When you put your much loved dog in the hands of a trainer at a day train or ‘boot camp’ do you actually know what you’re going to get? At the very least, you expect competence, kindness and care. But in an unregulated industry, trainers can be hazy about the methods they use and even hazier about the evidence on which they’re based. But all that is about to change. A new breed of trainers is coming onto the scene. They’re professional, highly qualified and committed to exceptional service. At DogSense, we’re proud to be one of the first of this new breed and we’re bringing owners into our world via webcam to see just how we make a difference.
When your dog is at ‘bootcamp’ or in dog daycare training, you have to take a lot on trust. When you pick him up in the evening, he can’t tell you what kind of a day he’s had. For sure, you should be able to see if he’s learned anything, but you won’t know how he’s learned. And that’s important. At best, you need to be able to know what to do to reinforce the training at home. At worst, if the trainer has used a short, sharp, shock approach, there may be quick results, but it will almost certainly be at a price for your dog in the longer term.
Now, thanks to far more advanced knowledge of exactly how dogs learn, higher standards of education for trainers and modern technology, a completely different caliber of training is available to owners, one that we’re pioneering at our DogSense headquarters in Minnesota.
We want to sweep away the folklore that surrounds dog training and be completely open to owners seeing us in action. We want them to know how they can apply similar methods in their day-to-day routines to make the training effective and really ‘sticky’.
We use entirely positive and proven methods, based on solid education in animal behavior from a world-leading training institution, the Academy for Dog Trainers. And owners can see it for themselves by logging into the webcam in real time when their dog is being trained and pick up on the techniques for themselves.
We think it’s way past time to raise the bar in the training we give our dogs. In a world of whisperers and listeners, myth and misconception, we want owners to be able to demand the best. It’s what we’d demand for ours.