What Will My Dog and I Learn?
Creating a mutually beneficial partnership between you and your dog is the foundation for all our training programs. You may need to teach your dog to work alongside you throughout the day, or perhaps you wish your dog had good manners at home and out on a walk. We work with you and your dog in these four ways to achieve the goals you set.
We begin with basic exercises like sit, down, stay, and walk nicely on leash. You and your dog may also learn some behaviors unique to service dog teams. All dogs benefit from learning basic good manners. You and your dog may enjoy learning a trick or two as well.
All dogs need to learn how to get along well with other dogs and the people they may meet. This is especially important for service dogs. Your dog will learn to relax and enjoy working with you around many other people and dogs.
If your dog has troublesome behaviors—such as jumping up, barking, digging, overexcitement, anxiety—your instructor will develop a customized plan to help you and your dog work through these problems.
Whether you are in our Best Friends program or a Service Dog program, your dog can learn to help you in some ways at home. You and your instructor will choose the tasks that will benefit you. Turning lights on/off, help with balance, help with laundry, retrieving objects, helping you remove clothing, alerting you to the doorbell, oven timer, telephone, or smoke alarm. Going for help. And on and on. The possibilities are nearly endless!