The class trains handlers and dogs in animal assisted interactions with hospital patients. It is rewarding to patients as well as handlers and dogs. Dogs MUST be manageable on a leash- obeying heel, sit, down and leave it commands. Dogs must be social meeting new people but obedient for the safety of the patients. Dogs must be over 6 months and preferably who have graduated from beginner obedience classes. AGGRESSIVE DOGS are strictly prohibited from class.ANSWERS
MY DOG IS VERY FRIENDLY. WHY CAN'T I LET HIM SAY "HI" TO THE OTHER DOGS IN THE CLASS?
First, we frequently, although inadvertently affect our dog's body language when they are on a leash. One of a dogs' primary means of communicating with each other is through their body language. A dog who is dominantly moving forward is expressing his dominance or challenge to another dog. Dogs who are pulling on their leash look as though they are going to challenge another dog, even if that is not their intention.
Second, not every dog likes another dog to come into their face or sniff their rear. This can be threatening and overwhelming to some dogs. They may react defensively to get rid of the threat.
Think of how you would feel if a stranger on the street just walked up to you and gave you a big hug. At a minimum, you would probably be pretty uncomfortable. Maybe you would try and to push them away. At worst, you might give him a karate kick to the knee to get him to leave you alone. Some dogs experience this same discomfort when other dogs greet them, and feel the same need to get the other dog to back off.
In addition, some dogs who come out to our training site have issues. They are not bad dogs or mean dogs, they just need some extra space. If your dog went to greet one of these dogs, it would create a negative situation for both sets of dogs and owners. We want the training experience to be positive for every dog and owner.
Finally, we want your dog to learn that when he or she is on a leash, they are paying attention to you, not saying "hi" to every dog they see.
I DON'T WANT TO SHOW MY DOG. WHY SHOULD I TRAIN MY DOG?
The majority of my clients do not want to show. They want a well mannered pet that they can effectively communicate with and enjoy in a day to day family lifestyle. Training for the family pet, obedience and agility competitors, and Seeing Eye Dogs, all begin with basic obedience.
MY DOG HAS BAD HABITS. WILL THESE BE ADDRESSED IN THE CLASS?
YES! The training program revolves around instilling good manners. Canines can not be taught anything if they are jumping, pulling barking, mouthing/biting, ignoring a command etc. Extinguishing these behaviors is part of basic training and is addressed immediately, so training positive desired behaviors can begin.
WHAT COMMANDS ARE COVERED?
- Let's go (walk on a loose lead without pulling)
- Finish (how to return to a heel position)
- Give and take a ball or toy
WHY DO I NEED TO SOCIALIZE MY DOG THROUGH A CLASS SETTING?
Many people have what I term: "The Backyard Champion" At home these pets are great - they eagerly listen and are very manageable. However, when another dog comes in the yard, or taken to the vet's office, groomer, boarding facility or even out for a neighborhood walk, they seem to forget everything and become unruly, fearful, and difficult to redirect and socialize around other dogs or strangers. This is where the class becomes such a critical aspect of any dog or puppies development. Through class socialization and attention training, your backyard champ is a champ wherever you go.
WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO PURCHASE FOR CLASS?
Each dog or puppy is assessed individually to assure the correct fit and type of training collar.
HOW MANY DOGS AND OR PUPPIES ARE IN A CLASS?
There are anywhere from 7-10 canines in any given class.
DO I HAVE TO WORK WITH MY DOG?
ABSOLUTELY! The more you put into your dog's training the more you will get out of your dog. You must make a commitment to work with your dog daily and as needed. A half an hour a day or you can break the homework, training times into smaller increments. Your homework is the cornerstone to success.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Dog training is physical and hands on. I recommend clothes that are comfortable when bending and stretching. A good walking shoe or boot with no slip sole works best.
I HAVE A PHYSICAL LIMITATION AND/OR HANDICAP. CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE IN DOG TRAINING?
