Bachelor’s Of Partnership
Learn how we can help you and your dog
Our Four-Week Program
Our Bachelor’s of Partnership is a four-week board and train program that builds on the skills learned in the Associate’s of Focus curriculum.
Most people think that dog training is all about making your dog more obedient and well-mannered. The truth is, it’s actually an opportunity to connect and bond with your dog, ensuring that they are a good partner for you, other people, and other dogs.
How Does Partnership Training Work?
We like to look at partnership as an investment. Like any investment, it can change on a day by day basis. You can pay into your investment with your dog using any rapport-building exercise. These include hand feeding, training, playing fetch, belly rubs – any positive interaction with your dog counts! The key is to continually “pay into” the balance so that your relationship with your dog is strong in the face of stress, frustration, reactivity, or overstimulation.
How good is your partnership investment with your dog right now?
There are four steps in our success formula that we review in our weekly take-home lessons. These are:
– Partnership Building
– Teach For Understanding
– Practice For Perfection
In order to ensure that you get the most out of this program, we’d like to clarify a couple of things.
This program is for those who are willing to continue to implement the foundation & structure that we lay, and to continue the dog’s training. In this program, we create structure for the pup, and set boundaries. As a result, they come out of the program looking like they are “fixed.” However, we’ve often seen dogs revert to their old behaviors when turned back over to their owners. This is because they are not given the same structure that we put in place when they entered our program.
Owners who are willing to implement the new structure (crating, leashing, etc), and to MAINTAIN this training are more likely to see results. Dogs watch our every move, and are nothing short of opportunistic. If they do not have structure, they WILL find and exploit loopholes to self-satisfy with various undesirable behaviors, such as pacing, barking, counter surfing, jumping, etc.
That said, this program is NOT for those who want a “push-button” pup, and do not want to put in any extra work once their dog goes through the program. Dogs are beings with their own agendas and drives, and need structure to thrive. If they go back to their old environment where they can do whatever they want, they will revert back to the undesirable behaviors that caused you to reach out to a trainer in the first place.
Improve Your Dog’s Manners
In addition to desensitization and proper leash manners, our four week program helps dogs with the following issues:
– Greeting people politely
– Leave It
– Sitting at thresholds
This program includes lifetime access to our group classes, so you can bring your pup in for a refresher course whenever necessary.
Lessons Your Dog Will Learn
During the first week, we will reinforce the watch me command, and will introduce hand signals for come, heel, sit, and down. This will improve your dog’s focus on you, and will allow you to give them commands in noisy environments. This will also improve your relationship, as they will need to watch you for cues.
Stay & Place
In the second week, we’ll work on “stay” and “place.” Stay ensures that your dog does not move, and allows you to keep them from bolting out the door, or keeps them out of the kitchen. The place command is used to help the dogs relax and calm down, giving them somewhere to go and the knowledge that you can handle the situation.
Loose Leash Walking & Auto Sit
In week three, we’ll work on loose leash walking on a flat collar, and the auto sit. This builds on the basic heel foundation, and helps your pup to understand that he can’t pull you down the road and go wherever he wants to! The auto sit means that when you stop, the dog will also stop, and will sit by your side.
Intro To Distractions
In the final week, we’ll begin proofing all of these behaviors (watch me, sit, down, come, stay, loose leash walking, auto sit) in distracting environments. This means that your dog will perform these behaviors in all environments – not just the sterile setting of a dog training class, or in your house.
MORE THEN 10 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
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