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  1. Do you use choke chains in class?
  2. Am I bribing my dog by using treats?
  3. What kind of treats should I use?
  4. How large are the classes?
  5. What is a clicker?
  6. What is clicker training?
  7. Will I have to use the clicker forever?
  8. Are children allowed in class?
  9. Who else can come to class?
  10. How long will it take to train my dog?

 

  1. Do you use choke chains in class?
  2. No, we do not use any correction collars in class. We use treats, games, toys, and lots of praise instead. We keep training a positive experience so your dog enjoys the learning process.
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  3. Am I bribing my dog by using treats?
  4. If your dog is unaware of the behavior you desire, then you can’t be bribing him! Food is generally used as a reward because it is easy to dispense, and it can be used to lure your dog into positions. Pushing and jerking your dog can have negative side effects. Once you have successfully lured your dog, you will assign a verbal command or hand signal to the behavior and begin to phase out food.
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  5. What kind of treats should I use?
  6. Any treat that your dog likes. Experiment and make a note of your dog’s favorite treats. Treats do not have to be limited to food. You can use anything that motivates your dog such as a favorite toy. Be creative, there are lots of ways to reward your dog!
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  7. How large are the classes?
  8. Our classes are limited to 6 dogs. We like small group classes so that our trainers have a chance to give our clients individual attention within the group setting. We also want to ensure that we can give each dog some “personal space”.
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  9. What is a clicker?
  10. A clicker is a small, plastic box with a metal strip that makes a distinct, clicking sound when pressed and released. This sound is used to mark a desired behavior. After the behavior is mark it is reinforced with a reward. The clicker can be used to teach numerous behaviors in a positive way.
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  11. What is clicker training?
  12. Clicker training is an exciting and effective method of teaching new behaviors to your pet. Clicker training works by rewarding your dog for the correct behavior. It is a hands-off approach to help your dog learn new behaviors without being intimidated. Clicker training is even used to train dolphins! The clicker allows you to mark, and reward your dog for the exact behavior or action that is being taught.
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  13. Will I have to use the clicker forever?
  14. No! The clicker is a training tool, and an efficient means to communicate with your dog. Once your dog learns the behavior and it has been reinforced, the clicker is gradually replaced by voice commands and verbal praise (reward). For more information on clicker training see www.clickertraining.com
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  15. Are children allowed in class?
  16. Yes, children over 7 years old are allowed in class with adult supervision. Your child may not be as interested in the class as you are, so please bring coloring books, etc to keep them occupied. For their safety, children should be told not to approach other dogs. If your child is disruptive, you may be asked to leave if we feel it is in the best interest of the class.
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  17. Who else can come to class?
  18. It is extremely important that the training be consistent at home so bring your significant other, or even the whole family. Anyone that is interacting with the dog on a daily basis should be involved in the training. If you want to bring more than 2 people, please check with our office.
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  19. How long will it take to train my dog?
  20. Good training is an ongoing process. It requires lots of practice at home in addition to the class instruction. The more you are willing to work with your dog, the more impressive the results. Try to train in several different locations so that your dog can really “get the idea”. Just remember that dogs work at different paces and can have their good days and bad days too. Try not to become frustrated and do your best to enjoy the time with your dog. After all, it is one of the best ways to build a strong and lasting relationship with your dog.
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