What to Expect

What to Expect from Dannegger-Training
introduction and methodology explained

Please watch the video and read about my training methods: I am putting this information on my site so you have the opportunity to see who I am, read and hear about my training philosophy and methods and see how I work BEFORE you contact me for lessons.

This is a short intro video taken while I was in Florida. Talking a bit about my training philosophy and about the clicker.https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n0s-mNCYSCKlamXCHV6waotweCswJ5uP/view?usp=sharing

More information about the clicker can be found on my training page: Learning Theory / Foundation Skills.

 If  after watching and reading this, you think "Wow, that's the way I want to work with my dog!" please feel free to call me and set up a lesson. If on the other hand, you think "No, I don't want to use a clicker/marker word, I don't want to use food to reinforce my dog, I don't want to use leashes, crates and ex-pens to manage my dog", then PLEASE look elsewhere for your dog's training."

  



What Can You Expect to Learn?

My training focuses strongly on managing dog behavior in the home and out. I rarely, if ever, have people come to me because their dog doesn't sit or lie down straight or quickly enough! More often, the "problems" people have with their dogs are management behaviors: pulling on the leash, jumping on people, barking, chewing up furniture, play biting.

Therefore, I focus the content of my lessons on:

  1. developing a clear communication system with the dog (Using a clicker or marker to tell the dog when it has done something correctly and will get paid.)
  2. socialization (In the dog world, this does NOT mean getting to know each other and playing and making friends. For dogs, socialization means "learning to IGNORE kids, new people, other animals, strange objects, noises, places, etc.
  3. preventing the rehearsal of undesirable behaviors (This is done through the use of baby gates, play pens, crates, leashes and house lines.)
  4. noticing and reinforcing desirable behaviors (Pay attention when the dog is lying quietly and chewing on appropriate toys)
  5. training the dog behaviors that promote self-control and calmness (Examples are: "Bed"= go to a bed or mat, lie down on it and stay there till released; "It's Yer Choice"/"Leave it" = don't touch; "Reinforcement Zone" &"Hand Touches" = aid in training the dog to walk calmly and focused at our sides.
  6. teaching people about dog behavior and body signals (Knowing WHY your dog does this or that, helps greatly to influencing how often he continues the behavior)
  7. We also work on recall, loose leash walking and positions -- sit, down, stand