We believe that your dogs are absolutely perfect as they are. They don’t need tinkering to be the perfect dog. Unfortunately, most dogs are really terrible at being human. To make matters worse, most people make rather unfortunate dogs. So we have two different species trying to achieve cohabitation in a crazy human world, and just not quite getting it right. The object of Darwin Dogs is to teach people to how communicate with their dogs. To do that, you must have a common method of communication.
“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself up to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.” — Edward Hoagland
The more you respect your dog’s need to be a dog, the more they will respect the human world in which they live, and the easier a time they will have navigating the human world. Darwin Dogs is about both dogs and humans learning a common language to attain mutual respect.
We are different than big-box pet store trainers. Training is done in your home, so you and your pet can feel comfortable, not stressed in some strange location with other dogs. Typically, training is complete with just one 2-hour session. Yes! Just two hours and you are on your way to a calm, content pet. How does that happen?
We believe that our clients are able to think for themselves. They are go-getters who want to take action, not wait for other class members to catch up to their level. Let’s take a look at how the big box, 8 sessions of one-hour per-week dog training courses work:
Week 1: Learn to sit, followed by socialization with other dogs
Week 2: Relearn how to sit, learn recall (“come”) command, socialize with the other dogs
Week 3: Focus on some of the puppies/dogs who still haven’t learned how to sit, attempt to work with the one dog who has started nipping at the other dogs, try to introduce the “come” command again…
Unfortunately, after weeks and weeks of training sessions, most owners are lucky if their dog remembers what the word “sit” means. But what about many of the other issues dog owners encounter?
- Basic obedience (come, stay, etc)
- Dog Aggression/Reactivity
- Leash Etiquette
- Excitable Behavior
- Destructive Behavior
- Separation anxiety
- Counter Surfing (Grabbing food)
That list doesn’t even include some of the less common issues we have seen including: a dog who would attack the oven every time it was turned on, and even a dog who was terrified of the garage door!
We tailor training sessions to your dog’s needs, and to do that, we need to see them in their natural habitat: your home. At home, your dog is comfortable, with his family, and not stressed because he is surrounded by strange, barking, nervous dogs. How can you learn how to answer your door without doggie-drama anywhere but your own home? Your home presents unique challenges and situations that can’t be reproduced in a store environment. That’s why we come to you.
But, you may ask – two hours? Really? Really. Dogs are simple creatures. Not stupid, but simple. They communicate in simple terms, they have simple questions with simple answers. Once we teach you how to communicate with your dog in a way they understand, the rest is, well…simple!
Our methods are easy. We use the innovative PAW Method developed by Kerry Stack. We do not use any gimmicks, such as clickers, constant treats, etc. You learn how to communicate with your dog without cumbersome “extras”. We are against the use of shock collars. We do not believe there is ever a place in training for fear or pain when training a dog, so no yelling, hitting, etc. Communication based upon mutual respect is our goal.
After training, you are encouraged to contact us with questions, concerns or any issues that come up. You are never just left on your own after training. Call us the next day or 3 years later – we will answer your question and address any concerns.
Have questions? Please contact us either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone: 216-548-6905. We can discuss the particulars of the issues you’re encountering, and schedule an appointment if you’d like.We look forward to working with you and your dog!