7 Tips for a Positive and Successful Dog Training Experience

7 Tips for a Positive and Successful Dog Training Experience

Our pets rely on us to feed and bath them, give them comfort and direction, provide them with stimulation and socialization, and to protect them from harm. So why do some pet owners skip hiring a professional dog trainer?

Training plays an important role in helping us to become responsible dog owners. It makes it possible for us to entertain our dogs with tricks and games; introduce them to other dogs and people; live a less anxious and worried life; and to avoid self-harm. It’s tail-wagging time that training becomes a top priority when buying or adopting a dog. Let’s “paws” for a few training candidate scenarios.

Big dog, big problems? Do you walk down the street with your 100+ dog jumping and pulling both of you into dangerous situations? You’ve had many close calls as your dog drags you steps from the street and speeding cars.

Chewie on the loose? Maybe you’re the proud parent of a new puppy and find his excessive chewing not only draining on your wallet, but also on your nerves. You live in constant fear that your new cutie has eaten something dangerous or even lethal.

Too old to train? Maybe you believe your old dog can’t learn new tricks? Well, you’ll want to read about Mac, a rescue dog Purr’n Pooch’s President Dick Palazzo trained to love and trust again. Last year, this arthritic senior walked up a flight of stairs to save his family from a fire. Read his miraculous story on our blog and in the upcoming April issue of Dog Fancy magazine.

One of these stories may be familiar to you or you may have your own “tail” of woe to share. Let’s focus, however, on the positive and enroll your dog in training classes in 2014. A New Year means a new opportunity to learn to communicate more effectively by understanding what motivates certain behaviors, how to read canine body language, and more. There are some simple things you can keep in mind to ensure that you and your dog have a positive and successful training experience.

7 Tips for a Positive and Successful Dog Training Experience:

1. Consider your dog’s environment. Hire a trainer based on what works for you. Group and private classes at home and at training centers are widely available. For what to look for in a dog trainer, visit the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and consider Purr’n Pooch’s team as an option.

2. Customize your training according to dog’s age and ability. Do not set your dog up for failure with a cookie cutter training experience. Like people, every dog has had a different set of life experiences that come through in its behaviors.

3.  Be consistent. Have everyone in the household on the same page even the children. If everyone teaches the dog the behaviors in the same way, they are more likely to learn faster.

4. Reward positive behavior. When your dog does what you want, praise him verbally and in the beginning give him a treat.  Make a big deal about the positive and ignore bad behavior. Pets are like children, any sort of reaction could be mistrued as a reward.

5. Make it fun. Let’s face it if we aren’t having fun doing something we are likely to give up and move on.  Join a training class with your furry best friend and hang out with other people who share the same experiences of dog life.

6. Build a lifelong bond. By training with your dog on a regular basis and making it a fun and rewarding experience, you’ll build a bond with your dog that will last a lifetime.

7.  Dog’s point of view.  At Purr’n Pooch we always say to look at your life from your dog’s point of view and only then will they have an understanding of us.

Training at Purr’n Pooch

Group training for puppies and adolescents are held at the Purr’n Pooch training hall at 86 Gilbert Street West in Tinton Falls, NJ. For more information on private training information or with any questions, place call 732-842-4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.

Wishing you and your dog a stress-free 2014 enjoying all the things you love to do together from walks on the beach to socializing with new friends at the dog park. With some training and time, you’ll be ready to showoff your dog’s good behavior and hard work in no time.

 

New Training Classes Starting Soon!

New Training Classes Starting Soon at Purr'n Pooch

PUPPY BASIC

Starts Wednesday, January 8, 2014  –  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

ADULT BASIC I

Starts Thursday, January 9, 2014  –  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

ADULT BASIC II

Starts Tuesday, January 7, 2014  –  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

7-week training programs focus on obedience instruction in sit, stay, down, come and to walk nicely on leash. Owners will learn to communicate more effectively with their pet, learn what motivates certain behaviors, how to read canine body language and more! (First class no dogs – humans only) $200.

ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION

These 1.5 hour one-on-one sessions are designed to focus on specific areas of behavior and obedience. Owners will learn to communicate more effectively with their pet, what motivates certain behaviors, coping with complex behaviors, how to read canine body language, how to harness and redirect the energy of their dog, and much more! $125 per 1.5 hour session.

PRIVATE IN-HOME INSTRUCTION

Private In-Home Instruction classes are designed for owners who can’t join classes at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts because of physical or traveling limitations, and/or for dogs who are not candidates for on-site classes. $150 for 1.5 hours of instruction.

Classes are held at the Purr’n Pooch Tinton Falls, NJ Training Hall.

To register, please call 732.842.4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.

Spring into Action! Register for Dog Training Classes at Purr’n Pooch

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ADULT BASICS CLASS

(For Dogs 6 Months and Older)

Starting Wednesday, May 1st, 7:00-8:00 p.m., 7 Weeks $180+tax. First class humans only. For the adolescent or adult dog that needs basic training. Our professional trainer will teach you how to train your dog sit, down, stay (duration & distance), come, walking nicely on leash, leave it / drop it, and how to politely greet strangers. Pet parents will also learn to address unwanted habits like jumping, mouthing, nipping, barking incessantly and becoming overly distracted in the presence of other dogs.

