Balanced Dog Training:
Philosophy And Methodology
Balanced Training engages 3 Primary Components:
Praise, Motivation and Correction
You will learn how to communicate effectively and consistently with your dog. You will learn how to be the be the leader your dog needs you to be. In truth, you may have the most to learn.
Your dog (and you) will learn a very specific vocabulary and clear definition of the command, clear expectations, what’s right and what’s not right. Your dog will learn to perform the command the first time it’s issued and hold that command until released or given a new command. He will learn there are certain skills and rules are not optional. He will learn to do this under distractions – other dogs, other people, toys, food, nature, etc. This level of obedience just may save your dog’s life one day. It will certainly make your dog more enjoyable and make you less frustrated with his behavior. Basic obedience skills are essential to solving every behavioral problem.
We also want your dog to have fun. Lot’s of fun. We want you to have fun with your dog. We will teach you how to let them know when they need to be alert and obedient versus the times they can relax, play, and be a dog.
While we lean heavily into Positive Reinforcement quadrant of classical training, there are times in which the other for quadrants need to be leveraged too. Teaching a new behavior to a dog does not prevent it from a desire or willingness to attempt bad behaviors in the future, given the chance. Our goal is to prevent those behaviors.
At The K9 Coach, during the teaching phase of any new skill we use verbal markers (Yes!, Good! Better, and No”.
We use food with puppies, some adults to learn new skills and in our feeding protocols for behavior modification. Food is powerful when used properly and not as a reward for tricks. We will show you how to get your dog to work for you, without food, but to take advantage of using food to challenge him and embrace his instincts.
We believe all dogs are praiseworthy. In time, your dog is going to learn that your praise and affection is the greatest thing he/she can earn. We are going to teach you how to praise your dog effectively — to figure out what his currency is. Your dog will also be given a chance to think and make a choice in his actions.
When appropriate to your dog’s learning, we will make a correction. This may be a verbal marker (”No”, it may be removal of something the dogs wants/likes, or it may be a leash-based correction.
In some cases, we may make recommendations for the owner to move to a slip-lead, prong collar or ecollar for the most effective training results and to address very specific issues