Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I Said STAY! - Milton Ontario Dog Training

Stay is one of the most important commands a dog can learn, and also one of the hardest for many owners to perfect with their dogs.

Here's a few tips that we've found useful over the years to obtain a better, more reliable stay:

  • Make sure your dog knows what's required, that means practice makes perfect - start in low distraction areas and from there start to build up on duration and distance
  • Once your dog is getting good in low distration, proof your stay in all sorts of locations, different durations and distances (a long line helps with this)
  • Don't try and hold your dog in place with your eyes - that direct stare is very inviting
  • Don't call your dog out of a stay too many times - return more times then recalling from a stay and you won't get that anticipation
  • If you're dog isn't looking at you, who cares, as long as he's holding his position - don't use his name to get his attention back on you, he's most likely going to think you want him to come back to you
  • Once your dog knows what is being asked of him, make sure there is a consequence for breaking the position - a correction and a replacement back to where he was usually suffices
  • Make sure you're using a release command such as "ok" so your dog knows when to move - no release means he can move whenever he feels like it
  • Don't reward half way through the stay and expect your dog to keep holding it - "what's the point", they think, "I already got the reward" - reward after the release

A stay can mean the difference between life or death in certain situations, so having a rock solid stay is extremely important. If you need help training your dog, please feel free to contact us to set up an appointment at dogtraining101@hotmail.com and visit the website to see the classes and private training that we offer www.smartdogsk9.com.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

New training style impacts obedience | Home | Toronto Sun

Interesting article from a professional trainer with over 20 years of experience dealing with every kind of issue dogs can throw at you.

New training style impacts obedience | Home | Toronto Sun

This is not rocket science, but just common sense. Reward and corrections play a critical role in training your dog to be a well behaved member of your family.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Brandy Takes a Break - Dog training in Milton

Brandy takes a break on one of our walks to do her favorite thing in the entire world - spend time with a ball.

New Dog Obedience Classes Starting Soon in Milton & Burlington

Does your dog need training? Are you frustrated with your dogs lack of control?

We're here to help!

Smart Dogs Canine Training is expanding to Burlington. We will be offering our group classes out of our new location at Canine Cabana Pet Services Ltd. on Advance Road.

Smart Puppy Classes

Wednesday Evenings 7:15-8:00pm Milton (Indoor)

Friday Evenings 7:15-8:00pm Burlington (Indoor)
Sunday Afternoons 1:00-2:00pm Burlington (Indoor)

Smart Dog Basic Classes

Saturday Afternoons 11:30-12:30pm Milton (Outdoor)

Sunday Mornings 10:00-11:00am & 11:30am-12:30pm Burlington (Indoor)

Smart Dogs Bootcamp

Saturday Mornings 10:00-11:00am Milton (Outdoor)
Saturday Afternoons 2:30-3:30pm Burlington (Outdoor)

We also offer private, in home training and problem solving. We take the approach that no two dogs are alike and tailor our private sessions to your needs.

Our balanced approach to training gives your dog the whole picture, not just half. We are not a click and treat school. We rely on reward to teach, but our goal is to have your dog listen to you and respect you without the constant use of cookies.

Visit our website to sign up for class or inquire about private lessons www.smartdogsk9.com and don't forget to like us on facebook www.facebook.com/smartdogsk9

Monday, May 14, 2012

Amazing!!! Yes the little dogs can do the work too!!

Check out this super little chi working protection from PicardDK on YouTube!! Gotta love it!

Doesn't matter the size, all dogs love to learn and love to have something to do to stimulate their minds.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Doggy Bootcamp - Get Your Dog Under Control - Dog Training in Milton

Doggy Bootcamp Training


Run your dog through all the paces, learn to maintain control, leadership and obedience in real life situations. We will be emphasizing control on leash, in stays and distance recalls. Dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared to be active because we'll put you through your paces too!

Starting late May - Saturday mornings 11:30-12:30 in Milton - different location each week.

$180.00 for 8 weeks

Check us out on the web www.smartdogsk9.com for more information or to sign up or contact us at dogtraining101@hotmail.com

Friday, May 4, 2012

Milton Mutt Strutt

The annual Milton Mutt Strutt is taking place Sunday May 26th 12pm-4pm at the Milton Fairgrounds.

If you are looking for a way to support our local Oakville and Milton Humane Society (and get some excerise for you and your pooch at the same time), why not grab a sign up sheet and start raising pledges today! Proceeds go towards helping, neglected, homeless and abused animals of Milton.

There will be demo's, a vendor market place, silent auction, stuff for the kids and more!!!

Check out the OMHS webpage for more information on the event oakvillemiltonhumane.ca/index.php/upcomingevents.html

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New Location! Dog Training in Burlington Ontario

Smart Dogs Canine Training is happy to announce that we will now be offering training classes in Burlington, Ontario, as well as keeping up with our current class running in Milton.

We will be working out of Canine Cabana Pet Services Ltd., a fantastic, brand new doggy day care facility.

We will be offering our Smart Puppy Class and our Smart Dogs Basic class to start.

For more information please feel free to contact us at dogtraining101@hotmail.com or visit the website www.smartdogsk9.com