Frequently Asked Questions - Rochester Canine Academy | Teaching the family dog to be a family member in Rochester NYRochester Canine Academy | Teaching the family dog to be a family member in Rochester NY
Frequently Asked Questions
Q? I KEEP SEEING PICTURES YOU POST OF DOGS ON RAISED BEDS. WHY?
The dogs or groups of dogs you see on those raised beds are doing a “Place” Command. The rules are that the dogs can do just about anything they like on the bed except get off. All four feet must be on at all times. It’s a wonderful exercise that gives you and your dog structure while still allowing your dog to relax!
Q?WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A “CERTIFIED TRAINER”?
Did you know that in the State of New York, there are no requirements that a person needs to meet in order to call themselves a Dog Trainer? That means that YOU could read some books, watch a few videos, work with your own dog, make a business card and call yourself a Dog Trainer.
I currently have earned two Professional Certifications. The first is from the National K9 School for Dog Trainers. I attended their 6 week program in Ohio and completed the Master Level course. I have also earned the title of Certified Dog Trainer from the International Association of Canine Professionals.
What my certifications mean, is that I went to school to learn from experienced, well known dog professionals how to best teach you and your dog. My schooling included not only theoretical learning but also hands on experience that cannot be duplicated in an online course. It means that I am qualified to do much more than teach you to walk your dog in a circle with other dogs. I have earned the skills necessary to help you teach your family dog to be a family member.
Q?I WAS TOLD BY MY VET, BREEDER, RESCUE GROUP, SHELTER ETC. TO USE “POSITIVE ONLY” METHODS OF TRAINING. WHY DON’T YOU?
Dogs are social animals who like us, are motivated by social pressures. These pressures dictate different reactions to behavior we consider to be “desirable” or “undesirable”. Both dogs and humans are more likely to repeat behaviors that get us something positive socially or at the very least, do not cost us anything. (Attention, affection, inclusion, recognition, ect) On the flip side, we are less likely to repeat behaviors that carry a less desirable outcome. Realistically, there is not a social being on this planet who has not at some point been told “NO”. It’s how adults teach their young how to be a good member of society. In fact, the absence of “NO” is very often interpreted as a passive “YES”. Knowing this, it’s important for us to provide a wealth of information to our dogs so we can encourage them to repeat behaviors we love, and extinguish those we do not. In the most simple terms, you can teach a dog to DO things with positive only methods but you can’t teach a dog NOT TO DO things with positive only methods.
Q?WHAT IF MY DOG HAS BEHAVIORAL ISSUES?
I regularly work with dog’s and their owners on a variety of behavioral issues including housebreaking, separation anxiety, reactivity, aggression and much more. Programs are designed for each individual family.
Q?WHY DON’T YOU OFFER ANY GROUP CLASSES?
In my experience, group classes are a difficult place for you and your dog to learn new skills. There are frequently many dogs and even more people making it very hard for most to really focus. In addition, due to the sheer numbers, trainers generally rely on “cookie cutter” methods of teaching. Very little is done to personalize training for each dog/handler team Most importantly however, is the fact that many owners have a difficult time transferring the information that they have learned in a circle back into their daily lives where it really counts