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Advanced Group Dog Training Classes

   Typical dog training classes generally consist of a group of dogs and their owners attending weekly classes. The material covered is almost always very basic, simply because owners' needs and wants differ, and the dogs themselves are individuals with different temperaments, dispositions, and personalities. Dogs can can also have different aptitudes, even if they're the same age, because of what each has, or has not, been exposed to during the normal course of their lives. As you might expect, class material is limited to items common to all owners.

   While it's true that, by virtue of being a group environment, classes have certain elements of socialization built-in, trying to combine socialization with training can backfire and actually setup dogs to perceive training as negative. Consider, for example, dogs entering a group training environment. Upon seeing other members of their own species, each dog is likely to want to investigate the other dogs. Not only can creating the desire to want to immediately interact with another dog instill bad habits in the dogs, each owner must then restrain their dog from interacting with the other dogs. Can you see how something this simple can setup the dog to perceive training as negative? In essence, training starts off on a negative foot, which is the exact opposite of what we want. This is one reason why we separate training from socialization sessions altogether.

   To try to compensate for these issues, some training companies offer different levels of classes such as basic, intermediate and advanced classes. The trouble with this approach is that not only do owners waste valuable time taking course after course, they often end up spending most of their time in the upper-level classes trying to overcome the bad habits they inadvertently taught the dog in the basic level class! Additionally, there's a finite window in which to shape desirable behaviors and prevent bad habits from forming in puppies. Attending a series of group courses results in owners missing out on this prime window of opportunity that once closed can never again be reopened. (For more on this topic, click here.)

   It is for these reasons that we developed our one-on-one Phase Training Program. You and your dog will learn much more in a shorter amount of time, and in a more appropriate setting, than a group class. In fact, people often tell us that they learn more in just the first session of a Phase Training Program than they learned in all the classes they've taken over their entire lives! That says a lot, and is why we no longer offer group obedience classes.

   Our Advanced Group Training is reserved for special cases in which dogs already proficient with standard obedience have difficulty performing under heavy distraction. Advanced Group Training is often conducted in different locations; indoors at our training center, outdoors, and depending upon the students, we may take an excursion.

   Keep in mind that if your dog reacts negatively towards other dogs or people, advanced group training is not the best choice. That's not to say that reactive dogs are all incorrigible; we're merely stating that other training options may be more effective initially. Sometimes dogs react negatively to people, other animals, objects, situations, etc. that they're not familiar with, so if your dog has not previously been properly socialized, we wouldn't want to flood his or her senses to the point where he or she reacts fearfully or aggressively to an unfamiliar situation. It would be smarter to instead acclimate a reactive dog to training in a more appropriate environment first, then introduce him or her to a group environment later. After all, how fair would it be to subject a dog to trying to learn while it's being overwhelmed by an environment to the point of reacting negatively?

   If your dog is already proficient with obedience, but has trouble performing amidst high distraction, an Advanced Group Training Course might be right for you. For all other training, consider a Phase Training Program, as Phase Training Programs are tailored to meet your specific needs. Of course, you can always contact us, and we'll gladly help assess which type of training is the best fit for you and your dog.

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321 Iron Point Rd.
Folsom, CA 95630
2201 Francisco Dr.
Suite 140-102
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Feel free to ask to see a demo and we'll show you an example of a dog who has learned to Heel, Sit, Stay, Come, etc. off-leash, in the face of distraction anywhere in the real world (not just some training area), including at a dog park with other dogs running around like maniacs!


Quick appointments available for Sacramento and surrounding areas including Fair Oaks, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Granite Bay, Roseville, Loomis, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, Placerville, Lake Tahoe and more. We are available for travel to other areas of California and Nevada on a case by case basis. Contact us for details.