So Why Train Your Dog?

"Correct training serves to strengthen the bond between dog and  owner,
build communication, and gain mutual respect."

The Polish Pooch Philosophy:

Our philosophy is simpy - just like people, every dog is uniquely driven.
 Some are shy, some energetic, some are dominant, some have a history of fear, but all are social,
pack driven animals that have a natural understanding of instinctive leadership.

Dogs learn best through consistency and casual reasoning.
They crave the security of knowing their place and thrive when they know the expected.

It is important to remember your dog is a significantly loved member of your family and should be treated as such. But, if you fail to establish a working relationship with your dog, you will begin working for your dog. Simply put, your dog then starts training you! For example, if your dog continuously barks at you and you give in, you are communicating that barking in your face is the acceptable and desired behavior.
Meridith's training program helps replace the inappropriate "demand barking" with a more acceptable behavior.

  We will teach you how your dog learns and help you understand why they are driven that way.  

The Polished Pooch Way:

We LOVE reward based training!
And it is superior to short sighted bribery framed training.
 
Although we introduce some of our training using treats to  connect the initial concept of the desired behavior, we refuse to use bribery techniques that continuously rely on food!

To have a truely balanced dog, you must focus on all three areas of training, not just obedience.

Socialization is extremely important. Proper socialization is valuable for dogs of all ages, not just puppies. It exposes them to new situations and allows them to develop skills to cope with new experiences in a positive and confident manner. This can be especially beneficial for dogs that become easily agitated or over excited. Meridith reminds clients that dogs are instinctively social animals. For hundreds of years they lived in social packs. There was a leader of this pack and there were more submissive member of this pack. Just as you see in a litter of young puppies, there are dominate puppies and there are quieter-submissive puppies. Dominate puppies are usually the fat one who push their way to be the first in line to eat. And again, there are smaller more submissive puppies that learn to wait patiently.

Secondly, the word behavior can be defined as the way in which one acts or conducts oneself.  The word training can be defined as the action of teaching a person or animal a particular skill or type of behavior. Behavioral  Training focuses on modifying undesirable behaviours and replacing them with a desired behavior. We teach things such as; how to meet a friendly stranger, replaces demand barking with more acceptable behavior, and potty training issues, jumping, counter surfing, etc.

And finally, obedience training. This is the more traditional training, "come", "sit", "stay", "off", "leave-it", etc.
We use all three of these training areas to create a perfectly balanced dog.

  We will teach you how your dog learns and 
help you understand why they are driven that way.  

Do you really want to wear a fanny pack full of treats
around for the rest of your dog’s life bribing him to behave?