that encourage appropriate behavior through such reinforcement as food, attention, play, or praise.
What training format do you offer?
We offer three formats:
1. Group Classes: In group classes, dogs learn to interact with other dogs and respond to their owners despite distractions. Owners learn by observing other people interacting with their dogs and benefit from the camaraderie.
2. Private Lessons: We offer private lessons at your home. Private lessons are good for solving specific behavoiral problems in the dog's environment. Private lessons also include group classes. This way you get the benefit of one on one instruction as well as the interaction of group classes.
3. In-Kennel Training: In-kennel training at our facility is a valuable time-saver for the dog's owner. This includes follow up private lessons at your home and group classes when your dog is returned to you.
When possible, all family members should participate in the dog's training. By learning to communicate humanely and effectively with their canine friend, they will develop bonds that will form the basis of the entire relationship.
What should I seek in a group class?
We would like to invite you to observe a class before signing up. Watch for the following:
- Is class size limited to allow for individual attention?
- Are there separate classes for puppies and adult dogs?
- Are there different class levels (for example, beginner, intermediate, and advanced)?
- Are training equipment and methods humane?
- Does the trainer use a variety of methods to meet dogs' individual needs?
- Is proof of vaccination required?
- Are the owners and dogs enjoying themselves?
- Are dogs and owners actively encouraged?
- Is praise given frequently?
- Are voice commands given in upbeat tones?
- Is information available on how dogs learn, problem solving, and related topics?