Bay #7, 510 - 77 th Avenue S.E.
Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1C3.
info@superdogspectrum.ca
phone403-217-8737

Sep 24
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"Every Dog Wants To Be A Superdog. Together We Can Make It Happen!"

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Why Should I Take A Training Class With My Dog?

Although the following was developed by Shannen Jorgensen, an Agility Training Specialist, many of her principles apply to Training Classes of all types. Here are seven important reasons to participate in a Training Class with your dog.

  1. It is important for you and the dog to get out and work in an environment other than your kitchen. All dogs “can do it at home”, but what we really want is a dog that can sit, down, or come when it’s called...any place and every time!
  2. Classes give you feedback from an experienced trainer. There is a good chance that something you are having difficulty training is inadvertently being “trained into” the dog by YOU. Your instructor will be able to pinpoint these things and help you change what you’re doing so that you become SUCCESSFUL in your training endeavors instead of frustrated!
  3. There is nothing wrong with training at home, and homework is an important part of your training class, but you should balance the home practice with a regular weekly class to test your progress. Your success in the back yard with very few distractions does not always translate to every day life. Classes will help your dog be consistent.
  4. Attending a class will help your dog to meet and deal with different dogs in a safe environment. From week to week there will be some of the same dogs in class, but someone always seems to miss a class now and then. When a dog that has been away appears again, it is a temporary distraction that is a great training opportunity. Use it!
  5. Being part of a class allows you to give your dog a break while still training. When you're working alone you can work your dog for 20 minutes straight and never even know it! It is important to rest your dog intermittently and work in short sessions of 2-3 minutes. With other people in class, you have to work quickly and efficiently. Remember it is Quality not Quantity.
  6. In a class situation you have the instructor’s assistant or other class members to help with things like holding the dog, throwing the toy, removing the toy, timing your sequences, counting your errors, tracking your success rates, etc. Some training techniques can be difficult when you are working all alone.
  7. And the very best reason for participating in a class...the support system from other class members. Sometimes we can have a bad day or a bad class, but there is always someone there to keep things in perspective, to keep you from taking out your frustration on the dog during training, or someone else to run your dog through the exercise to let him end on a happy note if you are just too frustrated to do it.

 

TIP: Things to look for in a GOOD instructor...

Look for an instructor who:

  • competes with their own dogs on a regular basis. Not just once a year, but someone who is getting out and seeing other people compete. Things are changing so fast in the dog training world that you have to stay on top of things!
  • continually educates himself or herself by attending seminars to upgrade their own skills.
  • is willing to help you train the things you want and doesn’t force the students to do it “my way or the highway”. An instructor needs to be versatile and creative and open minded.
  • uses positive training techniques that do not bully the dogs into doing the exercises.
  • has a positive relationship with his/her own dogs. Look at how their dogs perform...do you like what you see?
  • has a way of handling that you admire. Do you like what they do? There are many different handling styles...choose someone whose style you can relate to to be your instructor.
  • can not only “do it” but they can “teach it”. Can they break the skills down enough that you understand and are able to teach your own dog? If they cannot impart their knowledge, how much use will they be to you as a student trying to learn the skills?

 

So next time you have an opportunity to register for a Training Class... SIGN UP! You won’t regret it.

Our Goal at SUPERDOG SPECTRUM:

To train you to teach your dog, using positive motivation, so that the best potential is reached in the relationship between handler and dog. The level of skill that is achieved by your dog depends on you... the sky is the limit. The more consistent your daily practice sessions at home, the more precise your dog's response will be. Your relationship with your four legged family member will constantly improve as you continue teaching through participation in more diverse and advanced classes.

When should I train?

You must practice daily in order to keep up with your class. Two or three short sessions daily of 5 to 10 minutes are more productive than one long session. You should train when your dog has been kept confined for a while and looks forward to the activity with you. Do not train after feeding or when either you or your dog is tired. Initially you can practice most exercises around the house and use them as part of his/her normal routine.

Don't Bore Your Dog!

It is your responsibility to keep training FUN. If your dog is bored, you know who is boring him!!! You and your dog should enjoy working together. As the trainer, it is your job to keep your dog's attention and build a positive attitude (desire to please you). At Superdog Spectrum you will use praise, food and toys to motivate your dog while learning the exercises.

Teaching Your Dog!

Everything your dog learns is YOUR responsibility. Good or bad, right or wrong, you are the teacher. At Superdog Spectrum we will show you how to teach your dog the desired skills and behaviors

ENSURE THAT YOUR DOG IS ALWAYS SUCCESSFUL !! DON'T TEST your dog...TEACH him !!

Relax and expect the unexpected! Most of all, have fun and stay positive !

 
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