Happy Tails K9 Training and Agility Center

Our Tails are a waggin' because we are behavin' Where classes are a learning and enjoyable teaching experience for you and your dog!

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I just brought my new puppy home. How soon can I start training her at home; how soon can I start taking her to your classes?

  • Your puppy is never too young to begin basic good manners' training (recognizing name, potty training, come, sit). Our puppy classes  start as young as 4 months. Puppy socialization for starts at 3 months.

Which class should I enroll my dog in: Rally Obedience or Agility Training? Also, what is the difference between the two classes?

  • Both Rally and Agility are team sports consisting of dog and handler. Both are designed around a designated course that both handlers and their dogs run. Most important, both classes are fun for canines and their handlers.
  • A Rally Obedience class is a great addition to obedience training. It is an excellent entry class for handlers and their dogs interested in getting into canine competition (or just reinforcing general obedience). Agility classes are geared toward a dog and handler who have had previous obedience classes.
  • In Agility Training, both canine, and their human partner, must be physically fit as Agility is a face-paced sport. Handlers run their dogs through an Agility course, consisting of a specific series of obstacles (seesaw, jumps, weave poles, tunnels etc.). Agility is fun not only for the handler and their canine, but also for spectators.
  • Rally is slower-paced, yet it is still very intense … and of course also fun. Handlers and their dogs must work as a cohesive team to negotiate a specially designed course; heeling from one information sign to another; performing the sign’s instructions. Although Rally courses have 10 to 20 stations, some courses can be very complex (there are 50 different exercises to choose from).

 

See videos below for examples of an AKC Novice Rally Competition, and an AKC Advanced Agility Competition.

 

In your training classes, what do you feel is the most important lesson?

  • The most important of all lessons for you and your dog, is praise, praise, praise! Also, be sure to mix equal amounts of verbal praise with positive physical contact.

 

How important is it to work with my dog each day? Can I still get the same training results if I only practice with my dog once or twice a week?

  • With our hectic lifestyles, it is easy to let daily training slide. It is important to at least attempt to setup, and maintain, a daily training routine. Remember, the more you practice with your dog, the quicker your dog will retain what he learns. Remember that you are paying for training. Like everything in life ... the more you put into it ... the more you get out of it!

 

There are times that training my dog is more frustrating than fun. What do you suggest I do to keep calm when my dog seems to have forgotten everything he has been taught?

  • Frustration is a natural emotion, especially when you first begin training. The key word is patience. With patience, your dog will (eventually) learn what is expected. If your dog is not responding to you, or has developed a case of temporary doggie amnesia, the most important thing to keep in mind is, don't get upset. If you show frustration, your dog will mirror your emotions. This goes back to the previous question-and-answer...do your best to set up a regular daily training routine, and as hard as it may be, demonstrate patience.

 

My spouse tends to let our dog do anything. How important is it to be 'the one in charge' during training sessions?

  • It is extremely important to show your dog that you are in charge during your obedience training sessions. Do not hesitate to correct your dog. It is important for you, as well as your dog, to be sure you do not confuse playtime ... with praise for a job well done. Once you slip the training collar on your dog's neck, it is time to train and playtime is over! The time you spend training your dog needs to be a positive and upbeat experience, however, don't forget that it is also the time to get down to business. We encourage family members to attend training classes. That way the whole family can get on the same training track!

 

Sometimes my dog just doesn't want to obey. If this happens occasionally, is it really a problem?

  • For you and your dog to achieve the maximum results from your training classes, above all else, there are specific rules that you (and any co-trainer) must follow. The first rule is to be consistent. Not only is it detrimental to your training, but also confusing to your dog, to allow him to disobey a command, even occasionally. The other essential rules are the 3-P's of training: practice, patience and most importantly, praise!

 

 

Gale Waas - Head Trainer

Phone: 315-592-5447

Happy Tails K9 Training and Agility Center

1500 County Route 8

Fulton, New York, 13069