What Type of Training Schedule Works Best for Dogs
A Dog's Best Friend is the premier positive reinforcement dog training facility in the Miami - Fort Lauderdale area of South Florida.
I got my first two dogs about twenty years ago, shortly after becoming a veterinary technician. I knew nothing about how to train a dog so I took both of them to the trainer recommended by the veterinarian for whom I worked. My poodle mix had no problems but the Lhasa apso walked around in class with the long hair from his tail dragging on the ground. When we walked near other dogs with their owners, he growled. The trainer told me that was a really bad thing. So she had all the other participants in the class stand stationary and had me walk circle eights with my dog around them. Each time he growled, I was told to yank on his choke chain and yell “No!”, which I dutifully did. He stopped growling. It worked. There was only one somewhat significant problem. I ended up with a dog that bit people without warning. He put my mother-in-law in the hospital. As I started learning about dog behavior and how dogs communicate, I eventually had a big “ah ha” moment when I realized that my dog was a fearful dog and he had tried to let me know that in a number of ways. I have no doubt I missed the majority of his signals but I was aware his tail was dragging and that he was growling. He was telling me as best he could that he was uncomfortable in the situation and in response, I actually participated in flooding him with what he feared most. I still feel sick when I think about it. I did everything wrong and ended up with a dog that was labeled dangerous. This is one of the reasons I am passionate about having animal behavior added to all the veterinary technician curricula throughout the country and why I believe every animal hospital should be a place where owners can go to get good, up-to-date, science- based information on learning theory, animal behavior, and behavior modification in addition to the medical information that has always been available.
Owner Nick White, is a former US Marine and US Secret Service, he has also trained with some of the best trainers in the world. Nick has trained with Andrew Ramsey who was the Lead Drug/Bomb Detection Trainer at Lackland Air Force Base which is where all of the military dogs are trained.
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Dog's Best Friend Training, founded in 1988 by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., is dedicated to enriching the lives of dogs and their owners through dog training using positive reinforcement-based techniques. Our dog training classes help owners understand and humanely influence their dogs' behavior. We conduct small group obedience dog training classes at multiple locations in Madison, WI as well as Fitchburg, McFarland, Sun Prairie, and Middleton. We also offer dog agility classes and private behavior consultations, and provide pet sitting and dog walking services. This book by Cesar Milan, best-selling author, public speaker, and star of the TV show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan, helps take your relationship with your dog to another level. , “I rehabilitate dogs; I train people,” because he believes in the probability of bad dog owners more than the probability of bad dogs and feels owners need to use calm, assertive energy in order to relate to their dogs. (Quick side note: Have you ever seen his show? .) By providing information about specific dog breeds and the truth about behavioral tools like e-collars and clickers, this book can help you take a more positive approach to dog training.