Dog Training

Individual One-On-One Training
Due to the individual attention that is received when compared to group sessions,
private sessions are billed at a higher rate.

They are:

Obedience Training         Problem Behaviors         In-Home Consultation



Obedience Training


Obedience training includes common commands.   The dog must obey the command given (no repeating) - 75% of the time

  • "Come" - the dog will come when called by the owner (from 10 feet on a leash)

  • "Sit" - the dog will sit when this command is given by the owner

  • "Down" - when this command is given by the owner, the dog will lay down (the dog may sit first, but without further command continue to a "down")

  • "Stay" - when this command is given by the owner, the dog will stay in a location for at least 3 minutes
    (this is easier when the dog sitting and easiest with the dog is in a "down")

  • "In" - when this command is given by the owner, the dog will climb or jump into a vehicle

  • "Out" - when this command is given by the owner, the dog will climb or jump out of a vehicle

  • "Heel" - when this command is given by the owner, the dog will remain at owners side while walking (leash must be loose)

  • "Leave it" this command is given by the owner when there is food on the ground/floor and the dog follows owner's command, "Leave it."
  • and
  • "Kennel" - when this command is given by the owner, the dog will enter a crate (optional for dogs larger than 25 pounds)

  • Rate $45.00/hour. (This list may not be all inclusive)

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    Problem Behaviors


  • "Problem" behaviors are those that impede the dog's learning ability

    This may be due to fear associated with some level of trauma.
    Keep in mind that just having been afraid of something that occured (like another dog lunging at them) can be traumatic and cause an unwanted behavior.

    A problem behavior could be that they suddenly begin eliminating inside, or perhaps they came from a shelter (thank-you) and they don't like boys, or women, or men, or cars. The list goes on.

    As it is more difficult to move through these behaviors, corrective training measures are
  • billed at the $100.00/hour.

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    In-Home Consultation


  • I will come to your home to observe your dog, identify behaviors and issues, and consult you on the best training methods for correcting the problem.

    As I am traveling to your home and will include one (1) hour of hands on training.
  • The fee for this service is $100.00.

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    Specialized Training





    Service Dog Training         Bomb Detection Training



    Service Dog Training


    There is a great deal to cover here and the cost can be substantial, however I will attempt to describe the level of training that is needed to "make" a dog, a Service Dog (this is an opinion/perception only and not based on research or studies).

    Think of a "trained pet" (such as one that has passed the STAR Puppy Program as being a Grade School Graduate (8th grade) - 8 common commands followed 75% of the time. They do this to please you, or so it is thought.

    Then when a dog that has passed one of the Canine Good Citizen Programs they are a High School Graduate (12th grade) - 10 distinct commands followed 90% of the time. They now do this both to please you, and simply out of habit.

    This is pale to what it takes to be a Service Dog. There are 3 groups that I think exist.

    The first group is crucial. If there is failure here, then there is no chance that the dog will ever be able to become a
    Service Dog. What is this component?   Temperament.
    Temperament = an individual's [a dog's] character, disposition, and tendencies as revealed in his [their] reactions. *1


    The second group is that which is established above, the habit of complying with the owner's/handler's command.


    The third group is the additional commands resulting in the performance of tasks that are designed to assist a disabled person in some manner,

    a) be it an alert that tells the owner/handler to take their medication,

    b) to bracing so that the owner/handler can put their weight on the dog's shoulder's to assist the disabled person to their feet,

    c) to specialized PTSD Service Dogs that see or sense that the owner/handler is having a flashback and is trained so that the owner's/handler's behavior
        in itself is a command, and the dog will gently paw, tug on a piece of clothing, jump up on, lick the face of the owner/handler,

    d) or whatever else a dog can be trained to perform, the list would be quite long.


    To be finalized soon.





    Bomb Detection Training


    Care to include this?








    References:
    *1) Dictionary.com-Temperament