There are different methods of training used today. The training based on the most current information we have about how dogs learn and backed by scientific studies is positive reinforcement methods. You will find trainers who still rely on punishment-based methods (choke chains, prong collars, leash corrections, shock collars, throw chains, etc.) but they are not using the methods that are the safest, most humane and most effective for LONG-TERM results. Their methods rely on gaining compliance from the dog based on fear and pain. You should look for trainers who use humane positive-reinforcement methods to help your dog learn most effectively and to build a trusting relationship with your dog.
Now that you’ve decided to ensure the trainer you choose uses positive reinforcement methods (and make sure they truly are positive methods and not just saying so!) you can look at all the different possibilities you have with training. There are many things you can train your dog to do – the key is to find something that fits your needs and that you and your dog will have fun doing. No matter what you want to do, some basic training is the foundation for all activities.
We offer private training to work on anything we do in our group classes as well as dealing with specific behavior problems.
Puppy Preschool Class or Basic Training Class are the classes that build the foundation behaviors, such as sit, down, come, leash manners, leave it, and wait/stay. In many other classes, these foundation classes are simply focused on teaching sit, down, etc. In the Love My Dog Training Classes, our focus is on teaching you how to most effectively train your dog and to help you learn to use these basic cues to resolve problem issues. What good is it if your dog can sit for a treat, but you can’t get him to stop jumping on visitors and darting out the door when it’s opened? We help you teach your dog to be the dog you dreamed of when you brought him or her home!
Next, you can take classes like Juvenile Delinquents and others that focus on gaining better reliability of the basic cues with distractions. From there, you can work on better behavior in public settings with our Polite Pooches in Public or Canine Good Citizen Test Preparation Classes. Or, you might decide to do something fun like Tricks for Treats or Fun & Games! If you have a dog who is very easily distracted, you might want to try our Distracted Dogs Class.
From there, you can go on to a variety of dog sports, such as Agility, Rally Obedience, Flyball, Tracking, Freestyle (dancing with your dog) or a variety of other options depending on the interests of you and your dog. Passing the Canine Good Citizen Test is often the next step for those who want to train their dog to be a therapy dog. Find something that you and your dog will both enjoy whether it’s for a specific need, a love to compete, or simply an opportunity to spend more time with your dog and have fun!
For a listing of the classes we offer, click here.