Obedience Training Class Topics


Look At Me

Quality time involves paying attention to your dog and your dog paying attention to you. By teaching them to "look at me" both you and your dog will create a bond that will never be broken. This command has many useful purposes; in teaching your dog to heel off leash, in obedience classes, agility training, games, and for getting your dog's attention for safety purposes (i.e., before he runs into the street).

Leave It/Take It

The goal of the "Leave It/Take It" technique is for your dog to wait for permission to go to objects that are lying on the ground or in your hand. This exercise will help teach self-control, and can be used in many ways (i.e., wait to come out of the car, wait to go through the door, wait to grab a tossed toy, focus on you when he gets to the end of the leash, etc.). It can be a life saver if your dog is about to eat a poisonous plant, pesticide or anti-freeze!

Noise Phobia Prevention

A puppy's sensitive period for socialization is 4 to 16 weeks of age, and this includes exposure to stimuli such as noise. A sensitive period is a time when a small amount of work or no work at all can have a large impact on the dog's future behavior. At 8 weeks, the fear reaction is fully developed; however, sociability outweighs fear until the puppy is roughly 16 weeks old. This phenomenon makes it easier for the puppy to be introduced to frightening stimuli without permanent fear setting in than it would if older. If a puppy is not exposed to new stimuli between 4 and 26 weeks, she is more likely to be fearful of those stimuli. Our classes will help expose your dog to noise with positive conditioning and should promote confident, calm behavior.

Crate Training

Providing your puppy or dog with an indoor crate can satisfy its need for security. Besides being an effective housebreaking tool, it can also help to reduce separation anxiety, to prevent destructive behavior, and to keep your puppy away from potentially dangerous household items.

Most dogs that have been introduced to a crate at a young age think of the crate as their quiet place, their alone place, and a no one can bother me place. They do not share their crate with any other dog and of course no children are ever allowed to go in the crate. Our classes will show you how to set up, introduce, and make your dog's crate a positive environment, which benefits the whole family.

Go To Place

There are many benefits of having "a place" that your pup can retreat to. You can put your pup on his place with a toy when you're having dinner, doing the laundry and even when you're watching television at night. You can also place it in his crate and take it when you go visiting. It will even work outside, and of course it is easy to clean. Creating his "place," must always be a positive experience and never used as punishment, and is one of many valuable techniques taught in our training classes.

Nothing In Life Is Free

A dog is a pack animal who understands leadership and rank. The essence of the "nothing in life is free" program is to cultivate the dog's dependence, respect, and reliance on you, and thus establish your leadership and influence in the household. This is achieved by having the dog earn every valued resource (food, toys, treats, games, petting, etc.) by following a command. You will learn to have a well behaved dog, eager to please you.

Ringing the Bell

You're probably asking yourself, why would I want my dog to ring a bell to go outside? Here are a few reasons: your dog will not ruin your door by scratching at it, you cannot "hear" your dog sitting at the door, and barking at the door can at times become disruptive. Once your dog has mastered this technique he will ring the bell, and as your dog matures you can also teach him, "just a moment", so you will have a few minutes to get a leash. We have used this technique on puppies as young as 8 weeks of age and there is no age too old to learn.

Preventing Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can occur at any age; early training and teaching behavior modification techniques are essential for all of our canine companions. The signs of separation anxiety include; destructive activity, vocalization, elimination, self injury and salivation during the owners absence. There are several things that we can do for our dogs to help prevent separation anxiety. Methods for teaching our companions include learning that "alone time" can be a positive experience.

Call our office now to attend one of our classes, and you will learn these technique and others. Learning to train your dog is an invaluable tool and is fun for the whole family. Early training is instrumental to a happy relationship and behavioral modification is crucial when problems develop. We want to help you have a happy, healthy relationship with your pet for many years, whether a newly adopted pet or an existing pet having issues that are affecting your relationship.

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