At Dog Days in Berthoud, we are a dog training center that isn’t like other training centers. Dog Day’s mission is to educate both owners and their dogs. Understanding how your dog learns, as well as what they learn, is the best way for an owner to consistently reinforce correct behavior. The ultimate goal is a happier dog and better overall relationships between dogs and their owners.
We train all sizes, ages, and breeds of dogs. In the picture to the right, we have a young Great Dane named Coltrane, and a smooth Coat Fox Terrier named Regan, who is deaf. Regan is learning hand signals as well as how to work with the distraction of the Great Dane. Both dogs are off-leash and are socializing very appropriately.
An important part of the socialization process is for smaller dogs to learn how to be confident and act appropriately around big dogs, and for big dogs to learn the same behaviors with small dogs. We are very careful when there are size discrepancies and the dogs are continually supervised to ensure that all interactions are safe and appropriate.
Our team at Dog Days believes that there are three main components that owners need to appreciate in order to develop and maintain a healthy and loving relationship with their dog.
1. Who is Your Dog?
The first step towards successful training is developing an awareness of your dog. For example, is your dog motivated by food, by interacting with other dogs or animals, or with people? Do any of these motivations make your dog too-excited, and unable to learn and work once they are “over-threshold”? Do any of these stimulus make your dog nervous or reactive? Are you able to recognize these signs, and what training strategies to do you employ when these situations arise.
2. The Off Switch
Dogs are not people and they operate according to different stimulation triggers. Consider whether you are able to influence or stop your dog when they are overstimulated or engaged in behavior that can be dangerous. For example, are you able to control your dog without any “outside equipment” such as a leash or the use of treats? Can you honestly intervene and stop your dog if it suddenly bolts out of the door in order to chase a squirrel?
3. Dog Body Posture
Dogs provide a great deal of information through their body language. Your dog’s posture will often tell you everything you need to know about their mental state. However, if you are not adept at “reading” your dog’s body language your timing will be off and you will miss the training moments when your dog is the most receptive to learning.
At Dog Days, we can teach you how to pick up on these things and how to learn who your dog is, what they need, and how to best train them. Learn more about our dog training classes and be sure to contact us with any questions you may have!