Though referred to as an obedience class, we would rather refer to our 6 week class as ‘canine social training’. Your goal in owning a pet is surely the companionship and enjoyment derived from the relationship. But social acceptance both at home and out in the community is likely also of importance. Socially acceptable behavior includes things such as refraining from licking, barking, jumping and aggression toward other people and pets.
When both owner and pet understand each other and understand the expectations of the relationship, there is more of a bond and less frustration. If you watched the movie Marlie and Me, you realize that frustration can dominate your relationship with your pet if you do not first understand your pet and then train and follow through on that training on a daily basis. Difficult? No. Just worth the time investment now before undesirable behaviors develop.
We wish to stress that most dogs have an incredible desire to be with you and please you. Harnessing that energy and desire to please are the goal. But you are generally dealing with a short attention span. And in this training we must remember that we are virtually asking our dogs to give up their free will and respond immediately and consistently to our request. When you get frustrated because your dog is not responding, ask yourself how quickly you would be able to give up your free will and trust another species.
Remember that you also must be willing to learn!!
What should I expect from this class?
- understanding pack behavior and how it relates to us.
- canine social behavior with other dogs.
- basic commands of training such as sit, stay, and more.
Here’s what some folks are saying about our class:
“Our obedience class experience was remarkable. Our sheltie has overcome his shyness and his social skills continue to grow. We are so grateful for the informative advice, and skills in training us to become better pet parents! Thank you!”
~Mike and Debbie Pintar, Burlington, Iowa
- Mondays, beginning March 24, 2015, 6-week course