Dogs are silly, lovable characters who come into our homes without knowing our human-world rules. Your dog is thinking: "What? No digging in the backyard? No jumping up to greet new people at the door? You mean I can't pee in the dining room?"
That's where You Silly Dog comes in!
You Silly Dog uses compassionate, effective, pain and force-free training methods based on positive reinforcement. Alisa will teach you how to be proactive rather than reactive to your dog's behavior — to teach rather than correct your dog, to reward rather than punish, to guide and not force — to show your four-legged friend respect and meet them at their level.
You Silly Dog offers a variety of group puppy and dog training classes and in-home lessons in Baltimore, Maryland.
Why should you train your dog? Here are some of the benefits:
Bonding and Relationship
Training is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your dog. Your dog will enjoy learning new behaviors, and earning praise and rewards. You will delight in seeing your dog think, learn and have light bulb moments. Training will help you communicate with your dog and have him learn his place in the family. As you would with a human child, you will establish boundaries and guidelines and a system for rewards and gentle consequences (such as timeouts) for behavior. When you are consistent and reliable and show your dog what he needs to do through positive, force-free training, your dog will feel confident, happy, loved and safe.
It’s important that your dog knows the rules for his own safety. He should sit and wait rather than running out the front door or come when called when he’s about to run in the street. He should also know how to drop or leave inappropriate and hazardous items that he could swallow. Give your dog the knowledge and skills he needs to remain safe.
Does your dog like to pull on leash to greet dogs and people? Does your dog like to greet people paws first? Does he bark when he wants your attention? Training will help teach your dog good manners and improve his impulse control. Teach him that the fastest way to get what he wants is to do what you want such as walking nicely on leash, keeping four paws on the floor, sitting and waiting his turn, waiting for permission to greet a dog or person and quietly and politely letting you know he wants attention.
Would you get bored after a while if every day of your life you just ate and slept? Well, your dog does too! Give your dog daily opportunities to release his excess energy through mental activity. This will help your dog enjoy life and prevent behavioral problems before they start. Training will keep his mind active and engaged. Trick training is also a fun, light-hearted way to spend time together and to teach your dog a new behavior.