PUPPY BASICS

(For Puppies 10 Weeks to 5 Months of Age)

Starting Tuesday, April 30th, 7-8 p.m., 7 Weeks $180+tax. First class humans only. Puppy Basics covers potty training, nutrition, bite inhibition and basic obedience, including walking nicely on leash, sit, down, stay, come and leave it/drop it.

Classes are held at the Purr’n Pooch Tinton Falls, NJ Training Hall.
80 Gilbert Street West • Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

Call 732-842-4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com to register.

Dick-VInnie-Post“Make training fun… they will learn. The simplest philosophy I have learned in all my years of experience is to maintain patience, compassion and respect while training your dog. This will build confidence and make the training process fun for you both. Always view things from your dog’s point of view and you will build a bond with your dog and achieve fantastic results and a lifelong friendship.”

Dick Palazzo, President, Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, Celebrating 43 years of Luxury Pet Care & Training on the Jersey Shore

MEET THE TRAINER

Iuliana Gedo, dip.CBST (Pictured above with Student Harley)

Purr’n Pooch’s Trainer Iuliana Gedo has brought much peace of mind and joy to the lives of pet families from across the Jersey Shore. She is a Graduate of the Animal Behavior College’s Training Program and Canine Behavior Science & Technology at Companion Animal Science Institute as well as a partner in Best Friends Animal Society’s prestigious Community Training Program.

 

Purr’n Pooch’s Winter Dog Training Classes

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Iuliana Gedo, dip.CBST  and her friend Aidan invite you to “paws” this winter and join them for training classes at Purr’n Pooch.

Our Certified Pet and Dog Trainers (CPDT) specialize in household manners, everyday commands and prepare your dog to obey instructions at home, in public and around other dogs. Our animal behavior training uses a reward-based curriculum that’s based on positive reinforcement. Best of all, basic dog training with Purr’n Pooch is fun because we enjoy helping your pooch learn and grow!

PUPPY BASICS (For Puppies 10 Weeks to 5 Months of Age)

Starts Wednesday, January 9th – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. 7 week session (1st class no dogs – owners only) – $180 + tax Puppy Basics covers potty training, nutrition, bite inhibition and basic obedience, including walking nicely on leash, sit, down, stay, come and leave it/drop it.

ADULT BASICS CLASS (For Dogs 6 Months and Older)

Starts Thursday, January 10th – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. 7 week session (1st class no dogs – humans only) – $180 + tax For the adolescent or adult dog that needs basic training. Our professional trainers will teach you how to teach your dog sit, down, stay (duration & distance), come, walking nicely on leash, leave it / drop it, and how to politely greet strangers. We’ll also show you how to address unwanted habits like jumping, mouthing, nipping, barking incessantly and becoming overly distracted in the presence of other dogs.

For information on rates and private/group training classes email info@purrnpooch.com.

MEET THE TRAINER!

Iuliana Gedo, dip.CBST ~ Purr’n Pooch’s Trainer Iuliana Gedo has brought much peace of mind and joy to the lives of pet families from across the Jersey Shore. She is a Graduate of the Animal Behavior College’s Training Program and Canine Behavior Science & Technology at Companion Animal Science Institute as well as a partner in Best Friends Animal Society’s prestigious Community Training Program.

HARLEY’S ON GOOD BEHAVIOR WITH POSITIVE TRAINING AT PURR’N POOCH

“Firm, but gentle. Demanding, but passionate. Sincere…”

If we were asked to describe Iuliana, the trainer we selected for our 11 month, work-in-progress, rescue named Harley, then these are the first thoughts that come to mind.

We were very fortunate to have a friend recommend Dick Palazzo, owner of Purr’n Pooch as a contact for someone to train our boxer “beast”. After describing Harley to him, he said “I have just the right trainer for you. Her name is Iuliana”. We spent our first hour at Purr’n Pooch in an upstairs training area with Harley and Iuli. We were horrified at how ill-mannered he was. Yet Iuli just stayed totally calm. She showed us how to discourage his aggressive behavior staying tranquil and rewarding him for doing well. Never once did she try to restrain him or raise her voice. We just sat there with our mouths agape. (Maybe there is hope).

Fast forward two months…he’s still a work-in-progress, but is so much more obedient. Iuli comes to our house and works with him – again reinforcing the positive with encouragement and treats. As we all agree, he’s very smart. He remembers commands. He keeps eye contact when training. But he’s still young and headstrong. But we’re sure he’s going to be a very special guy.

After each session Iuli send us summary reports and further training suggestions.
We will continue to work with Iuli and strongly recommend her skills and demeanor as a trainer extraordinaire.

Ellen and Jay Garfunkle
Oceanport, NJ

SPRING INTO ACTION WITH DOG TRAINING AT PURR’N POOCH

Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer. It’s the perfect season to enjoy time outside with your dog.

