Does your furry friend need some in home dog training? Do you:
- wonder why your dog behaves as he does?
- need help with leash-pulling, lunging, and excessive barking?
- believe your dog is suffering from separation anxiety or aggression issues?
- have a new puppy you need to socialize and train basic obedience?
- want your adult dog to not be fearful in the real world?
Dog training is a process that takes a lot of patience, understanding, and imagination. And there is not a “one size fits all” methodology in dog training. What works for Hank, the 4-month-old golden retriever may not work for Teddy, the 5-year-old chihuahua. Therefore, I will work with you to put together an in home dog training program specific to your canine friend . It will take into consideration your dog’s breed, motivational drives, age, socialization history and already-learned behaviors.
In Home Dog Training Programs
The vast majority of calls that I receive are about behavior problems rather than inquiries about teaching their dog basic commands. Unwanted behaviors can be vastly improved–if not eradicated–with a single one or two hour, in-home behavior consultation. By understanding why your animal is doing certain things, you can often achieve the desired behavior from dog by changing how you interact with your pet.
Rather than taking your dog into a new environment with unfamiliar sights and sounds, it make sense to address many problems at your home. It is in that home environment and neighborhood–and with persons living with the dog–where the issues exist.
If you believe your dog is aggressive**, I can also help. We can determine if aggression is truly at play or if your dog is engaging in normal canine behaviors. Sometimes unwanted behaviors, such as leash pulling, lunging and frantic barking can be minimized or altogether eliminated with the use of basic classical and operant conditioning techniques.
BASIC OBEDIENCE TRAINING
Why are “sit”, “come”, “down”, “stay” and “leave it” so important for your dog to master? Because they can keep your dog stay safe in everyday highly arousing situations. In addition, training your dog for these commands helps you establish a relationship and communication system with your dog.
Puppies as young as 7 weeks old have the ability to learn commands. Therefore, don’t hold off on dog training because early puppyhood is a critical developmental stage. The quicker you begin our in home dog training, the easier for all involved.
An older dog who has developed bad habits, is undoubtedly more difficult to break of those habits. But there is hope because a dog is never too old to learn.
Dog Training Methodology
I subscribe to the dog training philosophies as prescribed by my professional membership in the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) of whom Cesar Milan is a member, and in those techniques set out in LIMA (least invasive, minimally aversive) with an emphasis on positive reinforcement.
**Aggression comes in MANY forms, depending on the root of the behavior. Some dogs engage in what is known as “Control Conflict Aggression” and/or “Dog-to-Dog Aggression”. In these instances, you will need to seek out a trainer who specializes in aggression. Please inquire if you would like a consultation to evaluate.
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