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Training for Adult Dogs

All Dogs Can Learn New Tricks

Adult Dog Training

Dogs can learn at any age! Adult and even senior dogs are capable of learning many new things. Obviously, the earlier training is started the better, however, mature dogs can learn a wide variety of behaviors and commands.
How To Know If Your Dog Needs Training
  • Is your dog disobedient, aggressive, fearful, overly hyper or naughty?

  • Is walking your dog a chore?

  • Is your dog nervous, fearful or aggressive around strangers or certain people in your household?

  • Does your dog behave poorly around other dogs or other pets?

  • Do you wish your dog would listen better?

Don’t give up, Canine Path can help even the most challenging dog!

As dogs move through adolescence into adulthood, behaviors that were once cute or tolerated (i.e. jumping, nipping, inappropriate greetings) become irritating and/or dangerous. Many owners are perplexed when they can’t seem to change their dog’s behavior. Unfortunately, since they don’t understand how dogs learn, they unknowingly reinforce the very behaviors that they are trying to correct.

For example, a dog may growl when people walk by – if the owner comforts the dog by petting it, he has unintentionally, reinforced his dog to growl at strangers (or other things that seem scary). As the cycle repeats itself, the dog’s behavior around strangers often worsens.

At Canine Path we teach owners how dogs learn and how to communicate with them. There are many ways a dog can learn: the primary manner being operant conditioning, as well as reverse chaining, shaping, guided learning, imitative learning etc.  We work with everyone in your household to get everyone on the same page and be as consistent as possible when interacting with your dog.

At Canine Path we believe that 5 major factors affect a dog’s behavior:

1. Genetics

2. Environment

3. Training

4. Socialization

5. The Owner (yes, you!)

Our training addresses all 5 factors in our training. Understand, there is not one right way or wrong way to train a dog as long as we recognize generally accepted humane standards. At Canine Path we follow Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive  (LIMA) guidelines (see whitepaper)

In short, we keep training as positive as possible.  We use primarily positive rewards (food, fun, toys, praise) and help owners implement simple management techniques as well. Canine Path teaches practical dog training skills that generally results in good changes in behavior no matter the breed from Pomeranians to Siberian Huskies.

At Canine Path we know how busy life can be and we focus on implementing simple solutions to almost every behavior problem. We have many variations within behavior modification programs, and we work with owners to choose the one that they find that makes the most sense to them. Training and behavior modification only work with owner involvement. We do not give training programs to dogs, we give them to owners!

Canine Path can help you teach your dog new skills, diagnose problems, and eliminate unwanted behaviors.  Our goal is to improve you and your dog’s communication patterns and strengthen the bond between you and your dog.

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