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The Theory of Dog Training

The way your dog behaves is a product of how you interact with him. Don’t blame the dog. Your dog’s behavior is directly related to your ability to understand and implement the three training principles: Timing, Consistency, and Motivation. These principles are the core ingredients to behavior modification, whether training the family pet or teaching a police dog to find drugs. Understanding how these principles work is the secret to clear communication between you and your pet.


Timing has to do with the way a dog’s brain processes cause and effect. Timing says that any behavior a dog acts out must have a consequence within 1.3 seconds in order for the dog to associate that behavior with that consequence. Too often people reprimand a dog too far after the event took place.



Consistency is clear communication between a pet and owner.  It means promptly reacting the same way to any significant behavior your dog acts out.  Again, correction or praise must occur within the 1.3 seconds of the specific behavior.  Each time you miss a chance to reward your dog, or each time you miss an opportunity to correct your dog, you send a strong message to the dog that you have no ability to influence his decision making.



Motivation is what you do to influence your dog’s decision making.  Motivation requires action from the owner.  If your dog acts out a positive behavior, you must quickly act in a positive, rewarding manner.  Talking to your dog is not enough; rewards must be physical — a small treat or a good petting can go a long way.  If your dog acts out a negative behavior you must quickly act in a negative manner.  Again, talking or scolding your dog verbally is not sufficient.



Training Services

In-Kennel Training Program

Training establishes and builds a long-term positive relationship with your dog. The Doghouse Training Academy has the right training program for both you and your dog.

Treat your pet a stay in our comfortable accommodations, and receive frequent training sessions performed by our professionals.  We do all the work, in order to assure you that your dog gets the right start.   Not only will your dog learn obedience, but we can address other basic household issues such as jumping, and chewing. Additionally we schedule weekly training lessons so you may understand your dog’s training and effectively communicate at home.

The minimum stay for all first-time dogs is two weeks.

Day Training

It can be hard to give dogs the attention they deserve. Bringing your dog to the DogHouse Inc. is as easy as dropping your kid off at school—no doubt with fewer early morning complaints! The only difference between this and our in-kennel training program is that you dog returns home with you each night.

Our certified trainers work with you to identify training goals and provide a detailed progress report. Yes, there will be some homework for both of you in the form of training techniques that we pass on to you—however, unlike trying to remember calculus, this is actually the fun part for both you and your pet. We’re as passionate about your dog’s progress as you are.

We might be the ones training the dog, but you will also be an integral part of the training. And our trainers will set up one-on-one sessions with you so you can follow through with the training at home.

Private Lessons/In-Home Lessons

Enjoy one-on-one sessions with a Certified Professional Trainer. We will work on your personal training needs from basic obedience to proper house manners, whether it be potty training or competition obedience.  You may purchase individual lessons or money-saving packages that fit your budget and schedule.

Group Classes

We offer weekly training sessions hosted by the Doghouse's own professional trainers in a group setting.

Group Classes are different from our In-Kennel Training because this program you actually perform the training under our supervision. There are four levels of obedience starting with a free training session, and you can repeat classes. You'll progress through the levels at your own pace with 4 months to complete them. We'll take you and your dog from basic obedience through advanced off-leash training. If you can't make it every week, classes are designed to allow you to miss when needed and not fall behind.

New classes begin each week.

Class Breakdown

Level 1:  Sit and sit/stay, the down and down/stay, and walking with a loose lead.

Level 1 Testing:  Dogs must perform a sit/stay with handlers at the end of a 6ft. lead. Handlers must be able to walk all the way around the dog without breaking. Dogs must be able to perform a down/stay at the end of a 6ft. lead. Handlers must be able to walk all the way around the dog without breaking. Dogs must show the ability to walk with the handler without causing tension on the lead. Handler must change directions frequently.


Level 2:  Sit and sit/stays with added distractions. Down and down/stays with added distractions. Begin recalls with sit fronts. Begin sit from a down.

Level 2 Testing:  Sit and sit/stay while handler stands on lead. Down and down/stay while handler stands on the lead. Distractions on stays include clapping hands, stomping feet, running at the dog, etc. Recall at the end of a six foot lead with a sit front. Dog must come to a sit and down without guidance or correction.


Level 3:  Begin heeling with pace changes, left turns, right turns, about turns, and halts. Begin long distance recalls with sit fronts. Longer sit stays and down stays. Begin stands and ooks. 

Level 3 Testing:  Dogs must heel with a loose lead demonstrating a halt and an about turn. Dogs must also show a recall from across the room. Dogs must do a 30 second sit stay and down stay from across the room and a stand stay at the end of a six foot lead.


Level 4:  Begin sit in motion and down in motion. Begin heeling with leash dragging. Faster pace changes quick halts and run-out about turns. Add distractions on recalls.All exercises in the Dog House Test.

Level 4 Testing:  Dog House Graduation test given the last Saturday of each month.





Level 3: 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Level 4: 9:40 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. 

Orientation/Training Seminar: 10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. 

Level 1: 11:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Level 2: 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.



Competition Training

Need help preparing for an upcoming competition or trial?  Whether it be preparing for an AKC trial such as Utility or getting you ready for schutzhund/IPO obedience, we help set you up for success through proper training, observation, and problem solving.  We will help build your dog's confidence and help you teach him exactly what you want and expect from him.  We have all the training equipment in house that you would need during training. 

Tom Rose School App

Learn training on your smartphone.

With this app, you will access Tom Rose's accredited expertise to further your training as a professional or make your dog the well-behaved best friend you have always wanted.

The app links to videos, in which Tom Rose breaks down the aforementioned three main principles of dog training, and shows you how to apply them. He demonstrates how to communicate commands to your puppy or adult dog, how to reward, and how to ultimately have full control of your dog. You will learn how to crate train, walk your dog on loose leash, teach basic commands and much more.