About Pawsitive Foundations:
What makes Pawsitive Foundations different from other training?
We challenge owners to think differently about their dog. Becoming your dog’s leader and training him from the start will teach him confidence, motivating him to continue being good!
We will teach you positive reinforcement, how best to reward and encourage behaviors you like, but also, how to interrupt and extinguish behaviors you don’t. Best of all, our methods work without using e-collars or other aversive techniques.
We focus the training on you — the human. We want you to understand what works, what doesn’t (and why) and help you build a relationship with your dog based on mutual understanding, communication, and trust.
How do you do it?
We help people better communicate and understand their dogs. Not only will you learn how to get your dog to listen to you, our training solutions are disguised as games your dog will love to play!
Our techniques rely on mutual understanding, motivation, and consistency to give your dog the choice to make the right decision.
Do you use clickers?
Depending on the family’s lifestyle, we either use clickers or a verbal marker such as (“Yes!”) to communicate to their dogs which behavior is correct.
What training tools do I need?
We ask that all clients have a four-foot leash, a collar, and treats on hand. For younger puppies or newly adopted dogs, a crate and an x-pen is needed.
If we’ll be working on leash walking and off-leash recall, we recommend a front-clip harness such as a Freedom Harness as well as an extra-long training leash (twenty-five feet or more). Finally, all dogs benefit from the mental stimulation treat-dispensing toys like a Bob-a-lot can provide.
Do you guarantee results?
No, however, we can teach you how to better communicate with your dog, and quickly and effectively help you teach your dog the rules of your home. Ultimately, it is up to you to track progress and practice your games and solutions. We can promise you this—if you stick to our training regimen and make sure that everyone in your household is consistent—you will see changes in your dog’s behavior.
I have two dogs. Does training them both cost more?
Yes, each dog is an individual and therefore has different needs. It’s easier for each dog to learn in a distraction-free environment, apart from it’s sibling. We will spend half the time working with one of your dogs and the other half with the second, giving each of them the attention and focus that they need.
About Our Programs:
When should I start training ?
Right away! The sooner you start, the faster you can communicate with your dog and develop a better behaved companion.
Training a younger puppy is easier; habits (good and bad) can be formed in as little as 2-3 weeks. As soon as you walk in the door with a new dog or puppy, whether you know it or not, training has already begun. The sooner you start training your dog – the better!
Ideally, training would start with an In-Home Visit the first week or two after getting a new puppy or adult dog. Once you go through our program and create the right environment for success, training will become second nature.
What’s the advantage to In-Home training ?
In home training is ideal because it takes away the stress and provides an easier learning environment. One trainer dedicated to your dog ensures the training fits his personality, allowing you to reach your goals.
You will get a customized training plan based on your dog’s age, breed, and temperament. You’ll also learn how to work with all members of the family—including guests, visitors and people too young or not able to participate in training.
Who in my household should be present?
Consistency really is the key to training, so we invite everyone living with your dog to attend class. It’s the easiest way to ensure that all family members are following the same rules and working together. It’s also tons of fun!
Please know that while we encourage family participation, an extra adult must be at class to supervise young children while one person is dedicated to training their dog.
What is your policy on rescheduling sessions?
We understand that it can be difficult to find time to train with busy day-to-day lives. If you and your dog need to reschedule, please email me 24 hours ahead of our class.
We allow two rescheduled appointments. All packages must be completed within a 7-week time frame. All sessions completed after 7 weeks of the start of training will be charged an extra $90 per session.