TRAINING IS COMMUNICATION
At SJIDT, you will learn to establish clear communication with your dog so that your dog can quickly learn to work for you with enthusiasm and confidence. You will learn how to train your dog through reinforcement of the behaviors you want. By using non-forceful, positive reinforcement methods, you will learn how to teach your dog to learn to learn and how to train your dog to learn to earn, so that you and your dog will enjoy a fun, rewarding relationship together.
WORK PAYS OFFToday's companion dog is a working dog — your dog requires mental and physical stimulation in order to be calm and confident member of your family. A big part of what we focus on at SJIDT is giving you the tools to provide your dog with meaningful, rewarding work. You will find that the dog that learns to work for you becomes the dog that works with your lifestyle.ANIMAL BEHAVIOR CERTIFIED COACHING STAFF
San Juan Island Dog Training Coach Lisa Holt and Coach Allie Stelzner have each completed over 850 hours of class and practical training hours to become certified through Animal Behavior College. Lisa Holt is an AKC evaluator, a certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor,* has earned an elite agility title with her dog, is a certified mentor trainer (certified to train trainers) and both Allie and Lisa are CATTs,** one of the few American Treibball Association-certified training instructors in the US. Lisa also serves on the board of the ATA. Both Lisa and Allie are ABC-certified trainers for obedience and assistance dogs. Allie has trained her dog, Kylee, for competition-level trick training and currently works and trains with both of her dogs in Agility, Treibball, K9 Nose Work and Waterball.
SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES
Due to the evolution of intelligence in dogs, many of them today exhibit a strong desire to work. This is what we call “drive.” For a dog with drive to become a calm, relaxed member of your household, he or she requires a high level of mental and physical stimulation. This is why, at San Juan Island Dog Training, we invest a great deal of our education and resources in our sports and activities program. For the dog with drive, good manners are achieved through work. At SJIDT, you will find that we provide a variety of sports and activities, so that regardless of any physical limitations or your busy schedule, you can provide your dog with the work he or she needs.
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MANNERS AND BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION
As an integral part of your family and community, your dog needs to demonstrate acceptable behavior in order to fit in smoothly. The dog that “fits in” leads a more fulfilling life by being included in more family activities and going to public places. The dog that lacks manners often leads a more secluded life which can lead to frenzy, barking, anxiety, reactivity, destructive boredom, re-homing and worse. Quite simply, manners matter. Today, manners are taught using positive reinforcement methods, so that desired behaviors grow stronger until they become ingrained. It’s never too soon or too late to begin Manners Training. With pups, training begins at eight weeks of age, or as soon as your dog arrives in your household.
Check out these Manners and Behavioral Modification Classes: