Highlights of Rick’s Training Program
Evaluation/Consultation: Rick assesses the dog’s environment, temperament and behavior. These are some of the things he considers during this important first visit:
- Understand owner expectations and determine whether I can help.
- Are we a good fit to work together? The trainer needs to have a good working relationship with the owner and the dog!
- Is my method comfortable for you?
- Observe and identify which type of praise and correction works best with your dog.
- Observe how your dog responds to you (the owner).
- Observe any behavior problems/challenges.
Objective: teach a new command each lesson.
- Sit while owner walks away
- House etiquette (answering door, greeting visitors, going to and coming from car, etc.)
- Progression to off-leash training using a 30-40 yard lead then using a large fenced area
- Final off-leash commands
– Behavioral issues are addressed only after the dog has learned the benefits of positive behavior and has learned to respect the trainer and owner.
– Spend approximately an hour on each lesson. This may include time spent walking through the neighborhood, working in the owner’s yard and working in the house.
– Spend additional half hour with owner(s) at no additional charge providing demonstrations and the opportunity to practice training techniques. Owners are given assignments for practice with dogs and reinforcement of behaviors between lessons.
Owner participation is critical!
- Training collar
- Soft collar
- Voice tone
- Body posture and facial expression
- Water bottle
- ‘Can of coins’
- Hand signals
- and many other creative, inexpensive options!
Tools are selected based on the temperament and age of dog, and the preferences and abilities of the owner. Information packets are supplied to each customer.
Keys to Success:
- Timely praise and/or corrections; when and how to use them.
- Lots of praise, positive touch, positive tone of voice and facial expression given as tactile and visual reinforcement.
- Determine what best motivates your dog.
- Make it clear to the dog when it has carried out a command properly and when it has not.
- Practice in a safe area when it ‘doesn’t count’ (i.e. not on a busy street or at an intersection).
- Always finish on a positive note.
– Unlimited owner support after training for questions, advice, follow-up. Free hour of “tune up” training provided to past customers for successful referrals.
– Rick is available on an hourly basis after initial training.