Finding the Right Dog Trainer
IT'S HARDER THAN YOU THINK - LEARN MORE
LET US HELP YOU DISCOVER THE GREAT DOG YOU ALREADY HAVE!
We use force free training, based on animal behavior learning theory that is scientifically known to produce great results with fewer risks than methods involving discomfort, startle, fear or intimidation. We want you to have a great dog with less stress on both of you.
Do you have a new puppy?
Do you have an adolescent or adult dog that needs a refresher?
Do you have a dog that jumps up, pulls on lead, or won't come when called?
Do you have house training issues?
Does your dog guard his food bowl or special objects?
Does your dog need to learn how to behave with a new baby or significant other?
Does your dog have a specific behavior problem that you need help with?
WE CAN HELP!
Our gentle, but fun, dog training techniques involve lots of reward for good behavior - the less stingy we are, the more the dog wants to please us. Rather like humans who go to work every day would expect a paycheck, and perhaps a bonus for really exemplary service, dogs very much enjoy working to get what they want, be it food, toys, going for a ride, playing with other dogs, etc.
We change undesirable behavior by removing the reward, and, more importantly, by training a different behavior that the dog can do instead of the one you'd rather he not do. Just as with children, we can also use "time out" with dogs. Dogs, like children, learn by the consequences of their actions, but at no time do we ever use any scary or pain-inducing techniques to convey our message to the dog any more than we would with a toddler.
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OUR TRAINING HALL IS SECURELY GATED FOR OFF LEASH TRAINING
You may pay less for classes at the big box store, but will they give your dog off leash experience and your puppy adequate socialization playing with other pups? Off leash play is one factor in preventing puppy nipping. Puppy classes at Paws for Praise focus on: house training, creating a soft mouth, no jumping up, enjoying attention from strangers, giving things back nicely, loving the groomer and vet, and of course the usual sit, down, stand, leave it, come, and learn to walk nicely on a leash. You're not likely to find a safer and more comprehensive curriculum to educate a great family dog.
OUR INSTRUCTORS HAVE DEGREES IN BEHAVIOR SCIENCE
Dog training is currently an unregulated industry, with no license required. Anyone can hang a shingle, and consumers have no guarantee of competency. However, our trainers are well educated with traditional university educations in psychology and behavior science, as well as having apprenticeship experience. They also pursue continuing education at seminars and workshops with nationally known trainers, and with the Academy for Dog Trainers.
WE ARE RECOMMENDED BY MANY LOCAL VETERINARIANS
We are grateful that many local vets have adopted AVSAB standards for puppy socialization, and for recommending against referral to dominance based trainers. As people of science, we respect each other's professions. We enjoy providing a service to veterinary practices by helping pet owners create more dogs that enjoy their medical visits more, through conditioning and training that is designed to make them more at ease when they visit the clinic.
OUR PUPPY TRAINING IS DESIGNED TO SOCIALIZE PUPPIES IN TIME TO DEVELOP GOOD SOCIAL SKILLS AND PREVENT AGGRESSION
ur class for young puppies is designed to prevent the three most common causes for aggression: social deficits, body handling issues; and resource guarding. The best time to socialize puppies is early. Learn more about vaccinations and socialization.
WE ARE FAMILY FRIENDLY
From long experience, we find that children over the age of 7 do best at class. If your children are younger, you may want to bring another adult to supervise, as we do not interrupt class once it starts. All adult family members are welcome, too, and we have an occasional dog that brings his/her dog walker, which is fine with us!
NO DOG IS TOO OLD TO TRAIN
We train puppies, young adolescents, adults, and even geriatric dogs. While it may be too late to "socialize" an older dog, we can often make things better for those of you whose dogs are "reactive."