The best dog and puppy obedience classes are those that provide you and your puppy and dog with optimal support in typical daily life experiences. Artificial environments are not what we live and cope with on a daily basis.
So what is the best classroom to learn in?
The classroom of daily life.
Which is why my dog and puppy obedience classes are in your environment – real life situ, not in an artificial environment. I teach you and your puppy or dog in your home, in your backyard, on your street, in your dog park your neighborhood amongst your family, your friends, your neighbor – providing the best opportunities for learning and socialization. Supporting the healthy development of life skills for real life situations.
The first portion of the class is all about learning the basics – not sit and stay, but instead the underlying foundation on which providing direction to your dog will be based.
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Dogs are very insightful communicators – much more so than the average human. Because dogs can sense and discern to a degree that exceeds that of an untrained human, it does not matter what you say as much as what you feel. How you feel at any one given moment instantaneously transmits itself to: Your body in the form of … Read More »
In my experience changing a dog’s unhealthy habits can be accomplished with more ease than changing a human’s unhealthy habits. Why? Is it because the dog is less intelligent than the human? In my estimation it is not that the dog is less intelligent. A dog is generally more observant and therefore a more insightful communicator than an ‘untrained human’. … Read More »
Behavior – ‘good’ and ‘bad’ is created, enabled, influenced and maintained by a series of interconnected elements including but not limited to… Inherited traits and Acquired traits that define the individual as a unique being these can be subtle variations or obvious variations between individuals Environmental influences (animate, inanimate) past, present and anticipation of future societal beliefs regarding the canine … Read More »
To understand the potential negative impacts of a training approach all one has to do is put that approach into human terms. By that I mean what would happen if you adopted the approach with another human? Well lets take a look at a few examples… If You Choose the Alpha Approach You Will: Trigger a fight with the person … Read More »
The second portion of my puppy and dog obedience class is all about putting theory into practice – building structure and direction around and into daily life.
- Basic Training
- Sit, stay, lie down, wait, recall
- Advanced Training – for example
- Avoiding the creation of anxious and insecure behavior
- Manners around food
- Manners around toys
- Manners around family members and guests
- Socialization with dogs and/or other animals
- The walk
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