SELECTING THE RIGHT DOG
How would you describe a well
behaved dog? Most people would respond that a well
behaved dog walks on a loose leash without pulling, sits
and lays down when told, comes to you when called, does
not jump up on people, does not bark incessantly, and
stays away from the table when people are eating. I am
sure every one of us could add a few things to this
The interesting thing is, that
despite knowing all of this information, many people
cannot achieve this level of good behavior with their
dogs. Part of it may be due to the person's lack of
knowledge of how to teach a specific command. Another
part may be the person's inability to assert themselves
as leaders of their pack, giving their dog the option of
not obeying commands.
The Basic Obedience program
teaches the owners how to become pack leaders and how to
teach their dogs the basic obedience commands. Some of the things
you will learn are:
How to focus your dog's attention on you
and say please by sitting for everything he wants.
How to ensure that your dog listens to all
members of your family, not just you.
How to teach your dog the basic obedience
commands of Heel, Sit, Automatic Sit, Down, Stay, Come,
Leave-It, and Off.
How to teach your dog to enjoy petting,
and grooming and hold still for nail trimming and physical
examinations at the vet's office.
How to teach the dog to ride in a car
nicely, especially if the ride is to the vet.
How to teach your dog to not react to kids,
bicycles, skateboards, and other dogs on a walk.
How to teach your dog to stop begging and
stay away from the table when people are eating.
The Basic Obedience program is appropriate for
dogs over the age of six months. The
younger the dog starts on this program, the better he will be
trained and socialized and with fewer issues.
The Basic Obedience program is a series of
private weekly lessons. The first lesson takes two hours, with
subsequent lessons taking one hour each. Fewer or greater number
of lessons can
be scheduled, depending on owner's needs and progress.
The first lesson includes a thorough
evaluation of the dog and family, to ensure that the training
methods and pace enable the owners to achieve their goals. Initial lessons are given in the owner's
home, keeping both the owner and dog on familiar
grounds. Later lessons may be given at different locations, to
help acclimate the dog to different environments and
The first lesson is $180 (2 hours).
Each subsequent 1-hour lesson is $140.
Please add $35 to each lesson if one-way travel in excess
of 35 miles from Trumbull, CT is required.
Dogs must be healthy at the time of the
lesson and have no fleas, ticks, runny eyes, diarrhea, or sneezing.
For each class you will need:
A hungry dog - Avoid feeding your
dog prior to class (skip his last scheduled meal prior to
Your dog's regular kibble food, as well
as some tasty bite sized treats (such as Natural Balance
Food Roll, chopped into small bite sized pieces).
A treat bag/bait bag: It should clip
onto your belt and be easy to access so that you can reward
using the right timing.
How to Enroll
This is a private lesson plan, and can be
scheduled to fit into your schedule. Please
call or email
us to set up your lessons.