Is your dog’s behavior holding you back from enjoying the great outdoors? Tired of your baby pulling you around the park on the leash? Is he jumping for those burgers at the family barbecue? Is she having trouble listening to your basic commands like sit or stay? If any of these dilemmas are holding you back from enjoying a special day out-and-about with your best friend, we invite you and your pet to join us for training classes at Purr’n Pooch.

Spring is an ideal time to join Purr’n Pooch’s Trainer Iuliana Gedo, dip.CBST for her 6-week session of private and group classes for puppies and adolescents. A well-behaved, happy dog will enjoy an exciting summer of fun in the sun with family and friends!

Puppy Basics Class Starts Thursday, May 10th, 7:00 p.m.
(Puppies 10 Weeks – 5 Months)
Puppy Basics covers potty training, nutrition, bite inhibition and basic obedience, including walking nicely on leash, sit, down, stay, come and leave it/drop it.

Basic 1 Class Starts Wednesday, May 9th, 7:00 p.m.
(Dogs 6 Months & Older)
For the adolescent or adult dog that needs ‘basic training’. Our professional trainers will teach you how to teach your dog sit, down, stay (duration & distance), come, walking nicely on leash, leave it / drop it, and how to politely greet strangers. We’ll also show you how to address unwanted habits like jumping, mouthing, nipping, barking incessantly and becoming overly distracted in the presence of other dogs.

Our Certified Pet and Dog Trainers (CPDT) specialize in household manners, everyday commands and prepare your dog to obey instructions at home, in public and around other dogs. Our animal behavior training uses a reward-based curriculum that’s based on positive reinforcement. Best of all, basic dog training with Purr’n Pooch is fun because we enjoy helping your pooch learn and grow!

  • Private & Group Classes
  • Boarding School
  • Camp
  • Special Needs Programs
  • Behavioral Consultations & Modification

Contact Purr’n Pooch at 732-842-4949 or info@purrnpooch.com for information on rates and private or group training classes. Classes are help in Purr’n Pooch’s Training Hall at 80 West Gilbert Street, Tinton Falls, NJ.

About Purr’n Pooch Dog Trainer Iuliana Gedo, dip.CBST

Iuliana is a graduate of the Animal Behavior College’s Dog Training Program and received her Diploma of Canine Behavior Science and Technology at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She has been a partner in the prestigious Community Training Program of Best Friends Animal Society since January of 2010. She comes to Purr’n Pooch from the Monmouth County SPCA, where she worked as a trainer in the Behavior Department, assessing dogs, designing and implementing behavior change protocols and creating enrichment programs to enhance the experiences of shelter dogs. She also trained staff and volunteers on basic dog handling and safety and trained high-level volunteers to participate in advanced behavior modification work.

Training Tips

  • Training must be FUN in order for your dog to learn.
  • Training is not hard; it just takes time, patience, consistency and persistence.
  • Training is not a spectator sport. You must participate to achieve.
  • Training is a lifelong process. If you stop practicing with your pet, he or she will forget. Teach new tricks, play new games and practice commands in new places. Keep training interesting for both you and your dog’s sake.

“Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect.” Michael W. Fox

HARLEY’S ON GOOD BEHAVIOR WITH TRAINING AT PURR’N POOCH

“Firm, but gentle. Demanding, but passionate. Sincere…”

If we were asked to describe Iuliana, the trainer we selected for our 11 month, work-in-progress, rescue named Harley, then these are the first thoughts that come to mind.

We were very fortunate to have a friend recommend Dick Palazzo, owner of Purr’n Pooch as a contact for someone to train our boxer “beast”. After describing Harley to him, he said “I have just the right trainer for you. Her name is Iuliana”. We spent our first hour at Purr’n Pooch in an upstairs training area with Harley and Iuli. We were horrified at how ill-mannered he was. Yet Iuli just stayed totally calm. She showed us how to discourage his aggressive behavior staying tranquil and rewarding him for doing well. Never once did she try to restrain him or raise her voice. We just sat there with our mouths agape. (Maybe there is hope).

Fast forward two months…he’s still a work-in-progress, but is so much more obedient. Iuli comes to our house and works with him – again reinforcing the positive with encouragement and treats. As we all agree, he’s very smart. He remembers commands. He keeps eye contact when training. But he’s still young and headstrong. But we’re sure he’s going to be a very special guy.

After each session Iuli send us summary reports and further training suggestions.
We will continue to work with Iuli and strongly recommend her skills and demeanor as a trainer extraordinaire.

Ellen and Jay Garfunkle
Oceanport, NJ

TRAINING CLASSES MAKE GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!

Proud Parents & Pups Purr’n Pooch’s Trainer Iuliana Gedo, dip. CBST. To register for class or with any questions, call 732-842-4949. If interested in attending a Basic I Class on Saturdays, let us know.

Schedule:
(All Classes Run Weekly for 6 Weeks)
Puppy Basics – Wed., Jan. 11, 7-8PM or Sat., Jan. 28, 10-11AM
Adult Basics 2 – Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7-8PM
Adult Basics 1 – Thursday, Jan. 12, 7-8PM