Q: What do I need to bring with me to ensure my dog and I are prepared for class?
A: You will need a 6' leather or nylon leash (4' for therapy class) and your dog should be wearing a flat, buckle collar or a front-clip harness, Also please bring A LOT of very small (pea-sized) and delicious treats and a treat pouch to carry them in. You may also want to bring a small container to hold water for your dog. For treats we recommend rolled dog food cut into tiny pieces. Don't forget your poop bags!
Q: What exactly are the principles of positive reinforcement, or "reward based" training?
A: Positive reinforcement rewards dogs for offering the correct response to the trainer's cues. Rewards must be something that your dog really wants, such as food or toys. The more rewarding a dog finds the treat or toy, the harder he will work to get it. Reward-based training is fun for people and dogs and helps to strengthen the bond between them.
Q: Why should I choose to hire a certified professional?
A: When you choose a certified professional, you can be confident that you are working with a person who has the knowledge and expertise to make your investment in dog training safe, effective, and fun! Certified dog behavior consultants have dog behavior and training skills as well as instructor skills to enhance the experience and raise the level of success for you and your dog. Certified dog behavior consultants have earned this credential by demonstrating their knowledge and experience in dog behavior. A certified professional stays up-to-date in the field and is familiar with the latest, most effective training techniques and equipment. A certified professional adheres to a strict code of ethics and are educated in the areas of ethology, behavior, and learning theory. The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants is committed to maintaining rigorous testing and re-certification systems to provide dog owners with information to help them make an informed choice when selecting a dog behavior professional.
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