- A background and history with the owner (entire household when possible) and dog.
- An in-depth assessment and explanation of the issues and causes your dog may have.
- Establishes a set of realistic and achievable goals.
- Creating a short term and long term plan that you fully understand and feel comfortable with, that outlines and addresses any aggression or behavioral issues, along with obedience goals and how to achieve them.
- Hands-on training techniques producing immediate results.
Since every dog and owner has a different and unique situation they are dealing with, the first step in training, is to do a complete and comprehensive assessment with the owner and their dog. This assures that any underlying issues are known and get addressed. These non-obedience issues are commonly overlooked, but ones that are very important to successful training and relationship building with your dog. When this extra step is utilized the foundation that is built is that much stronger, and the obedience can then be built on top of this solid base.
This first session/assessment will take about 2-3 hours. The knowledge you will learn from this training session will set you on the proper course to becoming a fair, trusted, and respectful leader for your dog. With this different perspective within your daily interactions, you will begin seeing a change quickly and realize how easily it integrates into your life. To build on this even further, you will be given hands-on techniques that you can continue to practice.
Whenever possible, everyone living in the household should be present for this assessment because everyone has a slightly different relationship with the dog. It is very important to see and learn these different dynamics, especially when the dog has aggression or behavioral issues. Everybody’s input matters and it usually takes everybody being consistent in their approach to overcome these issues. Even if there are no aggression or behavioral issues, consistency within the household makes obedience training that much smoother.
The assessment is concluded only when the owner has an understanding of what the dog’s issues are (aggression, fear, anxiety, etc.), what is causing these issues, discuss any environmental management recommendations, and create both a short term and a long term training plan to address and modify the behavior and integrate that into the proper obedience program which will ultimately lead to reaching your goals.