The Basic Obedience Class is designed to give you everything you need to have a pleasurable and cooperative relationship with your dog through demonstrations, personal coaching, and written guides on training and behavior. Your participation is required to be successful because it is your relationship.
How it's Done
A nutritionist can give dietary advice, a therapist can provide couples counseling, but it's up to the client to apply it. It's the same with Dog Training. Even if we take your dog for a few weeks and give them back fully trained, there are new skills for you to learn to access your dog's new skills.
It's like having a smartphone that can surf the web, send emails, change the channels on your tv, open and close the garage door, and more. Those functions only work for you if you push the right buttons, and your dog is the same. Relationships are not a one-way street. People often say at some point during class, "oh! you're actually training me, not just my dog!" BINGO!
Tone of Voice
Praise and Petting
Focus on handler skills in class, dog skills at home
It's more important that you learn the handler skills in class than it is for your dog to learn the new behaviors in class.
Class is for teaching you. Practice at home is for training your dog. Know how to train the skill correctly so that you're practicing the right thing at home, and don't stress if your dog doesn't get it in class right away.
Golf swings only improve if the right things are being practiced. Practicing the wrong thing only makes you better at a bad golf swing.
Read the Practice Guides Carefully
There are things in the Practice Guides that may not have been covered in class. We try to use as much class time as possible for practice and coaching. A little less talk and a lot more action! The written guides may fill in some blanks that weren't covered in detail during class.
Take advantage of us
Really, we don't mind!
Email us if you have questions or are struggling with something.
Send video of your practice sessions for feedback.
Catch us after class to ask questions.
It's what professionals do to improve their dog handling skills.
Remember that we are working with a totally different species. Ironically, dogs are naturally great at training people. They don't do it by treating us like dogs. They do it by observing our behavior and using it to their advantage. We need more practice (mainly because our survival doesn't depend on getting our dog's cooperation). Use the list above as a guide for things to look for in your video.
Watching video of your training sessions can help you see where your skills could use improvement, and everyone's skills can use improvement, including ours! Nobody has to see it but you.