Dog training is the process involved in teaching the dog desired responses to given commands. There are various methods and techniques for training dogs. Many trainers will be in favor of Alpha dog or Dominance Based Training. These methods rely on a theory of pack role and establishing dominance over the dog. While it has been shown to be effective, evidence in empirical studies indicate that it may also increase stress levels in dogs and leave them fearful.
The Dog Training Spot uses a Relationship Based Approach.
We do not rely on establishing dominance and submission. We bring a more individualized approach for you, your family, and your dog. Our staff works to build deep and meaningful bond between humans and dogs. When the bond is strong, your dog wants to learn and wants to please you.
In order for this process to work, you will learn your dog's basic needs and how he or she prioritizes them. You will also learn how to receive your dog's communication attempts. Additionally, you will learn what best motivates your dog. We control environment and slowly increase difficulty of lessons. If a dog doesn't respond right, we work together to figure out why as opposed to punishing. We make training easy for both you and your dog because we believe training should be fun!
- Crazy Greeters (both people and dogs)
- Leash Pulling
- Excessive Barking
- Potty Training Issues
- Overly Excitable
- Destructive Behaviors
- Fixation (UPS trucks, vacuums, rocks, balls, cats)
- Doorbell Madness
- Bolting out the Door
- Begging for Food
- Counter Surfing
- Resource Guarding (aka Not good Sharers)
- Doesn’t Come When Called
- Biting at the Leash
- Doesn’t like Car Rides
We work with every breed, size, color, or age of dog. Even if your dog is impaired, we want to help you reach and exceed your training goals!
What if my dog is more difficult?
Some things are not a matter of training. Dogs have emotions just like people and just like people, sometimes they are reacting to strong emotions like fear, anger, extreme happiness and excitement. Training Spot Behavior Modification methods involves the same underlying philosophy as our approach to training. However, BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION in a reactive dog requires a deeper understanding of classical and operant conditioning to look at the specific triggers and thresholds that your dog is responding to.
Stephanie Wapp, our president, has been a certified animal trainer for 20 years and helped hundreds of clients with their dogs. Her continuous education and experience handling and caring for animals has allowed her to understand how to effectively train your pets. Stephanie’s continued education includes Pet CPR & First Aid, Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT) and veterinarian seminars for senior pet care and wellness management to better prepare herself for senior client care.
If your dog is older there is hope! Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks, but starting young and teaching your dog to be a great member of your family early will have you both more content in the long run.
We offer In-Home Training Sessions
Board and Train Programs
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