Celebration Dog Training and Behavioral Solutions
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At Celebration Dog Training and Behavioral Solutions, we take care to provide our customers high quality services personalized for their unique needs.
"Since each dog is unique, trainers need to be flexible with how they approach training. Training is not really a "one size fits all" profession. Thinking is required..."
From the book Divine Canine written by the Monks of New Skete
six weeks / meeting once a week during weekends or weekdays
$120/dog for six weeks
Because only six dogs are in each group, special attention is dedicated to each one.
Puppy Kindergarten (for puppy in between 8 and 22 weeks)
The course will focus on socialization, learning how to walk properly on the leash, how to meet other dogs and basic obedience. Also some time is dedicated to work on correcting unwanted puppy behaviors (barking, nipping, chewing, jumping, etc).
Please note that puppies in between 8 and 18 weeks of age aren't fully vaccinated and that there is always a chance of exposure to pathogens. Many studies, however, have shown that puppies benefit from early socialization.
American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy (for dogs 20 weeks and older)
“S.T.A.R.” stands for Socialization,Training, Activity and a Responsible owner, all the things every puppy needs.
designed for dogs who already know basic cue. New cues are introduced (sit-stay, down-stay, come, etc.) and old cues are performed in presence of distractions. Distance training is introduced.
It is perfect as a preparation for Canine Good Citizen test .
the dogs are working in presence of more distractions. The dog learns to be reliable even when he is far away. The intermediate training course needs to be completed in order to be accepted in the advance training.
We also offer FREE seminars to teach children to be safe around dogs. Request information about the next one!
HOW WE TRAIN YOUR DOG
We use positive reinforcement (treats, praise, etc.) to motivate the dog to learn. We teach you how to use your tone of voice and your posture to connect with your dog.
GROUP CLASSES VS. PRIVATE IN-HOME LESSONS
We think that group classes are great to socialize and for basic/advance training. We recommend in-home training for behavioral problems because the majority of the work needs to be done in your house where the behavior is most likely manifested. Also with in-home training we are able to really personalize the training based on your and your dog needs and schedule.
WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU:
Having a dog is a life-long commitment and we expect you to be present during the training in order to learn the techniques that are appropriate to keep your dog well behaved for all his life.
Discounts for private lessons are available for rescued dogs and Celebration residents!
The importance of being consistent
It is very important to establish house rules when you take a dog in your house.
Some of the most common rules are:
Not encourage jumping
Not feed the dog from the table during dinner time
Not let the dog go in the bedrooms
Not give the dog attention when is pushy, etc.
Everybody in the family (even the kids) needs to know and follow the rules because, if there is not consistency, the dog gets confused. “ Why I can jump on dad when he is coming back from work but why I can’t jump on the little two years old that is visiting us?”
Also if you take home a puppy, it is very important don’t allow your pet to engage in behavior that you won’t want when he is full grown. It could be fun having your 10 lbs puppy jump but, when he is reaching 70lbs, do you think is going to be fun again?
Maggie, Roxie, Bosco and Rosie are enjoying the graduation party!
The importance of the Least Reinforcing Scenario
Are you frustrated because your dog doesn’t answer to you?
Are you finding yourself screaming “NO” every time you interact with your dog?
Stop using the word NO!
As Grey Stafford in the book ZOOmility states, the problem is “No” gets a little dull after a while and eventually that sound isn’t as scary to the animal as it used to be. So “No” becomes, “No…I said no” and then “ No, No, NO!” The more you use NO the more it became ineffective.
So Grey Stafford explains:
“When training goes well, we’re ready to cheer and that is great….But when training goes poorly, we also want to take immediate action. We want to step in and fix it right away, often with the same zeal as when we reinforce. Right idea. Wrong time.
If the animal fails to meet your current criteria, you respond by doing nothing or as close to nothing as possible, for a few seconds immediately after its response….This is known as a Least Reinforcing Scenario or LRS….We’re doing the thing that offers the smallest amount of reinforcement possible when the animal fails to do what we ask. … The goal is to communicate to the animal that… the last response was not up to par and there will be a momentary pause in the delivery of reinforcement…The LRS is a relaxed, non-reaction to your animal and a non-reinforcement of the behavior that wasn’t quite up to the level you believe your pet is capable of at this moment.”
The LRS is also able to reduce, even eliminate, an unwanted response.
“When the animal recognizes that there is no benefit to the response- no more treats, toys, or praise – it will gradually stop offering the response."
Self-fulfilling prophecies happen to everybody. If you expect an event to go wrong, there are good chances that it is going to happen.
Why? Because your tension and your negative attitude are communicated to other people by your body language. People when they feel your tension get also tense. This is particularly true if a dog is involved. Dogs can sense a negative energy because they are very good at reading nonverbal signals and because they are able to smell hormonal changes like the increase in stress hormones. Dogs’ scenting abilities are thousands of times greater than humans and they can smell the hormonal change in urine, tears and sweat. Also if a dog is on the leash, he can feel the owner’s tension through the leash. This is why it is so important to learn to use the leash properly and to learn to relax when you interact with your dog. This is demonstrated in the example below. Rex , Bob’s dog, one day growled to another dog. Now Bob, when he takes Rex for a walk, is stressed and he puts a lot of tension on the leash when he sees another dog coming too close. Rex associates the new dog with his owner’s stress and reacts. Bob get more stressed and he pulls the dog back. This becomes a vicious circle. Instead, the dogs’ owners need to create positive self-fulfilling prophecies. For example few play dates with very balance dogs can give Bob back his confidence. Walking Rex with a good friend that engages Bob in an interesting conversation could be also useful to release some stress. My advice is also to consider your dog’s challenging times an opportunity to learn. This can make a huge difference. I want to end with Winston Churchill’s words of wisdom: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”.
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- Problem solving program: we help you with your dog barking, jumping, begging, food aggression and other behavioral issues
- Basic training and obedience: sit, stay, come, good behavior on a leash and much more
- Before you take your new dog home program: especially useful for first time dog owners
- A new baby in the family program: we help the parents-to-be to prepare their dog to the new addition to the family
- Housebreaking and crate training
- Puppy Training: Every that you need to know about puppies! it is ideal for socialization, for teaching basic manners and loose leash walking.
PRIVATE IN-HOME TRAINING
(each lesson is around one hour long)
Packages of four lessons:
$60 off on this package if the lessons are in Celebration
Add $15/lesson for weekend training
Canine Good Citizen
test cost = $20