Everyone loves a well-behaved dog, but not everyone is great at dog training. Los Angeles Dog Daycare understands that molding your dog into the perfect, well balanced dog that he needs to be is a big task, but one that is well worth the work, time, and money that needs to be put into it. Do you have a puppy who needs some extra help beginning obedience training? Or maybe you have begun to realize some of your dogs behaviors are not acceptable and need some help redirecting him. Perhaps your older dog just needs a refresher course.
Here at the Wags Club, we not only have competitive rates, but the highest success rate. We incorporate our beliefs in the principles of trainer Cesar Milan, in order to help your dog be both calm and submissive. These principles also carry over to all areas of Los Angeles Dog Daycare and the way all our staff interact with your dog while it is boarding with us.
When your dog is already with us for boarding, we can use their time to accomplish any of the competitive packages you have chosen. Leave your dog with us while you go to work, and return to a dog who has benefited by having been trained and cared for by the best doggie daycare in Los Angeles.
If you have a new puppy, consider enrolling him in our private puppy training program. This one on one, 5-class series will help establish your dog in potty training, leash training, and other basic commands. Take some of the struggle and frustration out of incorporating a new puppy into your home life by leaning on experts.
Perhaps your dog needs help with eliminating anxiety, or other less desirable traits such as excessive barking or nipping. For your adult dog, consider a 5-part class program focused on behavioral training. Our trainers will use positive reinforcement to redirect your dog’s behaviors to traits that are more desirable, resulting in a dog that is easier to live with.
If you have an adult dog who needs a brush up on his basic commands or needs to be challenged to learn new tricks, our basic obedience for adult dogs is perfect for your pet. A 6-class program, allow our in-house trainer to gently guide your dog down the path towards being perfectly trained and obedient.
Training is not something that begins at the beginning of class, and ends after the appointed time. For your dog to understand that his training is not situational, but a lifestyle, our experts will also work with you as an owner to reinforce all training at home and in whatever situation you are faced with. Should you have any questions about any of our training programs, please feel welcome to call and talk to one of our experts today.
When we think of dog training, things that come to mind are “tricks” we teach our pets. Such as, sitting on command, rolling over, or shaking hands. However, the training of our dogs doesn’t end with the basics and no dog is exempt from the need for at least some behavioral training. Behavioral training is basically behavior modification, and involves weeding out some of your dog’s less desirable traits. Traits that are often considered undesirable are: aggression, barking, destructive chewing, guarding food, howling, mounting, biting, anxiety, and whining.
Aggression – Aggression in dogs can be attributed to a broad range of behaviors, and is the most common complaint in dog owners. No one wants to have a dog who bites, growls, or snarls at owners or others. Once the cause of the aggression is determined, steps can be taken to eradicate. Whether a dog is aggressive because or pain, or only in certain situations, it is important to take immediate action as an owner is ultimately responsible for their pet’s behavior.
Barking – While there are several reasons a dog might bark, such as playing or to sound an alert; a dog who constantly barks can be irritating to owners or neighbors.
Destructive Chewing – Chewing also has several positive purposes in your dog’s life, such as relieving tooth pain, maintaining jaw strength, and cleaning teeth. Some dogs, however, have difficulty understanding what is and isn’t appropriate to chew. Such as, yes to the rawhide, no to the antique furniture.
Food Guarding – Puppies learn food guarding from birth, as they struggle to protect their food resources. Dogs who continue to guard their food, however, can be a bite risk.
Howling – Like barking, there are many reasons that provoke your dog to howl. The problems begin when the howling becomes excessive.
Mounting and Masturbation – Although normal behaviors, dogs who excessively mount can be embarrassing for pet owners.
Mouthing and play biting – Adult Dogs – Dogs may mouth at hands because they are playing, or trying to get your attention. Not usually meant to be aggressive, it can still hurt and dogs can to be trained to be gentle. Mouthing, nipping, and play biting – Puppies – Puppies use their mouth to learn about the world. They may nip at hands and feet to engage in play. Puppy teeth can really hurt, and it’s not any more cute as they get older.
Separation anxiety – Some dogs become extremely destructive upon their family leaving the home. This a behavior that needs modified before your dog destroys the house or hurts himself.
Whining- Another means of dog communication, dogs whine to convey messages to their owners or other dogs. Once the cause for the whining is determined, steps can be taken to keep it under control.
Does your dog display any of these behaviors? If so, book a training session with our in-house trainer here at Los Angeles Dog Daycare. Through private sessions, our trainers will gently guide and correct your puppy, or adult dog to more positive behaviors. Trainers will also help you learn the skills you need to continue to encourage positive behaviors from your dog at home.
Training a dog can be as simple or as complicated as the owner or trainer wishes it to be. For the more basic techniques, it is important to remember telling the dog to do the command and making certain the dog follows through with it. This helps the dog associate the command with the action that is to follow. Adequate praise is needed in order to provide the positive reinforcement that will encourage the behavior. Knowing the limits of the dog’s attention span will also allow the trainer to effectively time when to start new techniques or to practice old ones. Keeping the training simple is important at first when initially teaching a dog the fundamentals of obedience.
Proper follow through is the foundation of a dog’s learning capability. If the dog learns that he or she does not have to obey the command then giving the command becomes useless. The dog must learn to associate the command with the behavior when the command is initially given. It also shapes the relationship between the owner and the dog in the sense of who is the, “pack leader.” Establishing this pecking order is important to gain the respect of the dog without being overly assertive.
As time goes on, training can become more complex as the dog moves beyond the early stages to the more advanced techniques. Judging when to do this can be difficult as there is no set time frame that the dog will be ready. It is up to the owner to decide when it is time to move forward. For this reason it is best to spend time with the dog in order to learn at what pace they learn best and when they are ready to move on. In the end, knowing your dog is the single most important part of being a good trainer. The dog will love you more for it and you will be much more successful in training.