Training

training-1Everyone enjoys spending quality time with a well behaved pet.   Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all could take a peaceful evening stroll with our dogs after a long stressful day at work? Wouldn’t it be awesome if our dogs could sit quietly with us along the sidelines as we watch our children participating in sporting events?  How peaceful would it be to sit at a sidewalk café with our dogs lying quietly at our feet?  What about participating in a sport for dogs?  Bright Hope Dog Training can help you achieve these goals and many others, limited only by your imagination.

All of these activities require trust, communication, training and an enhanced bond between ourselves and our dog. These are the key elements to a healthy, enjoyable relationship.

Come join us in discovering the power of marker and reinforcement training. Discover the possibilities. Learn how to use your dog’s intelligence to your advantage. We teach by taking advantage of how dogs learn.

Bright Hope Dog Training teaches learning skills to both you and your dog that enhances the bond and improves the communication. For you, we teach how to capture, shape, and add cues to desirable behaviors.  For your dog, we teach necessary life cues such as Sit, Down, Come, Attention, Targeting, and walking on a loose lead. These skills are a foundation for teaching your dog anything of which he/she is physically capable.

Classes:

The training is fun and exciting and prepares both you and your dog for a lifetime of exciting learning opportunities.  No positive punishment is utilized in our classes, so dogs learn to be creative in offering new behaviors and are a joy to work with.

Puppy Socialization Class

We love puppies. They are like sponges. We are committed to getting them off to a good start. According to American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) , “The primary and most important time for puppy socialization is the first 3 months of life…when sociability outweighs fear, this is the primary window of opportunity for puppies to adapt to new people, animals and experiences. Incomplete or improper socialization during this important time can increase the risk of behavioral problems later in life including fear, avoidance, and /or aggression.”

Our goals in this class are to provide:

  • a safe, comfortable, and controlled environment for your puppy to meet other people and puppies.
  • basic training skills for you and your puppy.
  • guidance to you in providing the emotional, physical, psychological needs of your puppy and in doing so, enhancing your bond.

Skills taught: sit, down, hand target, recall, targeting an object, polite leash manners, leave it, drop it.

This class is a revolving class so that you can start any time, designed for puppies 8-14 wks old. Once you begin this class you participate for 7 weeks. The cost is $100.

Basic Manners Class

Basic Manners Class is the perfect starting level for you and your dog if you want your dog to:

  • Sit quietly for their dinner
  • Sit patiently at the door before going out
  • Leave that sock alone
  • Walk politely on a leash
  • Go to a mat and lie down when the doorbell rings
  • And many other fun and useful behaviors.

This course has a seven week format with the canine partners not in attendance for the first lesson.  Cost for the course is $125.

Advanced Manners Class

Advanced Manners Class is designed for those who have completed our Basic Manners Course.  In the Advanced Class, you and your canine will continue forward in your journey of learning to trust one another and communicate more fully.  Your team will work diligently to continue building duration, distraction, and distance with stationary behaviors such as Sit, Down, and Go to a Mat.  You will work on more precision in Loose Lead Walking as you move to an actual Heel position during walking.  You will also work on more elaborate targeting exercises such as going through a tunnel or jumping through a hoop.  This is a 6 week course for $125.

Individual Lessons

For those of you that have dogs with special needs, or you have special needs or your schedule does not work with our class schedule then one on one lessons are for you. We deal with shy dogs, dog on dog aggression, separation anxiety, reactive dogs, handling issues (pulling on leash, biting while play, jumping), fearful dogs and resource guarding.

Please ask us about any other behavior issues that you have questions about.

Behavioral modification

When dealing with behavioral issues, we recommend many different management tools and methods to correct undesirable behaviors.  By understanding the causes of improper behavior, we can modify behaviors and reward desired responses.

“The bond between man and dog should not be forged with choke chains and prong collars, but with mutual respect and trust.”

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, DVM