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3. Pack Leader Help: Rehabilitation and Training
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    He was scared of passing cars, parked cars, loud noises, and people/ animals passing by, mysterious inanimate objects. Sometimes he would back up and try to run in the other direction when we came upon something "scary", sometimes he would "freeze" in his spot or he would growl and bark. He also pulled on the leash really bad. Brianna taught us how to manage his fear and now Barkley loves walks :) He was also really afraid of people. He was fine with my husband and I but would growl at anyone new. This was really difficult for us because we like to bring our dogs with us while visiting family/ friends in and out of town. It was hard to replicate meeting new people with Brianna so she actually offered to take him out and about to see how he reacted real time while she introduced him to some of her friends. This was unbelievably helpful. She was able to analyze his behavior/ reactions real time and try out different techniques to see what Barkley responded to best. I'm so happy to report that after implementing these techniques at our home and the homes of friends/family that Barkley is so much more comfortable being introduced to new people, has become more confident in himself and is slowly growing out of his fearfulness stage.She also helped us with other basic training needs for the pup...-She helped us get Barkley acclimated to the crate. This took literally about a 1/4 of our session (if that) and we haven't had any crate issues since. -She taught us the importance of setting him up to be successful (not letting him fail) and not letting him "free roam".All I can say is that she always makes us feel like we are her only most important client. She is there with any tips and advice at the drop of a hat. She'll even video herself doing something with her own dog and send it to you if you're unsure.
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    Which dog training method is best?

    The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

    • What type of training methods do you use?
    • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
    • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?

    How long does it take to train a puppy?

    Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

    How old should a puppy be for training?

    Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

    In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

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