Training with positive, scientific methods.
We’re all here for the love of dogs. We want to spend every moment of the day with them, and we adore their quirks, but sometimes, we wish we just knew what was going on in that fluffy little head, or how to ask them to do what we want. Here’s the thing: all behavior is communication. Dogs can’t talk, so they use their body language and their actions to tell us what they’re thinking. They’re remarkably candid - they don’t dissemble! But as humans, we don’t start out knowing how to speak dog, and often times we miss our dog’s signals or get frustrated by how they’re trying to communicate with us.
At the Candid Canine, I teach you how to cross the language barrier with your dog. We start by learning how your dog communicates, and then I teach you how to use a really simply scientific principle (and cookies!) to ask your dog for certain behaviors and reward them for getting it right. The training you’ll be taught through The Candid Canine utilizes a technique called Positive Reinforcement, and it’s super simple: behavior that has a positive outcome is more likely to be repeated, so we use things your dog loves (treats, playtime with that favorite ball, or scratches) to reward the behaviors we like to see, which encourages your dog to repeat them! There’s no need to punish behaviors you want to see your dog stop doing - science shows it’s actually far more effective to teach your dog what you’d like them to do instead!
It’s really important to me that both you and your dog are comfortable with the training practices I teach you and that training is a positive experience! To ensure that, all of my training practice follows what’s known as the LIMA protocol: we make sure that every way we’re looking to modify behavior is the “least intrusive” and “minimally aversive.” That means that we’re prioritizing positive solutions and ways of training that give your dog lots of choice, over things that might appear to work “faster” but might be an unpleasant experience for your dog in the process.
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The Candid Canine is insured through the Business Insurers of the Carolinas for dog training and pet-sitting services.
Types of Training Offered
We encourage and reward calm behavior, keeping all four feet on the floor (no jumping), politely soliciting attention, appropriate behavior around human food, and all the other behaviors generally considered “polite” or “good manners.”
Voluntary Veterinary Participation
A trip to the vet doesn’t have to be stressful! Zoos and aquariums have been training their exotic animals to voluntarily participate in their own healthcare for year using positive reinforcement. It reward-based techniques can to teach a tiger to willingly get an injection, or a moose to stand for a hoof trim, we can tailor a training plan help your dog be more calm and comfortable during their next veterinary visit.
Tired of having your arm pulled off? We’ll teach your dog why it’s worthwhile to walk with you, rather than pulling at the end of the leash or straining to meet other dogs. Loose-leash walking is an important skill to help all dogs master!
Not all training has to be serious or practical! One great benefit of training “silly” or “trick” behaviors is that they introduce all sorts of novelty into your dog’s routine, and also challenge them to innovate and think outside the box. Aside from just being fun for everyone involved, trick training can also help improve your dog’s balance and strength, and function as a new type of “indoor exercise routine” for those rainy Seattle days!
Coming reliably when called can literally save your dog’s life - and make yours easier on regular basis! We'll turn recalls into a game that has your dog rocketing back to your side reliably, without stopping to smell the flowers on the way.
What else do you need?
The Candid Canine can tailor a training program to anything you and your dog need to work on! A training plan can address any combination of these different categories, or help you with the unique challenges you and your dog face. Please reach out and let us know what you’re looking for!
Due to liability issues, The Candid Canine does not address aggression or severe reactivity issues, nor work with dogs with those issues.
The Candid Canine also does not accept dogs with bite histories as clients.