DogPACT pet manners programs focus on teaching dog owners how to be the VIP in their dog's lives. That's Very Influential Person ! We do this by helping you develop a clear communication system with your dog, one that gives constant feedback to guide and shape his/her behavior. It's not as easy as some people may think! After all, we humans act like primates, and dogs act like ... dogs. Our goal is to help you, the human, understand how dogs communicate, leverage that knowledge, and help you teach your dog how to understand human-talk!
The optimum time to start training is between 8-12 weeks of age. The pup's brain is most impressionable at this time and it is very advantageous to get as much training done before they go into adolescence at about 5-7 months of age. If your dog is older, don't delay and risk having him/her continue to practice inappropriate behavior. Now is never too soon.
Private sessions in your home provide several benefits to both dog and owner!
Fewer distractions: It is always better to begin training in less distracting environments. This simply makes it easier for a dog to learn new skills, especially at the beginning of his/her training career. As dogs get more experience, we then practice in more distracting environments.
One-on-one attention: You and your dog are the only students. The trainer is able to focus on you and your dog the entire time.
Customized programs: The training program is customized to specifically fit your training goals.
Learning in the environment where the dog lives: DogPACT trainers are able to look at your unique home environment and customize training to fit your needs. We are also able to address problem behaviors where they occur.
Convenience: We come to you so that you can maximize your time and enjoy training in the comfort of your own home.
All private, in-home training starts with a two-hour session. During this time, we evaluate your dog and his/her specific needs, outline a training program to meet your training priorities, and start working on the top two or three priorities. Successive sessions are typically an hour long. Each session is a combination of describing exercises and how they can be applied to daily living, demonstrations of the exercises, coaching you while you practice, and handouts to support your efforts. Contact Us and let us know what your training goals are and we will help you choose which DogPACT programs are best suited to meet those goals.
DogPACT uses positive reinforcement as the foundation of its training methodology. As such, we do not use choke chains or pinch/prong collars. If you have become accustomed to using those training tools in the past, we will help you learn how to transition from those tools to others recommended by the instructors.
You will learn how to use clicker training, as well as other reward-based training techniques, for fast and fun ways to train new behaviors, as well as eliminate inappropriate ones.
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