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We’ve got you covered whether you’re searching for dog training Alpharetta, dog training Kennesaw, dog training Marietta and many other surrounding areas. Our dog training Atlanta professionals serve many areas around Metro Atlanta:
- West Cobb and East Paulding – Lisa Matthews
- East Cobb, Southeast Cherokee, and Southeast Bartow Counties – Tyler Baker
- North Fulton and South Forsyth Counties – April Galindo and Madeline Snyder
- Gwinnett County – Amy Szabo and Madeline Snyder
*Other surrounding areas may also be considered. Call to inquire.
Multiple Ways To Train
Our CPDT-KA dog trainers have expansive toolboxes of knowledge and experience, which sets our highly-skilled, dog training professionals well above and beyond novice trainers with limited knowledge bases. You are your dog are in great hands with our dog pros.
There are multiple ways to train every single behavior, and we know them all. Each way has its pros and cons and affects your dog’s learning speed and emotional psyche differently according to many variables. We take into consideration each dog’s temperament, personality, and tenacity as we coach dogs and their guardians. Our skilled professionals focus on teaching how to elicit and reinforce desirable behaviors and discourage undesirable behaviors without resorting to any unnecessary force, fear, pain, or intimidation tactics.
While learning with us will always require that you do your homework in-between our coaching sessions, we aim to integrate all newly learned behaviors into your daily life quickly and seamlessly. We want your homework not to feel like work at all, just a new way of enjoying your dog’s newly learned skill sets.
Our Training Style For Dogs and People
Positive reinforcement training is a “selling” buzz word these days. Many people throw this term around without ever clearly defining what it means or how they use it in their dog obedience training practices. To maintain complete transparency, here is what we mean by our use of the term positive reinforcement training:
Dogs and people are taught using direct instruction: luring, modeling, shaping, capturing, and mimicry. All correct responses are rewarded with food, praise, affection, play, or access to desired items. Learners always determine what rewards are considered more and less desirable, not the instructor. Whenever learners offer an incorrect response, they are prompted to try again. Learners may have as many additional attempts as needed to reach success.
Why We Use Food
We use treats a great deal in our training sessions. This allows us to jump-start the desirable behaviors we want dogs to learn quickly. Food stuffs are an extremely powerful, primary reinforcer for nearly all dogs. We also, however, show you how to fade the use of treats and replace them with highly-desired life-rewards that blend seemly into your lifestyle.
Here is an example of what teaching and learning using positive reinforcement training looks like within our company:
Teaching A Dog To Sit
Place a treat in-between your thumb and first two index fingers of your dominant hand. With your dog in a stand position, hold your fingers right in front of your dog’s nose and then slowly proceed to move the treat slightly up and over his head toward the beginning of his back. This is called luring.
As you go up over his head, his butt will lower to the ground as he follows the treat lure. As soon as your dog’s butt hits the ground, say “sit” and deliver the treat immediately to the dog’s mouth.
Once your dog is sitting quickly and easily on cue, work sit into his everyday life as a polite “say please” behavior. This helps fade the use of treats for sitting but still reinforces the behavior because your dog is now sitting politely to gain access to the things he naturally desires. For example, you could ask your dog to sit to gain access to the following reward-based deliverables:
- If your dog wants his dinner, a nice sit gets his bowl put down on the ground.
- If he wants to go outside, a polite sit opens the door for him.
- If he wants to say hello to a person, a calm sit allows him to meet that person and it also prevents his jumping on them.