The Doghouse, LLC Training Programs
The Doghouse, LLC Specializes in:
- Basic Training
- Advanced Training
- Distraction Issues
- Socialization Issues
- Dog Aggression Issues
- Proofing and AKC Classes
- A variety of other training programs to fit you and your dog’s specific needs for example: refresher training, off leash training, sports training and service dog training
Our programs can include training at our place, your place or anywhere in between. You have the choice of being a part of the training or leaving your dog with us for one of our Full Service Training Programs. Every dog and home situation is different and we will advise and recommend a training program to fit your goals and budget.
Full Service Training Programs:
- Foundation Full Service Training
- Distraction Full Service Training
- Socialization Full Service Training
- Aggression Full Service Training
These training programs are “in kennel” where your dog will stay at The Doghouse, LLC training facility.
As with all programs at The Doghouse, LLC, Full Service Training is customized to fit you and your dog’s needs. 2 progression videos will be provided to you so you can observe your dog’s progression thru the obedience program.
Once the training is complete, lessons with you and the family will begin. We will teach you your dog’s new behaviors and commands and how to reinforce the training for when your dog returns home.
The dog doesn’t go home until the transition from trainer to owner has been fully accomplished and you feel confident handling and maintaining your dog’s obedience.
Each program teaches a foundation of reliable basic obedience and any other behavioral issues you may have will be resolved. We design the training around your individual dog’s learning style and the Full Service modularity allows for customization to meet your dog’s needs and your training goals.
What your dog will learn at The Doghouse, LLC
When describing what your dog will learn while being trained at The Doghouse saying the basic commands like heel, sit, down, stay, come and place doesn’t do the program enough justice!
I have gone into detail exactly what that means because it can be confusing especially if you feel that your dog already will perform those tasks.
The key is getting your dog to generalize those commands in many different environments and with distractions. That is dog training!!
It doesn’t matter if your dog does a sit with no distractions; let me see the sit command with dogs running around them. That is the level of training we strive for at The Doghouse. Another dog training term is proofing, this is an important phase of learning. I want to set your dog up in as many variations of the command to insure your dog is confident in knowing their job.
All Full Service Programs include learning in the following 9 commands:
- automatic sit while heeling
- door stays/car stays,
- OK (the release command)
Goals and expectations for owner, dog and trainer will be planned before training begins. This is a three week training program. Your dog will be trained at our facility with other dogs. The results of this training will include reliable on leash obedience including the 9 commands listed above.Additionally, the Foundation Full Service Training is specified to any other non-aggressive or socialization issues you are having with your dog (Ex: Jumping, Digging, Barking, Potty Training)
If your training goal is to regularly take your dog to public places or if your dog is easily distracted when outside than this program is designed for you.
This is a three week training program. Your dog will learn on leash reliable obedience around other dogs, like in the foundation full service, but during their training we take numerous trips to add in environmental distractions you would encounter at pet stores, downtown, and parks. We purposely chase down bikes, squirrels, cats, and any distractions to ensure your dog’s obedience is ready to be put to the test.
If your dog is already struggling with specific distractions we will incorporate those as well.
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Your dog will understand how they fit into your lifestyle. The Doghouse, LLC can help you to be a healthy leader for your dog’s needs so that they can just enjoy the benefits of being a dog!
Dog and/or people aggression issues are the focus of the Aggression Full Service Program. There is a difference between aggression and the display of aggression. Every dog is unique in these issues and this program will be customized to your dog’s needs. In many cases the dog has learned to display aggression because of mixed signals between the handler and the dog. During the initial evaluation, Carrie will determine and discuss with you the best training approach
Our objective is to create boundaries and rules while teaching obedience in order to eliminate the undesired behavior. During this process your dog will learn reliable on leash obedience through the 9 commands listed above. Your dog will also be socialized properly with dogs and people to understand the rules of interaction. This is a 3-week training program, and the focus will be centered in numerous locations around town that provides your dog with plenty of other dog and people interactions.
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Dog on Dog Aggression: It is very unnatural for a dog to lack the social skills to interact with other dogs. That doesn’t mean your dog will be best friends with every dog they encounter. Realistic goals you want and expect for an enjoyable time with your dog include:
- Able to co-exist with other dogs
- Walking on leash past other dogs
- Taking a trip to the vets or going to a pet store where dogs will be present
All these events can and should take place without your dog lunging, barking or acting out at the other dogs!
