Beginner Puppy Class - September (8-16weeks)
DOGS BARK, CHEW, DIG, URINATE, BITE, ETC. – ALL PERFECTLY NATURAL, NORMAL AND NECESSARY BEHAVIOURS IF WE DON’T TEACH THEM OTHERWISE.
The best time to start teaching your puppy is NOW. A puppy’s brain is very much like a sponge and is perfectly capable and ready to learn as soon as possible. Many unwanted behaviours can be prevented by early training!
Puppies will also learn with the help of our Positive Reinforcement Training to create a team with their guardians.
Trail Sniffers Puppy Class is a fun, family oriented 4 week course. The first 3 weeks are an ideal starting point for a happier life for you and your puppy and includes:
- Socialisation with other dogs and bite inhibition
- Socialisation with other humans
- Allowing the puppy to be examined, touched and restricted
- Basic Education like SIT, DOWN, COME etc.
- Housetraining and how to troubleshoot puppy behaviours such as jumping, nipping, digging and biting.
The final week is Graduation and will include more fun and games with your puppy.
How will the puppy (and family) benefit:
- Development of a healthy character
- Early education for all the dog’s life
- Less behaviour problems
- Extensive good socialisation helps prevent with anxiety and fear based behaviours
- Tools for better communication with your dog
Answer your customers' common questions
What training methods do you use?
Trail Sniffers follows the LIMA approach towards training. It stands for Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive.
Trail Sniffers believes that training is most effective when following science based and positive reinforcement methods.
Trail Sniffers strives for learner-centered, minimally stressful, and thoughtful training sessions with all species. We use gentle methods based on the most current science of dog training and behavior.
What training equiptment do you use?
Respect for dogs and their people, kindness, science, food, play, observation, humor, creativity, and a clicker/word markers "yes"
How quickly can you "fix" my dog or expect to see results?
Trail Sniffers job is not to "fix your dog and their behaviour. Our goal is to provide you with management stratergies, training knowledge and skills so that you feel confident in training and supporting your dog so that you both have a happy and sucsessful life together.
If your dog has been practicing an undesirable behavior for 2 years, do not expect the behaviour to change within 2 weeks. Often we can provide the information needed in our consultation to train the new behavior with no follow-up sessions, but practice is the key to success. Many behaviors will take multiple sessions. Expect the best outcome if you do the training too
What is a "Behavioural Consultation"?
Behavioural Consultations are designed to address undesirable behaviours rather than basic cues. Undesirable behaviours include barking, separation anxiety, aggression, fearfulness and anxiety to name a few.
Will I always have to train with rewards?
Rewards are your dogs motivator. Think of it like it is a payment for a job well done. There are things everywhere in the enviroment that a puppy and adult dog will deem to be more interesting than we are. We need to give them a reason to want to check in with us or perform a behavior or cue.
Simply put - Would you work for free? Probably not, so why would your doig ?
FoodPraise/Play/ which ever your dog finds most rewarding - only your dog will know. Rewarads are a motivators for our dogs when training and since they won’t accept cash, find what they do accept.
Can you guarantee the training will stick?
If you are consistent, follow Trail Sniffers instructions and you are kind in training your dog, we guarantee you will see a change in behavior.