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Behavioral Issues

If your dog is displaying a behavioral issue, it probably means that one or more of their needs is not being met. Dogs need exercise, discipline, and love to be balanced. Most people tend to give their dogs only love and too much of it, which creates an unbalanced dog who most likely is showing behavioral problems. Exercise is the most important need and must be met before the other two. If you're struggling to walk your dog or need help walking them, book a private session with us. Most people struggle with discipline. One, because they don't really know what that means and two, because they don't want to be "mean" to their dog. Discipline refers to having rules, boundaries, and limitations so your dog learns what's right vs wrong, acceptable vs nonacceptable, and healthy vs nonhealthy. Giving your dog the right tools to thrive inside your home and in the world is not being mean, it is our duty as their owners. Our trainers use the 3 methods below to curb behavioral issues and reinforce a balanced, happy life for you and your dog!

1. Leash Training

We believe the best way to create a strong and healthy bond with your dog is through the walk. Exercise is the most important need that you must help your dog fulfill. We use simple but effective leash techniques to help slow your dog down and help them achieve calm, follower state. The walk is so much more than just clipping on a leash and walking until your dog gets tired. The most effective way to walk your dog is to encourage structure during the walk in order to not only drain your dog's physical energy but also stimulate their brain and in turn drain their mental energy.

2. Crate Training

We highly recommend crate training your dog. If your dog is not crate trained or has been improperly crate trained in the past, our trainers can help introduce the crate or repair the bond with the crate. Dogs are den animals. They naturally crave a small dwelling that is safe, comfortable, and entirely their own. Crate training is also useful to curb anxiety behaviors (especially separation anxiety), reactivity, destructive behaviors, or aggressive behaviors.

3. Place Training

Another training method that we love and highly recommend is "place" training. A dog's place can be a bed, a cot, a blanket, or a towel. "Place" teaches impulse control, drains mental energy, reinforces a calm state of mind, and it is very useful. The best part about "place" is once you master it in the home, you can take "place" anywhere you go! We have used "place" at restaurant patios, camping, fishing, at the beach, at the park, the possibilities are endless!

Dog Walking

Once you have booked a private session with us, you can book one of our trainers to help assist you in walking your dog. Sometimes life gets in the way and we just don't have enough time during the day to do everything. This is a great way to ensure that your dog is being exercised (physically and mentally) by professionals. We require you to book a leash session first so you learn and understand our leash techniques and you can help support our training as well.

Tools

We use a variety of tools at WCDT. We believe that training is not a "one size fits all" idea. Our training is uniquely tailored to every dog because your dog is unique and special! Our main tool that we use is energy. We work very hard outside of dog training to live healthy and balanced lives so that we bring only the best energy when working with you and your dog. Dogs can read and sense energy so it is essential for our trainers to be calm and confident while working. We also use body language, sound (snap or psst), spatial pressure, and touch to replicate exactly how dogs speak to each other. Our favorite leash is the slip lead because we believe it is the most effective way to communicate with your dog. We have used a flat collar, harness, gentle leader, Halti, martingale, and slip lead on our personal dogs, and we found the slip lead to be the most effective. We are also experienced with the mini educator e-collar and know how to properly use it. We have trained our personal dogs on the e-collar to maximize their off-leash experience. Please specify e-collar training when booking with us and we can show you the right and safe way to add this valuable tool into your training. We pair our tools with positive reinforcement in the form of food/treats and affection. It is important to understand how to use positive reinforcement properly and efficiently.

Shell Beach, CA

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