Top-Quality Obedience Training

When it comes to teaching your dog right from wrong it is often easier said than done! Many of the dog owners I meet have the best intentions of providing top-quality obedience training to their puppy or adolescent dog but often don’t have the time or skills to do this. On the other hand, I also encounter a number of owners who want their dog’s behavior to improve but are unable to ensure that this happens. If either of these situations sounds like you, don’t worry. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of dog owners in the same situation as you but thankfully, help is at hand.

With years of experience and training techniques that are guaranteed to deliver, Caygeon Cats & Canines Grooming has what it takes to help your dog transition from being out of control, difficult or even dangerous to being a companion that is a pleasure to take anywhere. So, what are you waiting for? Call me today to schedule your dog’s first training appointment. I promise that you won’t regret it.

Affordable Prices, Convenient Service

At Caygeon Cats & Canines Grooming we know that being a responsible dog owner is expensive. From veterinary care, grooming services, and making sure that your dog receives the most nourishing food, there is a lot to consider and a lot of expenses to monitor. It is for this reason that we try to keep our prices for training service as reasonable as possible. We promise that our affordable range of prices will provide your puppy or dog with the most efficient training without breaking the bank. On top that, our late opening hours and full weekend service means that you can bring your dog to us at a time and day that best suits your needs. For us, your customer satisfaction and your dog’s growth and development are our two biggest priorities so we will always do our utmost to ensure that both of these boxes are ticked.

What to Expect?

At the moment, I am not running group classes, just private one-on-one sessions. If at all possible, I like to do the initial evaluation where the dog lives in order to see what the environment is like and how the dog behaves at home. After that lessons will be done either at my facility or out in the real world.

I am a balanced trainer, meaning both positive training with motivation and reward, and also consequences for bad behavior. After all, that is how every living creature on this planet learns. I design a specific program for each individual dog, using techniques and tools that will help that particular dog and owner. Teaching involves plenty of praise, food, treats, toys, etc - whatever works best to motivate your dog. Tools may include clickers, Volhard collars, slip leads, long lines, pinch/prong collars, and remote collars.

A quick word about pinch/prong collars and remote collars. These tools have an undeserved bad perception for most people. In fact, they are two of the most gentle and humane methods of communicating with dogs. Pinch collars are not sharp and do not hurt a dog's neck when used correctly. They communicate by touch, just as dogs do with each other. Dogs experience a mildly uncomfortable sensation if they pull against them. There are no harsh leash corrections. It's power steering for dogs. I have seen utterly amazing results in just a few minutes with a pinch collar, including dramatic turnarounds for dogs with serious issues that were on the verge of euthanasia - or people with arm and shoulder injuries from being pulled by large dogs. Make sure you are buying a good quality collar (Herm-Sprenger is recommended) and have instruction on how to fit it properly and introduce it to the dog.

Electronic or remote collars, like most other technology in our world these days (eg. computers, cell phones, etc), have come a long way from when they were first produced and used. Most trainers are now using low-levels, which at baseline the dog can barely feel, and turning up the stim when necessary. The stim feels like a TENS machine if you can relate to that yourself. The collars I recommend go from 0-100 and most dogs work on levels less than 10, which I can't even feel myself. As an example, I have a Beagle from a rescue situation. She would be living her life in a fenced yard or always on a leash - her hunting drive is very strong. With the e-collar, she can run off leash safely anywhere when I take the whole pack out with the 4-wheeler. The joy she has when running is heartwarming! Surprisingly for most people, e-collars are extremely effective for sensitive or nervous dogs. Everything is very quiet when using them, no physical or leash corrections, no frustration from the owner, and a very hands off approach for dogs that are nervous about being handled.

All of my own dogs are e-collar trained from about 5 months of age if they grow up here, or shortly after they arrive if they come later. It gives you the closest to a 100% reliable recall possible - so your dog can enjoy a fantastic quality of life with plenty of safe freedom.

Please feel free to call me for more information or a quote on prices.

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