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Training Tip

Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase. We may have big goals for our dogs and that's really good. What is one tiny step you can take today that will get you in the direction of your goal?

  • How is your training style different?
    This is a positive reinforcement style of training using food, toys and experiences to play games. These games are played in your home and yard and help your dog build the mental skills necessary for navigating the world.
  • What topics/skills will be covered?
    We work on puppy basics like housetraining, mouthing, crating, and home management. For all puppy ages, we focus on teaching skills such as optimism, confidence, proximity to you, disengagement from distractions and many others. We will also learn basic mechanical skills such as sit and down.
  • How much homework/effort is required outside of classes or consults?
    Herein lies the beauty of games based training! Practice is required as this is the only way our dog's behavior will change. If we don't influence behavior, the environment will and it's usually not in a good way. But gone are the days of regimented training sessions. With games based training, you get to play a game with your dog, about 1-3 minutes at a time, a few times daily. It's fun, practical, works with any schedule and with a little playful effort, you'll see improvement.
  • Is there any training experience necessary prior to your class?
    None at all! The only requirements are a willingness to learn, the desire to have a fun relationship with your dog and a few short games sessions per day.
  • Is it good for all ages of dogs?
    Absolutely! No dog is too young or too old to reshape their brain with fun games.
  • Do you work with all problems?
    Games based training can certainly solve any struggle your dog may have. But currently, due to complexities, I refer any cases involving aggression or separation anxiety to trainers and behaviorists who specialize in these areas. If your dog has any medical issues that would complicate your games training, these would need to be addressed by your veterinarian prior to beginning a program.

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