The Four Paws Way

Dog training has come a long way moving from more traditional dominance, punishment and averse methods. Now, the methodologies and techniques used support positive reinforcement, rewards, praise and partnership.   Using the knowledge of classical and operant conditioning and dog cognition, we create positive associations for your dog. This makes learning motivating and rewarding for both you and your dog.

 

Positive:

Neither humans nor dogs learn in situations that are stressful or negative.  Four Paws provides a positive learning environment for both the human and the dog to learn new information and behaviors.  The human will have the opportunity to learn “How Dogs Learn” and basic “clicker” mechanics.  The “click” of the clicker tells your dog that they are doing the right thing.  It is a powerful communication tool and provides a strong bridge to building positive behaviors in a structured yet creative way.  Your dog will learn what you expect and know that making positive choices produces positive consequences.  Click/Treat!

Proactive:

At Four Paws Dog Training we believe that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  We work on building strong skills for your dog that are the foundation of LIFE SKILLS.

 

 

Life Skills:

  • Sit/Down/Stand
  • Door Manners
  • Come & Leash Up Manners
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Boundary Training
  • Meet & Greet
  • Name Game
  • Reliable Recall
  • Leave It
  • Go to Mat
  • Settle
  • Mine/Take It

Learning these skills creates confidence and reliability in your dog and confidence for you as your dog’s partner.

Purposeful Planning: 

We work with you to determine your goals for your dog.  Every household may have different rules or boundaries for their dogs.  Is my dog an inside dog or outside dog?  Are they allowed on the furniture?  Will I travel with my dog?  Will my dog be a “city or country dog”?   By purposeful planning we look at your dog individually, your goals and the skills that your dog needs to live a safe and harmonious life in your family.

Purposeful planning also addresses behavioral issues that don’t work for you and ultimately your dog.  Thus, crea a plan of success to re-teach and reinforce life skills and manners that will create a circle of safety and harmony for all.

Common Problem Behaviors

  • Attention and Focus
  • Excessive Barking
  • Destructive Chewing
  • Leash Pulling
  • Nipping
  • Hyperactivity
  • Resource Guarding
  • Reactive Door Behaviors
  • Multi-dog Households
  • Cat/Car Chasing
  • Reactivity (fear, over-arousal)

 

Partnership: 

The human-animal bond is an amazing one.  Dogs have the innate qualities of acceptance, forgiveness and of being non-judgmental.  We humans certainly can gain and learn from our canine friends. Four Paws Dog Training honors that bond and in turn strives to demonstrate those qualities in the human-human interaction by working in a trusting and collaborative relationship for the benefit of you and your dog.