Training Practices

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Training Practices

Group Classes that Really Work

If you’re teaching group classes, chances are you’ve encountered at least a few common challenges. Like the students who confide in you their dogs “only behave during class” or “when the trainer is around.” Or having to decide between canceling or postponing classes that don’t fill on time, or going ahead with them half-full. There’s […]

The Case for Day Training

We trainers often feel frustrated by unfinished cases and low client compliance—endemic issues in our industry—leading us to describe owners as lazy, uncommitted, unskilled, uncaring, cheap. Alternately, we internalize the failure and blame poor results on our own shortcomings. Neither explanation is fair nor helpful. We have learned to stop blaming the dog and just […]

Anatomy of a Successful Puppy Training Program

A lot is said and written about the importance of early puppy socialization and training. Which leads to a lot being said and written about the challenges of client compliance. How do we get people to take their pups out into the world despite their busy schedules? When you want something done right, do it […]

Troubleshooting Day Training

The benefits of day training are many and powerful. For you, easier marketing and sales, better income, better case outcomes, increased personal satisfaction, and you actually get to train dogs. For your clients, convenience, better and faster results, and more long-lasting results, too. For the dogs, better treatment and increased bonding with their people. After […]

Better Case Resolution

In our one-on-one work with trainers we are often asked to help bring down the number of unsolved behavior cases—by which I mean those clients a trainer sees once or twice, maybe more, without resolution. In such cases clients don’t meet their goals, dogs are not helped, and business suffers. I have said in past […]