We don’t recommend children under the age of six participate in group or puppy classes. Young children, just like puppies, can be impulsive and often need their own supervision. We want to focus 100% on your dog so you can get the most out of each session. We are happy to tailor any private training session to include your young child.
Older family members are more than welcome to join if they are part of your dog’s immediate family. But keep in mind, classes can be a busy environment where only one person will handle your dog at a time. All other visitors must be seated and calm when not actively participating.
We use positive, force-free methods. These are scientifically backed training methods that are effective and long lasting.
We also subscribe to the principles of LIMA — Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive — and choose training techniques that aim to minimize your dog’s frustration and discomfort in order to modify behaviour. Because dogs are emotionally intelligent, it’s important to always look at a situation from your dog’s perspective.
It’s equally important that you believe in these methods and understand that you are a huge part of your dog’s training.
It may take anywhere from one week to six months depending upon the issues, genetics and past experiences of your dog. Obedience issues can be changed fairly quickly while dog aggression can take more time.
Unfortunately quick fixes usually include heavy correction and will only suppress behaviour with the likelihood of other adverse side effects. For more serious behavioural issues, we will get to the root of what is causing the problem and resolve the underlying emotion that is driving the behaviour, to provide a long term solution.
Behaviour can never be guaranteed but it can almost always be improved.
If your dog or puppy is fairly attentive to you around distractions, but you want to take it to the next level, then group class may be a good fit for you. For young puppies, group classes can also provide the benefit of playtime with a variety of puppies to interact with, and a chance for you to observe play style and behaviour.
For specific behavioural challenges or a solution for bad manners, I recommend private training. There are plenty of distractions out in the community to challenge you and your dog (but not frustrate you).
Rescue dogs especially benefit from individualized sessions to set them up for success in their new life and to prevent potential behaviour problems.
All of our training starts with an initial private consultation, so don’t fret if you’re still not sure where to enrol! You can always switch if we discover one or the other is best for you and your dog.
All of our training services start with a meeting in person…me, you and your dog. If you’re not sure where to start, book a consultation and together we can decide if group or private training is best — the consultation fee will go towards your training package (if you book within the next month).
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If you still need some clarification, please call for a free ten minute phone consultation.