Behavior modifications and Obedience Training

trainingBehavior modification involves assessing the dog; the environment of the dog; the rules and expectations are given to the dog; the age of the dog; the methods used to communicate to the dog; and the dog’s past. Once the variables have been looked at a training plan is created for that dog.

Obedience training involves training a dog to accomplish tasks that meet the specific needs of the dog owner. Obedience training is more beneficially through a class because it allows you to work your dog through distractions. Working a dog in a group class setting helps you to improve your skills as a handler.

All classes are held at The Dog House, 16960 Ivandale Road, Hamilton, VA.

Puppy Class 101:

Designed for new puppy owners to assist them with raising and developing a balanced puppy. 

  • Engagement
  • Shaping behaviors with the use of “markers”
  • Getting your puppy comfortable with a leash connected to a collar
  • Working on recall
  • Establishing personal boundaries
  • Games to play with your puppy
  • Teaching kids how to respect the puppy
  • The importance of socialization
  • Potty training tips

Basic Obedience: 

  • The dog will demonstrate walking on a loose leash by the owner’s side while under distraction
  • Learning to sit and down through verbal command without being guided into position
  • Learning to hold a sit and down
  • Learning to be neutral to dogs and people
  • Training your dog to respect your items

Intermediate Obedience:

  • The dog will demonstrate responding to their owner’s command while the owner stands across the room
  • The dog will demonstrate holding a sit or down while under distractions
  • The dog will demonstrate holding a sit or down while the owner leaves the building
  • Learning to walk by owner’s side while not on a leash
  • Learning to stand on command
  • Learning to play fetch
  • Learning a competitive focused heel

Advanced Obedience:

  • Demonstrate walking off leash by owner’s side while under high distraction
  • Demonstrate refusal to take treats from strangers
  • Demonstrate refusal to leave position that the owner has commanded the dog to remain in, when called by a stranger
  • Demonstrate walking a competitive focused heel
  • Learning to down immediately on command while in pursuit of something