There are many different philosophies and approaches to dog training. Some work, some don’t. The Team at AlphA and Omega Dog Training utilizes a truly balanced approach. We are not feeding treats and clicking clickers. For the five basic commands (heel, sit, down, stay and come), we believe a dog should do that out of respect for you as the leader. On the other end of the spectrum, we’re not going to be doing the Ceaser Milan either; making funny noises and faces, postering and intimidating the dog. Nobody likes a bully, not even a dog. Besides, we don’t want our dogs to be scared of us…we want them to respect our leadership position and pay attention when we need them to listen. The very first step in our training process is to establish a rapport with the dog. Whatever the dogs’ temperament and disposition, we need to meet the dog where they’re at psychologically. We give the dog the freedom to make a mistake, so we can give a proper and effective correction and get the learning process started. If you never give a correction, the dog doesn’t learn from the mistake. The purpose of a correction in dog training is not to punish inappropriate or bad behavior. The purpose is to change the behavior. This is a subtle, yet critical distinction. We believe that treats are a great motivator when asking our dog to perform tricks such as roll over and play dead, or for advanced specialty training. However, for the basic functioning commands, these should be done automatically without having to carry treats in our pockets.
Recently, there has been a trend towards “all positive” training. Essentially what this means is ignoring the negative/bad behavior. If the dog is jumping on you, turn your back and ignore the fact that you’re being accosted. If the dog is pulling you on walks, stop walking until the dog decides to stop pulling or, feeding treats when the dog exhibits a desired behavior such as sit or down, and never tell a dog no. If this method of training is what you’re seeking, perhaps we are not the right trainers for you. We don’t ignore bad behavior, we correct it. We have no problem telling a dog no, and when we take the dog out, we walk the dog…the dog does not walk us.
Basic Obedience on and off leash training is the foundation of a strong bond between you and your companion. Puppy training can begin as early as eight weeks, however, it’s never to late to benefit from professional dog training. Any dog can learn new behaviors. Whether this is a new puppy, or you’ve reached a point of exasperation due to behavioral issues, professional dog training is essential to the health and well being of your companion. The Team at AlphA and Omega Dog Training understands that each dog is a unique living, breathing and thinking individual. We offer professional dog training that’s based upon the individual circumstances that you present. We provide Superior Training with Immediate Results.