Dog training is often needed with puppies and younger dogs. One of the services offered by Syd’s Pet Sitting is dog training which includes both leash and obedience training. Dogs should generally start training when they are about 7-8 weeks of age for best results. But, yes, I can teach an old dog new tricks. As a volunteer at an all-breed rescue and as a pet sitter with over 5 years of professional service, I have experience with multiple breeds at all ages for dogs. If the dog is particularly aggressive or if they have severe anxiety issues, then I can refer you to other professionals. But otherwise I can effectively provide leash training and obedience training in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain
Hills and other nearby areas of the northeast valley.
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Leash training is often combined with walking services. Since dogs have certain energy needs and physical needs it helps to have a consistent walking schedule to make sure they don’t make a mess of your house or ruin any of your belongings. The different breed types have different needs for the amount of walking and intensity but they generally range between 30 minutes to 120 minutes a day. Sporting breeds need more exercise than small and short-nosed breeds. Learn more about dog walking services.
For a puppy or younger dog the emotions can vary greatly when it comes to walking. Some will have too much anxiety to leave the house and they will resist the walk for the first couple of sessions. Other dogs are so excited about leaving the house and exploring that they pull on the leash. If they pull too hard for too long it can actually make them sore. It’s also not as enjoyable for the human.
Leash training begins with making sure the dog has an appropriate collar or harness. This could be one of the items we discuss during our initial visit. The training will also involve treats so that I can reward them and reinforce good behavior. So another discussion point is which treats they can have and how much in order to align with their particular diet needs.
As part of the training your dog and I may practice inside or in the back yard to develop certain cues and commands. This will help the dog become familiar with the leash in a familiar environment. That helps for when I bring them into an unfamiliar environment. When we make it to the outside (beyond the confines of your property) then I will use the treats based on how the dog is behaving. If the good behavior is sparse then I reward them immediately as it happens until it gradually becomes more common. If the behavior is regular, i.e. they’re walking beside me, then I reward them on a regular basis every few minutes to establish the norm.
Leash training usually lasts about 5 sessions. It could be less or more depending on how your dog responds.
Leash Training uses treats to reinforce good behavior.
Obedience training helps to ensure that your pup will follow simple commands like “sit”, “down”, and “stay”. It could also include simple tricks like “roll over” and “paw shake”. Obedience training can be especially useful in social situations and to reduce unwanted behaviors like barking at the doorbell.
Like leash training, this training is also initially accomplished with food rewards which reinforce the good behavior when it happens. The more the good behavior is reinforced the more common it becomes.
Obedience training can last about 10 sessions, but it could be more or less depending on how your dog responds. Sessions can be 30 or 60 minutes per dog. Bulk training sessions are offered at a discount.
Once I wean them off the food rewards, the good behavior can still be reinforced verbally (“good boy” or “good girl”) and physically by scratching or patting on them on the head affectionately. I always encourage positive interactions and positive relationships between pets and their owners. Treating dogs aggressively, especially from the time they are young will only lead to unwanted behaviors down the road, like urinating when they meet strangers or worse, becoming aggressive themselves.
Obedience training teaches simple commands like "sit", "down" and "stay".
If you’re looking for leash training or obedience training for your dog in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, or any nearby area in the northeast valley then schedule an appointment today. Use the form on the contact page or call 602-818-7771
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