Obedience training is one of the most important aspects of raising a dog. In fact, a well- trained dog is by far a happier dog! Why? Because a trained dog requires fewer restrictions. The more reliable the dog, the more freedom he is given. A well-behaved, obedience trained dog is a pleasure to own because he can go virtually anywhere without being a risk or nuisance to others. And don’t we all want a dog who exhibits appropriate behavior in a crowd, good manners when we have guests in our home, is reliable around children, and who doesn’t threaten other dogs or passers-by?
Training serves to strengthen the bond between a dog and his owner. It builds communication, understanding, and mutual respect, and subtly but effectively demonstrates to your dog that you’re the leader of the pack (commonly referred to as the “Alpha”). And if your dog doesn’t respect you as his leader, you may both be in big trouble, particularly if he’s a bit rowdy or dominant by nature.
Obedience training also gives the dog owner the voice control necessary to prevent numerous potential tragedies. For instance, should a dog slip out of his collar in the middle of a congested traffic intersection, he can be safely heeled across the street, then given a sit command to facilitate putting his collar back on. Or should someone accidentally leave the front door open, and you spot your dog leaving, he can be safely called back to you using the recall command
The bottom line is that dog obedience training truly benefits everyone.
At Barks and Recreation, we use a combination of Positive Reinforcement and Negative Punishment to train your dog. Let’s make it VERY CLEAR that Negative Punishment is NEVER PHYSICAL. Negative Punishment involves taking something away that the dog likes to demonstrate that you are unhappy with a particular action. For instance, if your dog loves to play ball, but he barks or jumps on you as you are about to throw it, Negative Punishment would be for you to simply walk away, put the ball up and stop playing for a short time. Your dog will quickly learn that barking or jumping make the ball go away.
We offer several different training packages for Puppies, Basic Adult and Intermediate Adult. We offer Obedience Training only- no aggression or protection training.
PUPPY PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM $239
Puppies are learning all the time, from the moment you bring them home. The first few weeks you spend with your new best friend will set the tone of the rest of your relationship. It’s easy to set up good habits in the beginning, but harder to change bad habits later. Getting your puppy out to see the world while he is still young is very important. Puppy Pre-School is a great place for your puppy to socialize with other people and dogs in a safe environment. Areas that will be covered include:
- Introduction to Discipline and Motivation
- Socialization, including supervised play with other dogs
- Touch Therapy- Handling, Quiet Time, Nail Trimming, Teeth Brushing, Crate Training
- Name recognition
- Loose Leash walking
- Introduction to six basic commands: Sit, Stay, Come, Drop It, Wait and Okay
Puppy Pre-School covers 5 days and consists of 4 thirty minute instruction periods per day. Doggy Day Care is included. Puppy Pre-School is for pups that are 12 to 24 weeks old. Proof of vaccinations is required. Owners will be given a daily progress report and suggestions on training re-enforcements to be used at home. You’ll receive a final Report Card and continued training suggestions on completion of the course.
PUPPY OR ADULT BASICS PROGRAM $239
It’s always a good time to learn polite behavior! Would you like to get a handle on your dog’s jumping or leash-pulling? Does he only sit when he wants to and sometimes forget to come when you call? Does your command sequence go something like this: “Sit, Sit…Sit- SIT DOWN…Aw, C’mon, please sit”? If you want a dog that is well-mannered and friendly for life, your puppy or young adult needs early training and socialization. In Puppy or Adult Basics, we’ll cover all of the things in Puppy Pre-School and expand on the following:
- Responding on first command
- Adding basic commands of: Leave it, Off, Down, Stand and Watch Me
- Traffic or Short Leash training
- Polite Greetings (meeting new people or dogs)
- Maybe a trick or two like shaking hands or rolling over!
Puppy or Adult Basics covers 5 days and consists of 4 thirty minute instruction periods per day. Doggy Day Care is included. Puppy or Adult Basics is for dogs that are 6 months old and up. Proof of vaccinations is required. Owners will be given a daily progress report and suggestions on training re-enforcements to be used at home. You’ll receive a final Report Card and continued training suggestions on completion of the course.
INTERMEDIATE PROGRAM $499
Build on and solidify the skills you and your dog learned in Basic Class. Strengthen good public manners, get faster, more reliable responses, work on skills with increasing levels of difficulty. Your dog will learn to listen and respond despite distractions. Our Intermediate Program works on the following:
- Reducing reliance on treat reinforcement
- Advanced attention around distractions
- Transitioning to work off-leash
- Strengthening all previously learned obedience skills
- Introduction to hand signals
Intermediate Training covers 10 days and consists of 4 thirty minute instruction periods per day. Doggy Day Care is included. Actual amount of training time is determined by how well your dog can focus and some sessions may last longer than thirty minutes. Intermediate Training is for dogs that are a minimum one year old at the start of the course. Basic Obedience training is a prerequisite. Proof of vaccinations is required. Owners will be given a daily progress report and suggestions on training re-enforcements to be used at home. You’ll receive a final Report Card and continued training suggestions on completion of the course. Owners are required to participate in two training sessions: one on the first Friday of the course and one on the final Friday of the course.
BOARD AND TRAIN $959
Our two-week Board & Train program was created to teach dogs basic obedience through daily, personalized training and can be your choice of Puppy Pre-School, Puppy or Adult Basic Training, or Intermediate Training. Your dog’s knowledge will grow and his focus will intensify as he learns and perfects his skills in an environment full of distractions and activity. This program benefits dogs of all ages and levels of experience.
Board & Train students enjoy all of the comforts of boarding including Doggy Day Care Monday through Friday and return home to spend the weekend with you, where you will reinforce and supplement training. Upon completion of the two-week course, you’ll receive a thorough written training summary and two one-hour follow-up sessions-the first two weeks and the second four weeks respectively, after course completion.
Board and Train Students also benefit from a little extra attention from our Night Staff, who will stay up-to-date with your dog’s progress and work whenever possible to reinforce the lessons of the day. Working with different members of our staff helps set the stage for transferring command of the skills learned at Barks to you. With Board and Train, you’ll receive:
- 10 days of training with eight nights of boarding (includes boarding Monday to Friday)
- Two consultations (one at end of first week, one at final pick-up)
- Comprehensive training summary and report
- 2 one-hour private follow-up sessions
With Barks and Recreation’s Individual Training, we will work closely with you to customize a program best suited to you and your dog’s needs. Whether you wish to address a problem area or achieve specific behavioral goals—just let us know!
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