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Day Training

Day Training

If you have special training requirements, or if for some reason you are unable to train your dog yourself – perhaps you’re just too busy? – we can train your dog for you.

This service is 100% customized. The process includes regular “hand-over” sessions and a limited guarantee.

How does it work?

The trainer will work with the dog for between 30 minutes – 1 hour, usually 3-5 times per week. You can also, if you prefer, drop your dog off at our Training Centre. (It is not, however, a pet sitting service!)

What training methods are used?

The trainer will use Positive Reinforcement training, which is part of established learning science (‘operant conditioning’). The method builds up a desire in the animal to perform the behaviour. Positive reinforcement means that we reward the behaviours that you want and remove any rewards associated with the behaviours that you wish to extinguish. There is no punishment involved in this training. Punishment has been found to obstruct learning, reduce reliability and interfere with the human-animal bond. For more information, see Training Methods.

How much does it cost?

The process begins with an in-depth Behaviour Evaluation with the client’s family and the dog. This evaluation is necessary in order that the trainer may be able to get to know the dog and estimate the training time required, as well as discuss the project in detail.

It is not possible to predict with any certainty how much a training programme will cost, as this is dependent on the dog's age, personality, previous training, etc. For example, a dog with a history of unsuccessful past training, particularly if aversive training methods have been used will have a “baggage” that will make training to a reliable standard more complicated and time-consuming. At the opposite end of the scale we may have a young puppy with little or no training.

For dogs with fear, aggression or other reactivity and behaviour issues, a behaviour modificiation programme for these particular issues will be necessary, , as the underlying causes for these issues may contribute to problems also in other areas.

Regular handover sessions will transfer the new behaviours from the trainer to the owner and ensure that the owner can see that progress is being made.

What is the payment schedule?

Payment is required in advance of each training session. Discount packages are available. The fees are the same as for our behaviour modification services (http://cowichancanine.ca/behaviour-modification)

How long does it take?

Again, this depends on the dog and its background in training. A day training project can consist of anything from a single, simple behaviour that can be taught in less than a handful of training sessions, to a series of complicated behaviours, or behaviour modifications, that may require several months or more.

What is required from the owner?

  1. Be committed to the training process.
  2. Be available for the hand-over sessions, at the times agreed.
  3. Make the dog available to the trainer at the times agreed.

Contact us today for a private evaluation session, to find out if a Day Training Programme is right for you and your dog!

E-mail [email protected] or telephone 250-929-1400.

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Thanks Bev, You are totally awesome and a great teacher. Thanks also to Lisbeth for her puppy socialization classes, and to Karen and Laurie. We took these classes as a condition of our breeder's contract, and we are so glad we did. It all began with your wonderful puppy socialization classes – little Fred was so happy to meet other little ones, and we learned a lot about dog etiquette and grooming. And then it progressed to Foundation where finally I could put a dog into a “down” without begging (eg our two other goldens now in doggie heaven) and could walk around the neighbourhood without the dog walking me! I think Fred is a happier and smarter puppy because of your training style. Woof woof from Fred! And a big thank you from us!

Marilyn and Kelly
Shawnigan Lake, BC

Karen is an awesome teacher. She is caring, gentle and patient. She gave me a little extra time tohelp me because I am hard of hearing and have great difficulty hearing in class. Because of her, Monkey flourished under her care. Thank you, Karen, for all your help!

Cindy & Monkey
Mill Bay, BC

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