Contact Us & Our Training Philosophy
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Our Training Philosophy: "Balanced Training - Balanced Dogs"
Here at Allegiant K9s we believe in "Balanced Training." Balanced training is a combination of positive reinforcement (reward-based training) and accountability (rules, structure and consequences/corrections). Balanced training allows dogs to have positive experiences and fun with training while still holding them accountable for their decisions; therefore, ensuring commands are reliable and effective and behavior is appropriate, even in highly distracting environments.
We start off all training with positive reinforcement (reward-based training). Positive reinforcement is excellent for teaching dogs what we want them to do: sit, down, stay, go to your place, come, no (for all unwanted behaviors like jumping, counter surfing, barking, playing too rough, etc), heel on leash, etc. However, positive reinforcement alone does nothing to ensure dogs will actually do all those behaviors reliably, especially when we need them to do it most. There has to be some level of accountability or your dog will only obey commands when the reward (food, touch, praise, toy, engagement, etc) is worth it. If something in the environment (squirrels, other dogs, children running, guests coming in the home, food on the counter, etc) is more enticing and exciting then what you have to offer, then your commands go "out the window" when the dog knows it won't be held accountable. Basically, it is more fun to "be a bad dog" than it is to "be a good dog." What happens when an aggressive dog would much rather tear into another dog instead of focus on a treat or toy from you while on a leash walk? What happens when a dog finds jumping on people WAY MORE fun and rewarding then getting a treat for sitting? What happens when a fear-aggressive dog still wants to bite strangers even if the strangers are non-threatening and offering treats? And what happens when your canine buddy refuses to come when called despite all the praise and treats you offer? This is why BALANCE is so important and when we provide a good balance for our dogs, we have a much HEALTHIER relationship with them.
We use advanced "collar pressure" training via E Collars/remote collars. Collar pressure training is a very calm, quiet, clear, humane, non-abrasive, and reliable communication technique.
Why E Collar/remote collar?
1.Results- Simply put: proper E Collar pressure training succeeds where other training tools and techniques have failed owners and have failed dogs, especially in areas of recall (coming when called), leash pulling/leash reactivity and nuisance behaviors such as barking, jumping on guests, fence fighting, etc. Many clients that come to Dave have tried 100% positive reinforcement with other trainers to no avail and then find massive results and improvement with Dave's training.
2. Reliability: E Collar training provides reliable communication & control of your dog, even in the most distracting environments.
3. SAFETY - when it comes to things like training a dog off leash or managing a dog that has reactivity issues, there is no other safer option than proper E collar training.
4. Calm, quiet, precise communication- communication is clear, timely, calm and quiet. No need for abrasive leash corrections, raising a voice, or bribery to get our dogs to comply with commands.
5. Owner does not need to rely on physical strength to handle and communicate with their dog. We should not need to rely on physical strength to communicate with our dogs.
6. Calmer and happier dogs and more confident and happier owners Proper, reliable & effective communication sets dogs and owners up for success, which leads to much more enjoyable relationship. Check out the HUNDREDS of videos on Allegiant K9s Facebook and this webpage combined.
More detail on our philosophy...
More times than not, when a dog is having "issues" it is because one of the key ingredients is missing. Many owners feel like "loving their dog to the moon and back" is all it takes to raise a well-balanced and happy dog. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Love is a key ingredient, but by itself, it falls well short of what our dogs need to truly be well-balanced and happy.
1. Exercise: Dogs need and deserve an "outlet." They need appropriate exercise, stimulation and engagement in their world.
2. Clear & Consistent Communication: Dogs need and deserve to be communicated with clearly. Dogs deserve good QUALITY training.
3. Positive Exposure to the World: Dogs need and deserve to experience the world (more than just the house and the backyard) in a positive light. It builds confidence, "soundness" and a well socialized dog. Plus, dogs WANT to get out and explore the world! The house and backyard get very boring very quickly.
4. Love: Dogs need and deserve our love, compassion and patience.
5. Discipline: Dogs need boundaries and rules. In fact, they THRIVE with them. Dogs are much calmer, more well-balanced and overall happier when they know exactly what is expected of them and then held accountable for their actions. Dogs, just like people, cannot do whatever they want whenever they want. Fair discipline is a key factor for a well-balanced dog.