FAQs

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What is Positive Reinforcement?

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Positive reinforcement training uses treats, praise, toys (whatever your dog finds valuable) to reward your dog for doing something you want him/her to do.  Because the reward makes your dog more likely to repeat the behavior, positive reinforcement is one of your most powerful tools for shaping or changing your dog’s behavior.

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What is Negative Punishment?

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In this context the word Negative does not imply that it is unpleasant, but rather that we are subtracting or taking something away that your dog desires as a consequence.  Teaching is about feedback, and we cannot train any animal without relaying both the message “yes, that was right” along with “sorry, not what I am looking for.” Negative Punishment is a completely humane, fair, and effective way to let your dog know they are offering the wrong behavior and can be used in a training session or in real life situations.

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Why is it important to learn Loose Leash Walking?

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Loose leash walking is when a dog can walk on a leash and there is constant slack between you and the dog.Loose leash walking is NOT walking in the heel position. Your dog is free to sniff, look around, and potty. The only goal of loose leash walking is to prevent your dog pulling you over while on a walk.

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Why is learning Recalls important?

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The Recall/Come command is probably the most important obedience command you will ever teach your dog.  At some point in time you will no doubt rely on it to guide your dog away from danger.   Apart from being essential for safety reasons, your dog can be allowed greater freedom in many situations.  You can allow your dog to go off exploring on their own but will always be alert and ready to respond to your come command.

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How large are your group classes?

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Group classes range from 2 to 4 Dogs and their owners.

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Why is a Meet and Greet done?

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All parties to meet and for the dog to get familiar with Pawsitive Center representative, to review specifics such as

  • where the dog is allowed in the house
  • where they go out and come back in
  • does the dog go in a crate or able to run free
  • key to house

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What is needed for a Meet and Greet?

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  • Pet information  (Feeding Schedule, Medications, Exercise Schedule)
  • Vet information

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How much does the Meet and Greet cost?

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Nothing. The Meet and Greet is free as part of our service.