The second step is to teach him how to listen to your commands… but to do this in a way that doesn’t resort to using nasty, old school, punishment based methods that have been scientifically proven to hurt a dog’s happiness.
I loved their positive approach to training, lots of praise and treats. Thanks to their work with me and my dog; Winston went from a wild, hyper puppy, lovable puppy to an eighteen month old well behaved, lovable dog.
Prior to the 1980s, Karen Pryor was a marine-mammal trainer who used Skinner’s operant principles to teach dolphins and develop marine-mammal shows. In 1984, she published her book, Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training, an explanation of operant-conditioning procedures written for the general public. In the book Pryor explains why punishment as a way to get people to change often fails, and describes specific positive methods for changing the behaviour of husbands, children and pets. Pryor’s dog training materials and seminars showed how operant procedures can be used to provide training based on positive reinforcement of good behavior. Pryor and Gary Wilkes introduced clicker training to dog trainers with a series of seminars in 1992 and 1993. Wilkes used aversives as well as rewards, and the philosophical differences soon ended the partnership.
Our training team is committed to staying up on the best practices in dog behavior & learning through participation in continuing education programs, scientific publications, books, seminar DVDs, and of course through participating in ongoing discussion groups with our respected colleagues across the front range.
Dog Day School is available as a Dog Day Care only program or as a Dog Boarding Training Program. Each has different benefits depending on your particular needs and time availability. There are Day School options for both puppies and for older dogs. Pick up and delivery service is also available in our School Bus. (…more)
Heeling can be difficult to teach some dogs. It’s a lot more nuanced than “come here” or “sit,” It’s about maintaining relative position to the handler (human partner) regardless of how the handler moves.
There is only one word to describe your training skills, “AWESOME”. My husband and I simply could not believe that in just a few home training sessions you had taught Finnian sit, down, come, eye contact, touch my hand, place, wait, and touch the bell to signal he wanted to go outside. I highly recommend you.
After taking my German shepherd to numerous places and trying out 2 different training schools, I came across DOG TRAINING NOW. I did a lot of home work reading reviews and even swinging by and meeting the staff. I wrote the owner Judy and explained my concerns of only wanting the best for my dear German Shepherd Missy. Judy replied back to me and I can tell by her response that their was a lot of diligence. The staff at dog training now rocks and goes above and beyond. Marcus, Chris and Mat excelled at teaching Missy heel…. read more
For those who wish to invest of their own time and achieve savings. A series of dog training lessons at our location with your personal dog trainer teaches your dog excellent behavior that lasts. Most clients see dramatic improvements within weeks if not days. Covered are: aggression issues, leash manners, ignoring other dogs and people, jumping, mouthing, sit, down, stay, and come (on and off leash). Call for availability. 407 469 5583
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.
…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.
Private training can address problem behaviors, teach basic obedience issues, help you adjust to a new dog in your home or to prepare for the arrival of a new baby or introducing a dog to children or to another dog already in your home. Private sessions can be used in conjunction with group classes to train your dog for specific issues and for socialization and general obedience issues. Typical common dog behavior problems can be addressed in one or two private sessions. This depends of course on specific issues, and how much time the owner invests in the follow-up plan. No two dogs, owners and environments are the same, so for each private session, a custom plan is determined to meet the customer’s needs and goals.
Socialization means training your puppy or adult dog to accept new people, animals, and various places by exposing him to these things. Socialized dogs are less likely to develop behavior problems and are generally more welcomed by others. Socialization can also help prevent the development of fears and phobias.
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.
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.
Make a special command or say “high five” and repeat it frequently so your dog understands that the command is a familiar word. Lift your dog’s paw in the high five motion and high five her back with your other hand while repeating the command. Reward your dog. Repeat the process until your dog learns to high five on command.
The single most common issue that dog owners reach out to us with is potty training. It can certainly be one of the most frustrating habits to establish. “I just got this adorable puppy and I want to love him, but he’s ruining my house!”. Luckily, the staff at Dog…
If you have to do something your dog won’t like, just go and get the dog yourself instead of giving the command. Praise the dog along the way for being calm and accepting of the task. You can use treats, of course.
Understand arguments against using electronic collars. Those opposed to the use of these collars state that there is a great chance of misuse and abuse when using a shock collar. In addition, opponents argue that other training systems, such as simple positive reinforcement of behavior, can be just as effective. While positive reinforcement makes the training about the dog’s choice of behavior, positive punishment with a shock collar forces a dog to choose between pain and behavior.
Our dog training obedience classes are split into levels to help you and your dog learn at a progressive pace. Our classes will help you create the well-behaved dog you have always dreamed about using only reward-based training methods.
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.
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I can’t say enough wonderful things about Dog Training Now. Marcus was phenomenal during the evaluation and all the guys & girls were terrific with London. They saved my sanity and helped me have a well-behaved, well-mannered dog. Would highly recommend them.
And last but not least, don’t let good intentions keep you from doing what’s necessary: If you aren’t succeeding but know something must be done, seek professional help. Don’t push your dog to the point at which you end up condemning him to a shelter. Help your best friend with all the resources available to you. Your responsibility toward him will be rewarded with his love and trust.
And be sure not to punish your puppy for an accident or do anything to create a negative association with her bodily functions. Stay calm and assertive and quietly remove the puppy to the place where you want him to go.