Commands with an asterisk ( * ) after them are recommended as minimum requirements for every dog, as they are basic and necessary for a well-behaved dog's education.
In addition to the above, your dog can also learn many fun tricks and games that he can play with you and your family (see "Advanced Obedience" below). A good foundation in basic obedience paves the way to more advanced education for your dog!
CLICKER TRAINING IS AVAILABLE AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR MOST DOGS
"Life Lessons 101 Course for Puppies" covers everything necessary to help your puppy become a happy, well-adjusted member of your family. It is generally recommended for puppies who have had little to no formal training. The lessons taught include: focusing, targeting, sit, stay, down, settle, come, loose-leash walking, and can also cover optional commands such as leave it, drop it, go to place, fetch, etc., at no additional cost. Clicker training is the usual method, as it promotes quick learning and long-lasting results; however, if you prefer not to use a clicker, you don't have to. ALL training is positive, reward-based, and dog-friendly!
Your puppy will receive a handsome diploma upon graduation, and you will be entitled to lifetime support and the training service guarantee on your dog's training for the remainder of its life.
This course teaches obedience commands that your dog has not yet learned, and/or refines obedience commands that your dog may have learned in a puppy class but either hasn't mastered, or that you might want to do at a more advanced level. (See list of obedience commands at the top of this page). It also teaches "good doggy manners" in situations such as greeting people, and also addresses behavior problems that crop up in the adolescent or adult dog, such as stealing, counter-surfing, wildness in greeting people, digging, barking, etc. The number of sessions required will depend on the type and number of behavior issues that are being addressed. You will be entitled to lifetime support and the training service guarantee on your dog's training for the remainder of its life.
PROOFING OF OBEDIENCE COMMANDS
If your dog knows his basics but is limited in his response and/or is not reliable around distractions, this course will focus on increasing the "Three D's" -- Duration, Distance & Distractions. The length of the course will depend on your dog's current level and your goals.
SINGLE TRAINING SESSIONS & BEHAVIOR CONSULTATIONS
Single lessons are suitable for dogs who are already basically trained, but need help with certain commands, or fine-tuning or a refresher on their training. Behavior consultations address one or two problems per session, depending on the situation. Single training sessions and consultations are generally 1-1/2 to 2 hours long, depending on the material to be covered.
PERSONALIZED TRAINING PACKAGES
Training Packages are suitable for dogs who are already basically trained, but need help with certain, more serious behavior problems or situations.
Here are some of the behavior problems that can be addressed in personalized training packages:
* AGGRESSION PROBLEMS: Some mild cases of leash aggression or resource guarding/overprotective behavior are accepted. We will be more than happy to discuss your dog's aggression problems with you. However, because of the inherent safety and liability risks, we choose not to work with dogs who have serious aggression issues (i.e., those who have already bitten a person or another animal). If your dog starts to exhibit seriously aggressive behavior, your first step should be to rule out any physical/medical condition that could be contributing to the aggression.
Never attempt to correct serious aggression problems on your own!