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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

Board and Train 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.


Rosco enjoying time outside with his trainer.

Private 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


In-Home Lessons


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. 

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