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Day Training

Rocco's Pack Day Training Crew
Rocco’s Pack Day Training Crew

Day training occurs on Tuesdays and Thursday and consists of:

  1. field trips
  2. exercise
  3. training
  4. environmental enrichment and
  5. socialization

Drop off at Rocco’s Pack is between 8:30am and 8:45am.  Once everyone is droppped off, we usually do a short walk to burn off the initial energy and excitement about being at Rocco’s Pack!  Then we go for our outing.  Outings vary from week to week; they usually consist of a local dog park, a dog friendly scenic destination where we can do a group walk or a dog friendly swimming destination.

After the outing, we come back to Rocco’s Pack and everyone gets a chance to rest a bit and re-energize for training.  Usually, during this time, dogs are given dog puzzles, games or other environmental enrichment options.

The afternoon consists of training, often times occurring one on one and in a group, depending on the dogs needs.  Intermittently throughout the afternoon, dogs are rotated throughout the various activities, i.e., one on one training, group training, environmental enrichment, socialization sessions and walks.

It’s by far the most comprehensive type of training you can give your dog without having to leave him overnight.

If you’re a first time day training client, we require that you enroll your dog in 4 consecutive day training sessions to start off.  This gives us an opportunity to get to know your dog and assess your dog’s social needs and limits as well as training opportunities.  After the initial four sessions, you can bring your dog as often or as little as you’d like.  Just let us know and we’ll reserve a spot for your pooch!

Puppy Obedience at Calusa Crossing Animal Hospital

We’re bringing City Dog! to Calusa Crossing Animal Hospital.  Read more here.

Starting on Monday, June 10th at 6pm, open-enrollment puppy obedience classes will be offered.  No worries if you can’t start on that day.  The classes are open enrollment, so you can start whenever is good for you.

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Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of class.[/tab] [tab]Calusa Crossing Animal Hospital

12801 SW 134th Court

Miami, FL 33186[/tab] [tab] Your dog (otherwise, we’ll be forced to teach you to sit/stay)

A regular buckle collar or harness (no prong, choke or shock collars)

A 4-6 feet non-retractable leash

Lots of small, chewy treats

Your vaccination records if you are not a Calusa Crossing client

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To sign up for classes:

1) Complete the enrollment form below

2) After submitting your form, you can pay online via paypal or you can provide payment (cash or check) the first day of class

Please arrive approximately 15 minutes before the start time, so you and your pooch can acclimate to the environment.

A Story About a Golden

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Here she is retrieving and then effectively guarding.

Since I’ve been thinking a lot about resource guarding and trying to understand it a little better.  I started to think about ways I could make Goldie willingly, on her own give me her toy.  One thing that occurred to me is that she first has to trust and like me.  So we spent the days in the park going for walks.  I would walk, call her and when she came, I would reward her.  The whole time that she walked by my side, I’d verbally mark her behavior with a high, happy pitched “Goooood”!  Constantly using the same verbiage, which consisted of “Goldie, Come”, “Gooooooood” and “Let’s Go”.  Remember, English as a second language for these guys.  She did well with that.

Next step was bringing out the frisbee.  The first few times she got the frisbee, she was clear with Stella and Rocco that they weren’t gonna have it.  I tried going over several times and she ran even further and shoved the pups away.  So I turned the other way, called Rocco and Stella and created fun for us away from her.  Pretty soon she found herself all alone with the frisbee.  Yikes!  What fun is that?  Meanwhile, Rocco and Stella are over here having all sorts of fun, running and getting praise and rewards for doing all kinds of neat things.  She soon realizes she wants to be part of that and rejoins us.  When she does, frisbee-less, she is welcomed, praised and reinforced for following using the same verbiage of “Goooooood”, “Let’s Go” and “Goldie, Come”.

The next step…drumroll please!  I introduced a game of trade.  I gave her the frisbee and asked her to trade for a treat.  And SHE DID!  So I gave it to her again, and asked to trade for a treat.  SHE DID AGAIN.  So I did it again and again .  You may know the drill.  If you’ve heard me say it once, you’ve heard me say it a million times.  Two times two is four.  Two times two is four.  They made you do it so much, you learned it.  Someone asks you now, “what’s two times two”?  You don’t even think about it.  “Four”.  IMHO repetition is key when you work with your dog.

As we drove home on Goldie’s last day with me, I thought she came along way and did really well with these exercises.  I could say that for her, holding on to toys is a very emotionally charged experience, but suffice it to say that it’s just a very big deal.  And this game of “trade” is certainly a better alternative to being rough and helps to develop a nice bond and a trusting relationship.

Winners of 2011 National Train Your Dog Month Contest

Winner of APDT's 2011 National Train Your Dog Month

So, I’ve stalled long enough on this one and it’s about time I put this important bit of information out on the information super highway.  I’ve decided that pack members around the globe should not go on one more day without knowing that WE WON A CONTEST!  Yes, that’s right, we won!  We were selected!  Me and Rocco and our video.  Filmed on the beautiful streets of the fine Eastern Shores neighborhood using only the highest quality equipment (my blackberry) and produced and directed by the distinguished filmaker and biggest supporter of Rocco’s Pack (my mother).  It was the morning of January 31st about and hour before her departure that I remembered that it was the last day of National Train Your Dog month.  “Yikes”, I thought, “the contest, I need to submit my photos, my videos!”.  So we skipped all the lessons on using a smartphone and jumped right into the very advanced crash course on making videos with a blackberry…and boy she passed that with flying colors because not only did she get it, but we did one take and best of all WE WON!  Just a few short weeks after downloading, converting and uploading my video which was quite a tasking endeavor for someone who’s never done anything with videos, I received an email from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) letting me know that our video demonstrating loose leash walking had been selected.  Yay!  Shortly thereafter I received my Amazon gift card followed by what was supposed to be a basket of premier products.  In reality it turned out to be a huge box full of goodies from special food bowls to fancy training clickers and intricate dog toys designed to mentally stimulate the doggies…you know what that means, fun toys for all pack members!  And if that wasn’t enough, the wonderful people at APDT also sent me a NewTrix halter, which I absolutely adore and highly recommend as an alternative to harsh prong collars and choke chains, which not only hurt your dog, but also can cause permanent damage, people please…for the love of your pooch!

So without further adieu, I’d like to publicly thank the wonderful folks at APDT for their second annual “National Train Your Dog Month” campaign http://www.trainyourdogmonth.com/media/20101229/default.aspx

designed to bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training.  And on a personal note, I’d like to just say to everyone that has a dog and enjoys spending time with him/her that training is so much fun.  In addition to giving your dog a job, which will make him a confident and thriving member of your pack, it’ll increase the bond between the two of you and it is truly rewarding to see just how eager he/she is to please you, his benevolent leader.

Take a look at our video where I get to show off a little bit of the work that I, with the help of the awesome trainer, Nadine Litterman have done in training Rocco to not drag me down the street and walk on a loose leash.  Best part:  ALL of it was done using positive reinforcent which equates to treats, lots of praise and lots of love, oh and a dash of patience too.

http://www.trainyourdogmonth.com/winners/default.aspx

http://www.trainyourdogmonth.com/