Training

Training Methods

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 use a clicker device to produce a sound, 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!

Available Classes

Coaching your Canine

Basic Training

6 Week Class
New classes begin each month, call for our next available starting date

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.

Cost: $175

 

This class will cover:

  • How to introduce the clicker
  • Classical conditioning
  • How to get rid of/prevent undesirable behavior
  • What you’ll need and where to go
  • How to greet others and how NOT to jump
  • Teaching “Go To Your SPOT” (Go to your Bed)
  • Cues, releases, non-reward markers and keep going signals
  • How to get a behavior
  • How to work with distractions
  • Reinforcement schedules
  • The Name Game
  • “Off” – Doggie Zen
  • Get your dog to “Relax”
  • Behaviors – Sit, Down, Come, Stay and Walk on leash without pulling

Suggested Equipment:

  • Collar or harness your dog can not slip out of
  • 6 foot leash
  • Reinforcements for your dog (treats, toys)
  • Mat for your dog to settle on

Canine Good Citizen

6 Week Class

Thursdays at 6:30 PM (Offered once each Quarter)

Prerequisite – Coaching Your Canine or equivalent level of training

 

Cost: $150

 

This class will cover:

  • Variable reinforcement / Remote Rewarding
  • Review and raise criteria of basic behaviors (Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Off)
  • Introduce formal “Heel” position
  • Handling and handling by others
  • Group Stays
  • Working around other dogs
  • Distraction work / Proofing

Suggested Equipment:

  • Collar or harness your dog can not slip out of
  • 6 foot leash
  • Long line (30+ feet)
  • Reinforcements for your dog (treats, toys)
  • Container to keep treats/toys for remote reward
  • Mat for your dog to settle on
  • Grooming brush for your dog

Community Canine / Urban Canine

6 Week Class

Thursdays @ 6:30pm (Offered once each quarter)
Class will meet at both South Paw and Include Public Outings

Prerequisite: Canine Good Citizen or Equivalent

Cost: $150

 

This class will cover:

  • Heavy distraction work
  • Working in public
  • Safe travel with your dog
  • Controlled Entry/Exit in public buildings
  • Exposure to Stairs/Elevator
  • Advanced “Off”
  • Advanced duration, distraction and distance “Stay” work
  • Recall in distracted environment

Suggested Equipment:

  • Collar or harness your dog can not slip out of
  • 6 foot leash
  • Long line (30+ feet)
  • Reinforcements for your dog (treats, toys)
  • Container to keep treats/toys for remote reward
  • Mat for your dog to settle on

Trick Dog

6 Week Class

Thursdays @ 6:30pm (Offered once each quarter)

Prerequisite: Canine Good Citizen or Equivalent

Cost: $150

 

This class will cover:

  • Luring
  • Platform – 4 Paws Up
  • Wait
  • Nose Touch / Target Stick
  • Mark – 2 paws up
  • Rear foot Target
  • Jump
  • Take it (Retrieve) / Pull
  • Off / Drop / Leave It
  • Again / Repeat

Suggested Equipment:

  • Collar or harness your dog can not slip out of
  • 6 foot leash
  • Reinforcements for your dog (treats, toys)
  • Mat for your dog to settle on
  • Platform
  • Target Stick
  • Paw Target
  • Item to Retrieve

Continuing Education

4 Week Class or 6 Week Class

Mondays @ 6:30pm (New Class offered every 4-6 Weeks)

Prerequisite: Canine Good Citizen or Equivalent

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.

Cost:
$100 – 4 Weeks Class
$150 – 6 Weeks Class

 

This class will cover:

  • Off Leash
  • Retrieve
  • Rally
  • Games / Puzzles / Enrichment
  • Obedience
  • Agility
  • Flyball
  • Fitness (Discuss Fit Dog)
  • Freestyle and many more

Suggested Equipment:

  • Collar or Harness your dog can not slip out of
  • 6 foot leash
  • Reinforcements for your dog (treats, toys)
  • Mat for your dog to settle on
  • Additional items will vary depending on the class

Competitive Obedience Practice Night

Drop in class: Thursday at 6:30 PM
Prerequisite – Continuing Education

Competitive Obedience class will cover AKC Rally and Obedience.

Cost: $10 per Class

Suggested Equipment:

  • 6 foot leash
  • Reinforcements for your dog (treats, toys)
  • Mat for down stay
  • Platform for Sit/Stand
  • Paw target for pivots
  • Items to retrieve (toy, competition dumbbell, gloves)
  • Target for go outs
  • Items for scent discrimination
  • Training Bag (To keep all your stuff in)

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