If you are having these issues with your dog, unfortunately, most likely you are contributing to this behavior. The most common contributing factors to a dog’s aggression towards other dogs are:
- Walking the other way when seeing a dog
- Restraining a dog while he/she is barking or lunging
- Distracting a dog by asking for “eye contact” or obedience commands
- Using treats to bribe a dog not to bark or lunge
All of these approaches are completely wrong! These methods are unfortunately often suggested by trainers and they don’t work! They can actually cause more confusion for your dog. The Doghouse, LLC can help you understand the root of the issue and the proper training approach to take.
The first step to rehabilitate your dog is for Carrie to do a behavior analysis at the training facility. Here I have access to many different age, breed, sizes and personalities of dogs. In a controlled setting I can evaluate your dog to advise on the best training program.
Human Aggression: Having issues with your dog lunging or barking at people can be very unsettling. Many people get a dog for some sense of “protection” but what draws the line between having a dog that alerts them of a stranger and having a potential liability occurrence? All dogs are capable of growling, barking and biting. The big issue comes when people have an insecure dog that has found a sense of security by acting out aggressively. Another issue is when you have an overly confident dog that is making their own decisions to act aggressively.
If these acts of aggression occur possible outcomes are:
- Inability to have friends over
- Unable to take the dog to the vet
- Having to wait to take your dog for a walk until no other dogs or people are present
From the unconfident or fearful dog’s perspective they have found a way to “appear” aggressive and will continue to fuel that aggression anytime they feel threatened. It starts with a “WOOF” with no intention of biting.
Most people would react by backing off, allowing the dog to believe that displaying this behavior works to “get rid of” potential threats. It is important to understand that each time a dog gets away with acting aggressively they succeed in their mind. The actually timid dog “acting” aggressively starts to gain a false sense of confidence.
They will continue to rely on aggressive behavior and the displays will become more extreme and dangerous until it can finally build to a point of biting. People often do not properly understand what is being processed in the dogs mind, only making matters worse. They then avoid situations with other people.
When company comes they lock the dogs in the room and they hold the dog back by the collar. All of these methods create more frustration and build more aggression in their dog.
Carrie had the opportunity of her father being a K9 officer and has trained many dogs in protection sports, so she understands how to promote aggression and how to correct aggression. Many of us don’t understand that we are making protection dog’s everyday by accident by sending mixed signals to our dogs!
Most behavioral problems are a result of improper management. Correcting or eliminating a problematical behavior your dog may have requires an evaluation.
Carrie, will meet with you and your dog in whatever environment the undesirable behavior is occurring. She will thoroughly explain why your dog is displaying certain behaviors and what is needed to correct them. After a thorough behavior analysis The Doghouse, LLC can determine the best plan to rehabilitate your dog and the appropriate training program that best suits you and your dog.
Private Lessons are customized to you and your dog’s training needs. We start with priority issues you are currently having and then incorporate the basic obedience commands. After the training is complete your dog will have reliable on leash obedience with the 9 commands listed above.
The lessons are held at the kennel or designated park and are normally around one hour and twenty minutes. We schedule the lessons weekly or bi-weekly and it’s your job to practice what the dog learns so that each week we can progress to the next level.
The average amount of sessions for clients is 4-5 depending on how consistent you are with practicing at home!
Other Services Provided by The Doghouse, LLC
In Home Training
This program is designed for clients who are having training issues around the house such as potty accidents, digging, counter surfing, jumping on guests. Carrie will come to you in your home environment to work with your dog.
Proofing is when you give your dog a task and then put up variations of distractions to see if the dogs’ training is strong and reliable or if it can be lured off task. The Doghouse, LLC offers “proofing” classes after your dog has graduated from either private training or one of our full service training programs.
The goal is to practice all the obedience commands while adding in different distractions like: distance and durations during commands, precision and speed. We also use environmental distractions, other dogs, food and anything to make your dog’s obedience more reliable and give you confidence to handle your dog in more demanding situations.
AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
The CGC program was designed as a two part program that stresses responsible pet ownership. It is a 10 exercise test that incorporates obedience and temperament of the dog.
The Doghouse, LLC offers AKC CGC classes and test every few months.
If you have been through any of our training programs this can also be an opportunity to do a Refresher Training.
Boarding spots are limited so sure to reserve your dog’s spot around the holidays well in advance.
Please contact us with inquires about service animal training, sport training, or any other interested dog training not listed above.
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