When it comes to my dog training here in Marin County, I work closely with both dogs and their owners. Training becomes successful and more the results become more permanent when the owners learn the proper handling and communication that training offers for them and their dogs. Through dog training, owners gain power as a fair, loving and consistent leader. This, along with a solid structure of basic obedience work, boundaries, and setting the dog up for success, will help dogs learn the better behaviors they need, and also adopt those better behaviors as the norm. It can build confidence in the dog, as they know who to follow now, and through encouragement, positive reinforcement, and clear communication of limitations, the dog will not only be obedient, but also happy and thriving!
While working with my friend, an Orlando dog trainer we talked about why we offer in-home training, and it's because it is the best way to accomplish all of the above - obedience, happiness, consistency, and results. In-home training is one of the best ways to set the dog up for success and to ease their transition into the training regimen. It also keeps owners involved, learning, and working with their dogs.
My in-home dog training consists of the following:
* A customized training plan that is developed after I meet the dog and owner personally at an initial in-home consultation. This gives me the benefit of learning all the details of the dog’s behavior and issues, while also getting a glimpse of their lifestyle with their owner (i.e.: exercise levels, daily routines, etc). The owner tells me their training goals at the consultation. With this and everything I learn from the consultation, I help the owner formulate a training plan that suits their dog’s needs and their goals, and then move forward from there.
* Once moving forward, dog owners will have resources to guide them through their dog’s training, including a training manual, homework sheets, and my contact information if they have any questions or issues.
* While all plans are very dog and owner-specific, the training plans will also work toward having the owner getting and maintaining control of the dog and the dog’s environment, where the dog can succeed regularly and be encouraged to follow the better behaviors and drop the inappropriate ones. This could involves the usage of treats, leash training, focus exercises, and much more!
* In-home training begins inside the home, but we work our way outside of the house, so the dog can be exposed to real-life distractions and situations. We don’t rush into it as that can be too much stimuli for the dog in the early stages of training, and then we’ve set them up to fail. We lay a foundation down, and help build the dog up from there. Once we make progress with little to no distractions, then we’ll introduce more by taking the dog to the park, or having a guest come into the home, or introducing them to another dog, and so forth.
* My in-home dog training is about results and commitment. If the owner commits to their dog’s behavioral progress and the goals they have set for themselves and the dog, then I commit to them until we get RESULTS. In-home training is hands-on and I never want to leave my clients feeling isolated or abandoned once they hit a roadblock at any point in the dog’s training. So unless the owner gives up, we work together until our goals are achieved. It’s a “can’t lose” scenario!
In-home dog training might be one of the best approaches out there, but it might not be for everyone. If you’re an owner that just wants a trainer to come work with your dog while you watch TV, then you might want to pass on my in-home dog training. However, if you’re ready to learn, take control, be a leader, and help your dog succeed in behavior modification, obedience, or aggression rehabilitation, then call me and we’ll get started ASAP! The Dogovation office number is 415-299-1158 and once you call, we’ll talk about what’s going on with your dog and arrange an initial in-home consultation!
Lisa Caper has been training dogs for 15+ years. As former licensed psychotherapist, She understands the similarities AND difference between human’s emotional needs and dog’s emotional needs. Specializing in dog behavioral problems, she. helps owners build better relationships between dogs and their humans and fixing, rather than managing, behavioral issues.