HELPFUL TIPS & RESOURCES

  1. PROPER GREETING- HUMAN & DOG
    When greeting another dog, always remember to ask permission first. The owner could be working and/or training the dog, they could be new pet parents, etc. Take things slow. It's best to kneel down verses standing and reaching over. Give a gentle rub or pat and let the dog come towards you.
  2. PROPER GREETING- DOG TO DOG
    When your pup goes to greet another dog, keep it slow. Do not let them run up on or run face to face with another dog. Face to face greetings and dogs on a leash can feel threatened. It is best to let them sniff each other's hind end. Don't be afraid to turn your dog around to let another one sniff. This can help ease the tension
  3. PROPER GREETING- SCARED POOCH
    When greeting another person, dog and/or place, if your pooch shows signs of distress, do not force them into a situation. It's easier to find their tolerance level and build on that with treats and a lot of praise. As you move closer, your pooch will learn that the new situation is safe and you will be there to protect them
  4. 5 ESSENTIAL COMMANDS
    These 5 commands will be essential when you are in public and/or training: 1. Sit 2. Down 3. Come 4. Stay 5. Leave It
  5. LOOSE LEASH WALKING
    It's important to teach your dog to walk beside you and on a loose leash. The loose leash helps make the walk pleasant for you both without constant pulling. Keeping them close to your side aids in correcting behavior, avoids mishaps, installs correct behavior and a stronger bond with your pooch!
  6. DON'T PANIC
    Dogs can feed off of our emotions and it is important to remain calm. When we stress, our dogs can too! It's also important to remember that when a dog barks or growls at one another doesn't always mean aggression. Growls & Barks are was of communicating they are not liking something or correcting an unwanted behavior
  7. TRAINING 101
    Remember, when you are doing training, reinforce that training in various places and have friends and family help with commands too! This will teach your pooch to listen to others but also teach them how to act at home and out in public!
  8. TYPES OF TRAINING
    There are many types and ways to train your dog. Our preference is positive reinforcement. While this works well with the training we do, there are cases it may not work for others. Carefully examine what type of training you need and don't be afraid to speak with multiple people.
  9. TRAINING- A DAILY COMMITMENT
    Even though you have one smart pooch, to keep their mind refreshed, spend 15-30 in a day, a few days a week, reinforcing commands and learning new ones. This helps you and your dog to bond and it engages their mind and body. While it doesn't seem like much, training can also help get rid of excess energy!
A FEW VIDEO REFERENCES
  1. SIT
    Nancy Field CPDT-KA of the Port Chester Obedience Training Club and her Labrador Retriever, "Emma," demonstrate how to teach your dog to sit.
  2. Lie Down
    Nancy Field CPDT-KA of the Port Chester Obedience Training Club and her Labrador Retriever, "Emma," demonstrate how to teach your dog to lay down.
  3. Come/Recal
    Rick Pisani CPDT-KA of the Port Chester Obedience Training Club and his Border Collie, "Disco," demonstrate how to teach your dog to come when called
  4. BOW
    Nancy Field CPDT-KA of the Port Chester Obedience Training Club and her Labrador Retriever, "Emma," demonstrate how to teach your dog to bow.