What is the best way to train your dog?
The best way to train your dog is to understand your companion as an individual and teach him what to do.
Training has evolved significantly over the last 15 years. Scientific research has demonstrated that dogs' ability to think and reason is comparable to a three-year old child. When dogs are trained using positive and reinforcing strategies, they become willing and happy partners. Teaching and training our dogs should be an extension of the caring relationship we have with them.
Back in the day, trainers used "wolf pack" alpha concepts to train dogs. They likened themselves to an "alpha", waited for the dog to make a mistake, and punished the dogs for those errors. This type of training fails on two accounts. First, those concepts been debunked (i.e., the studies themselves did not study true behaviors based on wolf packs in the wild; instead they studied artificially created packs in captivity); and training dogs in a punitive way actually creates new issues in dogs, including fear, anxiety, increased aggression and/or shut down. Second, dogs are aware that we are a different species. Using strategies that pretend we are a dog, make no sense.
Positive dog training does not mean permissiveness, but guiding your dog in a mutually respectful partnership. Professional dog training creates willing partners with our dogs, whose cooperation is more reliable because it is achieved without coercion; this type of learning enhances the bond between us and our canine companions.
Dog training may involve teaching good manners and behaving properly in our world, or may involve addressing problem behaviors such as aggression, reactivity, separation anxiety, phobias and fears. At Sirius Positive Dog Training, every dog is viewed as an individual and receives training recommendations and training plan designed specifically for that dog.
Michele has trained in both the US and abroad. For more information, see the About Me page.
Training is designed with you and your pet in mind. Whether you want to work with a newly arrived dog or an established canine family member successful training includes working with both you and your dog. Training options including private lessons in your home, or board and train at my facility followed by lessons with you in your home. I can also help you plan for a new canine addition to your family including where to find a suitable dog and how to assess if a certain dog or breed is right for you or your family.
Our initial session will consist of a consultation at your home and evaluation of your dog, which typically lasts 1-2 hours. During this visit we will discuss your concerns and goals, I will get to know you and your dog, and we can discuss training options. Regardless of whether you are trying to start a puppy off on the right paw, teaching basic manners and cues, working toward Canine Good Citizen Certification, or trying to address problem behaviors (such as housebreaking, destructive chewing, poor manners on leash, reactivity, etc.), we can formulate a plan for you and your dog.
Many dogs exhibit problem behaviors that are undesirable. These can include separation anxiety; fear of other dogs, people or situations; excessive reactivity toward people or other dogs; resource guarding; etc. These issues often can be eliminated or improved using environmental modification, desensitization and counter conditioning. Fear free and positive training approaches are used to help dogs and their families.
Board and Train
A popular option for a more accelerated training is the board and train option; boarding at my home includes daily training. If you are planning travel or need help with training, consider the board and train opportunity. This option includes follow up training with you, so that the skills your dog has learned with me transfer to you and your home environment. Spaces are limited to 2-3 dogs at a time, as this board/train is a home live-in environment for each dog.
Contact me today and see how I can help you and your pet.