Maida considers breed-specific behaviors when training. That includes whether the dog was bred to hunt, pull, fight, guard, or has a strong prey drive. Other factors include temperament, age, environment, sensitivity level, and behavior and training history.
“Training doesn’t have to be cruel and punishment-oriented,” Sylvia-Stasiewicz says. “If you train using positive reinforcement, you’ll get a trained dog and you will maintain the spirit of that dog.”
Local community centers, dog daycare operations and some pet stores offer group classes that may range from $50 to $125 for four to eight weeks of one-hour sessions. Classes for puppies might cost less than those for adult dogs.
The most important aspect of guard dog training is control, which asserts your role as leader and normally comes from time you spend with your dog in enjoyable activities, including obedience training. A dog who is out of control and tries to be dominant can cause serious injuries and is far more of a liability than an asset. Never try to train your dog to bite or attack people. Doing so may be illegal in some states, and you place yourself at risk because you will be liable for injuries that result from an attack.
Begin using your electronic remote training collar. Start at the lowest level of stimulation and observe your dog when you activate it. The dog’s ear might twitch or it may move its head as if trying to get away from the collar.
Specialty classes are just that; specialized for specific needs of pet owners. From growly or fearful dogs who won’t tolerate a standard class, to managing multiple dogs in one household, we’ve got help for you. We also provide CGC instruction and classes for dogs who have been cited for misbehavior. View available specialty training classes »
If you have any problems or questions regarding dog training, or the methods used in THE Dog Class, feel free to call Marie-Josée. Phone consultations are free. Her cell number is 216-224-2712. Leave a message if she doesn’t answer, she’s probably training a soon to be good dog somewhere. Or she’s available by email at [email protected] Having trained over 2,000 dogs, and more importantly their owners, there aren’t many dog training issues she hasn’t successfully dealt with before. All customers are encouraged to contact Marie-Josée for any follow-up questions they have.
Don’t reward the dog for whining. When a puppy whines, it may be adorable and heartbreaking, but when a grown dog whines, it can drive you nuts. If your puppy whines inconsolably, you may have left him inside the crate for too long. However, you cannot release him from the crate until the whining stops. Remember — every reward you give reinforces the dog’s last behavior, which was whining in this case.
I felt like that too – but I couldn’t give up on Barrett. I decided to research and find out 100% effective techniques that work quickly and empower ALL dog owners to enjoy a great relationship with their dogs—as the master and “leader of the pack”
Galileo once used a bone to illustrate his theory about the strength of materials in proportion to their size, and we put his studies to work to create the Galileo Chew Toy! Made of extra-tough nylon, this popular Power Chew DuraChew toy is designed to withstand your powerful chewer. It’s long lasting, discourages destructive behavior, and satisfies your dog’s natural urge to chew. Made in the USA!
The ADA has put in great safeguards to protect humans in need of service animals and their pet partners, but having solid answers and evidence in case of misunderstanding or altercation is never going to hurt. If our dogs can go the extra mile, then so can we.
Another thing to keep in mind is that even though it may appear to you that your dog is barking at nothing, this is not necessarily the case. This is due to the fact that your dog has a much more acute sense of hearing, smell and sight than us humans. Your dog’s excessive barking is most probably being triggered by something.
There are thoughtful people who advocate the careful use of devices that do cause pain in training dogs, especially when the problem seems intractable. I believe that in training dogs, many methods will work and I generally respect others’ beliefs. But many dog trainers have crossed over to using only pain-free methods of training dogs. And that is what this website emphasizes. Most of these methods are based on scientific research into the use of positive reinforcement, while others are more intuitive. I’m interested in the effects of dog food on dog behavior, and write about that too.
Dogs are trained to assist people with a disability to do daily tasks. These special animals can pick up dropped objects, pull wheelchairs, predict seizures, and help with stability for walking. This list includes contact information for many of the organizations that train Service Dogs, however some may no longer exist and new ones may have formed. This list is for informational purposes only. It is up to each person to check the credentials of the organization and to find a program that is compatible to their needs.
Dogs are often referred to as man’s best friend because they’re loyal and intelligent. Dogs love being trained; being obedient and working together with humans comes naturally to them. That’s why, with a little bit of know-how, training dogs and learning tricks can be easy and rewarding.
We offer basic through advanced obedience for dogs and puppies, as well as agility classes (for the novice or the competitor), specialty classes like Fun Nose Work, Come When Called, Trick Training, and more!
Learned irrelevance is where dogs that are overexposed to a stimulus or cue learn the cue is irrelevant because the exposure has proven to be uneventful. So a dog owner who continually says “Sit, sit” without response or consequence, inadvertently teaches the dog to ignore the cue.
A good dog training class is a worthwhile investment in the future of your life with your dog. The time and money you spend on a class or two are a small fraction of what you will spend over your dog’s lifetime, and they will no doubt save you time, money, and more than a little frustration over the years. A class environment provides for some of the socialization your dog needs and teaches him to respond to you even with exciting distractions all around. A good instructor will help you become a more effective trainer and will point out mistakes that you don’t even know you’re making.
Don’t raise your voice to get his attention. Save the big booming voice for “life saving” situations, like if he escapes his fence or leash. If you rarely raise your voice, you’ll get your dog’s undivided attention when you do need to yell. But if you are always “loud” to your dog, they will ignore that sound and tune it out. Shouting will no longer be regarded as something that commands special attention.
Control bad behavior. You may use an electronic collar to manage annoying or aggressive behavior. For instance, if your dog digs holes in the backyard whenever you let him outside, be ready to use an electronic collar to train him when you let him out. When the dog begins to dig, or engage in whatever behavior you want to control, activate the transmitter. Do not hold the button down for more than 3 seconds and do not punch it repeatedly. The object is to train your dog, not injure him.
Prepare for the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification, a widely-recognized high standard of polite behavior and excellent preparation for therapy dog training. We also offer the AKC S.T.A.R. class and test.
Membership offers plenty of benefits including reduced fees for classes and workshops/seminars, access to the building and equipment for training, and invitation to certain members-only events. Learn more about joining DTCCU.
Consider clicker training your dog. The principle of clicker training is the use the click-clack noise to mark the exact moment of a dog’s good behaviour and then give the dog a reward. The dog learns to associate the click-clack with a treat and works eagerly in anticipation of the down payment on a treat that the noise marks.
Now you want to teach him to pick the keys up. Perhaps put a soft ball on the keychain so he can pick them up without damaging his teeth. Place the keychain in his mouth, click, give a cue word ‘Hold’, and reward. Repeat this regularly for several days. Now place the keys a short distance away, have the dog go to the keys, cue word ‘Keys’, and pick them up, cue word ‘Hold’. Then use your recall to bring him back with the keys. Once he has returned, get him to sit and drop the keys. Perhaps offer him an extra tasty treat, one worth dropping the keys for. Click, cue word ‘Give’, and reward.
Are the facilities adequate? Is there enough room to accommodate the class safely and comfortably? Is the place reasonably clean? Is the footing good so that you your dog won’t slip? Is the outdoor potty area reasonably clean?
And best of all, you’ll do it all WITHOUT having to resort to hitting, yelling, or using nasty training devices on your dog(which I personally think are abusive!) like electric shock collars, prong collars, or choke collars.