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ABOUT CLICKER TRAINING
Clicker training involves the use of a small noisemaker to tell
the dog what he’s done right; because it speeds learning,
it enables owners to teach everything at an incredibly fast rate.
This makes it perfect for those with busy lives and hectic schedules,
because less is truly more!
The basic concept of clicker training involves focusing on what
the dog is doing correctly; by doing this, the dog learns what the
owner wants, and repeats it again and again because it’s rewarding
for him. Because the sound of the click is not a command but a “marker”
(sort of like taking a picture), the clicker is only needed in the
short term and is then phased out (clickers are phased out by the
fifth week of our Beginning Obedience classes). Owners still give
commands to the dog to tell him what they want him to do. Because
clicker training doesn’t employ leash corrections or any type
of force, it’s perfect for dogs of all ages and temperaments
and owners of all abilities.
We offer a variety of small, semi-private group classes. Whenever
possible, we encourage the entire family to attend classes, since
everyone has to live with the dog, and the dog needs to respond
to each person who lives in the house. Prospective students are
always welcome to observe our classes and talk to currently-enrolled
students without making any prior arrangements; please leave Fido
at home when you come to observe.
Beginning Obedience (6 weeks)
Open to dogs ages 16 weeks to adult. Teach your dog to respond
to a variety of commands in household situations, such as sit, lie
down, come when called both indoors and outdoors, sit for petting
instead of jumping up, walking politely on a leash, settle, off,
leave it and attention. Individual behavior issues like barking,
digging, chewing and mouthing are also addressed. The instructor
is available for assistance via phone or email between classes to
guide students and answer questions.
Advanced Obedience (6 weeks)
A continuation of the Beginning class, Advanced Obedience works
to generalize dogs to distractions such as people, places, other
dogs and animals and more. Students move to off-leash work in this
class, and continue working on earlier goals such as greeting strangers
politely without jumping and loose-leash walking. Dogs are introduced
to the formal stay in this class. In addition, dogs and owners are
prepared for AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test, a ten-part manners
exam open to all breeds and mixed breeds.
Taking It To The Streets (4 weeks)
Offered spring through fall, this class meets in public places
such as coffee shops and pet stores to work on dog manners in the
real world. This class is individualized to the needs of the students
in the group. Some of the major goals for this class include paying
attention around distractions, loose-leash walking, and greeting
Fun and Games (5 weeks)
This class, offered fall through spring, is open to all dogs who’ve
taken the Beginning class. Teach your dog fun tricks such as roll
over, crawl, balance a biscuit on the nose, take a bow, spin, wave
and more. Keep your dog occupied during the winter by teaching mind-stimulating
tricks, and keep yourself entertained!
Rally Obedience and Competitive Obedience
These classes are open to those interested in competing as well
as serious handlers; admittance is by evaluation only. Please contact
us for more information.
Ideal for those who have busy schedules or prefer the convenience
of learning at home, in-home lessons are tailored to your needs.
Some of the more common problems we deal with in the home include
housetraining, jumping up, not coming when called, stealing food
or objects from counters and pulling on the leash. Owners select
the behaviors that the dog will learn with the guidance of the trainer.
Contact us for more information on in-home lessons.
For behavior problems like aggression, fear or shyness and separation
anxiety, the guidance of a professional is often required. We can
set up a plan to help your dog be a polite and relaxed member of
your household through behavior modification and prevention. Please
contact us via phone if your dog has growled at or bitten you, growled
at or bitten someone else (regardless of the severity), or if you
have any questions regarding your dog’s behavior.
Beechwold Veterinary Hospital
4590 Indianola Ave.
Columbus, OH 43214
Riverside Drive Animal Care Center
6924 Riverside Dr.
Dublin, OH 43017