Dog training is a vital part of having a happy, healthy dog. Believe it or not, your dog is never too old to learn. Laughing Pets Atlanta believes in positive reinforcement training. It’s proven to be safe and effective and is at the forefront of the training community. Trainers who train under this philosophy do not use methods of punishment, shock collars, prong collars, choke collars, bark collars, etc. The idea behind the methods is to ignore bad behavior and reward good behavior. When a dog is rewarded for a behavior, he will continue to do it. Rewards include treats, verbal praise, toys and other things.
There are many great trainers in the Atlanta area whether you want to do private, in-home training or group classes. There is also the option of board-and-train. Please be aware that many board and train facilities do not subscribe to positive-reinforcement training, especially those who train working dogs, hunting dogs, police and military dogs. Many of these types of places use punishment and dominance training which often scars the dog and makes the dog more fearful of humans. In addition, the methods may not work when you get home. It’s always best to participate in your dog’s training. It will be fun for you and fun for your dog.
There are also ways that you can learn to train your dog on your own, through books and videos. However, I only recommend these tools for basic obedience training such as sit, stay, down and touch. Behavioral problems such as separation anxiety, guarding the owner, food guarding, leash reactivity (unfairly deemed “leash aggression), etc. really do require hands-on professional training.
Professional Dog Training
Happy, Healthy Pup
Owner: Anna Bettina
Anna is a professional trainer and pet nutritionist with over 12-years experience creating well-behaved, happy, healthy companions. She is currently working on her PhD in Animal Behavior, and previously completed her Masters Degree in Animal Sciences, with a focus on clinical small animal nutrition. She is the head volunteer trainer for Charm School (Basic Obedience classes) at both Fulton and DeKalb Animal Control Services. She offers Board and Train, Day Training as well as 1:1 Private Lessons.
Owner: Susan Giordano
K9U’s owner Susan Giordano is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She also provides training services to Canine Cellmates. She offers Board and Train, Day Training as well as 1:1 Private Lessons.
Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainers
Owner: Victoria Stilwell
Victoria Stilwell is the host of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog.” Her organization has hand picked trainers in all parts of the country. Visit her website and search for a trainer today. Only private training sessions are offered.
Victoria Stilwell on YouTube
Stilwell has a whole host of videos to help train your dog. Also, there are videos of enrichment games you can play. Use the search engine to find them. Below are a couple of my favorites:
Postitive vs. Punitive Dog Training: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuC4hEaZQeY
House Training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvB3nLtR69U
Positive House Training with a Crate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5EAd1hLn38
Socializing a Puppy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bpc3IBT-Dc
Puppy Mouthing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwHk3o3P5cw
The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell
It’s Me or the Dog by Victoria Stilwell
Why Does My Dog Drink Out of the Toilet: Answers & Advise for All Kinds of Dog Dilemnas by John Ross and Barbara McKinney
Love Has No Age Limit-Welcoming an Adopted Dog Into Your Home by Patricia McConnell, PhD and Karen London, PhD