Dog Training

Obedience Training:

Obedience training is a phrase that is used to describe the essential training that is vital for your dog’s safety and well-being. It is based upon instilling behavior intended to keep your dog safe and capable of enjoying life as a responsible member of the community. In this regard, obedience training is more than teaching your dog to respond to commands such as “leave it”, “sit”, “stay”, or “come.”

It is teaching your dog how to behave in the absence of commands. For example, obedience training involves teaching a dog to distinguish between acceptable behavior (such as ignoring a plate filled with cheeseburgers on a picnic blanket) and unacceptable behavior (such as chewing furniture). An obedience-trained dog can become an “off leash” trustworthy dog that is a pleasure to be around.

Agility Training:

Agility training is the most advanced form of training. To a significant extent, it is a process of creatively channeling your dog’s natural instincts and inherent abilities. In the wild, dogs have to anticipate, run after their prey hurdling boulders, climb steep slopes, crawl under fallen logs, walk across natural bridges, and squeeze through thick brush. These intellectual and natural skills are called upon in agility training.

Negotiating an obstacle course is no easy task, particularly when it is timed. It requires the building of muscles, stamina, coordination, and it requires the learning of voice commands such as “fast”, “slow”, “right”, “left”, “up”, “down”, “under”, “over”, “away”, and others. In many respects agility training is the most advanced form of off leash training that a dog can enjoy. As an added bonus, agility training sharpens your dog’s problem solving capabilities while keeping your dog alert, vigorous, and confident.

Search and Rescue Training:

Search and rescue training is a form of advanced training that calls upon skills that utilize all five senses. We are proud to have a superb search and rescue trainer.

Private Training:

Many of our clients prefer to drop off their dog for a combination of daycare and one to one training with our head trainer. It is convenient and effortless, and it works. Dogs leave our facility better trained than when they arrived.

Trick Classes:

Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. And, at Playful Paws Dog Training Center it’s easy. Our trick classes are often described by our students as the most enjoyable educational experience that they share with their dog. It is fun for both the dog and its owner.

As an added bonus, trick classes challenge a dog to utilize its intellect while constructively channeling its energy. It is also a superb confidence builder. More importantly, the tricks learned in our classes will serve to enrich the life you share with your “best friend.”

Imagine how you would feel if you could open your front door and instruct your dog to bring you the newspaper that is lying on your driveway. Imagine how you would feel if you could alleviate a young child’s dog fear issues by instructing your dog to play dead. Yes, trick training is fun, but it results in many of the same benefits as obedience training.

Canine Good Citizen Test:

This class is for dogs who have completed Basic Obedience II. This test will include accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, appearance and grooming, walking on a loose lead, walking through a crowd, sit on command, down on command, staying in place, coming when called, reacting to distractions, and a test involving supervised separation. Appointment must be made with the instructor prior to the testing date.

SERVING IN THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITIES:

Odessa, Ozona, Oldsmar, Dunedin, Trinity, East Lake, Tarpon Springs, Holiday, New Port Richey, Keystone, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Clearwater, Oldsmar, Westchase

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