What Are The Benefits Of Attending A Group Class?
- Your dog gets undivided attention, one hour per week, for 7 weeks from you.
- Socialization with other dogs and people in a safe, controlled environment.
- Training that is fun and fair. We shape wanted behaviours by using high value rewards and marker training.
- Real life scenarios. We teach dogs to generalize, work through distractions and perform in various environments.
- Problem solving and manners. We discuss how to prevent or address unwanted behaviours and our staff is available by phone or email to help answer any questions.
- Consistency at home. We constantly encourage our students to incorporate what we learn in class into their every day routine, providing detailed examples of how to do so.
- Training that works. After we have given you the tools, we test what we have learned by practicing in a new environment (one out of facility field trip included).
Reward-Based, Balanced Training
Firstly, I don't have an entire lifetime to train one dog.
I believe we have to communicate clearly and consistently in order for our dogs to grasp what we are asking of them; keeping things very black and white with no grey areas during training.
I use my voice paired with high value rewards to shape behaviours and ensure the dog fully understands what is being asked of him, and enjoys performing those obedience commands (or behaviours) for me. Only then, when the dog has a good grasp of what is being asked, I teach him to generalize.
We proof, proof, proof each command during class by working through various distractions (toys, sounds, other dogs of different sizes, etc). By allowing our dogs to make mistakes during class, we can show them what not to do in a safe, controlled environment and then reward them for making good choices. A dog can only fully understand a command once they have been given the opportunity to problem solve, and understand what did and did not work.
"Dogs are problem solvers. Every behaviour they offer means ‘I wonder if this will change my current situation'?" -Connie Cleveland
I strongly believe that by effectively teaching people how to communicate with their dogs, we can make it possible for people and dogs to coexist happily in their day to day life!