Ancillary K9 works with veterinarians, groomers, dog walkers, boarding facilities, and other animal care professionals to address complex challenges for our dog training clients. Each of these businesses have been hand-selected out of the hundreds of animal care providers in the greater Denver area. We have taken the time to personally speak with and visit each of these businesses to ensure they are a good fit for our clients.
BUILD A BOND: During the first few weeks, your primary focus should be on getting to know your dog and bonding with him. It is important that you build a positive relationship with your dog before progressing to training and instruction. Try to create a relaxed and fun environment for your dog and try to keep the number of people he comes into contact with to a minimum. If you are starting a training program with a dog you have had for many years, start the relationship afresh, as if you have just met each other for the first time.
People frequently ask me what type of dog trainer I am. I regularly get asked questions such as, “What style of dog training do you follow?” “Are you a positive trainer?” “What methods do you use?” The truth is that I do not follow a very specific style of dog training. I don’t 100% prescribe to any single approach, be it force free training, compulsion-based training, old-school training, etc.
I try and maintain a very open mind when it comes to the dog training methods I employ. For me, anything goes. It really depends on the situation and the dog I am working with. I never rule any method out unless I have directly experienced it for myself and found it to be lacking. People who insist on attributing some type of label to my training approach would probably describe me as a balanced trainer; however, none of the approaches I employ involve balancing equal amounts of anything.
I’ll point something basic out right off the bat. You’ve probably heard it hundreds of times before, but your dog is not human. Too many dog owners make the mistake of thinking that their dog sees the world in the same way they do: He doesn’t.
Dogs learn differently than humans. Specifically, they are very context focused. What I mean by this is that if you teach your dog to sit on your command in the kitchen, he won’t necessarily follow the same command when you’re in the park. You haven’t taught him to. Your dog learned to respond to your instruction in the kitchen, not anywhere else. So, until you start to show your dog that you expect him to sit on command in additional settings, he simply won’t understand what’s expected of him.
I have been working with dogs for a while. I have trained multiple breeds and dealt with a wide range of issues. If my experiences so far have taught me one thing, it’s that you should always be wary of a dog trainer who claims they can “fix” all your dog’s problems if your pet spends a set period of time being boarded and trained in their facility.
To start off, it doesn’t matter one bit how well your dog ultimately learns to behave in the facility; it is his behavior at home that you are concerned about. It doesn’t matter how well the dog trainer can handle your dog; it is how well YOU can handle the dog that you are concerned about.