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’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. Drew’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, Drew recognizes 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.

The 4 Quadrants of Operant Conditioning

Drew believes in a balanced approach to dog training and in using all 4 quadrants of operant conditioning.

Operant conditioning is a form of learning that is based on the consequences of an animal’s behavior. In dog training, this principle can be used to shape and modify the dog’s behavior effectively. In this type of learning, the dog associates the consequences of its behavior with the behavior itself. There are four quadrants of operant conditioning, which include positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment, and negative punishment.

Positive reinforcement is the act of adding something desirable to increase the likelihood of a behavior being repeated. For example, giving a dog a treat after they sit on command is a form of positive reinforcement. The dog learns that the desired behavior results in a reward and is more likely to repeat the behavior in the future.

Negative reinforcement is the act of removing something unpleasant to increase the likelihood of a behavior being repeated. For example, a dog’s bottom is pushed to place the dog into a sit, and then released once the dog is in a sit. The behavior of sitting was negatively reinforced by the removal of the pressure on the dog’s rear end.

Positive punishment is the act of adding something unpleasant to decrease the likelihood of a behavior being repeated. For example, scolding a dog for jumping on someone is a form of positive punishment. The dog learns that the undesired behavior results in an unpleasant consequence and is less likely to repeat the behavior in the future.

Negative punishment is the act of removing something desirable to decrease the likelihood of a behavior being repeated. For example, taking away a dog’s toy after they bite is a form of negative punishment. The dog learns that the undesired behavior results in the removal of a reward and is less likely to repeat the behavior in the future.

Understanding the four quadrants of operant conditioning is crucial in shaping a dog’s behavior effectively. It is important to use the appropriate quadrant for each behavior, as different quadrants may produce different results. When used correctly, operant conditioning can be a powerful tool for modifying a dog’s behavior and creating a happy and well-trained companion.

Our Services

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

Drew helps coach owners and family members in communication, leadership skills, and the recognition of responsibilities when they bring a pet into the home.

Behavior Modification

Involves identifying the specific behavior that needs to be modified, understanding the underlying causes of the behavior, and then implementing a training plan that uses positive reinforcement and other techniques to shape the dog’s behavior over time. This approach is based on the principles of operant conditioning.

In behavior modification training, a dog’s behavior is closely observed, and the trainer uses rewards, such as treats or praise, to reinforce good behavior and corrections to discourage unwanted behavior. The trainer may also use desensitization and counterconditioning techniques to help the dog overcome fear or anxiety related to certain stimuli or situations.

  • Peeing/pooping in the house
  • Destructive chewing & digging
  • Counter surfing
  • Nuisance barking
  • Resource guarding & food aggression
  • Mouthing, nipping, & playing rough
  • Anxiety
  • Jumping up & hyperactivity
  • Aggression & anxiety
  • Leash aggression
  • Reactivity

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
  • eCollar training
  • Teaching calmness

Puppy Training

Teaches basic obedience skills and proper socialization. Guidance on a variety of topics such as:

  • Puppy nipping/mouthing
  • Leash & housebreaking
  • Crate training

What Our Clients Have to Say

Drew is amazing! He worked with my daughters very energetic one year old Bernese Mountain dog, Oscar. Drew is empathetic and engaging and had an immediate connection with Oscar. He gave us clear and understandable instructions that were easy to follow, on what to do outside the training setting. Oscar made great progress very quickly! Highly recommend his services...thank you Drew!
I don't trust many people with my Chihuahua Marley and to top things off we got a new Shitzu named Cooper. We tried the puppy training at PetSmart and although we learned some things in class we felt like something was just missing. I googled dog trainers and ended up calling Drew. After talking with Drew and telling him about the issues we were having we decided to hire him for training first - for Cooper. The puppy training class is well worth the time and money. He individualized the training to fit Cooper. We worked on some of Coopers issues along with the training and I am proud to say Cooper has developed into a loving dog...
...Drew is super responsive in all services he provide and interacts with our hounds with total assurance, consistency and unwavering sincerity for their wellbeing and my own as we complete each goal together. And we DO complete each goals! It’s incredible to witness. Our pups now: Stay seated in the back seat while driving. They walk alongside my left side allowing me to lead with such manners, it makes this owner proud! They listen to my voice commands; Heal, Come, Sit, Ok, Wrong. They are able to walk off the leash and return to me promptly -even with distraction and distance! And they know when it’s appropriate to bark and not to bark! Currently we are working on the cue “Look at me” to have their full attention. Drew makes training entirely systematic and possible and honestly pure joy. How? Because he’s awesome!...
We are so happy to have found Drew and his team to take care of our dog when we are away. They take great care of her and we love the photos they send when they come to the house to walk her! You can tell they all love animals. We trust them and they have done a fantastic job. Highly recommend Drew and his team!
Drew and his team have been helping me with my dog Austin for the past year. They have been outstanding! Always available to my vigorous travel plans, extremely thoughtful with the dog and totally professional. Without a doubt I can recommend these guys 100%. Very loving and caring with all animals. The best on the island “paws down”!
Drew is the most amazing! He is so knowlegable,well organized and always availible when ever you need to reach him!! He is the best in the area no doubt. He does dog traning as well and works wonders! He and his staff are so professional, and very communicative. He is a blessing!

We serve Hilton Head, Bluffton, and surrounding areas

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