Courses For Your Dog
- All Breed Problem Solving and Obedience
- Home Manners and Management
- Advanced Obedience and Agilities
- Service Dog Training
1. On Field Lessons: You bring your dog to our facility weekly for a one-on-one training lessons with your private trainer – these lessons can be reschedulable – (not like a group class.)
2. In-Home Lessons: Given in the privacy of your own home. The trainer comes to you weekly. We also offer 1 time in-home lessons for puppies 8-16 weeks of age.
3. Boot Camp™: The easiest course on the owner! Leave your dog with us for 2-4 weeks and we’ll do the hard part for you. Followed by a demonstration and a lesson prior to the dog going home. Then follow up lessons are done in your home and at our facility after. Our most popular course!
Obedience Training is a good step for your dog, as training opens up a line of communication. Effective communication is necessary to instruct your dog about what you want them to do. You should teach your dog various commands such as Heel, Sit, Stay, Come and Down.
Dogs are social animals and if you don’t provide them with proper training, they can become destructive. Some of the instances for destructiveness are soiling your house, destroying your belongings, fighting other dogs, barking excessively, digging holes in your garden and even biting you. Nearly, all behavior problems are perfectly normal dog activities that occur at the wrong time or place or are directed at the wrong thing. For example, the dog will bark all night long without any relevant cause. The solution to all behavior problems is dog obedience training.
At K-9 Companions Dog Training, we know that different breeds and temperaments require various styles of training. We gently handle the smallest of breeds, and firmly handle the large, dominant and aggressive breeds as well. Our methods are based on positive motivation and positive reinforcement. We do not believe in any form of abuse or shock.
In our dog training methods, we use the principals of operant conditioning and extinction of unwanted behaviors through confinement conditioning and instinctual corrections. We have tried true methods to teach your dog how to live in your house or yard without being destructive. We believe every dog should be trained to five basic obedience commands at a minimum: Heel, Sit, Stay, Come, and Down.
This opens up basic communication between dog and owner, and allows for a much better relationship between the two. Training starts as early as 8 weeks with a pupppy lesson in your home. On and off leash should be done between 4-9 months of age.
Obedience training should be rewarding for you and your dog. It can improve your relationship with them.
At K-9 Companions Dog Training, we know that owners are happiest when their dogs are well mannered.
Along with the basic dog obedience packages, we also include home manners, such as teaching the dog to stop at doors and gates and wait until the owner releases them through the door. Boundaries can be taught in the house and front yard at curbs in order to teach the dog not to run into the street.
The client’s favorite command is called “place.” This command sends the dog to a designated spot in the house to lie down. The dog can then spend time lying near the owner in the house without creating a nuisance. This command increases the average time an owner is willing to spend with the dog.
The dog should learn how to behave around company as well. Jumping up, sniffing, barking, and licking at your company is all discouraged.
Management has to do with the owner’s care and housing of the dog. Proper fencing and enclosures, feeding, grooming, and health care are all covered. Each client’s lifestyle and home is different, so management issues are customized for each client.
For people who intend to participate in dog obedience trials, dog sports, or proceed on into protection work, advanced dog obedience training and agilities are recommended. Lessons include the following:
- Sit and down at a distance
- Drop on recall
- Food refusal
- Sit stay out of sight
- Down stay out of sight
- Sit in motion
- Down in motion
- Directed jumps
- Wall jumps (high jump)
- Cat walk
- Retrieving (optional)
Agilities build confidence in the dog and allow for a release of stress that can build in obedience due to the inhibitory nature of the tasks.
A dog can be a great addition to someone who has trouble in social situations, with stress, or having difficulty sleeping at night. We offer training for existing dogs when qualified or we can help you select the right puppy and offer you training as he grows up to become a Service Dog. If however, you are looking for a dog who is already trained and ready to go we would suggest calling CCI (Canine Companions For Independence) and ask to be put on their waiting list. This is best for persons who have limited ability to be directly involved in the dogs training.
At K-9 Companions Dog Training, we strive to be a full service company as we offer training for clients with disabilities, such as the hearing impaired or wheelchair bound. Dogs can be taught many various behaviors, depending on the client’s needs. Examples of behaviors taught are:
- Opening doors, drawers, and refrigerators
- Retrieving specific objects (DVD’s, keys, remotes, etc.)
- Retrieving dropped articles
- Getting help
- Pulling on command
- Turning on or off lights
- Barking to alert toward danger, doorbell, or telephone
- Stopping at certain objects
- Finding doors or (In/Out)
- Finding scents
- Walking slow to lead
- Carrying objects
Basic obedience is a prerequisite for any service dog training. Client dogs may be used if they qualify.
At K-9 Companions our Service Dog Training Program is different than most in that we involve the client in the actual training of their dog. In the case that the owner is not physically capable of being involved in the training, the owner must provide an assistant that will be involved in the day to day training and care of the dog. Most NPO’s (Non-Profit Organizations) that provide already trained service animals have long waiting lists. In addition, some people already have a dog that they desire to train rather than adding a new dog to the family. While all dogs are not suitable for the work some are. We can also assist the client with the purchased, donated, or rescued dog who is capable of doing the work.
K-9 Companions is not an NPO. We are a For Profit business and are not in any way in competition with NPOs. We simply offer a service to people that feel they are not a good fit for an NPO either because of the waiting period or because of the desire to train their own dog and to be involved in the process. In fact, in many cases we refer people who aren’t a good fit with us to NPOs Likewise, some NPOs refer people to us when they are not a good fit for them. We offer a cost effective alternative.
The process of training takes about 18 months when starting with a young dog or puppy. The dog must accomplish on and off leash obedience training, CGC (Canine Good Citizen, Public Access Training, and Service Dog Training which will vary depending on the disability. Costs of training vary from $3000.00 to $4500.00 and does not include equipment, purchase price of dog (if applicable), or veterinary care.
SERVICE DOG TRAINING CRITERIA
1. We require a letter from a licensed physician or psychiatrist prior to training a Service Dog. Please do not inquire about training a Service Dog if you simply want to be able to take your pet dog into places that otherwise would not allow him. This is an ABSOLUTE requirement.
2. The applicant must have the proper dog to do the work. The dog must not be overly fearful or aggressive to humans or other dogs. If the applicant’s dog does not pass the temperament test a new dog will be a requirement. At this point the applicant may choose to either go with an NPO for the purchase of an already trained dog or choose to continue with a donated, rescued, or purchased dog at his/her discretion.
3. The dog must pass a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test. This test is available at the facility but must be conducted with the owner of the dog as the handler.
4. The dog must prove to be good in public. It must not be aggressive to dogs or humans, must stay by the owners side without being a nuisance, and must follow commands without need of forceful correction. The dog should be able
to navigate through crowds of people, in and out of doorways, and calmly lay down next to or under a table as appropriate.