Our training methods
Positive training methods
The training methods are all positive. In small steps we work towards the desired behavior. All behavior is lured and rewarded. Next we teach the dog connection between the command and the behavior. Every correct step is rewarded. We like to make the dog happy and enthusiastic towards the training and the exercises. In addition, we teach them limits of what is allowed and not. By being very consistent and teaching them “uh” or “no” if the dog shows undesirable behavior or is willing to cross a limit. After telling “no” we always ask the dog what behavior we like to see and reward this. This makes it clear to the dog what is and what is not desired, keeps him happy and positive but also to respect limits and rules.
Development of a social, relaxed, quiet and good dog
Good training of your dog consists of a number of things:
1. Learning exercises, developing quiet self-assured and social behavior.
2. Learning boundaries and rules.
3. Developing a good relationship between owners and dog. One based on mutual trust and respect. This is gained by correct training and handling.
4. Meeting the basic needs of the dog.
In this process dog and owner need to develop. We are there for you teaching and guiding you until the desired result is achieved.
1. Basic training
Learning basic exercises necessary in daily life .
Name of your dog, come, sit, stay, down, stay, heel, “uh”, no jumping, no biting, let go, no chasing anything, and anything else you like.
In training for the best result, it is important that we as a trainer are efficient and consistent. Trying to avoid mistakes in the training by making the steps small and feasible. Not too fast in big steps forward, but again not too slow because level has to go up.
During your training you will develop a lot of insight into dogs, dogs learning, dogs communication, where and how you should be consistent etc. What matters stand in the way of quality and speed of development of results.
Structure of the exercises
Structure of the exercises:
1 Know what you want. What is the desired behavior, (what exactly do we want the dog to do in the end) Detailed, how does it begin, how does the behavior end, which posture, what speed, etc.
2. On what stimulus (signal / command / hand gesture etc) the dog must perform this behavior.
3. In what small steps we divide the teaching.
3.1. How do we motivate the dog to all those small steps?
3.2. What mistakes can be made? How can we prevent this and how do we solve them?
3.3 Extending in quality and level. So more distraction. Training off lease. Combining exercises. Exercises with distance.
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2. Boundaries and rules. Your framework of free behavior. Teaching the dog limits and rules you reduce stress and therefore give security and safety. He knows what he is up to and what he can expect and when. For him staying within these limits assuring him no grumbling and corrections. You will have one happy obedient dog.
We learn these boundaries by indicating ‘no’ or ‘uh’ in behavior that we do not want. Immediately indicate what is an alternative. If you only learn what is not allowed, he has no alternative to fulfill the need for the behavior.
You also learn a whole lot of insight. Why dogs show some behavior and how we influence on the development.
3. Making a socially, relaxed, confident and happy dog. Give your dog experience in life.
Showing your dog a lot of different experiences, making positive associations with these, he learns relaxed normal behavior. In combination with a dog that listens to commands means that you have an easy dog to deal with.
The dog must learn to show normal social behavior to other dogs. This is again is a matter of gaining good experiences. Help guiding the dog so he / she learns behaving relaxed. Communicate with other dog owners to ensure positive experiences for both dogs.
A dog that listens prevents a lot of problems. Without any stress you can call your dog when you need it, the dog can find peace and safety if necessary.
4. Finally, the development of the bond between you and your dog.
Through practice and training you get to know each other in a positive way. By getting the right guidance you learn a lot about yourself and your dog and his communication and how your dog experiences things. Ultimate goal is a relaxed bond between dog and owner. The dog will always listen from a friendly respect. You know what’s good for him and he can trust you on good care. He knows where the boundaries lie and is positively motivated to listen in the commands. Getting good insight, good, consistently and calm, performing all the steps keep looking at the dogs communication. What does he say with posture and behavior. Practice makes perfect if you do it right.
5. Meeting the basic needs of your dog.
Of course, you as an owner are also responsible for your dog’s ability to meet its basic needs. Exercise, to have enough to do, sufficient social contact with both people and other dogs, sufficient rest. And of course, no stress, health, food and water.
6. Follow-up training and more fun things
After the first or first two courses, you have laid a very good foundation in all of the above points. See training your dog not only as necessity, but also as something fun to do.
To improve obedience and bonding, there are a number of follow-up courses. You can go different directions. Obedience courses, tricks, flyball, agility, search and retrieving.