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Give Your Dog a Choice
Choice training is a method of dog training that does
not force your dog to act a certain way, cause him/her
to be fearful or require you physically manipulate your dog. Instead, this type of training gives your dog the confidence to choose a positive behavior in different situations.
To do this, you catch your dog in actions and behaviors that you like, and you reward the behavior with something your dog finds motivating. Here are some basic facts about choice training and why you should choose it for your dog.
What does choice training look like?
While this example is not all-encompassing, here are some basic steps to choice train your dog. This is an example of how to train a leash-aggressive dog that lunges at other dogs.
If you would like us to try this training method with your pup, we’d love to help! We love dogs, and we love seeing them make positive choices. Contact Head of the Class Dog Training today!
Lisa Marino, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, PMCT, has taken her varied teaching experiences and applied them to helping owners understand and train their beloved four-legged family members. She has more than four years’ experience leading group dog training classes at Best Paw Forward in Hartland, WI, and opened Head of the Class Dog Training LLC in Winchester, VA in 2012, where she conducts group classes and private lessons, as well as helps owners to modify their dogs' problem behaviors.
Lisa earned her CPDT-KA in 2012, is a 2015 graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy and is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer.
She has 4 registered therapy dogs and is a Pet Partner Therapy Team Evaluator and a member of HOPE AACR. As a former middle school teacher, she works well with families and children and does school presentations on various dog related topics.