Upcoming classes and events

Apologies for the website under construction!  Please bear with me as I learn.

FUNdamentals classes (January 2019) begin Sunday January 6th.   Classes are now full.  

FUNdamentals classes (Februrary 2019) will be opening for registration soon.

A Therapy Dog Handler class is being offerred, beginning Tuesday Janary 22nd (2019).   If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a Therapy Dog Handler then this class is for you.  Learn the best practices to do it safely for all those concerned: the resident, the facility, your sponsoring club, you and your dog.

Also coming up: First Aid for Dogs ..... this will happen in March 2019 in the Training Room (see map).  Further details coming soon.

For more information about either FUNdamentals or Therapy Dog Handler classes please use the contact tool on the next page.

 

 

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Friday
Jan042019

Happy New Year (2019)

Happy New Year to one and all!!  There is exciting news to start the new year off on the right foot (literally!!).  Incoming folks will find some brand spanking new rubber floor mats to keep dogs and people from slipping.  In addition, my beloved has made me some new room dividers that I can just pick up & set down wherever I want or need them.  Yessir!!  We're off to a good start!

Friday
Sep282018

What's the difference?

People are intrigued by the "dog training with a difference".  Everybody asks "What's the difference?".  I'm so glad you asked!

I'm interested in helping you to develop a dog you're happy to be out with.  I'm interested in helping you build calm and self-control in your dog.  A calm dog learns easily.  A calm dog doesn't usually stress out their handlers. 

There are many good trainers who can help you teach your dog to sit or lie down.  My deeper question is "Why bother teaching a sit if your dog has zero impulse control and won't sit when you're out in public anyway?"

Hence, my first priority is for you to teach calm and self-control.  I will also teach you how to gradually introduce distractions and have continued success on your journey.  So that when we do get around to teaching those normal doggy things like sit and down, you can build on your success and enjoy your dog.

Game ON!

Monday
Mar192018

Training with games

I often get asked "why train with games"?  Here's the first three answers that come to mind.

Answer 1:  Well why not?  Games are fun and life is short, especially for our dogs.  Play games!!

Answer 2:  In my opinion, novice handlers can excel using games.  If you muck up the timing on a cue to the dog, or the timing of the reward, or both of those things: it doesn't really matter.  Sure the dog won't learn as quickly but the team is still having fun.  The dog gets an extra reward for no apparent reason: so what?  The relationship is undamaged.  The dog is having fun.  The person is enjoying their dog.  Win-win!!

Answer 3: Games are short little bursts of undivided attention on your dog.  This fits perfectly with how dogs learn best: in short windows of 2-3 minutes or less.  How convenient is that?  People can always find a couple spare minutes while the kettle boils or during commercials!!