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Our Philosophy on Group Dog Training Classes

   Typical dog training classes consist of a group of dogs and their owners attending weekly classes. Because owners' needs and wants differ, and dogs themselves are individuals with different temperaments, dispositions and personalities, class material is limited to items common to all owners. Dogs can also have different aptitudes, even if they're the same age, because of what each dog has, or has not, been exposed to during the normal course of their lives. For this reason, the material covered is almost always very basic.

   While it's true that, by virtue of being a group environment, classes have certain elements of socialization built-in, trying to combine socialization with training can backfire and actually set dogs up to perceive training as negative. Consider, for example, a dog whose first training exposure is a group environment. Upon seeing other members of its own species, the dog is likely going to want to immediately investigate the other dogs. Not only does creating the desire to instantly interact with other dogs instill a bad habit in the dog, the owner must then restrain the dog from interacting with the other dogs which subsequently creates the perception in the dog's mind that training is no fun. In essence, training starts off on a negative foot, which is the exact opposite of what we want to happen! This is one reason why we separate training from socialization sessions altogether.

   To try to compensate for these issues, some training companies offer different levels of classes such as basic, intermediate and advanced classes. The trouble with this approach is that not only do owners waste valuable time taking course after course, when they finally do get to upper-level classes they often end up spending most of their time trying to overcome the bad habits they inadvertently taught the dog in the basic level class! Additionally, in puppies, there's a finite window of time to shape desirable behaviors and prevent bad habits from forming. Attending a series of group courses results in owners missing out on this prime window of opportunity that once closed can never again be reopened. (For more on this topic, click here.)

   If your dog reacts negatively towards other dogs or people, group training can easily be more detrimental than helpful. That's not to say that reactive dogs are all incorrigible; we're merely stating that other training options would be more suitable and effective. Sometimes dogs react negatively to people, other animals, objects, situations, etc. that they're not familiar with, so if your dog has not previously been properly socialized and/or desensitized to a wide variety of stimuli and environments, you don't want to flood his or her senses to the point where he or she reacts fearfully or aggressively to an unfamiliar situation. It would be smarter to instead acclimate a reactive dog to training in a more appropriate environment first, then potentially introduce him or her to a group environment later. After all, how fair would it be to subject a dog to trying to learn while it's being overwhelmed by an environment to the point of reacting negatively?

   These are only a few of the reasons that we developed our one-on-one Phase Training Program. You and your dog will learn much more in a shorter amount of time, and in a more appropriate setting, than a group class. In fact, people often tell us that they learn more in just the first session of a Phase Training Program than they learned in all the classes they've taken over their entire lives! That says a lot, and is why we no longer offer group obedience classes. Barring extenuating circumstances, by the end of a Phase Training Program, owners typically have dogs that are solid and reliable, even amidst high distraction such as other dogs.

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321 Iron Point Rd.
Folsom, CA 95630
2201 Francisco Dr.
Suite 140-102
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762


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