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FUNdamentals classes (Fall 2018) are gearing up, beginning the week of October 14.  Two sessions are offered on Monday nights (6 and 7:30pm).  Depending upon interest another session might be added on Sundays at 3 pm.

New Registrations welcome.  Priority on time slots will be given to those on the waiting list.

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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 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!!