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OUR CORE METHODS

BUIldING A STRONGER RELATIONSHIP THROUGH TRAINING

Our training methods are based on a few core concepts to better your relationship with your dog.

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MARKERS

 You may have heard of clicker training. Tell a dog to sit, they sit and you press the clicker, 'click', then give them a treat; this is the core concept of clicker training. This is one of the foundations of how we train, we replace the clicker with a verbal cue, "YES", "GOOD", or NO". This method of training essentially takes a snap-shot in a dog's mind of the exact moment you've marked with either "yes", "good" or "no". This helps the dog establish a mental image of what they are doing right versus what they got wrong.

ENGAGEMENT

 Engagement is another core concept we practice. It is key to building a relationship between you and your dog. Eye contact plain and simple. Engagement is the foundation to gaining your dogs attention around distractions as well as building their recall and off leash skills.

PACK STRUCTURE

 Here at Balanced Behaviors we believe that being your dog's pack leader is the foundation for training boundaries, respect, & obedience. Door boundaries to prevent bolting. Spacial boundaries to teach the dog that they do not control the house and must respect the indoor space. Social boundaries that teach the dog respectful habits around people & creatures alike.

OBEDIENCE

 'Sit', 'come', 'stay', 'lay down', 'heel', 'place', these are all basic commands we give our dogs to get a reaction. Consistency is key to teaching your dog to follow through with the command given, and to continue to do it until they have been released from the action.

SOCIALIZATION

This is incredibly important in building a stable and calm dog. Through proper socialization we do not just teach the dog how to be around other dogs, people, & creatures. We also teach the dog proper reactions to social situations, confidence in public places, manners & respect.