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There are three aspects to training: teaching a dog what something means, habituating them to doing it, and transferring that sense of responsibility to the owner.
Training Program Overview
First, every dog or puppy must come in for an evaluation. The evaluation takes about an hour. We ascertain the temperament of the dog, discuss the goals that the owner has in mind, find out what kind of capabilities the owner has, and discuss any behavioral problems that are occurring. This time allows the owner to ask questions, make sure that he or she is comfortable with the process, and is willing and able to follow through with the training. We also discuss any safety issues or temperament problems that we find. Sometimes, a consultation is all that a person needs or wants. If so, we focus on the issues at hand. Some clients come in to discuss the suitability of a new dog, or even to discuss characteristics of different breeds before buying a dog. We try to maintain flexibility so that we can always meet the clients needs.
After the evaluation, we can proceed two different ways: we can train the owner and dog together in private lessons, or we can take the dog for in-kennel training. Private lessons are normally weekly, approximately 45 min in length, and can include multiple dogs within the household, and multiple family members. The advantages of this choice are that the owner gets to learn and be a part of the entire process. It can be a good way to build confidence with the dog. Also, the owner then has some basic skills to train the next puppy down the line him or herself.
The private lessons take longer to complete, it requires more work on the owner’s part, and the results are largely a reflection of the owner’s responsibility and commitment. In-kennel training, on the other hand, is faster and better if the owners are overloaded with commitments already. It is also the preferred way if the dog is stronger than the owner, or if the owner’s capabilities are impaired in some way. If the animal is having an aggression problem, in-kennel training can provide the precise structure required to bring the dog around safely and quickly. In-kennel training is, however, more expensive. The owner comes to pick the dog up, then we have a session to transfer the training to the owner efficiently. It is then the owner’s responsibility to maintain the training and stay alert to signs that extra help is needed. In-kennel training programs are either 2 or 4 weeks.
Evaluation: $75.00 Single dog and $25 per additional dog
Private Lessons: 45 min: $75.00 and $15.00 per additional dog
Every new puppy owner has a thousand questions about how to raise their pup to be a confident, well-mannered dog. Vital information includes: stages of puppy development, techniques for teaching manners, housebreaking methods, and an understanding of dog mentality. If this is your first pup, or if you are thinking about getting one, call now for a consultation.
Obedience and Manners Training
Maximize the time you spend loving your dog by teaching it how to avoid the things that make you angry. Teaching your dog the rules of the house and the rules of society should be a toppriority along with proper health care. The safety of your dog, and the sanity of your household depends on training. A dog’s personality does not fully develop without training. It needs to be mentally challenged and to feel emotionally secure. Proper training fills both needs by giving the dog a purpose and a secure place within the family.
Dogs can exhibit eleven different types of aggressive behavior and each has a different cause and cure. If the correct techniques are used, most of these patterns can be remedied with patience and determination. If your dog is signaling aggression, seek help immediately! Aggression issues generally become more pronounced over time, and not less. Growling, nipping, biting, staring, stalking, snarling and snapping are some behaviors that demand attention. Don’t panic, don’t procrastinate, call me for help.
Second Hand Dogs
We can erase the mistakes of the previous home with proper care and the correct balance between love and respect. The transition from the shelter or pound to the new family can be eased through awareness of the dog’s individual needs. Learning techniques designed to assert control over your dog without intimidation is very important to establishing a lasting bond.
Rehabilitation of Abused Animals
An animal that has been rescued from an abusive or traumatic situation needs to be taught the confidence that it has been robbed of and it’s sense of safety restored. Otherwise, it will not develop into a healthy, mentally stable pet. Sympathy is not enough, understanding and action are the key.
Phobias can be overcome in an abused animal. This greatly increases the confidence of the dog and it’s quality of life. The dog can only regain confidence through the trust it has for it’s owner. Ease the unnatural tension in the abused or phobic dog’s life through skilled handling.
Therapy and Service Dog Training
Some of the challenges solved by Lara’s Canine Solutions include: