Our Training Method
Dogs HAVE to be taught both YES and NO, but in the right way.
We teach them YES by using positive reinforcement techniques such as food, treats, marker training and playing games to help them understand what we want them to do.
Then we teach them NO by introducing minor corrections in order to set boundaries. This can be done with a wide variety of tools; slip leads, prong collars, vibration collars and e-collars.
We are highly trained on each of these tool and will teach you how to use them safely and effectively, and most importantly, in a way that isn't harsh to your dog.
With so much information about dog training out there, how can you make sense of it all?
When it comes to Obedience training, the best way to understand it all is to think of training methods on sliding scale. On one end, you have Purely Positive (Force-Free) Training and on the opposite end of the spectrum you have what is called COMPULSION training.
Command Canine is in the middle.
Purely Positive Training
On one end, you have Purely Positive (or "Force Free") trainers. They ONLY use positive reinforcement techniques. It's basically a method that tries to teach your dog by ONLY being able to tell them YES by ONLY using treats and food.
A good analogy is to think of riding in a car with someone. Imagine giving them directions by ONLY being able to tell them YES whenever they make the correct turn, and never tell them when they are making a wrong turn. They are going to make a ton of wrong turns before they stumble upon the correct turn. It will likely end up causing a lot of confusion and frustration.
We get so many calls from people that have gone through Purely Positive training that are still struggling. And the reason why is simple, their dogs have only been taught half of the equation. It often leads to very inconsistent results. When training is inconsistent it can lead to an undesirable situation for you, your dog, or someone else.
On the opposite end of the spectrum you have what is called COMPULSION training. This was developed for police and military dogs. A lot of former military trainers use this. It is extremely disciplined and strict. It's mostly telling your dog what they CAN'T do by using aggressive corrections. A lot of people find this method to be a bit harsh. It may be ok for police and military dogs, but not appropriate for pets.
We also get calls from people that have put their dogs through Compulsion training. Aside from them feeling that it was way too aggressive, they also feel that they end up with a robotic dog that is almost fearful of making the wrong decision. Our Founder, Chelsey, unfortunately saw this early on in her career.
She strongly disagrees with these methods. It’s one of the main reasons Command Canine was founded.
How We Train for Obedience (Manners)
On the scale of obedience training, Command Canine is in the middle.
Unlike most trainers, our Founder, Chelsey, has been educated in all areas of the scale. She has attended multiple, HANDS-ON, in-person dog training programs, not just online courses. (Make sure to ask any trainer if their education was only online based) After training professionally for 10 years, Chelsey has developed our training programs based upon methods she has seen proven to be the most effective.
A common sense approach. We utilize multiple techniques in order to teach your dog as effectively as possible. We use a ton of positive reinforcement techniques such as food, treats, marker training, enrichment exercises to teach them what we want them to do, and then we introduce minor corrections in order to set boundaries and say NO.
This can be done with a wide variety of tools, slip leads, and vibration collars. Some dogs need other tools, like prong collars, vibration collars or stimulation collars. All of which we are highly trained on and teach you how to use them safely and effectively, and most importantly, in a way that isn't harsh to your dog.
The end result is a dog that you can feel confident about walking around the neighborhood with or on the beach with, knowing they’ll have a more enjoyable life because of it.
How We Train for Behavior Modification (Mind)
We specialize in Behavior Modification or what we refer to as “Mind” Training.
It’s important to emphasize that Behavior Modification training requires a very different knowledge base, experience and training methods than Obedience (Manners). Our team is lead by Behavior Modification Specialists that have over 50 years combined experience in Behavior Modification. We understand how a dog’s mind processes information and perceives their environment.
You may think your dog's actions mean one thing, but it could actually be something completely different.
That is why our assessment is so important. Every assessment is done by one of our Behavior Specialists. They are the experts that can determine what specific behavioral issues may be causing your dog to behave a certain way.
Without your trainer having a strong understanding of behavioral issues, your dog could be put through a program that misses or ignores a behavioral issue and could actually create or intensify aggressive or anxious behavior, which could lead to a dangerous situation.
Some of our Behavioral Techniques
Behavior Adjustment Training
Constructional Aggression Treatment
Relaxation Protocol - by Dr. Karen Overall
TBTE Behavioral Downs
Confidence Boosting through agility and body mechanics
Habituation with the Reticular Activating System
Coping Mechanisms and Stress Management to reduce Amygdala Hijacks
Cooperative Care for Vet visits and groomer handling
Many training companies promote Behavior Modification services. We suggest that you do as much research as possible. This is not a decision that you should take lightly. Ask a ton of questions, read reviews or speak with former clients of dogs that have gone through their Behavior Modification program.
Our expertise has been proven time and time again, which is why
we are trusted by veterinarians, breeders and rescue facilities.