Pet Obedience and Manners
Fear Free, Force Free Training
It’s amazing that dogs don’t get into more trouble than they do, really. We forget sometimes that dogs are an entirely different species. We forget they can’t actually understand human speech. When you remember that dogs, in addition to being family members, are actually animals, you realize just how much we expect from them when we ask them to live under our roofs according to our human rules. To be fair, it’s up to us to teach them those rules carefully and systematically in a way they can understand.
That is why training methods are so important! The psychological principle of positive reinforcement training is a process known as operant conditioning, a system of learning in which a reward or punishment is added or removed, resulting in the increase or decrease of a specific behavior. But with force free and free free training, we concentrate on the addition of a reward to increase the likelihood of a behavior in the dog. Rather than asking a dog to behave out of fear of reprisal, positive reinforcement encourages the dog to behave because it is more rewarding and fun.
Imagine Your Dog:
Sitting or lying down when you ask—and staying there
Coming when you call—the first time
Walking with you instead of dragging you
Greeting guests and strangers with a polite sit
Leaving that nasty thing on the ground alone
Looking at you when you speak to her
Generally being a lovely companion to have around
Our certified trainers give your dog the skills & manners he needs to live his very best life with you, filled with freedom, fun, and friendship. We teach basic obedience for a well mannered pet even when a dog is distracted. All training happens in your home or on public outings and is tailored to meet your family’s goals.
Common behaviors we change: jumping on people, counter surfing, pulling on the leash; door dashing; digging, running away, nipping and biting, stealing forbidden items. We can teach basic commands such as: sit, stay, come when called and recall, place cues and many more.