Dog Training Philosophy

 

Our training goal is to create a healthy mentality and relationship with humans. We develop calm, confident, and responsive dogs while maintaining the fun and increasing freedom.

We should aspire to have our dogs off-leash to explore and exercise as nature intended. To bring them into public spaces in a calm and controlled way. To share our homes without disruption or bad habits.
 
Impulse control and self-discipline are the hallmarks of a well-trained dog.
 
This is higher education for your dog. We achieve impressive results through forging a strong bond, trust, and respect. A proper relationship will have your dog looking to you for leadership and direction.
 
I use a balanced approach to training. There are some applications where treats are useful, but we also need to train our dogs using praise and leadership.
 
 

The Basic Obedience Program.

One system to bring your dog from new student to off-leash reliable graduate.
 
A solid recall and a relaxed stay command are two of the most important achievements for our dogs. When you can call you dog away from any distraction (other dogs, rabbits, people) and have them stay in the face of distractions (doorbells, other dogs, etc.) you will have an amazing companion.
 
The focal points of our training are…
 
COME
STAY
HEEL (Proper leash walking.)
 
Marker training with sit and down, plus any requested behaviors.
Correcting problem behaviors (pulling, jumping, puppy biting, barking, etc.)
 
In the first session we will go over the basic concepts of training and dog psychology, establishing you as the leader, marker training, how to correct behaviors, and leash introduction/loose-leash walking, and/or the STAY command.
 
Sessions are conducted at your home. The basic obedience training cost is $200 per 1.5 hour session.
 
Speed of progress depends on a few factors:
 
1. The amount of time you spend between sessions working with your dog on the homework exercises.
2. The severity of any problem behaviors.
3. Your dog’s responsiveness to training, based on genetics, temperment, and breed.
 
The sessions are usually set up 2-3 weeks apart. Dogs without major behavioral issues can complete the program in 4 to 6 sessions if you are motivated to engage in the homework. We can also work on specific behaviors or goals on a per session basis.
 
Appointments are available between 9:00AM-4:00PM (Start times). My days off rotate, so there are often Saturday and Sunday spots as well as weekdays.
 

Puppy Training

puppy training Give your puppy all the advantages of early training. Your puppy’s developing mind is leaning how to behave in a human pack. Show them the right way from the start. If your puppy is already exhibiting negative behaviors, please schedule a session ASAP. While it is true that a dog’s energy settles down with age, behaviors don’t just go away. One of the biggest advantages to puppy training is that your dog will develop confidence and a deep connection with you. Most of the common problem behaviors will be avoided. Barking, jumping up, leash pulling, not coming when called, anxiety, and generally being hard to control are all symptoms of a lack of puppy training. It would be a shame not to take full advantage of this developmental period. Creating the mindset and behaviors we want is always easier than going back and changing it later.

Obedience Training

dog training for obedience Basic Obedience Training focuses on the commands of sit, down, stay, come, and heel, as well as proper leash walking with no pulling. We will then solidify these basic commands by incorporating the three D’s of training: Distractions, Distance, and Duration. Obedience Training will teach your dog all of these commands and you will understand how to correct mistakes in order to achieve complete reliability.

 

 

Problem Behavior Correction

dog needs training Rabbits! Squirrels! Must chase! Pulling on the leash. Not coming when called. Jumping up on people. Lunging at other dogs and/or people. Nipping at people. Being overprotective and anxious. Chewing/eating things. Excessive barking. Digging. Taking food/objects from counters, tables, etc.

Starting training when still a puppy is one of the best investments you can make, but it’s not always possible.  Many times our canine companions come to us already grown up or we just didn’t realize the need for training until we see some problems. No worries, although we may have to undo some learned behaviors, you can teach an old dog new tricks! 

 

Boulder County Voice and Sight Tag Program

Would you like to have your dog off-leash in Boulder? You can in certain areas, but you must be registered dog training for off-leashand have tags for your dog.  I’ll walk you through the process and get your dog ready so you can both enjoy freedom in the great outdoors. Here is the  requirement as stated by the city of Boulder… “Voice and sight control means the dogs you are responsible for must be within your sight and under your verbal command at all times, regardless of distractions which can occur during a walk. If your dog cannot immediately obey verbal command, your dog must remain on-leash. Also, keep in mind that dogs under voice and sight control are not allowed to charge, chase or display aggression towards other people or dogs or chase, harass, or disturb wildlife and livestock.” In  other words, when you say “come” or “here” your dog must obey immediately. It’s a good idea to achieve this level of discipline in any situation. Let’s get started!