Dog Training Classes Vancouver with Hustle Up Dog Training
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So, you're looking for Dog Trainer. Where do you begin?
Often people ask about price, how many people in a group class and how many classes does one get for the amount of money spent. Allow me to help you out for a moment to give some guidance for what a dog parent should know. Class length. Most dog training classes, in general, are 1 hour (60 minutes). In a study observing dog trainers, the honest amount of actual dog training per client came down to 17 minutes inside the 60 minutes of dog training you paid for. Are you scratching your head? Let me explain! The amount of standing around and not instructing the dog and listening to the trainer talk eats up 43 minutes on average.
Another thing dog parents miss out on is a silly little thing which turns into a much bigger issue in the long run, and costs you thousands of dollars to fix. The thousand-dollar question is…. Does the dog trainer bait the dog with food and or have you the dog owner bring food such as hot dogs, cheese, kibble and anything else that is food? Does the trainer tell you not to feed your dog before class? The ugly dirty little secret behind this is the dog will only do as required for food because you have starved it and it really wants dinner. Treat training, food reward-based training has an ugly side. Here is a list of bad behaviours which will happen when you create the relationship between food and your dog: begging; stealing food; jumping up; counter surfing; tongue washing the floor looking for scraps; getting into the garbage; and, many dogs become food aggressive. Many dog fights happen at a dog park because dogs are competing for food. You have more than likely heard the term "positive reinforcement" in dog training as referring to training with treats exclusively. In my professional opinion (I have approximately 29 years of experience, authored four books, created the dog day care industry and hosted two award-winning television series, all about dogs), training with treats exclusively will result in not a "positive" outcome. A four-year-old is capable of teaching a dog to sit with food, but that does not make a 4-year-old a dog trainer. I have said this for years. Build the respect between you and your dog and you will have the best relationship ever. Your relationship will not be competing against a handful of dog treats. Fun fact: Humans are the only species who give food to get an animal to like them. Unfortunately, once the food is gone what type of relationship do you truly have?
Why do you want to train your dog?
Most people say because they want a behaved dog. What if you could have a better-behaved dog that is bonded to you and the dog wants to do as it is requested. What if your dog truly gave you the unconditional love we all dream about? I can teach you to do this, I can teach you to be the one in control and the dog in control.
MYTH: Dog training is fast.
FACT: Training a dog takes dedication and time. Time is not fast.
MYTH: To stop a dog from jumping up, turn your back.
FACT: When turning your back you show weakness, therefore the dog will not stop jumping up.
MYTH: Food-based training is the fastest way to train your dog.
FACT: True that it is the fastest way to train your dog to be worse. Many people put down the family dog because the dog becomes food aggressive. I advise people not to risk a dog’s life on food-based training.
MYTH: You only need one dog trainer who teaches with food.
FACT: Sadly, past clients have hired three food-based dog trainers and still do not have a trained dog. But they do have more bad dog issues.
Do you want this relationship with your dog?
This is how we reinforce and praise the dog we love.
Rewarding with touch.
The bond looks like this.
A trained dog brings joy to others.
When you are happy as your dog to see each other.
Get your dog to look you at you like this.
Touch is powerful. Animals nudge, touch, and are very physical. When we behave similar to dog-to-dog interaction acknowledging good and bad behaviours. A unified bond of trust, respect, is formed. Food rewards can never give this to a dog. It’s simply a bribe. Dogs do not acknowledge one another with food. They acknowledge with vocals, touch and body language. Not a dog treat. Touch is crucial in training and learning about your dog.
This relationship between Bodhi and Rocket is an example of what you can have.
Which style of class is best for you, One-on-one/Private classes or Group Classes?
The wonderful benefit of this arrangement is it allows me to get into the honest details about what is happening, and which behaviours are unwanted. Additionally, it gives me much more time to dive into the history of where and why unwanted behaviours have come from. Many are created by past teachings from other trainers and or the way it was raised, some even come from the way the puppy was removed from the litter prematurely. One overlooked component is understanding whether your dog is a repetitious learner or instinctual or both. The bonus question is Who or which actor would you say your dog is?
Private classes are not charged hourly. They are charged per session at a flat rate. The reason for this is, as a dog trainer and behaviourist, it is important not to stop a session at the one-hour mark when progress is about to be made. The reason this is detrimental is, if the session stops at 60 minutes then we pretty much need to start over on the next session. This is foolish because it if financially unfair to you the client and confuses the dog when we restart over and over with minimal success. Plus, it’s best to be fair and that means a win/win for you and the dog.
Group Dog Training Classes
Group class is with two or more dogs present in a class with plenty of interaction in the training. Focusing on all the good training stuff to get your dog educated. Class length is approximately 1.5 hours in length with a variety of stimuli and plenty of education to empower you and educate the dog. Homework is given out with exercises for you to find the success you want. After many years of studying people’s behaviour. In order to achieve the most success for you and the dog.
Two classes per week are made available. This ensures that if you miss a class, you're not two weeks in between classes only a few days. This is designed to optimize success and consistency for positive training outcomes. 12 classes with 18 hours of outdoor training compared to conventional dog training classes of 8 classes and 8 hours.
Why you should not use a Harness to train or walk a puppy or dog!
With fantastic marketing attaching a harness to the dog and fantasies about an evening stroll with your dog walk alongside you, the flashy advertisements seeing dog and person walking and smiling…. Scratch all that and let's dump the marketing and talk about the truth. Harness are used on sled dogs. That means in simple terms harness are designed and encourage a dog to PULL!!! A pulling dog causes injuries, brings harm and next to zero control. Plus, dogs escape out of harnesses all of the time. Harnesses are a fad in the marketing world for dog gear. Did you know in the top 3 complaints about dog behaviours people want fixed? A dog who pulls. To learn more enrolling a class and achieve the non-pulling solutions you deserve.
I have seen that canine communication and dog body language is a language unto itself. I can teach you how to have a healthy relationship with your dog.
- Dogs learn first and foremost through body language – not human language. Learning how to communicate with our dogs in a way they will understand comes from learning how to watch, listen and respect their way of communicating.
Why I do not promote food as a way to reward your dog or bribe your dog.
- Dog’s desire touch and physical communication. They strive to have a role in your pack. Food is a necessity for survival just like water. But in order to create a strong lifelong bond. Touch is more important.
We believe that working in a variety of outdoor environments builds confidence.
- Various environments and settings provide your dog with real-life distractions. Number one priority is to keep your dogs safe, so as we train in unique and day to day environments, your dog will learn to trust you. Build confidence in your relationship and strive to be better.
- Training your dog is a journey which lasts the duration of your dog’s life.
- Ongoing supports lasts long after your classes are over. Drop ins are available because as dogs age so do their needs.
Your goals are important, and I make sure I hear them loudly. I set you up to have the success you need and want.
A dog is now a family member who can contribute to the home. Make time to attend class and be amazed with the results.
Visit Hustle Up Dog Training website today to register for the best dog training Vancouver for either a group Vancouver dog training class, Vancouver puppy training class, for a Private Dog Training class or for a Pre-Pet Counselling session. Email us at email@example.com with any questions. Enrol today for group Dog Obedience Training, Aggressive Dog Training, Puppy Training and Adult Dog Training classes starting soon! Classes start January 2022.