Dog Training is Owner Training
Dog training isn’t just about teaching your dog to sit or roll over. It’s not just about getting your dog to stop making messes in the house or to stop jumping on people when they walk through the door. It’s about establishing boundaries and expectations, creating a consistent routine and structured environment, communicating clearly, and showing your dog the positive results of good behavior. It’s about treating the causes of bad behavior, not just the symptoms, and working with your dog until good behavior is its default behavior.
Too often, when I do an initial in-home consultation, I discover that a behavioral problem isn’t due to an innately naughty dog, but to a lack of leadership. That’s why I often tell people I’m not really a dog trainer—I’m a people trainer! I teach dog owners just as much, if not more, than I teach their dogs.
As a professional dog trainer, I’m confident that I can get a dog to obey me and my commands. Often, training would be much faster and simpler if it were just about getting a dog to perform for me. But what matters at the end of the day is that your dog obeys for you, the owner! This means that it’s not just your dog that has to put in the work, but you too.
This is precisely why Dog Squad Dog Training specializes in in-home training. It’s the best way to ensure that you’re an integral part of the process and that your dog knows what’s expected of them in their normal environment. You’re involved every step of the way and work with your dog to meet your training goals. In doing so, you’re equipped with the knowledge and skills you need to continue working with your dog long after training, or even with your next dog. You also get a well-behaved dog that looks to you as its leader, as someone it respects and trusts.
When you sign up for my in-home training program, you’re not just going to be an idle observer. You’re not going to drop your dog off and simply show up a few weeks later to pick them up again. You’re going to learn how to properly communicate with your dog, how to time rewards so your dog understands what behavior is expected of them, and how to create a routine and environment that sets your dog up for success. I’ll be there every step of the way, and even long after, as a support system. But ultimately, your dog’s success relies on you and the training you receive through our program.
If you’re interested in becoming a trained dog owner, call 510.646.9657 or get in touch via our contact form to get started!