If you ask around, you’ll get all kinds of advice about training your dog. Some people will tell you that the key is to use a “firm hand”-to make sure your dog doesn’t think she can get away with naughty behavior. Some people argue that you only use rewards in dog training and avoid punishing your dog in any way. Some people insist that all you have to do is “be the alpha dog,” assert your status as the dominant leader of your “pack.” It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the glut of differing opinions out there.
I believe that if I can give you a free video that you can watch, try on your dog and see results within a few minutes, that you’ll be far more likely to come back and invest in one of my more advanced dog training programs. It’s the only way I know of to truly earn your trust. And even if you don’t decide to invest in my program, I want you to still see progress with your dog and leave you happier, and more knowledgeable about training obedient dogs then before you visited my site.
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Every interaction with your puppy is a training opportunity. Training a puppy when you first bring them home is critical. It is obvious that you need certain physical items such as a dog bed or crate, food and water bowls, puppy chow, collar, leash, toys, etc. Equally as important, all family members must decide and agree on routine, responsibility and rules. I offer free puppy training for individuals that sign up for my regular programs.
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I tell my clients that the best time to train is when their dog is about to hit the “puppy spaz” hour—that time of day when he races around the house or yard for no apparent reason. I find that it is usually around the same time every day. This is the perfect time to do some training.
Some people believe that the only way to transform a disobedient dog into a well-behaved one is to dominate her and show her who’s boss. However, the “alpha dog” concept in dog training is based more on myth than on animal science. More importantly, it leads misguided pet parents to use training techniques that aren’t safe, like the “alpha roll.” Dogs who are forcibly rolled onto their backs and held down can become frightened and confused, and they’re sometimes driven to bite in self defense.
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Whether you want to learn how to train a puppy or are hoping to teach your old dog some new tricks, Petco’s expert trainers in Bartlesville are here to help. We offer beginning through advanced classes for puppies and adult dogs, including complete training packages and a canine good citizen class. Learn more or sign up today by calling (918) 886-6224.
Hold the leash as close to the dog’s collar as you comfortably can. The farther away from the dog’s collar you hold your hand, the less control you have. Apply a little upward tension on the collar — just enough to let him know the tension is there, but not enough to make him uncomfortable.
“I’m so glad I found Pam’s website www.MainLineDogs.com . She responded right away to my email and was very positive and helpful. She gave me lots of advice on bringing our new puppy home before we even meet for our first training session! Gracie our lab puppy responded to Pam right away and she was really good at giving us training tips. It was amazing what she was able to teach us, and how well Gracie responded to her methods of positive reinforcement. Gracie had sit, down and roll over commands on Pam’s first visit! Pam is so easy to work with, easy to schedule, and very friendly and professional. I would recommend her to anyone.”
Stand up and wait a few breaths before giving your release word. You can use “free” or you can create a new command for feeding time like “get your food” or “yummy.” Try to choose something you wouldn’t accidentally say to other people, such as “time to eat,” or, “let’s eat,” as this might falsely cue your dog that it’s time for his dinner.
The best service dogs are intelligent and eager to please, which often makes their size irrelevant. Any breed from a Chihuahua to a Great Dane can potentially fill the role if they have the correct temperament. 
Rather than punish the dog for doing something bad, Sylvia-Stasiewicz had the client greet the dog only when it was sitting. If the dog jumped, the client ignored it or turned his back. But when the dog sat, he got his favorite treat of a stuffed Kong or praise as a reward for not jumping. After five weeks of class time plus practice, the dog stopped jumping.
If you are experienced and will not have the dog near unfixed dogs at any time (not to be taken lightly), the ideal is between one and two years depending on when your dog’s bone’s growth plates close (usually earlier for small dogs and later for larger dogs). This enables the dog to have stronger bones, which is especially important for some kinds of service dogs that perform rigorous physical tasks for the handler (such as mobility assistance dogs).
