Most people who are shopping for dog training classes envision a class room with other puppy's or dogs and owners. Usually with one trainer running the " Class" and hoping to get some socialization for their dog as well. Now, this kind of dog training also know as "Group Training classes", can help with a few things like sit/ stay. The class will enforce treat/clicker training, and yes you and your dog will get some social time with others as well. If that's all you are looking for, I can save you some money right now. For treat and clicker training go to YouTube and search for -sit stay-puppy's -dogs etc. That's free, also, go to a local dog park( after your pup has all the shots) and go into the small dogs area, once inside, take the leash off and relax. Talk with others there, save your money, The Petco type group training is just a long, painstaking social romp for your dog. In all the years I've been training dogs, I've seldom heard that people and or their dogs got much more then a piece of paper saying they graduated. Avoid the disappointment, I can help you with all the things you want and need with your dog right in your own home! No sharing the trainer, it's a one on one solution. When we need to socialize your pup, I'll meet you at a park, walk with you and take you through all the steps. When it's time to teach your pup to stop jumping, mouthing, chewing, barking, digging, walk on leash, come when called. Don't go to a group class......Call a in Home Dog Trainer who teaches with OUT treats, shock collars or any physical punishment what so ever. Then when you ask your dog to sit or come, she won't look to see if you have a cookie before she decides. She will because of the relationship you have created with her. Contact me , I can help
Whether your dog is recovering from an injury, illness or surgery, it is important to look after his needs, ensure he has time and space to recuperate, and follow the directions given to you by your veterinarian. Being a strong leader is sometimes harder for us during this process because we feel sorry for our dogs, but consistent rules and guidance are what our dogs need from us for a safe and speedy recovery.
Your dog will need rest, sleep and peace
During the recovery process, your dog may not have the same energy level as usual and may want to sleep more. This is a normal reaction to illness or surgery and helps your dog conserve energy, mend tissues and reduce the likelihood of further strain on his body. Your role in the healing process is to minimize distractions, such as children playing, visitors, and other pets that could exacerbate an injury further. This may mean keeping him in a separate room, pen or crate and taking him to the bathroom on a leash, or even carrying him out if necessary. If your dog is confined to a crate, give him a toy such as a classic KONG® stuffed with frozen peanut butter or treats to keep him busy and entertained.
If he is separated from the normal family routine, help him to not feel excluded by recording the daily sounds he is accustomed to and playing them back to him on a CD: talking, getting meals ready, making coffee, opening and closing doors. You could also play some calming music to help him relax.
Spend time with your dog on a daily basis stroking and gently grooming him, looking for any changes in his skin or coat, unusual discharges or swelling from the injury. Check with your veterinarian to see if gentle massage is OK. This can increase circulation to any wounds and help in the healing process. Monitor his weight and notify your veterinarian immediately if your dog experiences any vomiting or diarrhea. Make sure that you strictly follow the guidelines provided by your veterinarian when giving any medication to your dog, including completing the prescription entirely.
Bandages, splints, casts or other dressings may be required to help stabilize a healing fracture or surgical procedure and protect the wound from infection. Dressings can also provide protection from your dog's natural tendency to lick a wound. If your dog continually licks at or attempts to remove the dressing, distract him with a toy or treat, or consider a taste deterrent such as Grannick's® Bitter Apple.
Helping your dog get back to normal
Once you receive the go-ahead from your veterinarian, it is time to give your dog the confidence that he can return to his normal routine. Be patient during this process, which can take up to two weeks.
Walking is a great way for you and your dog to reconnect. Twice daily outings, perhaps to his favorite place, will have him feeling better in no time.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - Local dog trainer has been actually training people for over 20 years in Santa Clarita.
Scott The K9-Coach educates pet parents and solve canine behavioral issues. He has successfully trained thousands dogs and their human families in Santa Clarita and the surrounding valleys using all-natural, dog-friendly techniques.
I visited the local Petco to ask customers if they had any suggestions for experienced Dog Trainers in the valley and found a few with the same response. I sought out the owners with the most well behaved dogs in the store with them as a guideline for interviewing potential candidates.
"My hubby and I had tried Petco first and although the trainer was very nice and knowledgeable about the species, their training methods are only good if you want your dog to do anything and everything for a treat," said Jess Silverstein, a newer client of Scott's whom I met at Petco while investigating local trainers. I personally had similar results with Petco trainers while completing mandatory obedience training as a part of adoption requirements from New Leash On Life, a local dog rescue.
In an interview with Scott he commented on some common misconceptions people have about dog training. He said mostly he hears that training has to be treat methods or physical punishment to garner respect from the dog. In his opinion, treat methods are just a bribery method, which never results in a bonded, respectful relationship with their dog. Physical methods usually create a shy dog that listens out of fear. This is never a strong relationship.
According to the K9-Coach website, the techniques were developed in Australia. The simple, natural and dog-friendly training methods focus on developing a positive relationship between owner and dog to establish a lasting emotional bond based on respect and trust. Their dog obedience techniques leverage the same communication methods - body language and voice control - that dogs follow as part of their instinctual pack mentality.
"Though our dogs are very friendly, for first time visitors it was terrifying to see two pit bulls running at them as soon as they stepped through the door," said Shannon Thompson, a client of Scott's. "Scott does train your dog however, what is truly going on is he is training you."
When asked why he prefers "in-home" training he said that a dog learns in its own environment ten times faster than an outside environment because this is where the issues arise and they are open to learning with fewer distractions.
Scott also talked about consistency or lack thereof. If an owner is having an issue with their dog after training, it almost always has to do with inconsistency on the owner's part. Too tired from work that day or kids karate, soccer, baseball, etc. are the reasons he is usually given. The reality is that most people hope he'll come and "cure" the dog so they'll just stay quiet so the owner can go about their life. He uses the example of toilet training their children and how long it took, and that their expectations for their dog are unrealistic.
According to Scott, the fact is that the trainer will not be around very long in the dog's life. He changes how owners respond to their dog's behaviors. By practicing the same way every day, the owners then change themselves and the dogs see the owner in a new light. The other way just wasn't cutting it in the dog's eyes. Being a good leader takes practice. Good body language with control of tones and proactive timing are the hallmarks of a great leader for a dog.
"I change people's actions, dogs respond accordingly," said Scott. "So when I leave, the dog respects and listens to the owner, not just the trainer."
Dogs speak to each other on a different level then we do, but not by much. Because dogs use body language and tones with each other, Scott teaches his clients how to communicate using these methods. Rather than expecting a dog to understand the English language, the owner should be more backwards compatible and learn to communicate to the dog in a way he understands. If he understands you, and you are acting like a leader, he will then want to make you happy like an employee to a boss and a true trust, bond relationship can ensue.
Scott Beckman - Dog Trainer w
Dog training Santa Clarita
Jess Silverstein - Petco shopper/client of Scott's
Shannon Thompson - Petco shopper/client of K9-Coach Home Dog Training
This is a very common question I hear a lot. Or How old does your puppy have to be to start training? The reality is your puppy is already learning now. Hopefully you didn't bring her home before she was at least 8 weeks old because she will learn about normal pack laws and communication with her mother and litter mates in the first 8 weeks of her life. Some dogs never really adjust to life due to the fact that it was taken away from her pack to early in life. The answer is 8 weeks for me, that's when your puppy can start puppy training, potty training and all that fun stuff. That's not to say you have to start at 8 weeks, you can wait a little if you want. But dogs start bigger learning around that time, 2 months. So there you go, and remember it's never to late to train a pup, it''s just a matter of how long you want to put up with all the shenanigans a puppy will bring you.