For Social Graces Dog Training
“Training for dog and their People”
Dog Training servicing Watertown, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Carthage, Gordonsville, Gallatin, Smyrna
Why Choose Us
Positive Reinforcement is our main method for Dog Training; we think of it as a “Fun Game” so that dogs enjoy and want to play more!! We believe that when this is practiced on a regular basis, dogs tend to look up to their owner for the next task at hand.
We follow LIMA ( “Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive”) guidelines; harsh techniques are more harmful and make for an unpredictable dog.
Dogs need to know that they do not need to “run the household”. They need a fair, confident and competent human to lead them instead. When one is not presented, dogs will make their own rules.
Puppies start learning from the time they open their eyes (even before) so we like to start training as soon as possible. Puppies can seem to be all over the place but can be taught to focus. Food is the big motivator we like to start with and once a task is learned and completely understood we can back off and use other rewards. Some of the biggest and best reinforcements are attention, petting, toys, going outside, play time, etc. We watch for what they really feel is important to them and use that to get what we need from the dog. The human is required to keep up with training unless unable to do so then we will do the training and pass along the cues.
Dogs are never “too old to learn new tricks”. This is a wives tale about HUMANS. We have taught many older dogs new things and old things that are important to finding a forever home.
How It Works
We would start with the basics and start adding distance and distractions. We are big on socialization so your pup will learn to be nice to others in social settings. We will meet at parks and public areas to encourage the social skills.
Advanced and Behavior Modification
We work with many issues such as jumping, greeting people and dogs, barking, protecting, separation anxiety, fear and shyness, nipping, house training. leash walking and most of all, focus.
Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Preparation
Many people want to achieve the Canine Good citizen and want to take their dog to visit nursing homes, children, and hospitals, etc. We are the choice for this as we have been very active in these areas.
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