North Florida PAWS, Inc.
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Dog Training and Behavior

** Group Classes starting Saturday mornings (9am) in Lake City in the Dog Park at the "Pet Spot Groomers" on Main Street.  5-week class fee is $60.00 ($50.00 if dog was adopted from an animal shelter). 

**  Private Lessons In-Home available from Associate Trainers.

**  AGGRESSIVE DOG Private Sessions by appointment with Katie Rooney, Lead Trainer.

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WHAT WE TEACH OWNERS:


* How to "talk Dog"  
Effectively communicating with your dog requires an understanding of how canines "talk" to each other.

* Basic Commands  Sit, Stay, Down, Come when called, and  Walk on a Loose Leash.

 Behavior Modification  for Housesoiling, Jumping, Chewing, Biting, and other common unwanted behaviors.

* Advanced training  to learn all the commands to pass a Canine Good Citizen's test, fun tricks, and more.

Aggression   How to cure or reduce dog-to-dog and dog-to-human aggression  and similar problems.

OUR METHOD OF TRAINING:
Modern trainers use POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT.  Our trainer is a "Certified Pet Dog Trainer" through CCPDT (Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers, Inc.) and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Inc.   For details on style of training, mission, and code of ethics, Please visit www.apdt.com     

Old-style training
 
requires you to set your dog up for failure then correct him/her with a leash jerk or other aversive move.  Very confusing to the dog and harmful to the relationship.  This does not teach leadership; just fear.
Positive Reinforcement lets you set your dog up for success and reward your dog when he/she gets it right!  Your dog understands what you want him/her to do without harm. 

 EQUIPMENT WE RECOMMEND:

Choke Chains, Prong Collars, and Shock Collars are NOT necessary to good training!  They hurt the dogs and harm the human-dog relationship. 
Most dogs learn well on a regular flat collar and leash.  When additional physical control and/or s
safety are an issue, Premier Easy Walk Harnesses, No-Slip collars, and Gentle Leaders are much better options.
 

  • FLAT (buckle or snap) COLLAR:   Permanent collar with identification. 
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  • LEASH:  A simple leash, not more than 4' long, is sufficient.  A 2' leash is also recommended.  We do not recommend retractables for training but are fine for post-training walks.
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  • Premier EASY WALK HARNESS:  A unique harness which keeps the dog from choking and, best of all, stops the dog from pulling the owner by attaching the leash to a ring on the chest strap rather than off the back. 
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  • Premier GENTLE LEADER:  The best head collar for dogs who are stronger than their owner and is at risk of biting another animal or person.  Works like the headcollar on a horse. 
  • Premier NO-SLIP (Martingale-style) COLLAR:   This cloth version of a choke chain works better and is much safer for your dog.  Properly fitted, your dog cannot BACK OUT of it.

AUTHORS, BOOKS, AND VIDEOS WE RECOMMEND:
There are many excellent Positive Reinforcement Training  books and videos on the market.  Dog trainers/animal behaviorists we recommend include, but are not limited to,  Dr. Patricia McConnell, John Fisher, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Jean MacDonald,  Karen Pryor, Nicole Wilde, and Victoria Stillwell.   A good source for dog training and other pet-related resources is DOGWISE.com.  

If you wish to order dog books, please click on the button below Dogwise, All Things Dog!. North Florida PAWS receives a portion of each sale.  Thank you!


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