Misty Pines Pet Company will be holding a special location dog training class at Blueberry Hill Park in Franklin Park Borough. Blueberry Hill Park is just a few minutes away from Misty Pines. Class will meet at the Maple Grove Pavilion parking lot at 6:30 pm. Please bring all of your usual tools needed for class and be sure to have a treat bag filled with your dog’s most favorite treats. Please sign up and prepay in advance. This class is open to students from all levels of classes.
At Misty Pines we work towards building solid obedience and behavior throughout any distraction that we may come across. To solidify these behaviors we work through four variables of dog training; Distance, Distraction, Duration, and Location. Location is perhaps one of the most important variables of training a dog to cope with everyday situations such as someone coming to your door or taking your dog to the park on a sunny afternoon. As a general rule, a dog will only work where it has been taught to do so. Therefore, if the only place that you ever practice obedience such as heeling and stays is here in training class or at home in your living room, it is likely that your dog will find it difficult to hold their focus while faced with the unique distractions present in a new location. Keep in mind that when we change a variable in training, we make the cue and behavior unique to that situation. Remember that you may need to take a step back and teach a known behavior with lure and reward techniques the first time in a new location so that the dog learns to execute at this new location with unique distractions.
- The Variables of Training