Obedience: What the dogs learn

A trained dog has a job and puts forth a diligent effort to work with you. It’s a team effort. In our boarding school for dogs, students are exposed to new things, new people, and are working on obedience and  a balanced state of mind every day in 2-3 sessions.
“Dog training is all about attitude.” Our goal is to change you and your dogs attitude– so you can enjoy a better-behaved companion and your dog can enjoy a bigger life.

State of Mind- How training changes a dog mentally:

  • Increased impulse-control and self-control
  • Higher confidence
  • Ability to gain the things they want by earning them
  • Overall calmness
  • Ability to focus
  • A more balanced state of mind
  • Less problematic, anxious, and destructive behaviors

Some “Manners” every dog can learn:

  • Not jumping, and an alternate behavior of sitting
  • Not rushing through doorways
  • Respect the space and personal boundaries of humans
  • No accosting visitors, dog or canine
  • No nipping hands or clothing
  • Potty training
  • Eliminate nuisance barking
  • Do not take things that aren’t given to you!
  • If something is given to you, allow it to be taken back
  • Stop barking when told it’s enough
  • Stay away from food on tables and counters
  • Any customized specifics or goals you have

Social skills for every dog:

  • Healthy interaction with other dogs
  • Ability to ignore other dogs in public
  • Polite greetings
  • Accepting handling, grooming and exams
  • New environments and situations, such as busy public sidewalks
  • Behave when strangers enter the front door
  • Positive associations with new people

Foundation Obedience: Obedience must take place in different locations and situations, demonstrating reliability.

    • Verbal and hand signals
    • On-leash heeling (position at left side, neither forging or lagging, making turns with you)
    • Sit, down, stay, stand
    • Sit and down both from heel position and abstract positions
    • Long down stay 5-10 minutes
    • Down stay out of sight
    • Down-stay under moderate-to-heavy distraction (noises, toys, other dogs, etc)
    • Leave-it (food refusal)
    • Place command on an object or dog bed with automatic down and stay until released (practical use: visitors coming over, eating dinner, etc)
    • Come when called, on leash, on long-line, and off-leash
    • Ability to focus around heavy distraction (dogs, people, toys, outside, on street, etc.)

Advanced Obedience:

  • Off leash heeling (focusing on handler, position at left side, neither forging or lagging, making turns with you)
  • Automatic sits (when you stop, dog sits)
  • Sit, down, stay, stand, off leash
  • Sit-stay, down-stay, stand-stay
  • Sit-stay out of sight
  • Long down stay 5 minutes out of sight
  • Down-stay with distractions
  • Leave-it (food refusal)
  • Place command
  • Come when called
  • Come when called from a distraction (ex. while playing with another dog, while being petted by a 2nd handler)
  • Front & finish flip heel (dog will flip to heel from a front, leading with their back-end, and will also return to “front” on cue from heel)
  • Stand out of motion (out of motion exercises will be done while handler is moving at a steady pace, dog will either stand, sit, or drop out of motion immediately)
  • Sits out of motion
  • Downs out of motion
  • Come to heel from any position
  • Heavier distraction
  • Distance commands

Miscellaneous training and commands:

  • Retrieval of objects (starting with dumbbell, then going to other objects)
  • Tricks- weave, roll over, sit pretty, spins, circles, boing, bow, etc
  • Touch- nose targeting
  • Place command “bed”
  • Scent discrimination and tracking
  • Automatic sits
  • Confidence-building obstacles
  • “Look” (watch your face)
  • Focused heel (especially for competition training) pushing from the back end upward

Behavior Modification (if applicable):

  • Aggression rehabilitation
    • Dog-aggression
    • Handler-aggression
    • Stranger-aggression
    • Food guarding
    • Growling
    • Dominance
    • Fear-based defensiveness
  • Separation anxiety
  • Shyness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Other problem solving