WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE ATTENDING OBEDIENCE CLASS
We train with positive reinforcement with praise and treats, therefore not feeding the dog 4 to 6 hours before class will help.
Treats need to be soft and pliable with a lot of odor. When the dog is playing with a toy, walk over and wave a treat in front of its nose without saying anything. If the dog leaves the toy, it is a good indication this will work in training class.
Examples: Pup-peroni®, hot dogs, cheese, dried liver treats.
A buckle or snap collar, or gentle leader collar with a six foot leash is all you need for equipment.
Bring the family! Whoever is not working with the dog at the moment can watch and learn from the sidelines. We prefer only one handler work with the dog per class.
Five basic rewards in dog training:
Verbal Praise (good dog)
- Physical Praise (petting)
- A Smile (Dogs communicate by facial expressions)
- Free Time
We look forward to working with you and your dog.
– The Staff at Bear Brook Kennel
*This handout is printable as a PDF at the bottom of this page!