What style of training will be used to train my pet?
Ruffin' Around's training instructor acquired her training experience at Sea World of Ohio, where she worked as an animal trainer. While at Sea World, she trained a variety of animals such as killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, walrus, and otters. She has formally been training dogs and cats since opening Ruffin' Around in 2005. Your training instructor will be using the same training techniques to train your pet that she used at Sea World to train the animals there. Only positive reinforcement will be used in the training of your pet. No negative techniques or dominance methods will be utilized. Positive reinforcement rewards correct and/or desirable behaviors so that the likelihood of your pet repeating those behaviors increases over time. The goal of this type of training is to motivate your pet to do, or not do, whatever you ask of him/her. In reality, the instructor is training both you and your pet. Your pet's behavior is a reflection of how you respond to everything he/she does. More often than not, pet owners inadvertently reinforce unacceptable behavior in their pet, causing bad behaviors to get worse rather than improve. Therefore, it is just as important to teach the owner as it is the pet.
What types of training classes are offered?
There are several options available to pet owners based on their preference. One option is private training. Private classes allow the most flexibility in scheduling; the classes are conducted around your schedule. In addition, the class content is determined by the pet owner. This allows us to specifically address your pet's needs. Because only you and your pet are enrolled in the private class, this type of class provides the maximum amount of individual attention. The number of private classes an owner wishes to take is entirely up to the owner. You may take as little or as many of these classes as you desire. Private classes are ideal for pets with specific behavioral problems that need to be fixed, for owners wanting to train a behavior that's not covered by one of the group classes, or for pets that do not get along well with others. Private classes are usually one hour in length. Another option available to pet owners is training during daycare or boarding. This class differs from the private class because the owner is not present during the training. This type of training is offered in half hour increments. Based on your pet's attention span, the training may take place in one half hour session or may be conducted in several shorter sessions throughout the day. When you arrive to pick up your pet at the end his/her stay, you will be updated on your pet's progress as well as what you need to do to maintain the behavior at home. Lastly, Ruffin' Around offers a wide variety of group training classes. Group classes offer the best value if you are looking to train what that specific class covers. There are two group classes specifically for puppies, Puppy Socialization Safari and Puppy Kindergarten. The Socialization Safari class not only enables puppies to socialize with new people and other puppies, but it also exposes puppies to novel places and scenarios in a critical stage of development, allowing puppies to build confidence and avoid fearful responses to the world around them. Puppy Kindergarten focuses on various "puppy issues" such as socialization, crate training, house training, chewing, and jumping along with some basic obedience commands like sit and lay. Adult Basic Obedience covers behaviors, such as sit, down, stay, come, leash walking, and name recognition, as well as allowing each owner to choose whether he would like to train an additional behavior not covered in the class or fix a behavioral problem that his dog is currently exhibiting. Some of the other courses offered are: Advanced Obedience, Cool Pet Tricks, and Husbandry Training (training behaviors that help with care giving, such as restraint, nail trimming, ear cleaning, etc.). Some courses may have a prerequisite of either Puppy Kindergarten or Adult Basic Obedience. Most of the group courses run for 6 weeks. The classes are one hour long and are held on the same day of the week for 6 consecutive weeks. Group class sizes are kept small, ensuring each participant receives individual attention when needed.
Who benefits from training?
Everyone benefits from a well-trained pet. Training classes teach owners how to get their pets to listen and behave appropriately. A well-behaved pet brings more joy and less stress to the family than a pet that behaves poorly. Pets also benefit from training classes and good behavior because they are being rewarded for their behavior, instead of being scolded for it. In extreme cases, training classes may be the saving grace for out-of-control pets whose unruly behavior may have caused their owners to considered finding them new homes or giving them up to shelters. Additionally, everyone your pet comes into contact with, house guests, the neighbor, the vet, the groomer, etc. will appreciate your well-trained pet.
Elle graduates from Puppy Kindergarten.
Fields graduates from Puppy Kindergarten.
What does my pet need to take a training class?
Any pet enrolling in a group class must get along well with people and other pets. Vaccinations are required for training, but vary with age. Owners must provide proof of vaccinations from their vet prior to the first class. Reservations are necessary for all training classes. Please call for more info on vaccine requirements or future class schedules.
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