RELATIONSHIP – The first step in our training process is building a relationship with the dog. We understand that your dog will be in a new environment, around other strange dogs, and, people they never met before. During the first week we try to focus on earning your dog’s trust and getting them acclimated.
PHYSICAL CONDITIONING – Regular exercise and properly keeping your dog in good physical condition is important for all canines and is essential if you are thinking about participating in any type of dog training. Well-conditioned dogs have better stamina and allow your dog to absorb more in training.
MOTIVATION – We want to try and create high levels of motivation with your dog through our reward based system utilizing food, marker training, and engagement games. The higher your dog’s motivation is the higher their learning ability will be for training.
CONFIDENCE BUILDING – Obstacle courses, treadmill training, environmental stability, and dealing with adversity. Our board & train dogs learn to work through various conditions that build confidence such as jumping and going over our agility equipment, desensitization to loud and strange noises, as well as working around other strange dogs.
SOLID OBEDIENCE TRAINING – Practical and necessary training commands for daily living. Commands to walk right at your side without pulling, sit-stay, down-stay, recall when called, place on bed cot, wait at doors, and more. In conjunction we will teach your dog how to properly meet other humans under control without jumping.
DISTRACTION PROOFING – Most dogs’ listen well in quiet environments but struggle with distractions. Getting your dog to focus is crucial for listening to commands, so we strive to proof behaviors under a wide variety of circumstances.
GENERALIZATION & LIFESTYLE – The biggest thing we will work on is having a much calmer dog that listens better and is not reactive to all of the environmental stimulants around your home and in the world. We look at dog training as a lifestyle and not a series of tricks and our training program becomes part of your families lifestyle.