We have lots of adaptive equipment to minimize your limitations and maximize your abilities. We can even offer one on one assistance in a dog class if prior notification is given. Dog training is for everyone.
CAN MY CHILD OR SPOUSE PARTICIPATE?
Yes, children are encouraged to handle a dog in class as long as there is an adult present to lend assistance as needed. It is critical that everyone in the household learns to communicate with the pet. This offers the dog the most consistency with their training.
HOW OLD DOES MY PUPPY HAVE TO BE TO COME TO CLASS?
IS MY DOG TOO OLD FOR TRAINING?
Whoever said you can't teach an old dog new tricks never came to our classes. We encourage the senior canine to attend. It offers exercise, prevents boredom and re-establishes family involvement with your old friend.
WHAT TYPE OF VACCINATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN CLASS?
Depending on the age of your puppy they must be up to date on vaccinations for their age. Dogs must be current on their Distemper, Parvo, Parainfluenza, Hepatitis, Leptovirus, Rabies and Bordetella for kennel cough. You must show proof of their inoculations.
SHOULD I TAKE PRIVATE LESSONS OR GROUP CLASSES?
Private lessons are a great means to individualize your pet's training to your specific goals. The training can be done in the privacy of your own home and usually the time it takes to reach your training goals are faster. People with very specific canine related issues often prefer private instruction. Frequently people with very busy schedules select the private instruction as it can be catered to their hectic schedules.
Group classes offer elements that are difficult to simulate in private training. in group classes dogs learn to train amongst distractions of other dogs, and new people. This element of socialization is extremely critical to any dog's development and training. Furthermore the group classes are economical, and offer camaraderie of other dogs owners facing similar issues.
Many people choose to do both, private instruction and group lessons. Frequently, people do not believe that they can handle their dog in a group setting. Once we give the owner's a little confidence with private training they quickly enroll into the group classes.
MY DOG WAS ABUSED. WILL IT BE TOO STRESSFUL FOR HIM TO TRAIN?
On the contrary, dogs that have been abused or neglected blossom once placed in training. It offers consistency, fairness, communication, success - all the principles needed to get your dog a huge bolster of self esteem. it also instills bonding and a healthy trusting relationship between owner and pet.
MY DOG IS ALREADY TRAINED. DO I NEED TO COME TO CLASS?
Your dog may be trained but, are you? I may call myself a dog trainer but, truthfully, I am a human trainer. I train you to train your dog. If your dog is trained or has been trained by someone else it is imperative that you learn how to effectively communicate with your dog. Otherwise he will soon be training you.
HOW MUCH IS THE CLASS?
Beginner Obedience is $150.00. Included in the cost of the course is a nylon collar and the training manual that gives you the step by step instructions and guidelines on how to train your dog. This manual is written to be utilized in conjunction with my training classes or private students.
HOW MANY WEEKS IS THE CLASS?
Beginner Obedience is 5 weeks in duration, meeting once a week for a one hour class.
WHERE ARE THE CLASSES HELD?
The classes are always held at our facility in Derby Line unless specified in the notice.
HOW MUCH IS THE PRIVATE INSTRUCTION?
$100/HOUR plus an additional 50 cents per mile roundtrip charge IF beyond 25 miles from Up North Stables.
WILL YOU COME TO MY HOUSE TO TRAIN MY DOG OR PUPPY?
Yes, I have many people who prefer to have me travel to them.
WHAT IS COVERED IN THERAPY DOG TRAINING CLASSES?
The class trains handlers and dogs in animal assisted interactions with hospital patients. It is rewarding to the patients as well as handlers and dogs. Dogs MUST be manageable on a leash- obeying heel, sit, down and leave it commands. Dogs must be social meeting new people but obedient for the safety of the patients. Dogs must be over 6 months and preferable who have graduated from beginner obedience classes. AGGRESSIVE DOGS are strictly prohibited from class.