Makes going for a walk a big challenge. His owners called and asked for help with reactivity issues and we arranged for training.
Teaching a dog reactive dog to focus
We worked on teaching Seamus a proper heel and to stay focused on his owners while out for a walk. Here he is in lesson 3 and doing great. We wanted to push the boundaries so rather than go for a walk around their neighbourhood we went to a busy park with a dog run located in the middle of it in order to challenge Seamus some more and to be able to teach his onwers the finer points about how to handle Seamus in more challenging situations.
People often misunderstand the idea of a dog trainer training their dog for them
Having a professional dog trainer train your dog for you is a great way to get your dog on a fast track to wherever it is you are trying to get - whether it is obedience or helping resolve behavioural issues. it isn’t that the dog will automatically listen to you once the course is done. It also doesnt mean the dog will only work for the trainer and not for you. The truth is somewhere in between and the devil is in the details.
Make sure your dog trainer is a competent professional who can deliver results
Step 1: Train the dog. Train the dog so that she understands what we want from her. Be clear in your work - clarity is key to communicating.
Step 2: Make sure the owners understand their role in maintaining the training the dog has received. This is a big part of the porocess and if you fail here all you have accomplished is having trained the dog fantastically for the trainer - which does the owners of the dog no good at all.
Step 3: Support and follow up with the owners to make sure that they are transitioning properly after all is said and done.
Step 4: If you are lucky like me - you’ll have wonderful clients like Angel and her family - that make the entire process feel like a trip to disney. None of it was work for me - Angel was a breeze to train and her family could not have been any nicer to work with. Thank you Chris, Mina and Maria - all the best to you and Angel. I know we’ll be in touch for a long time to come!
Video of a newly trained dog and her owner working together for the 1st time!
Catalina had a hard time walking Mia on leash prior to training so needless to say she was beyond thrilled to be able to not only have her heel nicely on leash but have a very focused and pretty heel off leash too. Mia’s training is all done both on and off leash.
In kennel training done right. The dog is obedient to the owner from day one!
Here is a quick video clip from Catalina and Mia’s transfer lesson. This is their first time working together and Catalina islearning how to properly handle Mia and doing a wonderful job. You can see them coming together as a teama dn Mia is doing a great job of focusing on her owner and following her every command - even though I am standing right there and have trained her every day for the past thre weeks.