ADVANCED OBEDIENCE AND DRIVE BUILDING
- Assessment required
- Lives with trainer for 6-8 weeks
- Leash manners
- Advanced off leash obedience and reliability
- Tug work, confidence building, drive building and targeting
- Once a week session with owner doing hands on skill building
- All equipment included
This package has everything the advanced obedience package has plus it starts priming your dog for protection work. I introduce your dog to the tug in a productive manner. Tug work in my program is the cornerstone for a successful protection dog. With this one tool I can build the dog’s confidence and create more drive. It also allows me to start teaching the dog to hold, and get comfortable with a full bite and then re-bite properly along with targeting. If the time and emphasis is put on proper tug work at the beginning, the transition to the suit is very easy. It’s also very good for high energy dogs that may not go into protection work. It gives the dog focus and a job that the owner can do with their dog in a relatively small space with not a lot of equipment. The tug, if used correctly can build the confidence of a shy dog and create a bond with your dog that may have been lacking before.
A unique feature of this, or any of my packages, is that there is still owner involvement throughout the whole process. You get weekly training sessions with your dog so you can learn how to apply and implement what they are being taught. This makes the learning for both you and your dog less overwhelming because you don’t have to learn everything all at once when your dog comes home. Your dog gets the opportunity to work with you throughout the whole process. With this kind of owner involvement, the relationship with the dog is that much stronger and in the end, making the obedience stronger. Training a dog shouldn’t be like dropping your car off at the mechanic for some work and then being handed back the keys with a handshake and maybe a quick explanation. Yes, you do allow me to keep your dog for an extended period of time, and I do roll up my sleeves and put a lot of time and effort into your dog, but that is only part of the formula for success. Remember, I am training your dog, not mine. So unless I teach you why I do certain things, and how to properly apply them, success will only be temporary and in the end cause you to look at the whole experience as a failure.