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In-home training and behavior solutions

Did you know that training will help a shy/timid dog to live more confidently?  Nothing builds confidence like success and a positive learning experience!  If you are struggling with a dog who has an excitable personality, training will help him to calm down by teaching him self-control.  A dog who has not learned to be patient, or how to control his impulses, can be a real challenge to live with.   Sharing our life with a dog is not a passive spectator sport.  It requires active engagement to ensure a happy, healthy, and stable canine companion.  What our dog gives us in return is worth so much more than the effort required on our part.  GREAT DOGS ARE TRAINED, NOT BORN!

Did you know that your dog learns much the same way that you do?  Dogs learn through personal experience and by associating consequences with choices.  Choices that result in a positive consequence for the dog are repeated.  When the positive consequence is withheld for undesired choices, those choices are extinguished.  By controlling the consequences, you can develop cued responses and eliminate unwanted behaviors without conflict.

Did you know that many dog behavior problems are caused by the human at the other end of the leash?  How we interact with our dog can have a tremendous effect on the dog's behavior.  At Omega Dog Training in Tempe, we will help you understand how natural human behavior can interfere when communicating with your dog, and offer solutions that use your dog's natural motivation and positive-reinforcement to resolve problem behaviors.  It is all about effectively communicating "Don't do that...do this instead".  We speak dog!

Did you know that dominance and aggression have nothing to do with training?  Too many dog owners have been told that they must be "dominant" over their dog to get the dog to behave, and that physically aggressive behavior is required to establish this "dominance".  This often takes the form of choke collars, prong collars, shock collars, and harsh physical or verbal corrections.  Such aversive methods are not supported by current behavioral science, natural canine behavior, or learning theory.  Punishing is not teaching!  Training should create mutual cooperation, and not conflict.  We will help you translate what your dog is telling you, and show you how to easily become the calm, confident, leader your dog instinctively needs and respects.

Did you know that no dog is too young, nor too old, to learn?  Although training should be adapted to an individual dog's unique temperament and abilities, age is not a barrier to learning.  You new puppy can, and should, begin an appropriate level of training the moment she comes home.  Your adult dog can learn to substitute a desired behavior in place of an undesired behavior regardless of age.  So...the only thing holding your dog back is your commitment to teach them what is expected and making the learning process FUN!  Omega Dog Training in Tempe can help!

Did you know that cognitive behavioral therapy is often required in conjunction with basic obedience training?  Behavioral therapy addresses problems related to the dog's emotional state-of-mind and involuntary reflex responses.  Most common are fear/anxiety driven reactive behaviors toward people, other dogs, or some other trigger stimulus.  Once you change how the dog feels in the presence of a triggering stimulus, a change in behavior will naturally follow.  This is respondent conditioning at work.  Fearful anxiety becomes happy anticipation.  Basic obedience training on the other hand teaches the dog to give a specific voluntary response to a specific stimulus (a cue).  This is operant conditioning at work.  Both approaches are combined when addressing a variety of behavior issues.