We believe that training should be fun! We use force free methods to teach our pets our expectations. Since we currently do not have a facility we offer in-home training sessions or group classes at local parks. Want to brush up on social skills? Check out our calendar to drop in on a Sunday Social Pack walk.
Is there something specific you want to work on?
We recommend starting with a 30-minute consultation. Although training will not start during this time, we can better evaluate your dogs needs then develop a custom training plan. This also gives you an opportunity to meet your trainer and get to know our training philosophy.
If one-on-one training is best for you, we will work with you and your dog in a private session.
Private Lessons, starting from $80 per hour
We offer a discount for all rescue pets.
Proof of adoption required.
This allows you to meet in a group with other owners and their pets one day or night a week for one hour. A group setting will allow you and your dog to practice in an environment with distractions.
Each participant with receive short one-on-one training sessions.
$25 per class
Want to brush up on your pet's social skills. Join us every Sunday for a social pack walk. All dogs are welcome! Each week we select a different park to investigate. Watch our calendar to see the next opportunity!
These larger outings offer minimal opportunity for one-on-one training time, but overall guidance provided.
$10 per class
Got Questions? Contact our Trainer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 983-3890
Casa del Toro Training Philosophy
Positive Dog Training – Intro
Positive dog training is based on the proven fact that dogs will repeat behaviors that are rewarded and stop behaviors that are not rewarded. It’s as simple as that. If you make appropriate behaviors rewarding, your dog will perform them more often. If you remove the things rewarding your dog’s inappropriate behaviors, the unwanted behaviors will gradually disappear.
Positive dog training methods boil down to Redirect, Praise, and Reward.
1. Redirect = Move the dog’s attention from the problem behavior; to a better behavior he can perform instead.
Replace undesired behavior with a good behavior – If you can teach your dog to do something you like to get something he likes, he’ll WANT to do what you like! Make good behavior more rewarding than undesired behavior – Make the “right” choice the rewarding choice for your dog!
Redirect your dog from undesired behavior:
- Catch the behavior quickly
- Make yourself more interesting than the behavior
- Reward the dog once he’s redirected
2. Praise = Indicate the desired behavior to your dog – the simpler the praise, the more quickly he’ll connect it with his good behavior
“Yes!” “Good!” or the “Click” of a training clicker are all great Praise you can use.
3. Reward = something the dog LOVES that he gets once he’s performed the desired behavior.
Reward behaviors you like – Behavior that is rewarded will be repeated.
Ignore behaviors you don’t like – Behavior that is ignored will disappear. Use “no” as a sign that no reward is coming – not as a punishment!
Using Positive Dog Training in Real Life:
Dog exhibits a problem behavior -> Owner redirects the dog to an appropriate behavior -> Dog performs the desired behavior -> Owner praises and rewards the dog to let him know that this behavior is a Good Thing for the dog.
Why Punishment Training is Not the Answer:
Dog training that involves punishment introduces negativity into the dog-owner relationship, which damages your bond with your dog. Punishing your dog introduces fear and anxiety that your dog will connect back to you, and possibly to training sessions as a whole. This fear and anxiety exacerbates your dog’s existing behavior problems and can even create new ones.
Dogs trained using punishment are also less likely to offer new behaviors, because when they guess incorrectly, something bad happens. This discourages imagination, problem solving, and creative thinking in your dog.