Training 101

Training Theory

Transparency and honesty should be at the front when it comes to training. That means transparency for you and for your pet. Therefore, we are up front about how we train and why. When it comes to communicating to a species that does not speak the same language or no way to communicate clearly back to us, we must find a common method to communicate. That means, positive reinforcement.

Positive Reinforcement is not just “treat training” but a clear communication and is our primary method of training. With the use of a reward system for correct behavior, we can open the line of communication to any animal. We do not punish, reprimand or correct “bad behavior”. Our animals do not understand that the unwanted behavior they are offering is “bad”, so correcting for it can lead to frustration. Corrections are also an inconsistency in our training, meaning the furry or feathered friend we are working with will become confused in what is expected from them and how their environment will impact them.

This can seem confusing for many pet owners, which is also why we work closely with you and are always available to answer questions. When we train your animal, we come alongside and coach you through the training process. This means worry free practice, long after the training sessions have ended.

Clicker, what?

A clicker is a small hand-held device that emits a click sound when pressed. This simple sound lets your family pet know they are on the right track.

Because we live in such a busy world, this tool can be a pivotal part of our training. Too often we are hurrying through our days and forget that we share a living space with a species that does not speak English. Many of our frustrations in training stem from on place – failure to communicate.

This small device will help to bridge the communication gap by providing noticeably clear signals about what we want – and do not want – them to do. There is no magic hidden within it, although sometimes the results can feel quite the contrary.