Our philosophy on Dog Obedience Training focuses heavily on Marker Training in The Learning Phase. While learning, there are very few, if any corrections. We want your dog to WANT to learn. And at start, we reward her every time she gets it right.
When she doesn’t get it right, we ignore and withhold rewards. We develop her desire to get the reward. The way she does that is to give us what we want. When we want it.
Obedience Training in The Learning Phase is conducted with no distractions. We want her to have an easy time getting it right. We will start in your home or your yard. The Learning Phase is not the time to put pressure on your dog.
Once she develops fluency, then she knows that exercise thoroughly. Then we can add distractions. If she doesn’t get it right then we correct. When she’s fluent, there is usually not much to correct. And corrections if needed, tend to be very mild.
We rely primarily on positive reinforcement to teach. As a result when we need to correct, often all we need is an “ahh, ahh” or gentle “no.”