Unless there is an announcement of a Group Class on the Home Page, we are only offering PRIVATE SESSIONS at this time.  Please contact us at 386-938-4092 or [email protected] for more information or to schedule an appointment.

 

FAQ:

 

HOW MUCH DOES TRAINING COST? 

$60 for 5-Week BASIC Group Classes on Saturdays.  First session is a 3-hour Orientation.  Next four sessions with dogs are approximately one and half hours each.  

 

$60  for a PRIVATE Session for family dog training or aggresssion issues (minimum 2 hours).

WHAT DO YOU TEACH?

* 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.

Aggression  including dog-to-dog aggression, biting family members, and similar problems.  Complex aggression may be referred to a veterinarian behaviorist.

 

WHAT METHOD OF TRAINING DO YOU USE?

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 and www.ccpdt.org

       

Old-style training requires you to set your dog up for failure then correct him/her with a leash jerk or other aversive move. 

Positive Reinforcement lets you set your dog up for success and reward your dog when he/she gets it right! 

 

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU 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 safety are an issue, Premier Gentle Leaders and No-Slip collars 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 GENTLE LEADER:  The best head collar for dogs who are stronger than their owner or manic.  It is the kindest collar to gain physical control of your dog.  Works like the headcollar on a horse.
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  • 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.

 

WHAT AUTHORS, BOOKS, AND VIDEOS DO YOU 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, John Wilkes, and Karen Pryor.   A good source for dog training and other pet-related resources is DOGWISE.com.   If you visit by clicking the button below, North Florida PAWS receives a portion of each sale.  Thank you!

 

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