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Puppy Pre-school training - It does not get any easier than training a puppy. They are so willing
to learn, and free of bad habits that teaching them what to do is a snap. The training method I
use is Clicker Training, and this program can't be beat for quickly and easily teaching: house
breaking and crate training, basic obedience commands, name recognition and good dog behavior.
By offering the pup a food reward, and a special sound to tell him he's done something right, I teach
new dog owners to communicate with their pets in a way the dog can understand and react positively to.
Intermediate Obedience and Shelter Dog Rehabilitation - This category of training covers a wide
range of situations. You may have a dog that went to puppy school, but "forgot" his lessons,
or you may have an adopted adult dog who either had minimal or no training. Although this type of
dog is more of a challenge to train than a puppy, it is still well within reasonable
expectations of success.
Critical to a well-behaved companion dog is good manners - not jumping on
guests, using the yard, not the house for potty breaks, coming when called and basic obedience
commands. I work with owners and their entire family to create a consistent list of training commands
and actions to help the "re-trainee" understand the concept of being a Canine Good Citizen.
Emphasis is placed on reward based training methods where the dog receives a food "paycheck"
when he does the right thing. Sessions are non-confrontational and focus on teaching the owner to
handle his or her dog.
Advanced Obedience - Once your dog has mastered sit, stay, come and heel, there are so many
ways to increase your training ability and your dog's interactive activities. A well trained dog can
pursue agility, service work, show-ring obedience, flyball, herding and many other sports. My advanced
obedience lessons focus on precision movements, adding obstacles, asking the dog to work in highly
distracting situations and off-lead work.
Dedicated owner/handlers have no limits to the involvement
their dog can have in their life. Want to take your dog everywhere you go and have other people
welcome him? If the answer is yes, then you will need respect and control from you dog - you achieve
this with advanced obedience.
Learn To Be a Dog Trainer!
Do you love dogs? Are you outgoing? Are you looking for a career change, or a little supplemental income? Learn to become a pet dog training professional. Limited openings exist for a working student to join the staff of A Wag N'Time Companion Dog Training. Learn hands-on techniques for working with owners and their pets, understand the basics of running a small business, and learn the timing and skills necessary to build your own training niche.
The program is informal and relies on written texts and hands-on experience. If you have an interst in learning, please contact Michelle Goldner at 317-727-0342. The only minimum requirement is that you own a dog! Coaching is $25 per session and may involve working a dog, discussing written materials and field trips to animal shelters. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to be considered and possess a reliable means of transportation.