Location, Training Philosophies, Service Dogs/Therapy Dog Training
Our Butler Location
Family Dog Obedience classes are held at 1698 North Main Street Extension, Butler, PA 16001; it is the old Dollar General store. This is approximately 1 mile North of the Clearview Mall and is adjacent to the China Gourmet restaurant. The 8,000 sq. ft. facility is a one-story, with dog-activity friendly flooring. Many new classes will be offered, and the facility is available to rent for individuals or clubs to hold classes or events in the future.
Our Training Philosophies
While a “trend” in purely positive training is passing through some training schools, Family Dog Obedience believes in a blend of positive training methods, paired with “natural dogmanship” techniques to create a balanced training experience for the dog and the owner. You will learn how to utilize this philosophy to praise your dog when the desired action is given, and how to readjust when your dog doesn’t give you what you ask for. Often, it’s your communication skills that need help. Dogs that have trained with us are happy workers, readily understanding what is asked of them, and are rewarded for their best efforts. Some of our mottos include “Don’t blame them, train them!” and “Change the environment, change the behavior.”
Research & Development Team
Val’s own family dogs provide a wealth of information and opportunities to try out new training techniques and philosophies. Every training method that is utilized on your dog has been researched with her own beloved family pets.
About Service/Therapy/ESA Dog Training: What it is and what it is NOT
Not every dog is a candidate for these types of public activities; often they are purposely bred and selected for the tasks required, with careful consideration for temperament and genetics. A tremendous liability exists for dogs that are ‘fake’ service dogs. A vest does not make a dog into a service dog, and a ‘fake’ service dog makes REAL service dogs/owners encounter difficulties they should not have to deal with.
Quick Comparison for Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and Emotional Support Dogs
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