How it works

We meet once every few days for a training lesson (approx 45 minutes) and at the end of each lesson you are given a homework. The homework requires a minimum of 2 sessions per day (5 to 10 minutes each). As you advance through the training stages you will then be able to join our group lessons. The group lessons are an excellent opportunity to work with your dog in gradually more and more challenging environments.

The technique

Nowadays, the dog training scene is divided between two often conflicting schools. Traditional trainers on one hand that mostly use punishment and more modern trainers on the other hand that use mostly rewards. A third category of trainers trainers also claim using positive reinforcement while still using choke chains and e-collars. At Bright Animals, we take pride in using a humane and science based approach.

Why positive training

Simply because you do not want your dog to respond because he is afraid but rather because he wants to. Also because traditional techniques can destroy a dog and make him unpredictable.

Galak learning to come when called.
Galak learning to come when called.

Will I always have to use treats?

Not necessarily. A reward can be food, but you can also use play or the environment.  Furthermore treats do not always work.

Picture walking your dog down a busy street. You meet another person walking a dog. Your dog suddenly becomes obsessed with the other dog. He no longer wants to eat, he no longer wants to sniff. His only wish to is go play with the other dog. Treats in this case would not work. So how to train your dog? Simply use the other dog as a reward! Just as your dog learned to sit for a treat, he can also be taught to sit for the "permission"  to go play with the other dog. After a while, your dog will be as attentive to you when he sees another dog as he is when you have a treat in your hand!

 

Do you love cats as much as we do? And yes, cats can be trained too! Sound behavioral principles apply cross species.
Do you love cats as much as we do? Yes, cats can be trained too! Sound behavioral principles apply cross species.

What's next

Click here to contact us and book a private session.

Stuff you should know!

We train you and you train your dog

These private sessions are designed to help you learn how to train your own dog. You will be required to work with your dog at least twice a day to prepare for the following session.

A balanced lifestyle matters

Dog training cannot make up for an unhealthy lifestyle. A dog that leads a balanced lifestyle will often be better behaved than a neglected dog. So for training to work your dog must belong to a family and be a member of the human pack. To be considered part of the pack the dog should be able to eat in the den (your home), sleep and spend time in the den. If you have problems preventing you from keeping your dog inside then you might consider our potty training or energy management courses prior to embarking on an obedience course. An abused dog is not a good candidate for training.

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How to prepare for your first session

  • Find tasty and healthy treats. Otherwise your trainer can also help you on your first session.
  • Make sure the dog is receptive. Neither too excited nor too tired.
  • Do not feed the dog for a few hours before training to help make the treats even more interesting.
  • Call your trainer to communicate any questions you have about preparations well in advance of your session.
  • Be ready for the fun to begin!