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At South Paw, we believe in a "no force" approach to training. We teach owners to train their dogs using positive reinforcement or clicker training.

Positive reinforcement is based on the premise that rewarded behavior is repeated. We us a small sound via a "clicker", to mark the behavior we want.

We find that the clicker is distinct and consistent, and the timing is more accurate than our voice. The clicker is a secondary reinforcer that is paired with a primary reinforcer (something the dog naturally likes; food, play, toy or praise). By clicking a behavior we are giving the dog information "I liked that" and you're going to be rewarded for it! Consequently, the dog will repeat the behavior again to get rewarded (rewards are slowly faded as training progresses).

Instead of forcing your dog to do behaviors with traditional methods (squishing, choking or pulling), you are setting up a win/win situation. Positive reward training helps build a strong trusting relationship with your dog. It also helps make your dog a happy, confident and obedient pooch!

Our classes are outlined below. Click on the class to see a full description of what you and your pup will learn!

Raising Rover (2 hour seminar – no dogs please): Early training and socialization takes place before puppies are old enough to attend a group training class. The Raising Rover seminar is developed to help prepare you for this critical period in your puppy’s life. (Puppies less than 12 weeks old.)

Coaching your Canine (basic training)
In this introductory class you will learn how to effectively teach your dog basic control behaviors and develop skills to prevent or correct undesirable behaviors. Class size is limited to 8 dogs. The first class will meet without dogs.

Continuing Education (Drop in class)
Prerequisite – Coaching Your Canine or equivalent level of training:
Our continuing education class is offered as a drop in class every Monday at 6:30 pm. Class will be held both inside the building and occasionally outdoors in our sports field. Cost of the class is $10 each night you attend. This class is an intermediate training class that primarily focuses on the skills needed to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen and AKC Community Canine test. Because some skills will be more difficult for some dogs and may require additional time and practice to pass the test, we offer this class ongoing so you can come as often and for as many weeks as you’d like.

Competitive Obedience Practice Night (Drop in class)
Prerequisite – Continuing Education:
Our competitive obedience class is offered as a drop in class every Thursday at 6:30 pm. Class may be held inside the building or outside in our sports field. Cost of the class is $10 each night you attend. Competitive Obedience class will cover all three levels of AKC Competitive Obedience.

For more information on upcoming events and classes, join our yahoo group at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SouthPawPupScouts/info. And be sure to check out our calendar!

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