You are a big part of your dog’s training success. Many (most) of our clients will quietly mention sometime in their first or second lesson, “I know this is really for me. I need way more help than my dog does.”
It’s true. In every training program other than Board & Train, YOU will be the go-between taking what you learn from us and then teaching it your dog. That means 1.) you’re learning at the same time as your dog and 2.) you’ve got to be an effective trainer from the get-go.
Wait. How can I learn and teach at the same time? Isn’t that a recipe for disaster? Don’t I need to practice so I don’t make a mistake with my dog?
If you’re like most people, you haven’t had a ton of dog training experience. You might guess you need to memorize a list of commands and learn how to reinforce behavior – you might think you need to be more consistent. You’ll be concentrating too hard on the specifics of the training technique and you’ll miss the magic of the training moment happening right in front of you. You’ll draw too sharp a line between ‘training’ and ‘life’. You’ll also have your own personal set of ticks and emotional hang-ups and pace to your learning curve.
That’s why you need coaching.
Here at Prescott K9 Academy, we know this. We like this. We’re ready for you! Not to make you uncomfortable, but we’re evaluating you at the same time we evaluate your dog. We’re sensitive to your limitations and we see your strengths. Training is a personal journey. That sounds pretty cheese-ball, but really: growth and change are intrinsic to the process. That’s why we include human training curriculum in your dog training program. It’s just part of the package. It’s the way we work.
When your dog is 100% reliable AND you’re feeling completely yourself, then your training is truly complete.