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.

IKT Program (our most effective):

Rosco enjoying time outside with his trainer.

Our basic three-week training program is $595 plus boarding at a discounted rate.  Included in this program you receive a FREE private lesson with your trainer. On conclusion of the basic program and within the next month you may return for Saturday classes for an additional month FREE of charge.  Upon completing the basic program additional weeks of training are aggressively discounted.

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 10 weeks 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.


Four of our group class level three dogs practicing their downs with distractions.

We feature three "levels" or grades for our program.
Level 3- 09:00
  1. Finish (Your dog should learn how to go into or “find” the heel position)

  2. Stand (Teaching your dog to stand and not move any of their paws)

  3. Sitting at door (Your dog should stop and sit at doors till you release them- Will become an automatic behavior)

  4. Stairs (Heeling and staying with you up and down stairways)

  5. Grooming (Teaching your dogs to allow you to do their nails and other grooming items)

  6. Entering/Exiting Vehicles (Teaching them to “Climb” for vehicles as well)

  7. Right and Left about turns (Teaching your dog “pivots”)

  8. Food Refusal (Teaching your dog not to take food from others unless allowed)

Orientation- 10:15
  1. After a small demo and an overview then we will do individual evaluations

Level 1- 11:00
  1. Potty (Use a command for potty and always make sure you potty your dog before class)

  2. Climb (Any elevated item can be used as a “Climb”, can be “Place” or “Bench”)

  3. Attention Getters (Teaching your dog to pay attention to you)

  4. Name Game (Teaching your dog their name, starts the “recall”-“Front”/”Here”/”Come”)

  5. Negative Marker (“No”, “Nine”, “Pfui”- Used when your dog does the wrong thing) 

  6. Positive Marker (“Good”, “Yes”, “Super”- Used when your dog does the right thing)

  7. Release Word (“Free”, “Break”, “Ok”- Used to let your dog stop doing the command)

Level 2- 9:30
  1. Sit (Your dog’s butt must be completely on the ground)

  2. Down (Your dog’s elbows must be touching the ground)

  3. Heel – Left turn -Right turn (Your dog must remain at your side with a loose leash)

  4. Halt (Making your dog sit next to you when you stop – Will become an automatic behavior)

  5. Recall (“Front”/” Here”/” Come” Your dog must come and sit in front of you)

  6. Sit in Motion (Your dog should respond to a sit while you have your back towards them and keep walking)

  7. Down in Motion (Your dog should respond to a down while you have your back towards them and keep walking)

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.