Behavior modifications and Obedience Training

Behavior modification involves assessing the dog; the environment of the dog; the rules and expectations that are given to the dog; the age of the dog; the methods used to communicate to the dog; and the dog's past.  Once the variables have been looked at, a training plan is created for that dog.

Obedience Training involves training a dog to accomplish tasks that meet the specific needs of the dog owner.  Obedience training is more beneficially accomplished through a class because it allows you to work your dog through distractions.  Working a dog in a group class setting helps you to improve your skills as a handler. 

behavior modification training

All classes are held at The Dog House, 16960 Ivandale Road, Hamilton VA

Puppy Class 101:

Designed for new puppy owners to assist them with raising and developing a balanced puppy.

  • Engagement

  • Shaping behaviors with the use of "markers"

  • Getting your puppy comfortable with a leash connected to a collar

  • Working on recall

  • Establishing personal boundaries

  • Games to play with your puppy

  • Teaching kids how to respect the puppy

  • The importance of socialization

  • Potty training tips

About Puppy 101 Class

About Puppy 101 Class

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Basic Obedience Training:

  • The dog will demonstrate walking on a loose leash by the owner’s side while under distraction

  • Learning to sit and down through verbal command without being guided into position

  • Learning to hold a sit and down

  • Learning to be neutral to dogs and people

  • Training your dog to respect your items

Basic Obedience Training

Basic Obedience Training

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Intermediate Obedience Training:

  • The dog will demonstrate responding to their owner’s command while the owner stands across the room

  • The dog will demonstrate holding a sit or down while under distractions

  • The dog will demonstrate holding a sit or down while the owner leaves the building

  • Learning to walk by owner’s side while not on a leash

  • Learning to stand on command

  • Learning to play fetch

  • Learning a competitive focused heel