Please note: We do not hold puppy parties in the form of puppy socialization, whereby puppies are all let of their leads for a free for all introduction for example as we consider these non productive and lead to problems that could have well be avoided.
We do the opposite and train your puppy to be able to work in the presence of others under full control and to focus on you as their friend and entertainment zone.
At Norfolk K9 Training we don’t believe in training puppies in a classroom environment until they are at least 16 weeks of age. It is too much for them both physically and mentally to deal with before that.
But we do have our own training manuals available on request to help you in the meantime to be able to start some simple training at home and start to build that all important relationship and bond with your puppy.
Puppy Foundation Course
This is a basic training course purposely designed to help you start to training the foundational life skills with your puppy. Not only will puppy be getting some training but so will the handler as you will be introduced and taught how to use training skills and the different types available in order to help puppy and yourself succeed and more importantly know what you are doing.
Adolescent Dog Courses
This is a course for teenage dogs and teaches them how to rise above the problems associated with being a teenager.
This course is an ideal follow on from the Puppy Foundation Course, whereby we move on from the basic life skills learnt and in fact develop them further with the introduction of other skills for example teaching everyday retrieving exercises being just one.
Our view on Dog Training
Dog training is the application of behaviour analysis which uses the environmental events of antecedents and consequences to modify the dog behaviour, either for it to assist in specific activities or undertake tasks, or for it to participate effectively in contemporary domestic life. While training dogs for specific roles dates to Roman times at least, the training of dogs to be compatible household pets developed with suburbanization in the 1950s.
A dog learns from interactions it has with its environment. This can be through classical conditioning, where it forms an association between two stimuli; non-associative learning, where its behaviour is modified through habituation or sensitisation; and operant conditioning, where it forms an association between an antecedent and its consequence.
There are a variety of established methods of animals training, each with its adherents and critics.
Some of the better-known dog training procedures include the Koehler method, clicker training, motivational training and relationship-based training.
The common characteristics of successful methods are knowing the animal’s attributes and personality, accurate timing of reinforcement or punishment and consistent communication.
The use of punishment is controversial with both the humaneness and effectiveness questioned by many behaviourists.
Derived from the theories of symbolic interactionism, relationship-based training exploits the patterns of communication, interpretation and adjustment between dogs and their trainers. Building on a positive relationship between them, the method sets out to achieve results that benefit both the dog and the trainer, while at the same time enhancing and strengthening their relationship.
The basic principles include ensuring that the dog’s basic needs have been met before beginning a training session, finding out what motivates the dog and using it to elicit behaviours, interpreting the dog’s body language to improve communication between dog and trainer, using positive reinforcement to encourage desired behaviour, training incompatible behaviours to replace unwanted behaviours, and controlling the dog’s environment to limit the possibility of unwanted behaviours.
A relationship-based approach to dog training is not necessarily reliant on using training aids or treats but posits that the connection between dog and trainer is sufficiently powerful to achieve the training goals.
Consistency of the owner’s application, their level of understanding, and training/behavior and level of engagement can influence the effectiveness of any technique.