We all want well-trained, well-behaved dogs we can be proud of. But we also want something more, something deeper.
Dog's are highly intelligent, social animals with the capacity for developing a unique bond with humans. Not only can they be trained to work alongside us, but they have a desire to please us. And we certainly have a tendency to bond tightly with our dogs.
When dogs are untrained, develop serious behavior problems or become dangerous, our relationship with them can be jeopardized. Fortunately, having a great relationship with a good dog isn't a matter of chance. It's a predictable outcome of doing certain things correctly and consistently.
We believe that successful training involves the application of scientifically sound dog training methods and owner education. So all of our obedience and behavior modification training programs include the following core principles:
- Positive Reinforcement Training. Modern research continues to prove that positive reinforcement training methods (as opposed to old-school punishment-based methods) get solid results. Dog's are more likely to repeat behaviors they find rewarding. And a relationship built upon a dog's eagerness is more rewarding than one built upon fear.
- Mental and Physical Exercise. Dogs are intelligent creatures, and many problems arise when they have too much pent-up energy or are bored. There are many ways to satisfy your dog's need for mental and physical stimulation, and we will help you find outlets that suit your dog's temperament and your lifestyle.
- Gainful Employment. Most dogs thrive when they have an occupation, a way to contribute to their social group. Whether a dog's job is guarding the home, carrying a backpack, pulling a wheelchair, hunting, picking up his toys and putting them in a basket, or entertaining guests with some cool tricks, there is something he can do to contribute. FetchMasters will help you explore the options.
- Owner Education. The way you handle and behave around your dog is very important. It directly influences the way he perceives and responds to you. We will provide you with the knowledge to be an excellent owner.
We are certain you will find FetchMasters a valuable partner in both training your dog and helping the two of you forge a strong, lasting relationship.