WHAT IS RELATIONSHIP - BASED TRAINING?
By Laurie Williams CPDT, CPT - Director of Behavior Counseling & Training
Anyone can show you how to teach your dog to "sit," "down," "stay." For that matter, you could pick up a book from any library or bookstore that can show you how to do that as well. Teaching dogs "commands" and various different words is not difficult. Getting them to do it, or even more importantly, getting them to want to do it consistently and reliably over and over again is a different story. Showing a dog how to live peacefully and harmoniously in your household is also a different story. Dogs are relationship-based animals. They will follow a leader they feel is worthy of being followed. They follow a leader they respect and who respects them. And at Pup 'N Iron™ we show you how to be the leader your dog needs, not because they fear you, but because you are the person they must rely on for all their needs.
Sure, it is much easier to slap a choke chain, prong collar or shock collar on your dog to get results. And that is what lesser trainers often do. However in the end, the relationship with your dog will suffer. No matter how anyone tries to justify it, it is NEVER okay to physically harm your dog to get him or her to perform! Resorting to this is not only lazy, but brutal, barbaric and completely unacceptable. While aversive methods and fear may get your dog to do what you want, it will also break down the relationship. A successful relationship should be based on trust and mutual respect. Simply put, a dog will NEVER fully trust the hand that hurts him! He might obey and he'll definitely fear you, but he will never trust you.
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At Pup 'N Iron we unequivocally stand opposed to the use of punishment based, compulsion dog training and any association with trainers using those methods.
We offer a full schedule of programs and classes to suit your needs from puppy and basic family dog manners, behavior modification for behavioral issues, to competitive obedience, therapy dog, and agility training. Our training classes and programs are led by trainers and behavior modification consultants with over 100 years of experience combined and are taught in an atmosphere conducive for both you and your dog to learn. Our humane, dog and human friendly training techniques are based on the tried and true scientific canine learning and behavior theories of Pavlov (classical conditioning) and Skinner (operant conditioning). Our indoor facility is safe and secure, with controlled distractions in a completely climate controlled environment. Our trainers and canine behavior modification consultants have worked with dogs from a variety of breeds and different goals, from the pet needing reinforcement of basic manners, the special needs "problem" dog, to the canine athlete seeking that competitive edge. Simply put, we are confident you will not find the level of experience and instruction offered at Pup 'N Iron™ anywhere else. We are the place trainers and veterinarians come to train their own dogs!
Our classes are conducted in two secure rooms, a spacious 5400 square foot main gym, and an 1800 square foot training room, both equipped with state of the art equipment, and sports matted flooring specifically created to provide the best training environment for you and your dog. At Pup 'N Iron helping you develop the best relationship with your dog is not merely an after thought that we've added - it's our PRIMARY FOCUS. Here your dog will encounter the proper level of distractions that will help you manage him not only in your home, but while in the presence of other people and dogs. We control the environment and add the necessary distractions at the appropriate rate.
At Pup 'N Iron we understand that many dogs have special needs and busy families have time constraints. For you we offer special programs such as accelerated programs as well as private behavior modification consultations. At Pup 'N Iron there is literally a program for every dog and every human!
The word failure is not in our vocabulary at Pup 'N Iron™. If you feel your dog has not achieved the goals and objectives of any Puppy or Basic Manners group class or you've missed multiple sessions, we welcome you to repeat that group class as many times as you wish for the life of your dog completely FREE OF CHARGE! That's right. Even if you want to bring him back one, two or three years later for a "refresher," you are welcome to do so, FREE OF CHARGE. You just can't go wrong with Pup 'N Iron™!
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Pup 'N Iron
21 Perchwood Drive, Unit 111
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
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