We are a positive reinforcement training facility and require our students practice reward based training which includes operant conditioning training, clicker training, and how to apply classical conditioning. We do not allow or support any training methods that use pain, intimidation, or fear. Our code of humane animal ethics can be viewed at https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/PPGs-Guiding-Principles and http://www.ccpdt.org/about-us/code-of-ethics/
Positive Reinforcement means that reward is used to gain a behavior you want. The more a behavior is rewarded, the more frequently the behavior will be offered. Reward increases behavior.
The clicker is training tool that makes a CLICK sound which is paired with a small food reward. The click lets your dog know that they choose the correct behavior and the food reinforces the behavior. Clicker training accelerates your dogs’ learning potential. Clicker training uses operant conditioning which means we pair a behavior with a reward system. This is the same training technique that is commonly used in marine mammal training, and can be used with any animal species. Clicker training allows dogs to try new behaviors and learn through problem solving instead of punishment. By allowing our dogs creativity in their learning process, it not only creates a positive learning experience, but also helps our dogs grasp new concepts at a faster rate.
No. The clicker is just intended to teach a new behavior. Once your dog learns the behavior on a verbal cue or hand signal, you will not have to use the clicker.
Our students can use any one of the following tools which includes flat collars, martigale collars, Easy Walk Harnesses, head harnesses, solid 4 -6 foot leashes, clickers, and food rewards. We do not use chokers, prongs, shock collars, spray bottles, or sound aversion.
What to Expect In Class
Yes. If you’d like to enroll 2 dogs from the same household, we can accommodate. Each dog requires one person to accompany them.
Of course. We want for each student to get the most out of their classes. If you miss a class, you can make up the week you missed in another session, or schedule a make- up private lesson for a reduced rate of $25.
No worries. Attending a new group class can be exciting for most dogs. If needed, we use visual barriers to help dogs to learn to work around distractions, and we provide chews to keep dogs occupied during discussion.
Of course! We love to involve the family with training and strongly support all family members to be involved with training their dog.
We are lucky to have an indoor training space, so we rarely have weather cancellations. But if weather impedes safe travel, or our agility classes are rained out, we contact our students by phone and email. Students can also contact us directly at 443-481-7612, or the front desk at Happy Tails Pet Resort 410-923-1131, to inquire about weather cancellations.
Not a problem. Let us know what your dogs’ limitations are and we can discuss.
No. All dog breeds are welcome.
Ha ha, not at all. Accidents will happen and we have easy to clean floors and outside potty area. No worries about potty fails in class.
We do not have a reactive dog group class. If your dog is experiencing reactivity or aggression on leash with people or dogs, we will set you up with a behavior consultation and help you navigate what your next steps will be. Our private lesson program is great for dogs that need extra help and can offer a better learning environment.
You can make credit card payments through our website, and we also accept checks or cash on site.
Of course! Just let us know which class you are interested in, and we’d love to have you sit in as our guest. We offer this service just for humans and are open to friends and family attending as well.
We have stairs leading up to our classroom with hand rails, but are not wheelchair accessible at this time. If you do have special needs please let us know and we will aim to accommodate.
Just give us a call. We are happy to help you decide which program will best fit you and your dog.