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 week ago
The team at Innovative K9 is spectacular! They truly care for your dog's well being and sending you home with a well rounded dog. They took our really well behaved dog and polished out some focus and impulse issues and now we are so happy! We will be using Innovative K9 for all of our future pups!
5 out of 5 starsposted 2 months ago
I am so fortunate to have found Innovative K9 Academy. David and his trainers have been so helpful in training my dog. I recommend the boot camp to every dog owner I know. I have worked with several trainers to help stop my dog's challenging behaviors. David and his team worked with my dog during boot camp and have been very available in the year following the boot camp. If I encountered a problem with my dog's behavior, K9 Academy would do home visits to teach me how to correct the bad behavior. I can honestly say, the boot camp was the best thing I could have done to help my dog with his aggression and I was able to learn how to be a better dog owner and trainer. Highly recommended!
5 out of 5 starsposted 2 months ago
I sent our rescue to Innovative K9 after we were told she needed some serious training to help settle her from a bad situation that she had come from. She was skittish and unsure of herself before her 10 day stay. I had minimal expectations because our puppy was so young (barely 5 months old), but the basic commands they taught her and having the platform bed changed the dynamics of our household when she returned. She felt confident that she had her spot and we knew she was safe and not getting into mischief. I would have never thought of the platform bed and to this day we still use it and it’s her safe zone! We are now trying to teach our “old dog” (10 year old lab) some of our puppies new tricks and he is loving it. Thanks for helping us rescue a lost soul and turn her into our loving family member!