In-Home Dog Training

It’s our experience that in-home training is more individualized and our clients achieve greater success than large group classes because it minimizes distractions. Behavioral issues and basic obedience need to be addressed one-on-one with private training to achieve the greatest results. Then the obedience and behaviors taught can be tested in a more distracting environment.

Just a Walk in the Park Dog Sitting Hilton Head IslandJust a Walk in the Park’s training philosophy is that a dog will do dog things. When it’s understood why a dog does what it does, enhancement of certain natural behaviors or corrective action taken for misbehavior, may be applied.

Dogs generally will respond to leadership and benevolence. They tend to avoid or shy away from uneasy situations or those which they distrust. Just a Walk in the Park’s training first establishes leadership, then makes the learning environment distraction free and comfortable.

Teaching a dog to respond to specific cues is relatively easy. The real challenge is keeping the human consistent, patient, and interested in developing that special friendship which is strengthened through training.

As a balanced trainer, I recognize that most negative training experiences are generated by frustration and loss of patience by the handler and is not a rewarding experience for either the dog or handler. Reward based training is not just granting a treat for a trick well done. It is the positive reinforcement and confidence the handler instills and shares with the dog at all times.

My training methods include family-friendly techniques which have been proven successful for the average dog owner.

I help coach the owner and family members in communication, leadership skills, and the recognition of responsibilities when they bring a pet into the home.

Just a Walk in the Park offers training services that address:

  • Leash & house breaking
  • Stay & recall
  • Destructive chewing & digging
  • Counter surfing
  • Nuisance barking
  • Resource guarding & food aggression
  • Mouthing, nipping, & playing rough
  • Anxiety
  • Jumping up & hyperactivity
  • Aggression & anxiety
  • Leash aggression
  • Reactivity
  • eCollar training
  • Obedience training
  • Teaching calmness
  • Place command

Obedience Training
Obedience training teaches dogs and their owners the basic commands that make communication easy and effective.

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Down / Lay
  • Place / Bed
  • Heel (no leash pulling)
  • Off (the couch, bed)
  • Recall (coming when called)
  • Leave it
  • Drop it
  • No (reinforced)
  • Out command

Problem Behaviors
Obedience training is also a good tool to help correct problem behaviors such as: jumping, puppy nipping/mouthing, begging, excessive barking, and chewing.  It also helps facilitate house training.

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