Reward Based Dog Training Methods
The system of dog training we use was put together by one of the top pet dog, sport dog, and protection dog trainers in the world, Michael Ellis. His innovative training system is changing the way many dog trainers around the country train dogs. It is a scientifically based system that combines many of the best aspects of the past with new developments in the worlds of pet dog training, sport training, police K9 training and service dog training techniques. Using the psychological philosophies of operant and classical conditioning (Pavlov’s theory), Michael developed a reward-based system that breaks down complicated exercises into much smaller parts.
Before we ever ask for anything from any dog, we build a relationship of mutual trust through positive reinforcement. With the use of food or toys, we prepare a dog to become engaged and eager to please. Our dog training system makes them WANT to obey us, which makes it very fun and easy to train them. Each training session really becomes playtime, full of games, food rewards and toy play for both the dog and trainer.
Once the dog fully understands what is expected on a specific command, we use fair and consistent corrections to prevent disobedient behaviors. In other words, the dog must know exactly why it is getting corrected so it can avoid that correction in the future. This correction must come only after we are 100% sure that the dog knows the command and is simply choosing to ignore it. The chain pet stores would love to make you believe that you can train your dog completely with just food and praise. Around 80% of our clients have already tried these methods and did not find the help that they needed and continued to look for a better solution. We believe that the balance between reward and discipline is crucial to make the most confident, stable and well-rounded dog possible. Watch our videos to see the disposition of dogs we have trained.
The dog training methods we use works for all breeds, sizes, ages and temperaments.
- Obedience Training
- Agility Training
- Puppy Training
- Dog Aggression
- Human Aggression
- Fearful Dogs
- Nervous Dogs
- Potty Training
- Therapy Training
- Service Dog Training
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5 out of 5 starsposted 1 month ago
Our two year old staffy Lucius went to Innovative K9 for training. He left our house a wild naughty dog and now that he's home, he's a celebrity! Everyone wants to hang out with Lucius because he's such a good boy. Morning walks are a dream instead of something I dread. He is confident, secure and obedient. Things that used to make him go berserk (like a dog walking past our house) is now a non-issue as he sits obediently by my feet as cool as ever. It's amazing. Three weeks feels like a long time in the moment, (Lucius ended up being four) but put your trust in David and you'll be amazed at the results. ?
5 out of 5 starsposted 2 weeks ago
Definitely worth every dollar. I couldn’t believe my eyes it was like a completely different dog came home. I was say close to perfect. I can now enjoy her to the fullest!
5 out of 5 starsposted 1 month ago
I have a rottweiler/husky mix that was very aggressive with other dogs and was considering putting her to sleep to avoid risk of an incident or lawsuit but put her through the 3 week course instead. She has improved very much and doesn't show aggression to other dogs like she did before and is much more obedient as well. She took a little longer than 3 weeks but they worked with her until they got the desired result. She got sick so had to take some time off training but I recently did boarding with innovative k9 academy as well since I was out of town and figured she could use the extra training as well. Very pleased with the results and glad I did boarding with them. I've never used a kennel and wasn't sure what the best option was but I will be using them going forward. Also, they have the group classes every other week after the bootcamp which helps so she doesn't regress and is exposed to other dogs.