The reason that I started to train dogs was to help improve the overall human/canine relationship. The reason I continue is that I love it.
We enjoy the process of training dogs, and the process of teaching and learning from their owners. We enjoy the company of dogs, and seize every opportunity to be around them. We enjoy watching the relationship between owner and dog improve as their communication improves.
Our dog training philosophy is based on the application of four main principles: Simplicity, Moderation, Balance, and Awareness. Our experience with dogs is influenced by these principles and informed by our study of dog breeds, dog behavior, the relationship between humans and dogs, dog body language, the ways that dogs react to people and people react to dogs.
What is Dog Training?Our definition is the act of intentionally communicating with a dog. It is a Practice, and something that should be practiced daily. It is a conversation that continues between the dog and the trainer or owner for life.
Purpose of Dog Training:While socialization helps to domesticate your puppy, dogs must also learn how to communicate with people in everyday life. Training is the key to effective, clear and consistent communication. This form of canine education is based on consistency, trust, and mutual respect.
Method of Dog Training:Argos Dog Training practices balanced dog training. We look to achieve balance between the owner and the dog in the dog’s environment and in the dog’s life. We balance our lesson time between teaching the owner and training the dog. To achieve this balance, we teach the dog owner how to reduce the latent stress that naturally occurs in a dog’s life; how to create structure in the relationship and environment of the dog; how to enhance the relationship between dog and owner; and how to improve communication between dog and owner. By doing these things, your dog will begin to give you more attention and look to follow your lead. To communicate with your dog we employ all four key concepts of operant conditioning in a disciplined, organized, and fun way. Our goal in communication is to teach your dog:
- Doing certain things is really good and will be rewarded
- Not doing certain things will cause loss of reward.
- To trust you; it is better to do what you, the owner, asks because your understanding of the environment is better and because you keep your dog’s best interests in mind.
- There are certain things that the dog cannot do, like being violent to get his/her way.