Dog Training and Behavior
We offer the most
highly refined and
focused on-target training in the market today.
Our methods and
techniques are proven in
many thousands of cases over a 35+ year history of serving
Public, VIPs, Courts and Municipalities, Rescue and Rehab
Organizations, and City and County Animal Control
Few trainers have the focus
or amount of experience in in-home behavior solutions and
methodologies. Our years in the industry surpass most
veterinarians by 2-3 times the length and volume of their track
records. We're confident our systems are logical, easy to learn and
apply and we guarantee results for the life of the dog. Everyone's
quality of life goes up through education and training. Our longevity
in the business assures the client of practiced value and
expertise which cannot be developed quickly, purchased in a package, or
survive the years without maintaining standards of excellence for our
customers. In many cases, we have trained multiple generations of dogs
for clients within one family tree, including the Governor of the State
and his wife, son and daughter in law. Our history predates every
training club, organization and association except the ancient ones and
our standards for performance far outstretch even theirs in most cases.
Whether it's in the
living room, the
backyard, or the courtroom, clients can rely on our professionalism,
expertise and pledge to provide the most accurate, effective and
reliable training and behavior solutions possible. Our pricing is more
than competitive and we have always offered Rescue, Military and Law
Basic Obedience Commands
training companies are reluctant to quote prices OR specifics about
their training regimens. It has always been our policy to reveal all
facets of the training process, no matter what it may be, in written
form so the client understands both the command structure itself AND
the psychology and methodology behind it. Obedience commands have a two
fold function-the practical, every day use and communications system it
creates between owner and dog AND, in cases where necessary, to be
utilized to alter behavior patterns through repetition and "learning".
In short, obedience has both a practical and clinical application
possible, and this is how we create "behavior modification" scenarios
for problematic actions on the part of the canine. In other training
systems we've found the two are not connected properly and do not
produce long term reliable, or fast, results.
Below is a list of what we've always considered "basic" obedience. They
are the fundamental commands that make up our basic course and provide
both a foundation for more advanced activities and applications as well
as being necessary to any further endeavor in training or performance
between owner and dog. If you call our offices with an interest or`
ultimate goal of doing Therapy work with your dog, or Protection or
even Search and Rescue or Agility competition, everything starts with
obedience. Think of this as the ABC's of your communications system
with your dog. Once these foundational skills are in place, the
potential and possibilities are endless. Differing specifics within
this command set can be utilized in different ways to alter behavior
patterns (behavior modification/therapy),
increase control and focus and reduce response time. They impart
positive personality traits in the canine such as focus, and self
and can be used to hone other areas of behavior such as social
structure, calmness and all the triggered responses necessary for every
other activity one can engage in with a dog.
Most people are
at least nominally familiar with this command, it means simply "stay
beside me" in it's basic form. We use a shoulder of the dog to hip of
the handler formation, about a human hand's width between the two. Dog
should neither lag nor lead and the leash should be completely slack
with the dog's focus constantly checking it's position in relation to
the handler by choice, not force or function of tightness of the lead.
3. Sit Stay-
sitting position for a maximum (in most cases) of five minutes
duration. No standing, scooting, shifting or, ideally, taking eyes of
Assume a supine
position on command.
5. Down Stay-
supine position as in the sit, attention on the handler, duration
minimum for basic obedience, one hour with distractions.
6. Walking Sit- (Return
Out of motion on verbal and hand signal commands, momentarily assume
the sitting position and return to the walking heel. Handler maintains
speed and forward motion, dog stops and sits momentarily. This is an
instant response and focus drill and is used as a basis for training
the curb and door commands/functions described below.
7. Recall or The Come
Starting on a five or six foot leash, extended out to 20'+ and working
into off-leash control by completion of course
8. Walking Down (Return
Out of motion on verbal and hand signal command, assume a supine
position momentarily and return to the walking heel position. Handler
maintains speed and forward motion, dog drops to a down momentarily and
returns to heel beside the handler. This is an instant response and
instant "submit" drill and the basis for both confidence building and
dominance reduction in accordingly behaved dogs depending upon how it
is employed. It is also a safety command if suddenly confronted with a
loose dog in public, lowering the profile of the handler's animal and
making him/her less of a target for an altercation.
9. Curbs and Doors-
The dog is
taught to automatically sit and not proceed forward without being given
a command to do so at curbs, doors, gateways, surface changes (tile to
carpet) or any well demarcated line the owner does not wish them to
cross without permission. Given practice, this function becomes
reliable to 90% even if there is no human present, and can and has on
multiple occasions been a life saving drill and ingrained behavior for
our clientele over the decades.
standing, sitting or in supine position. Less than 1 minute duration,
can be used as short stay but does not allow the attention decay
problematic in beginners in the long stay exercises.
Used to move a dog
away from the handler, paws off counter tops, feet off carpet etc......
12. Leave It-
pick up, or drop whatever is in the dog's mouth. (Can be combined with
"Get It" for service work.)
13. Kennel or Crate-
cue the dog into a holding area, kennel or run.
Stop what you're
Clients are to work the dog once, or twice daily for 15-20 minutes
obedience commands and exercises, separate from down-stays. Typical
session with trainer per dog is 45-60 minutes once per week. Equipment
supplied. Life of the dog guarantee. Course completion is based on
function, not number of lessons, average completion time is 5-7 weeks
but there are no limits.
commands and functions, all areas of behavior and management are
supported and corrected to optimal levels.