What is "clicker training?"
Clicker Training is positive, force free method of training based on the
science of operant conditioning. Using a small device called a clicker
desired behaviors are captured and shaped. Desired behaviors are marked
with a ďclickĒ and rewarded with a treat. Unwanted behaviors are ignored
without leash jerking, pulling pushing or punishing. Your pet quickly
learns which behaviors are reinforced and undesirable behaviors earn no
reward. Rewarded behaviors are offered by your dog more often and
unrewarded behaviors disappear as they earn no rewards. Clicker dogs
become eager learners.
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I went to an obedience class, it was not much fun and I felt
embarrassed. What is Foundation Skills training?
A foundation skill is a skill that a dog and/or his owner
learn to enable a lifetime of successful learning. Foundation skills
keep training fun without force or corrections. Foundation skills
Foundation Skills for Dogs
Give attention to the handler
2. Offer behaviors to earn reinforcement
(treats, praise, games, etc)
3. Respond to a cue
5. Self Control
Foundation Skills for Humans
1. How to use a clicker
2. Using reinforcements instead of
3. Shaping Behaviors
4. Cueing not Commanding
5. Observation Skills, Knowing what your
dog is telling you.
Skills will my dog learn specific behaviors?
Yes, beginner training packages usually include down, Mine and Take It,
Name Game, Polite Leash Walking, coming when called, Settle, Sit,
targeting and wait. As the owner, it is important that Russ knows what
you want your dog to do, how well you want the dog to do it, and in what
environments. Training is geared to your goals with your dog.
I donít have time or a
regular schedule for weekly classes at the same time?
provides convenient in home
training that is flexible and fits your busy life.
Times are hard I donít know if I can afford a professional trainer?
Russ offers affordable and flexible packages focused on your goals with
your dog. The training skills you will learn will last a life time.
Our dog lives in a family how can we teach everyone to care for the
Russ specializes in family focused training. Training is provided in the dogís home
environment and real life settings.
We want to
comfortably and safely go out with our dog, we tried a training facility
but it just didnít work.
Russ will teach you how to train your dog in real life environments; many
dogs are too reactive to other dogs to have success in traditional
classes with many other dogs.
I donít know if we
can keep our dog, we love him but he jumps on people, steals food from
the counter, pulls on the lead, or rushes the door when it is opened,
Most dog owners love their dog but may find their dogís rude
and risky behaviors impossible to live with. Friends stop coming by
your home, or the dog gets confined to a backroom or outside. The owners
feel embarrassed, guilty and isolated; the dog no longer gets the
socialization and exercise he needs to be happy and healthy. Often these
dogs are then given to shelters and some may be euthanized as result of
behaviors that could be changed. Russ specializes in canine manners
training and will help you solve your dogís behavior problems.
We are thinking of
getting a new puppy (or older dog), but donít know what breed or
temperament would be best for us?
Russ offers consultation to you and your family as you think
about getting a new puppy or older dog for. Making a successful fit
with your lifestyle and reasons for getting a dog will help you have a
happy canine companion for a lifetime.
Our dog has gotten
old and we can tell she is sometimes uncomfortable or our veterinarian
has told us our dog has an illness that will progress; how can we decide
about providing treatment or consider letting her go.
Russ is a professional licensed social worker with over 25
years as a counseling professional. Russ can assist you and your family
make these difficult decisions about your loved petís end of life and
adjust to their loss.