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  • What is day training?
    Day Training is when the dog trainer does the actual work of training your dog – not you. In traditional dog training, the trainer acts as a coach, coaching you through how to train your dog yourself. Then you practice with your dog every day, sometimes multiple times a day.
  • How much time a day should you spend training your dog?
    15 - 30 minutes A goal to strive for is at least 15 minutes of training every day. These can be short 5 minute sessions spread throughout the day. Try to have all family members ask your puppy to do these tasks. Remember to try to train in every room of your house.
  • What does it take to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test?
    Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness. Test 2: Sitting politely for petting This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler’s side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment. Test 3: Appearance and grooming This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner’s care, concern and sense of responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy and alert). The handler should supply the comb or brush commonly used on the dog. The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it and give encouragement throughout. Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead) This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog’s position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler’s movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice. The handler may sit the dog at the halts if desired. Test 5: Walking through a crowd This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash. Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog’s leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to get the dog to sit and then down. The evaluator must determine if the dog has responded to the handler’s commands. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line, turns and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. The dog may be released from the front or the side. Test 7: Coming when called This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell dogs to “stay” or “wait” or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog. Test 8: Reaction to another dog This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler. Test 9: Reaction to distraction This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. The evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness, or bark. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise. Test 10: Supervised separation This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, “Would you like me to watch your dog?” and then take hold of the dog’s leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, “there, there, it’s alright”). FOLLOW LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION,training%20and%20quality%20of%20life.
  • Is it ever too late to start training a dog?
    It's never too late to train a dog. Whether you are bringing home an older dog from a shelter (or rescue), or you'd like to work with your own older dog, there's no reason to delay doing some training with an older dog. ... Older dogs may already know some commands. They have a much longer attention span than puppies.
  • What is the best age to begin training my dog?
    There is no bad time to start training your dog, in other words no age is too early. I’ve trained dogs from as young as 8 weeks to over 10 years old. Starting out early is the best thing when it comes to training. All training in the beginning is about playing games and building a relationship with your dog, so the sooner you do that – the better!
  • Will taking my dog to a dog-park help socialize him?
    We strongly discourage dog parks. If you want to socialize your dog it is something you should do in a controlled environment: that means no strange dogs that may give him a bad experience. We've worked with countless dogs that have serious fear and aggression issues because of bad socializing experiences.
  • Positive Energy's 5 golden questions before training?
    -Are you able to control their energy? -Who makes the final decision? -Do you follow through like a leader, or is it empty threats? -Is it just given or is it structured to be earned? -Who walks who?
  • Can my dog come if they are not a puppy?
    Absolutely! our facility is desighned to help all ages of dogs and their clients prosper and grow with one another
  • Can my dog come if they're not spayed or neutered?
    -If the dog is over a year old it will need to be spayed or neutered. If the dogs temperament is good without being spayed or neutered, lets talk about in the consultation. - No females in heat
  • How long does it take to fully train a puppy/dog?
    This is probably one of the most common questions I get asked. The answer is, “It depends on you and your dog.” Some dogs learn things quickly, while others need a little more time. The one thing I can say for certain is that training your dog is something you will do for the rest of his life. I look at training like exercise and diet: Once you get into shape you need to keep at it to stay in shape. It’s the same with dog training. You are teaching your dog to learn and it is a process that both of you will love. To give an answer to the question, most dogs start to show results in 4-8 weeks of consistency.
  • What is the first thing you should train your puppy?
    Young puppies have short attention spans but you can expect them to begin to learn simple obedience commands such as “sit,” “down,” and “stay,” as young as 7 to 8 weeks of age. Formal dog training has traditionally been delayed until 6 months of age.
  • 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Dog Trainer
    How many years have you been working in the field of dog training and/or behavior? ... What type of dog training have you done? ... What tools do you support? What type of preliminary education in learning theory, behavior analysis, animal husbandry, and ethology do you have? ... What do you use to reinforce and reward correct behavior?
  • Is dog training worth the money?
    Honestly, even if you know the basics of dog training going to classes can be invaluable if you dont follow through. ... It teaches you how to teach your dog. At least really good schools do. I say yes, it is worth it, because if you're pup is unruly, it's because you need to be trained how to train him.
  • How do we get updates on socials, events, or how my dog is doing during day training school?"
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