Set Up a Safe Training Session Outdoors

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Does your dog listen to you when you are at home but ignore you at the park? That’s because training indoors with minimal distraction is very different from training outdoors where you are competing with a myriad of scents, sounds, and other environmental distractions. Before you take your dog out into distracting environments like the park, it’s best to practice training in a quiet, safe outdoor space.

Handling at Home

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A healthy dog is a happy dog, so it’s important to catch health problems before they occur. Teaching your dog to be comfortable with wellness checks at home helps you catch problems early. It also helps to set up your dog for success at the vet so that when it is time for a visit, your dog will already be comfortable with handling—from nose to tail!

Expanding Your Dog’s Foundation Skills

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Building strong foundation behaviors is an investment that will demonstrate value throughout your dog’s training. For example, targeting is an essential foundation behavior that can be used to teach many useful and complex behaviors, such as guiding an animal to a particular place (into a kennel or onto a scale) or around objects—a foundation for many dog sports.

Sharing Positive Training and the KPA Way

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Brian Burton and Sarah Fraser, both 2014 graduates of the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Dog Trainer Professional (DTP) program co-founded Instinct Dog Behavior & Training. Their business has grown tremendously in recent years, from initially offering only in-home services to operating from a small space in New York City, to operating from a larger New York City space to the decision to create a franchise model.