In Person: Dog Obedience 101: All Ages
Adult / Lifelong Learning -
Adult Winter/Spring 2021
Basic Obedience 101. This course will cover foundational obedience and good manners. Dogs should be current on vaccinations, and preferably at least 12 weeks old. All breeds are welcome. We will discuss how dogs learn through reinforcement, how to reduce unwanted behaviors, how to teach new commands, and cover all the basic commands like Come, Sit, Laydown, Stay, Leave It, Drop It, and Heel.
One child per adult welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Class 1. “Learning theory and communication.” This class is mostly informative, and we wont cover all that many commands. We will discuss how dogs learn through reinforcement, proper handling, desensitization, and how to communicate with the pups. Class will include an introduction to reward based training, marker/clicker use, and how to reduce unwanted behaviors. The focus for this class is good manners and an introduction to the basic skills.
Class 2. “Basic Obedience.” This class will focus on Name Recognition, Come, Sit, and Laydown.
Class 3. “Impulse Control.” This class will focus on the Stay, Leave It, and Drop It commands.
Class 4. “Leash Skills.” This class will focus on Loose Leash Walking, and an introduction to the Heel command.
Jacob M Strunk
About me and my training style: I started out my career in the dog industry about 6 years ago at a daycare and boarding facility. I worked at as a Pet Care Specialist/Group Play Supervisor for several years before taking the job of Lead Trainer. I worked at the facility as a trainer for about 2.5 years. With the onset of the Covid lockdowns, I decided it was the perfect time to start my own business, so I started River Valley D.O.G.S. in September of 2020. I am in the process of achieving my CCTBS (Certified Canine Training and Behavior Specialist) through the Animal Behavior Institute, and plan on graduating at the end of March. My training style is reward based, with emphasis on positive reinforcement. Dogs perform to a higher standard if they are working towards receiving a reward, as opposed to working to avoid a punishment. With that being said, I do take a balanced approach to dog training, and I will utilize all 4 quadrants of operant conditioning if the situation calls for it. Every dog is different, and there is no 1 size fits all approach to training.