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  Intermediate Course

(On and Off-Leash)

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Objective

  • To gain complete control in distracting situations while on a leash

  • To further develop your dog's willingness to learn and obey while off-leash in every day situations

  • To develop a strong bond and reliable communication between handler and dog

 

Method

  • Utilizing positive reinforcement methods, we will teach through repetition, until your dog has demonstrated a good understanding of the task at hand.  Only then will we implement a consequence  for unwanted or incorrect behavior.  We will also gradually transition from the learning environment to more realistic situations as dog and handler progress.

Subjects Covered
  • Any unwanted or destructive behavior in the house

  • Replacing unwanted behavior with positive or useful actions

  • Implementation of negative reinforcement for inappropriate behavior

  • Extension of commands covered in basic course

  • Off-leash control in distracting situations

Commands Covered
  • Sit

  • Down

  • Stay

  • Come

  • Loose-lead walking

  • Leave It

  • Go to your place

Obedience Expectations
  • Upon completion of this course, we expect your dog to respond reliably to ALL on-leash situations, and to have reasonable control in off-leash and distracting situations.

Time Frame
  • 8 Week course

  • 1 Lesson per week (Each lesson is 1 hour)

  • Training is conducted indoors and will relocate outdoors as your puppy progresses

Next Step
  • The Advanced course will focus on working in challenging situations.  This will develop a deep level of communication between dog and handler, as dog must consistently demonstrate a high level of self-control. Initial work is done on a long line and will transition to off-leash.  It is essential that your dog is accurate and reliable with tasks developed in the intermediate course.

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