Does your dog ignore you unless you’re holding treat?
Does you dog only respond if the treat is ‘worth it’?
Do you feel like reward-based training hasn’t worked for you?
Do you feel like reward-based training hasn’t worked for your dog?!
Want to learn why?
By the way, what most people refer to as ‘dog training’ is in fact ‘owner training’. What you will learn at Positive Plus is how to train your dog. The training you do at home, between lessons, is what will deliver the results, alter unwanted behaviours and get you the awesome obedience you are after. The more you practise, the better your dog will be. Simple 🙂
Our dog training utilises a three-stage plan, which depending upon your goals and level of obedience required allows you to choose how many stages you wish to undertake.
Stage One. Teaching
This first stage of Positive Plus Dog Training is where all the basic commands are taught. We will teach your dog to be able to respond correctly to the spoken command/cue with no body-language or hand-signal help. This is all taught using purely reward-based techniques. It is also within this stage that we will start working on your dog’s impulse control.
Please note: teaching your dog a command/cue is very different from having them reliably perform it around distractions. For that you may need Stage 2 or 3.
However, if you are not having any major issues with your dog this may be as far as you need to go.
Mabel learning Stage 1 Sit & Heel
No distractions yet, just pure learning
Lures will be faded out in Stage 2
Stage Two. Proofing (i)
This is where we fade out food lures & start working on improved reliability. We will introduce gradually incrementing levels of distraction to test & improve your dog’s impulse control and even try to pull them toward distractions. This teaches your dog improved decision-making, rather than you hoping to rely on always being able to distract your dog away from competing distractions.
Again, if you have no real issues with your dog but have obtained the reliability you were after, you may decide to finish your dog training here.
Mabel practising Stage 2 Climb, Sit, Heel & Recall
Low-level distraction – just cheese etc.
Stage Three. Proofing (ii)
Providing you have successfully completed Stage Two, you can move onto Stage Three: Proofing Off-Lead. We can also use this stage to raise distraction levels further still and/or use the skills learnt in Stage Two (on-lead) to work on problem behaviours or dog aggression etc. It is very beneficial to use high-level obedience when addressing some behaviour problems, because the dog then already knows what is being asked of it, and has ‘impulse control skills’ that enable improved decision-making.
Mabel practising Stage 3 Recall, Heel & Sit
All off-lead around higher levels of distraction (deer)
The Benefits Of Positive Plus Dog Training
We don’t use dominance based methods, ‘Alpha Rolls’ or harsh, outdated corrections. Your dog will want to train. All of our dogs are happy and playful, and want to engage.
Improved reliability. As part of our innovative style we use distractions to our advantage to further improve your dog’s response.
Our dog training is holistic. We will teach you how to improve the relationship you have with your dog, how changing their diet can have a profound affect on their behaviour, how satisfying their genetic predisposition to perform certain behaviours can ‘cure’ some issues virtually overnight (and has a huge affect on the outcome of others), how to understand their body language and how to communicate effectively with your dog. (N.B. Don’t worry, you won’t have to ‘bare your teeth’, ‘growl’ or ‘bark back’!)
The major areas of problematic behaviour are addressed following the completion of the obedience program, thus reducing confusion and stress. This will make it easier for you to guide your dog to success. It is after this stage that we can start to rehabilitate a dog’s aggression towards people/animals or properly address other severe behavioural issues.