Dogs are social animals and if you don’t provide them with proper training, they can become destructive. Poor behavior such as destructiveness, soiling your house, destroying your belongings, fighting other dogs, barking excessively, digging holes in your garden and even biting people can all be the results of a lack of training. Nearly, all behavior problems are perfectly normal dog activities. They occur at the wrong time or place or are directed at the wrong thing due to the fact that the dog just doesn’t know any better. The solution to all behavior problems is dog obedience training.
At K-9 Companions Dog Training, we know that different breeds and temperaments require various styles of training. We gently handle the smallest of breeds, and firmly handle the large, dominant and aggressive breeds as well. Our methods are based on positive motivation and positive reinforcement. We do not believe in any form of abuse.
In our dog training methods, we use the principles of operant conditioning and extinction of unwanted behaviors through confinement conditioning and instinctual corrections. We have tried true methods to teach your dog how to live in your house or yard without being destructive. We believe every dog should be trained to five basic obedience commands at a minimum: Heel, Sit, Stay, Come, and Down.
The dog must also learn responsiveness to the word “No”, the value of praise and reward and how to obtain it by doing positive things, and “Okay” as the release word that tells him he is no longer under command.
This opens up basic communication between dog and owner, and allows for a much better relationship between the two. Training starts at 4 months of age after the puppy has completed all of the puppy shot series. . The training is continued into off leash when the dog is a teenager 10-12 months of age.
Obedience training should be rewarding for you and your dog. It can vastly improve your relationship.
At K-9 Companions Dog Training, we know that owners are happiest when their dogs are well mannered.
Along with the basic dog obedience packages, we also include home manners, such as teaching the dog to stop at doors and gates and wait until the owner releases them through the door. Boundaries can be taught in the house and front yard at curbs in order to teach the dog not to run into the street.
The client’s favorite command is called “place.” This command sends the dog to a designated spot in the house to lie down. The dog can then spend time lying near the owner in the house without creating a nuisance. This command increases the average time an owner is willing to spend with the dog.
When training is completed after the owner has practiced the dog should be able to stay laying in place while the owner is watching television, on the computer, cooking dinner, or even having company over.
The dog should learn how to behave around company as well. Jumping up, sniffing, barking, and licking at your company all needs to be corrected.
Management has to do with the owner’s care and housing of the dog. Proper fencing and enclosures, feeding, grooming, and health care are all covered. Each client’s lifestyle and home is different, so management issues are customized for each client.
At K-9 Companions we know that one size does not fill all. Some of our clients live in apartments while others live on farms. Different sets of management practices are going to be different depending on the environment.
1. We require a letter from a licensed physician or psychiatrist prior to training a Service Dog. Please do not inquire about training a Service Dog if you simply want to be able to take your pet dog into places that otherwise would not allow him. This is an ABSOLUTE requirement.
2. The applicant must have the proper dog to do the work. The dog must not be overly fearful or aggressive to humans or other dogs. If the applicant’s dog does not pass the temperament test a new dog will be a requirement. At this point the applicant may choose to either go with an NPO for the purchase of an already trained dog or choose to continue with a donated, rescued, or purchased dog at his/her discretion.
3. The dog must be professionally trained by us through both on and off leash obedience, and manners.
4. The dog must pass a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test. This test is available at the facility but must be conducted with the owner of the dog as the handler.
5. The dog must prove to be good in public. It must not be aggressive to dogs or humans, must stay by the owners side without being a nuisance, and must follow commands without need of forceful correction. The dog should be able to lay quietly under tables in restaurants, behave during doctor visits, navigate stairs, elevators, and escalators. The dog must be able to walk calmly next to a shopping cart, to navigate through crowds of people, in and out of doorways, and calmly lay down next to or under a table as appropriate.
6. The dog must learn to do a minimum of 3 tasks for the handler that he/she cannot do for themselves.
7. The dog cannot be certified without passing all of these requirements and being a minimum of two years old.