THE Dog Class was voted “Best Dog Training” in the Cleveland Fox 8 Hot List Contest. There were 34 nominees in the category. This was a testament from the many customers that owner and trainer Marie-Josée Gatian has helped through the years. She has had numerous repeat customers.
A dog learns from interactions it has with its environment. This can be through classical conditioning, where it forms an association between two stimuli; non-associative learning, where its behavior is modified through habituation or sensitisation; and operant conditioning, where it forms an association between an antecedent and its consequence.
Obedience training really is not for the dog… it’s for YOU. This training teaches you how to communicate what you want your dog to do in a way that he understands. If you send your dog to someone else to train them, they learn to work with that person, not you. Take the time to learn how to train your dog, don’t pass the responsibility off to someone else. In some cases, you may need to have your dog learn the basics from someone else. But then, you should have the trainer work with you AND the dog together. This will make sure that you have the ability to continue the training at home. Check back in with the trainer for “tune up” sessions for you and your dog to keep everyone on track.
What’s more fun than having well trained dogs doing hand stands, back flips and bouncing off walls at your special event. We’ll provide entertainment for your birthday party, corporate event, half time show or festival.
Imagine your dog listening to you every time, even when there are distractions. Imagine your dog no longer pulling on the leash or jumping on guests. Imagine a dog you can take places and not be embarrassed. We can make this a reality.
Never punish your dog for eliminating indoors. Accidents happen, and dogs don’t understand cause and effect the same way people do. Clean up mess, remind yourself that it will get better the more consistent you are, and move on.
In general, those individuals employed as dog trainers are largely “self educated”. This means they have read extensively on behavior modification and dog ethology, attended seminars, workshops and conventions, and perhaps mentored with other trainers. There are some “dog training schools”. As a matter of policy, at this time the APDT cannot endorse any of the selected training programs that are available around the country. When you investigate a school, be sure to inquire about methods used.
We offer In-Home Tutoring, either in single lessons or complete training programs. If your dog gets carsick or hasn’t had enough vaccinations to go to another location, In-Home Tutoring is the perfect solution. If there is particular destructive or an issue with barking or guests, often the best solution is to have a trainer come to your home and solve it right there.
Tommy invested his one-on-one attention to Bruno everyday. Within a weeks time, most of my daily frustrating issues were solved. Bruno now stays in our yard, walks perfectly on his leash, has stopped having accidents in the house, and now responds to my commands. Read More…
Neuter or spay your dog, if it has not been done already. All service dogs are neutered. This is because females can’t work while in heat (you will be followed by a pack of dogs wanting to mate her) and males are more easily distracted by territorial issues. Also neutered dogs tend to be less aggressive, which is important for a service dog.
Give an immediate reward for the desired response. As soon as your dog stops what he’s doing and looks toward you, praise him and give him a treat. Make the click sound before giving praise or a treat if you’re using clicker training.
If you run into trouble, go back a few steps If you’re training your dog to do something new and you stop making progress, you may have increased the difficulty of the skill too quickly. Similarly, if you’re practicing a behavior your dog hasn’t performed in a while and she seems a little rusty, she may need some help remembering what you want her to do. If you run into training challenges like these, just refresh your dog’s memory by making the skill a little easier for a few repetitions. Go back to a step that you know your dog can successfully perform, and practice that for a while before trying to increase difficulty again.
Give your dog a practical name. He needs to be able to learn his name easily, so you can hold his attention during training. The name should also have clear, hard sounds the dog can recognize. Names such as “Buddy” or “Rover” or “Bee Bee” have distinct sounds that stand out from the regular flood of human speech your dog hears.