Training

Group Training Classes

 See our Class / Workshop Calendar for dates, times and descriptions.

 Basic Obedience

4 BETTER PAWS – TRAINING AND BEHAVIOR

Basic Obedience – Program Overview

Your Class Trainer

Jim Turcott, CPDT-KA, has over 15 years of experience in dog training and behavior consultation.  He is currently certified by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers and is an active member of other professional dog training/behavior organizations.  He is the owner/head trainer of “4 Better Paws – training & behavior”, located in Indian Wells, CA.

 

Training Method

Classical and operant conditioning are the most current, science-based dog training methods.  When used in combination they provide the fastest results with best retention. They employ all the beneficial aspects of “positive reinforcement” and are minimally aversive.  There are absolutely no harsh treatment or punishment methods employed in our classes.  We do employ the use of food rewards to initially lure the dog into desired positions but methodically reduce it to a random only schedule.  While not a perfectly complete definition, the method is most often referred to as, “reward-based marker training”.

 

Class Calendar Schedule

The Basic Obedience program is held for approximately 1 hour in length for each class, once per week for 6 consecutive weeks.

 

Program Curriculum

This program provides the students with weekly discussions about dogs’ basic behavior characteristics such as how they learn why they react certain ways to different stimuli, feeding and house training.  It teaches the owner and the dog a vocabulary and the proper sequence of commands that allows better communication, and management techniques for special situations.

 

The Basic Commands and Vocabulary covered in the classes include:

Yes, No, Okay, Let’s Go, Right-Here (loose-leash walking), Free, Sit, Down, Stand, Sit-Stay, Down-Stay, Wait,  Go To your Rug,  Wait on your Rug, Off, Leave-It,  On Your Side, Quiet, Come, Here.

 

Fees:

  • $120 for Fido or Venus De Fido Wellness Plan Participants
  • $150 for Guest

 

Please call our Fido Specialists at 760.834.7050 for more information.

Beyond Basics

To help your dog be happy, confident, stimulated and secure in the obedience ring, we offer continued/advanced training.  This class takes you to the next level!

*Completion of basic obedience training required.

Fees:

  • $120 for Fido or Venus De Fido Wellness Plan Participants
  • $150 for Guest

Please call our Fido Specialists at 760.834.7050 for more information.

Private One-On-One Training

Ideal for those who want to customize a training program specifically at a time convenient for the pet parent to address his or her dog’s special needs. This may include behavior modification training or training for those canines who are not yet ready for group training sessions.

1 hour:
Fido or Venus De Fido Wellness Plan Participant:  $ 55
Guest:  $ 654
(1 hour) Pack:
Fido or Venus De Fido Wellness Plan Participant:  $200
Guest:  $240

Please call our Fido Specialists at 760.834.7050 for a free consultation so we can help tailor a plan that best fits your training needs.