The best dog you ever had might already be living with you!
Let us help you bring out the wonder dog within your dog.
Well behaved graduates Boo, Rosa, Jenny and Wilson with some of their friends at a charity walk.
We're dog lovers, too! All ages, all breeds, all sizes.
That's why Paws for Praise commits to using dog-friendly methods.
No pain, all gain!
It's fun, it's easier than you think, and your dog will love you for it.
Email us today or use our message line at 978-356-3286. We are open during the construction on Liberty St. and the road is open to our building from the Route 35 side.
FIRST, A WORD ABOUT CONSUMER PROTECTION... You have a right to know exactly what will happen to your dog when using any training methods.
At Paws for Praise, we use evidence-based force free training, incorporating the latest science of how animals learn in the real world. Our methods reflect the highest standards in the industry today, and carry much 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. We specifically do the following:
Set your dog's environment up to help him achieve success
Use positive reinforcement training to get him to do more of the things you want
Teach the dog behaviors he can do in lieu of the things you don't want him to do
Change the dog's reaction to things he finds scary or disconcerting by creating a safe environment and pleasant associations with those stimuli
1. WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENS WHEN YOUR DOG GETS IT RIGHT?
We tell the dog, using a marker word or signal, that he got it right, then we follow up quickly with a reinforcement (paycheck). Dogs repeat behavior that works for them, so we make it worth the dog's while to do the things we want him to do.
The "paycheck" might be food, a ball, a toy, a privilege (such as getting to play with another dog, or go outside, or praise, but it's something that the DOG is interested in.
We pay after the desired behavior, so that your dog isn't being bribed.
2. WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENS WHEN YOUR DOG GETS IT WRONG?
The dog simply doesn't earn the desired reinforcement. The trainer may or may not use a signal that tells the dog no reinforcement is coming, such as "Try again" or "Oops" - in no case is the signal used in a harsh tone, as it's just information, not a punishment.
The trainer re-evaluates the training plan to see if the dog can benefit from simply getting another chance to get it right, receiving a brief time out, or changing the difficulty level slightly by lowering or maintaining the difficulty level until the dog is ready for the next criteria step.
The trainer might even give the dog a rest period to "sleep on it" - which is an effective tool, used properly. It is especially helpful in not "over facing" young puppies, for example.
The response might just be ignored - dogs do less of the behaviors that don't result in success - as defined by the dog.
3. ARE THERE ANY LESS INVASIVE TECHNIQUES TO WHAT THE TRAINER IS RECOMMENDING?
No, Paws for Praise is already at that plateau. We are a founding member of the Pet Professional Guild and thus we reject the use of harsh collars, or any other forms of punishment that work because they elicit either pain, fear, or avoidance. We want animals to develop positive associations with the humans in their lives, and to enjoy the training process.
Competent, educated trainers understand the high risk side effects of inappropriate punishment and they avoid using methods associated with the development of fear, aggression, and learned helplessness.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO GET STRAIGHT ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS?
Training is an unregulated industry. Even trainers with certifications of one sort or another may be legally free to use methods of their choice that are of the high risk variety. They know that most people don't want their dogs hurt, so they may use clever marketing language to cover up their use of pain or intimidation.