Remember in school when you asked, “Why do we have to learn this? I’ll never use it in real life.” With our school, there’s no question how our knowledge fits into your very real, everyday life. The good news?! There will be no term papers or final exam. Your pass / fail grade will be that little furry thing that keeps peeing on your carpet and chewing on your most beloved items (good thing it’s cute). But unlike your semester of PSYC 101, the average lifespan of a dog is 10 – 13 years.

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We’ve taken the time to break down everything you need to know, starting with the basics; classical conditioning and operant conditioning. (By the way, not only are these methods great for training dogs, they also work on children and husbands. But you didn’t hear it from us.)

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Which training method should you use? Find the one that works best for you and stick to it. You can also combine a few training methods such as luring and molding to teach the desired behavior. Make sure that you enjoy the training and don’t allow yourself to get too frustrated. All good things take time. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

Training Methods

#trainyourdog

The best learning moments where understanding concepts starts to take shape always seems to happen through a bit of trial and error (aka a learning opportunity!)... for humans and dogs!
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Chloe and I had some pretty fabulous learning moments during her session today that allowed me to shape her understanding of her recall, place and especially the implied stay (impulse control!) using remote collar guidance. This great tool is an awesome communication device that can be used to guide and help our dogs when they get confused or stuck or distracted during their work.
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In the video, I’m working on the foundation of recall (Come, Place, down/stay) with Chloe and we start by using both leash and remote collar guidance and eventually move to just remote collar guidance. As we work, Chloe is working hard to puzzle out what exactly I’m asking her to do through trial and error.  And anytime she needs a bit of extra help and information to be successful, I’m using the remote collar to guide her back on track. Dogs are amazing pattern readers which is why it’s so important to pattern them with lots of practice and guidance when teaching new concepts and skills and it’s also so much fun to watch the ‘wheels turning’ as they learn. 💗 #hfxdogs #halifaxdogtrainer #halifaxdogtraining #findyourbalancedogtraining #fybdt #findyourbalance #dogs #balancetraining #boardandtrain #ecollar #ecollartraining #lifewithdogs #prongcollar #dogtrainingtip #everywheredogs #reallifetraining #reallifedogtraining #trainyourdog #traineddog #placecommand #recalltraining #offleashtraining #offleashlife #calmdogseveryday #calmoncommand #calmdogsgetincluded #calmdogs #calmdogsarehappydogs #calmdogsmakebetterchoices #politedogshavemorefriends
The best learning moments where understanding concepts starts to take shape always seems to happen through a bit of trial and error (aka a learning opportunity!)... for humans and dogs! 🐾 Chloe and I had some pretty fabulous learning moments during her session today that allowed me to shape her understanding of her recall, place and especially the implied stay (impulse control!) using remote collar guidance. This great tool is an awesome communication device that can be used to guide and help our dogs when they get confused or stuck or distracted during their work. 🐾 In the video, I’m working on the foundation of recall (Come, Place, down/stay) with Chloe and we start by using both leash and remote collar guidance and eventually move to just remote collar guidance. As we work, Chloe is working hard to puzzle out what exactly I’m asking her to do through trial and error. And anytime she needs a bit of extra help and information to be successful, I’m using the remote collar to guide her back on track. Dogs are amazing pattern readers which is why it’s so important to pattern them with lots of practice and guidance when teaching new concepts and skills and it’s also so much fun to watch the ‘wheels turning’ as they learn. 💗 #hfxdogs #halifaxdogtrainer #halifaxdogtraining #findyourbalancedogtraining #fybdt #findyourbalance #dogs #balancetraining #boardandtrain #ecollar #ecollartraining #lifewithdogs #prongcollar #dogtrainingtip #everywheredogs #reallifetraining #reallifedogtraining #trainyourdog #traineddog #placecommand #recalltraining #offleashtraining #offleashlife #calmdogseveryday #calmoncommand #calmdogsgetincluded #calmdogs #calmdogsarehappydogs #calmdogsmakebetterchoices #politedogshavemorefriends
Bella has been making fabulous progress learning her obedience commands and also how to focus on and take direction from her handler. Bella is a bit of an insecure girl and when we began our sessions she was worried about stepping on the hammock-like cot.  In the video, you’ll see a nice progression of Bella’s growing confidence from her first tentative steps onto the place cot to the beginnings of her off leash recall!
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I began with teaching Bella her obedience commands on leash first and then once she understood the work, I started layering low level remote collar over top our leash work. As Bella’s understanding of the remote collar ‘language’ increases, I’m able to to start phasing out the leash guidance (which until now has been her primary source of information) and use our ‘invisible leash’ aka the remote collar to guide Bella through the exercises.  Once Bella is bilingual in the language of the remote collar, we’ll be able to use this great tool to help her in those worrisome situations that used to make her feel defensive and behave reactively.
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I’ve also been doing a lot of food work with Bella over the past few days as we work through her obedience commands to help her gain confidence and reinforce the new skills that she’s learning.  #hfxdogs #halifaxdogtrainer #halifaxdogtraining #findyourbalancedogtraining #fybdt #findyourbalance #dogs #balancetraining #boardandtrain #ecollar #ecollartraining #lifewithdogs #prongcollar #dogtrainingtip #everywheredogs #reallifetraining #reallifedogtraining #trainyourdog #traineddog #placecommand #recalltraining #offleashtraining #offleashlife #calmdogseveryday #calmoncommand #calmdogsgetincluded #calmdogs #calmdogsarehappydogs #calmdogsmakebetterchoices #politedogshavemorefriends
Bella has been making fabulous progress learning her obedience commands and also how to focus on and take direction from her handler. Bella is a bit of an insecure girl and when we began our sessions she was worried about stepping on the hammock-like cot. In the video, you’ll see a nice progression of Bella’s growing confidence from her first tentative steps onto the place cot to the beginnings of her off leash recall! 🐾 I began with teaching Bella her obedience commands on leash first and then once she understood the work, I started layering low level remote collar over top our leash work. As Bella’s understanding of the remote collar ‘language’ increases, I’m able to to start phasing out the leash guidance (which until now has been her primary source of information) and use our ‘invisible leash’ aka the remote collar to guide Bella through the exercises. Once Bella is bilingual in the language of the remote collar, we’ll be able to use this great tool to help her in those worrisome situations that used to make her feel defensive and behave reactively. 🐾 I’ve also been doing a lot of food work with Bella over the past few days as we work through her obedience commands to help her gain confidence and reinforce the new skills that she’s learning. #hfxdogs #halifaxdogtrainer #halifaxdogtraining #findyourbalancedogtraining #fybdt #findyourbalance #dogs #balancetraining #boardandtrain #ecollar #ecollartraining #lifewithdogs #prongcollar #dogtrainingtip #everywheredogs #reallifetraining #reallifedogtraining #trainyourdog #traineddog #placecommand #recalltraining #offleashtraining #offleashlife #calmdogseveryday #calmoncommand #calmdogsgetincluded #calmdogs #calmdogsarehappydogs #calmdogsmakebetterchoices #politedogshavemorefriends