Puppy Preschool (For puppies 8 – 20 weeks) – 10 days of day care training with socializing and housebreaking and initial one hour private in your home with 2 one hour private lessons at our school – $1,375.00
Reputable dog trainers will tell you it’s essential for you to be involved in your dog’s training plan, and to reinforce the training by practicing at home. So whether you and your dog start with a formal series of classes or you choose to work on your dog’s behavior before attending classes, it’s important to know the basics about how dogs learn.
Laying a solid training foundation will make life with your dog easier and more fun. If you’re not sure where to start, sign up for an in-person obedience class; there’s no better way to train your dog than to practice with an expert IRL. You can also follow any of the helpful links above, and check out our blog archives for additional tips and tricks.
Jump up ^ “The Use of Positive Reinforcement Training Techniques to Enhance the Care, Management, and Welfare of Primates in the laboratory” (PDF). Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
Tommy has showed us how simple it can be to help a dog learn good manners and the correct behavior. He is a very patient person and a true animal lover, both of which are extremely important qualities of a dog trainer. Read More…
Pups between the ages of 9–12 weeks who were permitted to observe their narcotics-detecting mothers at work generally proved more capable at learning the same skills at six months of age than control puppies the same age who were not previously allowed to watch their mothers working. A 2001 study recorded the behaviour of dogs in detour tests, in which a favorite toy or food was placed behind a V-shaped fence. The demonstration of the detour by humans significantly improved the dogs’ performance in the trials. The experiments showed that dogs are able to rely on information provided by human action when confronted with a new task. Significantly, they did not copy the exact path of the human demonstrator, but adopted the detour behavior shown by humans to reach their goal. A 1977 experiment by Adler and Adler found that puppies who watched other puppies learn to pull a food cart into their cages by an attached ribbon proved considerably faster at the task when later given the opportunity themselves. At 38 days of age, the demonstrator puppies took an average of 697 seconds to succeed, while the observers succeeded in an average of 9 seconds.
Tommy was different from the very first conversation we had about Abby – he was positive! It was nothing like the other trainers. He had an amazing disposition just in his initial meeting with Abby, and I knew that this time she was finally going to get what she needed. Read More…
Teach your dog specialized skills. The specific tasks you might want to teach the dog will depend on your disability. If you are profoundly deaf, then teaching a dog to alert you to the doorbell ringing, a phone going off, or a smoke detector alarm are all useful ideas. Likewise, if you have mobility issues, you might want the dog to retrieve small household items for you, such as keys, a remote, or a phone.
Our dog obedience and behavior modification programs provide reliable, simple, and effective solutions to meet the needs of our clients. Problem solving and successful rehabilitation are our specialty and we often help dogs and owners that other trainers will not. Our trainers are dedicated to providing quality solutions to fit the needs of our clients and their dogs. At Highland Canine Training, we understand how important your dog is in your life. We also understand how important it is to have a well-trained dog. Our trainers offer professional dog obedience training as well as dog behavior modification and we specialize in aggressive and “hard to train” dogs. We offer puppy training, basic and off-leash dog obedience training as well as private dog obedience lessons for all breeds and all ages.
The American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (AKC CGC) certification is recognized as a high standard of dog behavior and is an excellent way to prepare for therapy dog training. This training class prepares you and your dog to take the AKC CGC test as well as improve on behaviors already learned.
We are conveniently located between Washington DC and Baltimore in Howard County, Maryland providing professional dog training and boarding services to the residents of the greater DC, metro area and surrounding counties.
Jump up ^ McKinley, S.; R. J. Young (2003). “The efficacy of the model-rival method when compared with operant conditioning for training domestic dogs to perform a retrieval-selection task”. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 81 (4): 357–365. doi:10.1016/S0168-1591(02)00277-0
…until the next time he’s up all night barking. Oh boy, what are you going to do? You’ve tried everything—but Fido’s immune to just about everything you’ve tried—and it’s starting to look like the end of the road.
We had a great experience with Dog Training Now! The staff worked really hard with our two dogs and were very patient with our stubborn pups who feel in love with going to dog school everyday. We are extremely grateful for all their help.