Get Results With Positive Reinforcement Dog Training


Learning begins the moment your dog enters your home!

A well adjusted, obedient pet is the result of commitment, time and a trusting relationship. Understanding why your dog does what he does and learning how to change behaviour without force will produce a dog that is eager to learn and wants to train!

At SitStayLearn Dog Training we use the most up to date science based positive reinforcement dog training techniques to teach your new puppy, adolescent or adult dog. Understanding what positive reinforcement is and how to apply it are key to it's success. It's not just about cookies!

If you are unable to attend classes, private in home personal dog training is for you. 

Training tools include the use of: food, toys, clicker, praise and any other “life reward” your dog sees as valuable. Training will never include: choke, prong, shock, shake cans, physical punishments or other tools which may frighten or intimidate.

Let's teach your new puppy to do the right thing, right from the start and guide your adolescent through those rocky teenage months!

Positive reinforcement training techniques work for any dog, at any age. Before you know it, your dog will be offering you all kinds of great behaviours because he will have learned that it's fun!

 

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New Puppy Training

Dogs are given up, not because they cannot sit when asked, but because they cannot be handled, are afraid of the environment (dogs/people) and have bitten hard enough to cause damage.

More important than teaching sit or stay to your new puppy - is to spend the very important first 12 - 16 weeks teaching the following:

1) to enjoy having paws manipulated, poked and squeezed (nail trims, paws wiped, tourniquets applied, pulling out burrs, etc)

2) to enjoy being restrained (vet visits, groomers)

3) to enjoy body handling all over - eyes, ears, tail, mouth (children hug)

4) to enjoy the bath experience / being brushed, combed - (pulling out matts)

5) to explore and experience many different surfaces / sounds/ sights  / places / people - builds confidence

6) to give up items willingly

7) teach a soft mouth (bite inhibition)

8) most important is to experience people! (of different skin tones), men (beards, glasses, hats) women, children of varying sizes and ages. Not just family members. 

Your dog knows how to sit and lie down.  You see him do it all the time. The above mentioned goals have a finite window of opportunity. Take advantage of the first 3/4 months and teach your puppy the world is a safe place.

My New Puppy Program (in home training) focuses on ensuring your puppy gets a solid foundation.


What Clients Are Saying

Janis is an excellent trainer, both of our mini poodle Remy and of us as new dog owners! We called her to help with some issues we were having trouble with: housebreaking, getting him to love his crate, and teaching him how to drop things he wasn’t supposed to have in his mouth. With compassion and positive reinforcement, she helped us with all of those issues and much more. On top of everything, she has amazing customer service. Janis followed up with us between appointments to see how things were going and she is easily accessible by phone and email. Janis’ knowledge of dog psychology is impressive and has changed the way we relate to Remy and how we continue to train him. I would not hesitate to recommend Janis – our only regret is that we didn’t find her sooner!

N.S. Scarborough

Read more testimonials here.

 

Dog Training Tip

Teaching your dog to go to a mat and lie down begins with "find the mat". This method is one I got from Kay Laurence. The mat is placed in front of your chair. When the dog arrives on the mat, without prompting, mark and reward. Then toss a treat to release from the mat. Think of a clock - with your dog's mat at 6. Each time, toss the treat towards a different part of the clock - 12, 3, 9 etc., so the dog learns to find the mat from many different directions.

This is one part of teaching mat work. Once the dog is successful at this step we introduce distance, duration and distraction - one at a time.

Training your dog or puppy to lie on a mat is useful for many situations including front door greetings, meal preparation, outdoor cafe, friend's home, family room, and more.

Contact me for more information on how to teach your dog this useful trick!

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