A Trained dog has a MUCH better chance at having a permanent home for life than an Untrained dog. The True testament of a dog trainer is not what we can do, the True Testament is what we can do for you. Successful Obedience Training Takes consistency, patience and practice!
A simple fact of dog training is that nothing happens overnight. Training a dog is a process. Whether your training for competition obedience or manners, the key to achieving any desired behavior from your dog is to be fair, consistent, patient and practice.
Learning to communicate with your best friend with kindness and fairness is essential in training your pet to be a well behaved happy member of your family. However, proper training, repetition and consistency on your part are the keys to SUCCESSFUL LEARNING!
Although group training is available to help insure your dog can listen with distraction, oftentimes group training might not be the most conducive learning environment for your dog. Private training lessons are available for this reason. The Greater Coastal Canine Academy trainers and staff strive to bring our canine community what we feel is essential –EDUCATION!
Consistency! To achieve success in training, YOU MUST BE CONSISTENT! For example; if you want to teach your puppy not to jump on others, you must not allow him or her to jump on you. If you are trying to keep your dog off the couch, then your family members must follow the same rules. In your dogs world, consistency is the key to learning, and the element of your relationship that makes you a fair teacher. Anything different creates confusion, and frustration in your dogs mind. Lack of consistency is where undesired behaviors start to develop, and problems in the training processing occur.
Practice, Practice, Practice!! In order to achieve success in obedience training you must first teach your dog what you expect and than practice! Studies have shown that it can take some animals repeating an exercise up to 220 times and more before it becomes an automatic behavior. Meaning two things; first, every dog is different, so don’t expect that your new dog is going to learn the same way your previous dog learned; second, you need to work with your dog. Actions that you desire must be repeated over and over again. Your communication with your dog must be consistent, and you need to be patient.
Less is more!!! Young dogs have short attention spans. When working with your dog, keep your training sessions short. If you start to see your puppy loosing focus it is because his little brain is now taxed and it is time to stop. When this happens you want to have your dog do something he knows correctly, like a sit, give lots of praise, and than end the training session. It is important to adjust your training session as your dog matures. Start with three or four 5 to 8 minute sessions a day and work up from there.
We are looking forward to meeting you and your dog! Believe it or not, no dog comes into this world knowing what we expect of them. Too often, pet owners mistakenly believe that once they bring home their new friend that he or she should listen to everything that is told the first time. It does not work this way!
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