Behaviour Modification & Manners Training is a private
, in-home training program consisting of lessons that focus on proper manners training for your dog, as well as teaching you how to address and solve unwanted behaviours (see a complete list below).
Many people seek obedience training before establishing pack leadership without knowing that this is a backwards approach. Obedience training should be the follow-up after understanding your dog’s psychology and addressing all behavioural problems.
The program is designed to teach you the language of dog, and what they require from us to live happy, balanced lives. The lessons provide you with the knowledge, tools and support necessary to understand your dog, to then be able to identify the root cause of the bad behaviours and implement effective techniques to stop them. The lessons are informative and hands on. They are about coaching and providing you with clear explanations about your dog’s behaviour and a clear understanding of how to mold those behaviours into appropriate ones.
We teach you how to remain assertive and in-charge at all times, which enables you to better control your dog’s behaviour and allows him to listen to you and comply to your instructions. In turn, you will learn how to keep your dog in a calm submissive state of mind, which enables him to be manageable and in a ‘learning state’, rather than excitable and impulsive; that’s when he won’t listen.
We also build your awareness to better read and understand your dog’s body language, so that you’re able to better predict bad behaviours before they occur, as well as broaden your communication between one another. Focus is placed on mastering day to day routines, such as feeding, crate training, leash walking around the house, controlling resources, answering the door politely, and much more.
Behavioural problems include:
- Jumping up (on people, furniture, etc.)
- Barking excessively
- Digging (in the backyard, park, etc.)
- Chewing unwanted objects
- Leash pulling
- Doorbell barking & excitement
- Chasing moving objects (cars, bikes, skateboarders, joggers, etc.)
- Housebreaking (peeing in the home)
- Begging (for food, attention, affection, etc.)
- Crate resistance
For severe behavioural issues, please see Board & Train: Behaviour Rehabilitation
What are manners?
Manners are polite, socially appropriate behaviors. Dogs don’t come pre-programmed with good manners from the factory. Manners have to be taught. Teaching a dog general manners is hard work. It requires a lot patience, repetition, consistency and constant supervision.
Manners training includes:
- General calmness in the home
- Impulse control – learning to contain themselves, through waiting
- Down stays during dinner
- The "Place" command
- Politely greeting guests
- Submitting to being brushed on bathed
- Staying when the doorbell rings
- Walking on leash without pulling
- Going into the crate on command
- Respect for all family members – no mouthing, jumping, or barking at
- Respecting thresholds and boundaries (car, stairs, doorways, etc.)
- Waiting calmly for food and water
- Sitting quietly for collar and leash
- Basic obedience commands
- Reliable recall training – come when called
To begin training, an Initial Consultation is scheduled to meet you, your family, and your dog at your home.
The Initial Consultation includes:
- Discussing problem behaviour(s) you're experiencing with your dog, any concerns you may have, and what you'd like to accomplish with the training.
- Assessment of your dog to determine his overall temperament and energy level.
- Working 'hands-on' with your dog to see how he responds, and determine what techniques work best to achieve results and stop the problem behaviour.
- Providing professional training recommendations regarding future training sessions to suit your schedule and needs.
Keep in mind, no dog problem is unfixable. There is a solution to all behavioural issues. By choosing our training program, you will receive personalized coaching and guidance on how to use the specific techniques, as well as the knowledge and tools on how to follow through with the resolution.
This program is offered in hourly lesson packages at discounted rates. The hours can be split up any way (e.g. 1hr, 1.5hr, or 2hr lessons). It’s most effective to have lessons on a weekly basis, in order to set structure, provide consistency, and create a solid foundation.
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- Initial Consultation (1-2 hours): $100 per hour
- Single "Pay As You Go" Lesson (1 hour): $100
- Discounted Lesson Packages:
- 5-hour Lesson Package: $475
- 10-hour Lesson Package: $900
- 15-hour Lesson Package: $1275
- 20-hour Lesson Package: $1600