Change Your Thinking

REWARD THE BEHAVIORS YOU WANT TO TEACH, instead of punishing the behaviors you want to stop. For example, if your dog jumps up on you to greet you and you would prefer he keep ‘four on the floor’, find a way to reward your dog while he is “grounded” and BEFORE he jumps up on you. For very exuberant dogs, you may need to teach your dog to sit while he greets you.

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Are we glad we enrolled in Carolyn’s basic obedience class! Though we had spent time teaching our puppy basic commands from the moment we adopted her, Carolyn’s techniques really helped to reinforce Sandi’s understanding of the commands.

~ Linsey from Portland

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