Training consists of four fundamental components; each being equally important. Each component of training, works in concert to mold a family dog into a member of the family! I invite you to view my training services, reviews and profile on Thumbtack.
HOUSE TRAINING: Before addressing any other training, house training is always the first concern. What does house training mean? It literally means your dog is trained to “hold it in” and not urinate or defecate in your home or any other inappropriate place. The difference between house trained and paper trained is simple. A dog that is paper trained, will urinate or defecate on paper or wee wee pads as long as the paper or pads are available. However, if paper is not readily available, your dog will not be able to control the urge to urinate or defecate and will do so on the floor. More information can be found in the section Online Trainer
OBEDIENCE: A well-trained dog is a respected member of the family; and not just the family dog. As a trainer, obedience is the easiest part of training. Obedience is very methodical. There are time tested techniques that produce the desired result. A sample of Obedience commands would be Sit, Stay, and Heel. To be successful at teaching obedience to your dog, you need to be consistent and practice regularly. Training removes the obstacles that stand in the way of a great relationship between you and your dog.
BEHAVIOR: Behavior modification is the changing of unwanted behavior through conditioning. Some behaviors can be modified to more acceptable behavior in a very short time. When an unwanted behavior is more ingrained, it can take several weeks using a one-step-at-a-time conditioning process. Does your dog jump up on counters or pick up leaves and mulch outside on a walk? Do you have to put your dog in a confinement when you’re not home because your dog chews furniture or carpeting? All of these behaviors can be corrected or modified. Another example of a behavioral issue would be a fear of thunder. There’s even a simple method for helping your dog to overcome that!
SOCIAL: Social skills are a combination of obedience training and behavior modification. When a dog is well trained in those two categories and has been socialized since he is a young puppy, his social skills can be easily honed. A well trained dog can calmly walk through a crowded street or store, passing people or other dogs without touching, jumping or barking. Additionally, that same dog can sit/stay or down/stay while people or other dogs walk by. It can be accomplished through training, understand, love, patience and practice.