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Training Philosophy

Greg heeling Belgian Malinois

Training Goals and Philosphy

Greg's goal is to bring out the best in any dog he's working. Through his understanding of dogs and training, he is able to tailor the training program to a dog's individual needs.

Three Phases of Training:

  • Teaching and Building Drive - through the use of motivators and markers. All three phases start with developing the "want to" using primary reinforcers.
  • Continue to Build and Refine - what the dog has learned in stage one. Incrementally improving their concentration and demanding more accuracy through a step by step process of challenging and thoughtful stressors while demanding more precision/accuracy.
  • Accountability Stage - establishing reliability through responsibility. Only when the dog 100% knows the exercises can we shift the responsibility on the dog. Teaching the other side of the coin - the "have to".