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Obedience training is often considered a dog’s ability to follow basic commands. While this is true, training is much more than “just the sit.” Obedience training, when done well, also gives the dog a repertoire of skills and the ability to communicate with people.
The training foundation or “basics” are critically important to a dog’s ability to properly handle all life situations. The foundation gives a dog something to fall back on when overly stimulated, stressed, in a high drive state, or facing an intimidating new situation. The stronger the foundation, the better the quality of life for you and your dog.
Our goals of our training programs are to:
The founder of Cosmic Canine started this business out of a love of dogs and passion for training as well as a first hand understanding of what people need when they seek training help. To be successful, a Stay & Train program has to have these three parts:
1. Training The Dog
At Cosmic Canine, our training is customized to your dog and your needs. When your dog arrives at Cosmic Canine, we immediately start to get to know your dog and learn their personality. Shyer dogs have a settling in period where we focus on confidence building and making them comfortable. Outgoing pups, their skill training starts right away! It is customized to your dogs, your needs and all depends on how your dog adjusts to being in a new place and working with new people. No two dogs are alike, so we take the dog’s personality into account when forming their training plan.
Training means teaching the dog important skills to help them understand human communication and successfully adapt to the human world. Depending on the dog’s issues and needs, training could range from confidence building, to teaching positive skills to replace problematic behaviors, to advanced obedience to give highly active dogs productive and positive “jobs” to do.
Our customized training programs encourage dogs to think and offer behaviors, teaching them to make good choices! Dogs going through our behavioral program learn to respond to what was previously negative stimuli in a new, positive way. Dogs in our basic and advanced obedience programs learn obedience skills which translate to positive alternative behaviors, more freedom to have fun, and more rewarding interactions.
2. Owner Involvement
When you come to pick up your dog, your dog is trained and understands many new things. Now it is your turn to learn! We’ll show you:
How to maintain your formal obedience training. We teach you to be your dog’s trainer for life! We teach you how to continue to maintain your dog’s training and even move forward on your own.
How to properly interact with your dog when not doing formal obedience. You are constantly communicating and training your dog whether you like it or not. Formal obedience has it place, but you must also learn how to communicate with your dog and understand your dog the rest of the day. This is where the real world training comes into play. You will learn simple techniques and concepts that will help you and your dog live together successfully!
How to properly use the training tools you are given. Training tools are as good or as bad as the person using them. Leashes, clickers, and training collars all must be used properly. We show you in step-by-step lessons how to correctly use the tools your dog understands.
3. Proper Management
Learning proper management for your dog is extremely important and key to lasting success in our dog training philosophy. We explain to you what is fair and reasonable to expect from your dog based on your dog’s breed, temperament, and energy levels, and how to manage your dog’s day to set them and you up for success.
After your dog’s training, we develop a management plan based on your specific challenges and your dog’s specific temperament, energy level and needs. When you pick-up your dog at the end of the program, we give a management plan and instructions for you and your dog.