Finding the Right Dog Trainer
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Starting Sat, July 26* - Puppy 1 - pups aged 8-17 weeks
Starting Sat, July 26* - Rocket Recall - Come When Called Every Time
Starting Tue, Aug 5 - Basic Manners 1 - adolescent/adult dogs
*Due to a continuing education event, this class has been changed and will start on Saturday, August 1st. We will make sure that you have access to all information you need before the start of actual training.
We use force free training, based on animal behavior learning theory that is scientifically known to produce great results with fewer risks than methods involving discomfort, startle, fear or intimidation. We want you to have a great dog with less stress on both of you.
THE BASICS - HOW DO I GET MY PUPPY/DOG TO STOP (......)? Our basic classes address nipping, jumping up, door bolting, and other common behavior problems that can ruin your relationship with (believe it or not) the GREAT dog you already have hiding within that furry suit. We also focus on important skills that help your dog know what to do in the human world he lives in, rather than be punished for behavior which seems normal to him in the dog world he comes from.
WHO'S WALKING WHOM? Tired of your dog dragging YOU for a walk? If you dread sore shoulders and embarrassment when it's time to go for a walk with your dog, this short but sweet class is for you! Turn your leash monster to a Lassie with the hints we'll give you during Polite Leash Class fully dedicated to loose leash walking. We put you at the control end of the leash so you can make your walks more enjoyable.
WHO'S CHASING WHOM? Tired of worrying that your dog won't come directly the first time you call? Scared that he'll run into the road? Frustrated that he seems to want to play a chase game with you versus coming to you when you want him? Our Rocket Recall class can help! We'll show you what motivates dogs to want to come so you can improve your recall results.
WE CAN HELP!
Our gentle, but fun, dog training techniques involve lots of reward for good behavior - the less stingy we are, the more the dog wants to please us. Rather like humans who go to work every day would expect a paycheck, and perhaps a bonus for really exemplary service, dogs very much enjoy working to get what they want, be it food, toys, going for a ride, playing with other dogs, etc.
We change undesirable behavior by removing the reward, and, more importantly, by training a different behavior that the dog can do instead of the one you'd rather he not do. Just as with children, we can also use "time out" with dogs. Dogs, like children, learn by the consequences of their actions, but at no time do we ever use any scary or pain-inducing techniques to convey our message to the dog any more than we would with a toddler.
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OUR TRAINING HALL IS GATED FOR OFF LEASH TRAINING
You may pay less for classes at the big box store, but will they give your dog off leash experience and your puppy adequate socialization playing with other pups? Off leash play is one factor in preventing puppy nipping. Puppy classes at Paws for Praise focus on: house training, creating a soft mouth, no jumping up, enjoying attention from strangers, giving things back nicely, loving the groomer and vet, and of course the usual sit, down, stand, leave it, come, and learn to walk nicely on a leash. You're not likely to find a safer and more comprehensive curriculum to educate a great family dog.
OUR INSTRUCTORS HAVE DEGREES IN BEHAVIOR SCIENCE
Dog training is currently an unregulated industry, with no license required. Anyone can hang a shingle, and consumers have no guarantee of competency. However, our trainers are well educated with traditional university educations in psychology and behavior science, as well as having apprenticeship experience. They also pursue continuing education at seminars and workshops with nationally known trainers, and with the Academy for Dog Trainers.
WE ARE RECOMMENDED BY MANY LOCAL VETERINARIANS
We are grateful that many local vets have adopted AVSAB standards for puppy socialization, and for recommending against referral to dominance based trainers. As people of science, we respect each other's professions. We enjoy providing a service to veterinary practices by helping pet owners create more dogs that enjoy their medical visits more, through conditioning and training that is designed to make them more at ease when they visit the clinic.
OUR PUPPY TRAINING IS DESIGNED TO SOCIALIZE PUPPIES IN TIME TO DEVELOP GOOD SOCIAL SKILLS AND PREVENT AGGRESSION
Our class for young puppies is designed to prevent the three most common causes for aggression: social deficits, body handling issues; and resource guarding. The best time to socialize puppies is early. Learn more about vaccinations and socialization.
WE ARE FAMILY FRIENDLY
From long experience, we find that children over the age of 7 do best at class. If your children are younger, you may want to bring another adult to supervise, as we do not interrupt class once it starts. All adult family members are welcome, too, and we have an occasional dog that brings his/her dog walker, which is fine with us!
NO DOG IS TOO OLD TO TRAIN
We train puppies, young adolescents, adults, and even geriatric dogs. While it may be too late to "socialize" an older dog, we can often make things better for those of you whose dogs are "reactive."
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