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Easy Puppy and Dog Training Using Positive Reinforcement (Age 8-12)

This is a class on how to train a puppy or dog using positive reinforcement. This class is for people who have a puppy or dog right now. We will be training in class. Gain confidence knowing you are learning the best way to properly train your dog/puppy. Learn how to integrate and socialize your dog/puppy into your home and community. Learn how to organize all the dog toys daily so your dog is never bored with the same toys. Learn how to make foraging toys. Topics covered in this class: How to choose a dog, how to train a dog. Feel free to take this class again a second time as I add to it often and you can ask more questions in the live class discussion. Pros and cons of crate training.
Julie C.
133 total reviews for this teacher
14 reviews for this class
Completed by 112 learners
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45 minute class

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Students will learn about positive reinforcement training for dogs and puppies. Students will be able to apply positive reinforcement to their pets by the end of the class.    Positive reinforcement is when a favorable outcome, event, or reward occurs after an action that particular response or behavior will be strengthened.  Positive reinforcement involves the additional of reinforcing stimulus following a behavior that makes it more likely that the behavior will occur again in the future.
Students will learn how to use their voice with confidence when asking their dog to do a command.
We will go over basic commands such as sit, stay, high five, turn around, and come.  I can show you what I have taught my puppy Jett (born 12/03/2019).  It is simple.  It doesn't have to be hard.  Keep your training sessions short and fun.  Your dog will love training with you and being trained.  Training is a form of communication between you and your dog.  We can also talk about teething.  I can answer any questions at the end.
What will learners learn?  I will teach you how to teach your dog or puppy:
come or touch
stay or wait
high five
turn around
Students will learn how to use treats as a positive reward for their dog or puppy.   Students will learn how to use praise as a positive reward too.
Students will learn what positive reinforcement is and how to use it when training their pet.  Each pet is different.  Find what motivates your pet. 
Students will learn basic commands and why it is important. 
Organization of dog toys: Students will learn how to organize the dog toys any why its important for them to be picked up off the floor at the end of each day(several reasons).
How to make a potty and feeding schedule.
I have had numerous dogs in my life from puppy age to very old aged dogs.  I have taught my own three children how they can teach basic training commands for our dogs and how to care for them.  I have taken my chocolate lab to the MSPCA for nose search training and advanced dog training. I recently brought home a new puppy. My 8 year old Chocolate Lab is reactive  so I have had to continually train her. .
Homework will involve practicing with your dog with what we have done in class.  Students will practice the commands learned in class with their dog 3-5 times per day for 5-10 minutes foe each session.   
Lots of soft chewy puppy or dog treats. Smaller the treat the better as we will be dispensing lots of them to the dog/puppy. A leash and dog collar. It can be any leash or collar. The best leash is a nylon or leather leash that is 6 feet long. The best training collar I know of is a martingale collar. The leash that I use is a 6 foot nylon leash in any color. The flex leashes are difficult to use when doing the training we are going to do in class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
If you do not have a clicker and want to purchase one similar to mine after or before class.  This one resembles mine. 


This is the halter my puppy wears.

This is the collar my older dog wears.

Someone asked me for a dog bowl recommendation for puppies who like to splash in their water bowls.  This water bowl keeps them from swimming in the bowl.  Also no water mess on the floor  


Julie C.
Lives in the United States
Art, drawing, clay
133 total reviews
271 completed classes

About Me

Hi.  I am Julie and I currently live in Massachusetts.
I teach art (drawing, clay) and puppy/dog training classes(life skills).
I am certified to teach art in Massachusetts.  I am certified to teach Elementary school in NH, and FL.  I have been... 
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