Janis Mikelberg, SitStayLearn
Positive Reinforcement Training
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 Why Train with Positive Reinforcement?

Learning begins the moment your dog enters your home!

A well adjusted, well mannered 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 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 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.

Set up your new puppy to be successful or teach your adolescent good manners by focusing on what you want him to do. Learn how to mange the environment, provide opportunities for your companion to make the right choice and help him learn from consequences that make sense.

Leadership is established by fostering a strong, trusting relationship between you and your 4 legged companion not by force or intimidation. Successful dog training is a two way street.

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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Puppy Training

Training Tip

Warmer weather brings more dogs, more children and more activity in general.

If you have not taught your dog or puppy to be calm in the face of distractions, it's unrealistic to expect him to do so. Raising your voice and jerking on the leash will only make it worse.

Instead, teach him that children, bicycles, basketballs, and other stimuli mean good things happen.

A beginning step might be to sit on your front step with your dog and feed small bits of a high value food item such as frozen meatballs, canned chicken or turkey (drained) every time a child on a bicycle, skateboard, dog or other distraction goes by. Continue to feed until the distraction is gone. Stop feeding when you can no longer see it. Begin the process again as something/someone passes by.

During your training, try to keep enough distance between you and the distraction so your dog feels safe and isn't barking or lunging on leash. How do you know how far is good enough? When your dog is not barking or lunging. 
During your training, try to keep enough distance between you and the distraction so your dog feels safe and isn't barking or lunging on leash. How do you know how far is good enough? When your dog is not barking or lunging. 

This tip is not meant to solve aggression or other more serious issues. Contact me for more information on teaching your dog to be calm around distractions.


Over the years, we have spoken to various dog trainers and enrolled our dog, a pure bread Springer Spaniel, in a few different training programs. As a result, we were not expecting to learn a lot new from Janis Mikelberg. We also had some fixed ideas about the behavior of our dog. But after just one meeting with Janis, we had an all-new perspective on the general behavior of our dog and what we could do to change the behavior we don't like (leash aggression). We particularly liked that Janis was unafraid to point out what we are doing wrong and that she promoted corrective actions that did not involve force or harsh discipline. She didn't oversell what was possible and she took the time to answer all our questions. Most important, we gained insight into what our dog is thinking when he becomes upset and this makes it much easier to understand what we can and should do to help him. If you want to know more about your dog's behavior -- and what you can do about it -- you should speak to Janis. 

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