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Curbside Day School & Live Video Lessons
We are fully operational at this time. We offer curbside drop off / pickup for dogs to attend Day School. We are utilizing social distancing and masks for in person services. We can also use Zoom to conduct most appointments over video conferences, including Free Evaluations. Please call 812-948-2120 with any questions and to schedule anything you need. We look forward to serving our community in these trying times.
Give the command "come" in a clear and pleasant tone. Upon coming, place in a sitting position and once looking at you, instantly reward with praise and/or food.
Make a habit of throwing excess slack between the handler and the dog behind you when you pick up the long line to use. Let the excess fall on the ground. Only hold a single strand of line in your hand, no…
Every dog owner should be able to step out onto the porch and pay the pizza man or accept a delivery. Every dog owner should be able to prop the front door open and help family and friends carry in gifts and…
When walking your dog, the dog should be allowed to look around freely and smell the flowers if he wishes, as long as he maintains a loose leash and remains left of the centerline while he does it.
When teaching your dog to “heel”, allow the dog to concentrate by not overusing or rapidly repeating the heel command. Only say the command the first time and anytime the dog is in the correct position.
Behavioral issues can often come about through lack of structure. Once our family canine has proven that they are responsible enough we can slowly introduce them to more and more freedom. Also keep in mind to…
As we teach our dog the rules for company, keep in mind we are teaching our dog and we can’t get mad at them for making mistakes. Successes and mistakes are vital to us being well-rounded.
If your dog hangs around for food to fall off a plate, once finished move the chair from its spot and give your dog a clear invitation to come in and clean-up. Only when invited does the food become his.
Canines learn through heuristic process (trial and error) and observations. To teach effectively, we have to let our dogs make their own decisions so we can teach them if it was positive or negative.
Obedience training is a relationship-building process centered around three concepts or responsibilities for the dog: energy and drive control, handler deference, and distraction management.
When your dog isn't in the mood for affection or doesn't want to be disturbed, it is important to respect his boundaries and steadily use praise and rewards in steps to reach your goals.
When training your dog, don’t try to intimidate your dog into position via your voice or body language. Instead give the command just barely above a whisper, that teaches the dog to listen.
Canines learn through trial and error (heuristic learning process). Without that loose leash and the handler’s calm quiet it is much more difficult to teach our dog to wait at boundaries and thresholds.
Utilize a dog safe area (a crate for instance) when you’re not supervising your canine, this prevents them from being able to patrol. When the dog is supervised, then a leash and collar must be worn.
Since character or personality is not malleable like behavior and habits, it’s much more important to be pleased with personality than behavior when selecting a pup.
Start the brushing your dog at the shoulder because this is the least sensitive spot on the dog and therefore the easiest brushing to tolerate. After all, we want this experience to be a pleasant one.
The most common handler mistake is trying to soothe your dog like a child during a hostile display. When we talk to, touch or pet our canine we are rewarding them, even if that's not our intention.
We can teach a predatory dog to ignore his desire to chase until the appropriate time, place, and target is made available. Encouraging a dog to discriminate is the key to controlling predatory aggression.
A muzzle stigma exists only in the minds of uniformed people, so it shouldn’t matter to you what they think about your muzzle wearing companion.
Trying to manage your dog’s hostile behavior with anger or hysteria is simply dumping emotional fuel on an already blazing emotional fire.
It is essential to train a dog with a loose leash and the slip collar hanging open to simulate, as much as possible, the feeling of having no constraints.
Teaching commands is like teaching someone a new language, so make sure you stress what the command means and keep the meaning of the command simple and straightforward.
If your dog fails to finish an obstacle their confidence with that obstacle lowers - if you’re successful confidence will raise. And reward them when an obstacle is completed.
For most dogs an emotional verbal correction or command does one of two things, either they will ignore it or it can cause an emotionally softer dog to view it as a threat or intimidation.
One of the quickest way to cool your dog off besides giving them a drink is to dip their paws in water or dipping their paws in rubbing alcohol. Also you can wet their fur down with cool water.
A dog once having experienced car sickness will usually begin to excessively salivate (a sign of queasiness) as soon as they get into the car. Try making driving fun try making it a game of getting in and out…
Having a dog urinate on your or someone else’s leg is one of the most embarrassing things that can happen. If that happens use a leash and collar correction.
To help prepare for potty training, first give a young pup a bathroom break every thirty minutes during the day then slowly increase the time that you take them outside.
The assumption that a dog that has displayed aggression is now untrustworthy is false; a person only needs to be cautious around that dog’s particular trigger.
Proper handling is about; a quiet confidence, realistic expectations, loose leash, and the exclusion of any negative emotions, all things essential for each of the steps in dog training.
After a bath, praise your dog and then give permission to exit the tub. Have them stand on a towel laid out to catch any water droplets, then take a new towel and dry your dog more thoroughly.
With dogs who refuse to get into a car, apply slow leash pressure toward the car, don’t let the tension slack otherwise the dog will think you are tiring out and will redouble their effort to resist you.
If a fight breaks out between two dogs, take action, the longer a fight persists the higher the chance that an injury will occur.