Obedience should be fun but also challenging for your dog, they love challenges and learning. Training provides mental stimulation that is important to every dog’s sanity. But just as important – obedience should NOT change your dog’s personality – if anything, it should help show it off. Obedience is the single most important ingredient for your dog to live a happy life. It provides a “language” for you and your dog to effectively communicate with words like Heel, Sit, Come, Down and Place. All of our obedience programs are designed to achieve full off leash reliability, so we have to make sure he understands these words are “mandatory” and not “optional”. Once he understands this, his freedom level will sky rocket. Just imagine all the big open spaces within the city limits and the many parks and areas of recreation that your dog can experience with you The KEY with any obedience program is that your dog will do the commands around big distractions like strangers and other dogs, or else they will be of little use to you. If you can trust your dog to “Come” every time you say come – then he will get to go more places, be off leash more, and run and play like dogs are designed to do! Dogs were not created to be confined 24/7. Dogs love freedom and being able to explore, and the only way your dog will be allowed this freedom is if they are reliable off leash. Obedience is great for abused or nervous dogs too – the confidence that it will provide them will be PRICELESS. Obedience will provide your dog with tons of mental stimulation, socialization, bonding experience, and unlimited learning opportunities.
The Grand Rapids Dog Wizard will teach our obedience programs at your place or ours.
Training at Your Place
We can come to your house for each lesson. We do like to have a couple lessons toward the end which will be held in distracting locations – like a local park or area shopping center. All of our obedience programs have the option to include group lessons once you have completed your in home program. Each obedience program includes unlimited lessons until we reach our goals.
Training at Our Place
Training at our place is not like “boot camp”; it’s more like “summer camp”. You get the same results as boot camp, only they get to have fun in the process. Your dog will stay with us for 14 days and learn the language of obedience. Then we will bring him home and teach you how to speak this “language” with him. Don’t worry about missing the “bonding” experience of the teaching process – you will get plenty of bonding time when you practice his new language in all the new places you now will share with your dog. It works just as well as doing it in your home, only it is faster and you get to start using the techniques right away. You have the option to add unlimited follow up lessons until you achieve the same level of control we will gain. Obviously, your dog’s issues will determine a lot of how we do the 14 days, but majority of the dogs during the 14 day training program will get to do the following: learn all the obedience commands (off leash reliable), out to parks, shopping centers, and get to a TON of playtime with other dogs. We will come out and pick up your dog, as well as do the take home lesson at your house!
Group Obedience Lessons
Each of our obedience programs includes group lessons. We like to start with individual lessons, and once your dog has mastered those distractions, you can start coming to group class or what we like to call “distraction city”. You can come to as many group lessons as you are capable for the life of your dog! They are designed to give you a very distracting place to practice and also provide some continuing education. Check the calendar out to see when and where.
Dealing with behavioral issues can become very frustrating. Nothing is more annoying than a dog that drives your guests crazy by jumping and covering their pants with slobber. Not to mention how much money you can spend replacing destruction caused by bad behavior (new sofas, dry wall, and carpet). All of our dog obedience programs include working through each issue that your dog may have problems controlling. All behavioral problems are correctable, and we can show you how.
Don’t live with this behavior any longer! Let us help you teach your dog better behavior and become the lovable pet you miss.
|Behavioral Problems||Potential Causes||Proven Solutions|
|Digging||Boredom, instincts, habit||Mental stimulation, appropriate exercises, habit breaking|
|Jumping||Taught to jump inadvertently, excited||Re – teach appropriately, teach control|
|Housebreaking||Not taught properly, medical||Teach appropriately, diagnose and treat|
|Barking||Boredom, instincts, excitement||Mental stimulation, teach control, teach appropriate time to bark|
|Play biting||Never taught bite inhibition, taken away too early from mother||Teach appropriately, teach confidence|
|Marking||Dominance, territorial, habit, hormones||Proper leadership, correction at the appropriate split second, habit breaking|
|Excited and nervous piddle||Over excitement, lack of confidence||Control and or confidence|
|Eating bowel movements||Habit, mineral deficiency, better nutrition||Habit breaking, diagnosis, proper nutrition|
|Door bolting||Lack of control, leadership, no boundaries||Control, teach appropriate time to exit|
|Trash diving||Boredom, hunger, no boundaries||Mental stimulation, proper nutrition, teach control and boundaries|
|Mounting||Dominance, excitement, possessiveness||Leadership, control|
|Excessive licking||Boredom, habit, medical issue||Mental stimulation, habit breaking, diagnose and treat|