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During basic training we will use verbal and nonverbal communication with your dog. We will focus on the basics such as sit, down, up, stay, come (recall), off, heel, let’s go, automatic sit, break, and focus. While verbal commands are very important, I will also teach you and your dog hand signals for those commands. It is important that your dog understands what is expected of him or her at any given time, even if you do not voice your command to them. During basic training we will also be working on boundaries with your dog. Boundaries are not one-sided. If your dog is expected to respect your boundaries, as humans we have to learn to respect theirs as well. As humans, sometimes we do not realize that we put our dogs into situations that make them uncomfortable. Dogs can not verbally communicate what makes them anxious or uncomfortable. As a trainer I will teach you to “speak dog”, As time goes on you will have a better understanding of the cues that your dog gives you to express what they need from you. A dog may not be able to verbally communicate but they will let you know in some form of what they need from you.
I must have a copy of most recent vet records for the year and they must be current on rabies, distemper booster and bordetella (kennel cough).