Dog Training

Our Dog Training Philosophy

At Pet Vets, we are more than veterinarians. We like to consider ourselves as partners in the overall well-being of your beloved pet(s). Our dog training programs adhere to that same philosophy, so we don’t simply train your dog using cookie-cut lessons. Instead, we help educate you so that you can educate your dog properly. Since your best friend learns everything about life from you, we’ll show you how to use that to your advantage to teach your him or her what a wonderful life you can have together!

At Pet Vets we cover all aspects of training from kinder-pup classes to advanced training, as well as behavior modification. Options include class environments and one-on-one private training. Regardless of which program you select, rest assured that you will learn the most effective techniques based upon positive reinforcement methods. This does not mean that you will learn to bribe your best friend with treats, or rely on the latest “cool” training tool that happens to come to market; in fact, our training programs will show you how to use yourself as the ultimate reward when training your pal.

We teach you how to clearly communicate with your faithful companion to prevent him or her from becoming confused, which is one of the most common problems in dog training. If communication isn’t clear, you end up with a dog that does not want to do what you ask! And, that dog won’t reliably perform tasks or follow your instructions.

Dog training can be both fun and effective using carefully selected techniques. The video below shows the incorporation of training exercises into play time. This technique is geared toward helping you develop a strong bond with your buddy, and at the same time helps shape his or her behavior. This results in a dog that performs commands out of habit, and because it wants to, instead of obeying because he or she has to.

Remember that this video is not a formal training session; it is play time with some drills casually thrown into the mix. But, note how well the dog in the video pays attention even in the face of high distraction.

All of our training programs cover dog psychology in depth, and we show you how to become “one with your best friend”. After all, knowing how your best buddy ticks, and what motivates him or her, is the very foundation upon which a solid training program is built.

Whether you have a “kinder-pup” or “toddler-aged” youngster, our puppy programs will help you get started on the right foot. We show you how to shape desirable behaviors into your new family member right from the start, and help you identify and prevent things you might do unwittingly that teach a dog bad habits.

We can show you how to introduce an older dog to a new lifestyle for you, too, and show them how their “new lease on life” will be the best they’ve experienced yet! We’ll show you how to build confidence and overcome common anxieties in both you and your new friend that oftem come with the territory of adopting an adult dog.

These principles form the basis of our overall training philosophy at Pet Vets, which is why we’ve teamed up with Dog Traning for Owners, an outfit with nearly 30 years of experience in many facets of training from puppy-raising to obedience to protection training.

The video below features the incorporation of play time into formal training, which is the exact opposite of the video above. Specific interactive games are interspersed into this type of training to help shape more formal behaviors such as your dog maintaining focusing on you. This method of also training keeps the dog looking forward to training sessions, wanting to learn more and eager to please.

Specifics to note in this video:

1) There are training no tools, such as treats, a clicker or any other apparatus, used in this video, not even a leash!

2) Training videos are typically compilations of separate clips because multiple “takes” are required to capture a dog getting things right. However, this video contains long segments of continuous footage because the dog doesn’t deviate, so there are no mistakes to have to cut out! Even during transitions to different exercises we purposely kept the tape rolling so you can see how a properly trained dog performs in real life.

3) In mnay videos that demonstrate the Stay command, trainers/handlers issue the Stay command and walk away, yet keep looking back over their shoulders at the dog, which is an obvious sign that they are unsure as to whether or not the dog will really stay put. If a dog is solid on Stay, there should be no need to check to ensure the dog stays put, and you won’t see that sort of thing in this video.

Get the life you and your best friend deserve, and don’t wait until you have issues. Get started in a Pet Vets training program today! For complete details, visit