Training

How to Choose a Good Trainer

Posted by on Jul 25, 2010 in Paws for Thought, Training | 0 comments

How to Choose a Good Trainer We know many of you added a new four legged friend to your family over the holidays.  Now is the perfect time to think about teaching the new dog a few tricks and pleasant manners around people and other animals.  Training your dog should be fun! A skilled and professional dog trainer employs humane training methods which are not harmful to the dog and/or handler A competent instructor will allow and encourage you to observe a class prior to making the decision to enroll. In a well-run class, dogs and people will be enjoying themselves and having a successful learning experience. Look for an instructor who is approachable and who encourages participants to have a good time. If space permits, an instructor should welcome and encourage all family members and others who interact with the dog to attend class. A skilled class instructor will: Provide a clear explanation of each lesson. Demonstrate the behavior(s) that students will be teaching to their dogs. Give students ample time in class to begin practicing the day’s lesson. Assist students individually with proper implementation of techniques. A skilled and professional trainer will encourage dialogue and be courteous to both canine and human clients alike. Remember, a well behaved dog makes a happy owner!  Article information courtesy of...

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Fido’s Top Five

Posted by on Jul 25, 2010 in Paws for Thought, Training | 0 comments

So it’s January 1st and you are probably still recouping from weeks of holiday parties and over a month of too much of this and too little of that.  You most likely have made your list of resolutions for the year ahead or at least have thought about what you would like to get out of 2010.  I know I have.  Get back to the gym, limit desserts, lose at least two inches from my waistline…the list goes on and on.  Baking a bag of cookies for each of my customers resulted in me eating all imperfect cookies and lots and LOTS of raw cookie dough.  Yes, GROSS is right! Well, I can tell you that your pet has his or her own ideas to kick off the New Year.  I like to think that Fido’s top five go something like this: I resolve to make counter surfing an Olympic sport. I resolve to deconstruct every new toy…the stuffing is supposed to be on the outside right? I resolve to pull on every walk. C’mon…this helps build your muscles.  Less gym time for you and more time for MEEE!! I resolve to welcome each person that visits our home by trying to lick them on the nose and sniffing them in all of the “right” places. I resolve to keep the furniture warm while you are away.  I really like how my hair adds to the décor.  It’s the furry look you’re going for…right? If this resembles your dog take heart…there is help.  Or, if you have brought a new puppy into your home over the holidays…this top five list probably feels more like a top twenty five.  Puppies bring even more to the table including:  puppy biting, potty training, socializing, sleeping through the night, learning their NAME, coming when YOU call them…etc. There is a variety of training options out there but I encourage you to pick one and get to it!  No dog is too old to train but the sooner you start the easier it is.  Your training options are:  Read a book- there are plenty of them out there…just choose your style and get reading!  Group Class- classes are offered at large “box” pet stores, pet neighborhood specialty stores and trainers who use outdoor space e.g. a vet’s parking lot, etc.  Classes can range in size from three dogs to fifteen or more.  Private Lessons- these can be done in your home or at a training facility.  These are classes where your dog is the star student…because he is the only student.  Boot Camp- this is literally a doggie sleep away camp.  You drop your pooch off and a couple of weeks later pick up a dog that has skills under his belt. Whatever you decide to do, the most important thing is to be consistent, spend time practicing with your pooch and let others know that your dog is in training…so they won’t enable bad behaviors. Prices range!  You can spend a $100 or more for a session of group classes to a couple of thousand for a boot camp.  Do a bit of research and decide what is right for you and your dog! Need a recommendation?  Please feel free to contact me at jennfadal@yahoo.com and we can discuss your pet’s particular...

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