Foundations for Good Communication
EXPANDING YOUR DOG’S VOCABULARY
COLD NOSE COLLEGE
COMMUNITY SERVICE CLASSES AND TESTING
Canine Nose Work Training
At Your Dog Knows, we teach you to communicate with your dog in a way that’s easy to understand and makes it easy for your dog to pay attention to you. Our dog-friendly dog training methods are both easy and fun to implement so that you can have fun teaching your dog what you want him to learn and he has fun learning. We offer classes for puppies and older dogs that enable you and your dog to learn to communicate effectively with one another. We exclusively use the all positive clicker method of training. Our method allows the dog to learn to think what is an appropriate response to a situation rather than wait to be told what to do. Clicker training is a clear form of communication, combined with positive reinforcement, that is an effective, safe, and humane way to teach any animal any behavior that it is physically and mentally capable of doing.
Orientation to Clicker Training - one 1-1/2 hour introductory class required before attending any class at Your Dog Knows.
Puppy Foundations - Consists of eight 1 hour modular sessions for puppies 8-20 weeks old. Sessions can be attended in any order and begun at any time. Students are given up to 6 months to complete the 8 sessions without being penalized for missing a class.
Laying a Good Foundation - Consists of six 1 hour modular sessions for dogs 6 months and older, Sessions can be attended in any order and begun at any time. Students are given up to 6 months to complete the 6 sessions without being penalized for missing a class.
Canine Good Citizen Class - Consists of six 1 hour sessions. Handlers are introduced to the AKC Canine Good Citizen's Responsible Pet Owner's Pledge and the dog behaviors required to pass the AKC Good Citizen Test. Testing does not take place during the 6 sessions. Test is included in the price of the class.
If you want to tap into what your dog is really capable of doing and build a stronger bond with your dog that opens the door to participating in more activities, you need to understand better what your dog is communicating to you and help him learn more of your language so that you can communicate with him. Your Dog Knows offers group and private classes with that goal in mind….to enlarge your dog’s vocabulary through fun activities.
Intermediate Clicker Training
Advanced Clicker Training
Rally Free Elements
AKC Community Canine (Advanced Canine Good Citizen)
AKC Urban Canine (Advanced Canine Good Citizen)
At Your Dog Knows, we understand the time constraints on a family, but we also know how important the first 12 weeks of life are for a puppy. Early training and exposure to the world of humans is critical for the proper development of a puppy. Cold Nose College is a board and train program that provides the critical care, training and socialization to lay the solid foundation for a puppy so that it can become an integral part of a family or provide an important service or work for his future handler. We take your wonderful untouched canvas, also known as your new puppy, and give you back a well balanced, well adjusted, well trained puppy. Then we give you, the handler, the tools and skills required to communicate appropriately with your puppy. At "graduation" from Cold Nose College, the handler and the puppy go through the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification Test and receive a certificate from AKC, as well as Cold Nose College, and a medal from AKC.
Each Session lasts from 6-8 weeks. Puppies from 8-20 weeks old are eligible for Cold Nose College. The puppies are able to go to their homes on the weekends and holidays.
Session I January - March
Session II April – June
Session III July - September
Session IV September - November
Today domestic animals are routinely used for therapy in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, nursing homes, mental health unites, physician offices, prisons, courtrooms and businesses. Dogs are frequent helpers to physical therapists with their patients. Therapy dogs are becoming more common in the role as hospital visitors as professionals better understand and appreciate the healing powers of the presence of animals. At Your Dog Knows, our goal is to help you tap into your own dog’s extraordinary ability to serve in Animal Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy. We provide classes and onsite training for potential therapy dog teams to help them be better prepared to serve our community while creating a stronger bond between the handler and dog!
Classes: Each Class consists of six weekly 1 hour sessions. The cost for each 6 week class is $150 per dog.
Introduction to Therapy Dogs
Therapy Dogs II - Animal Assisted Therapy
Therapy Dogs III - R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs)
Every dog uses his nose. Your Dog Knows training methodology is designed to help pet dogs tap into their hunting instinct, learn independent problem-solving skills, and to build broad and solid foundational scent detection skills that will enable them to successfully face new and greater challenges in games at home, in competition or in providing a service to the community in a variety of ways. At Your Dogs Knows, we begin the dogs by searching for their favorite food or toy. They search in an obedience-free zone, without handler interruption or unintended correction. When dogs find the hidden toy or food reward, they play with it or eat it, self-rewarding and reinforcing their successful searching behavior. This introductory training is designed to build the dog’s desire to hunt, his stamina for searching, and his skills for searching in many environments without the risk of failure, distraction or disinterest in the search. It also gives the handler time to learn how to observe the dog and to learn handling skills.
Throughout a dog & handler team's training, the emphasis will always be on creating learning experiences for the dog and supporting his independent problem solving, not commanding him to perform a series of tasks in a predetermined manner. It is all about the dogs and all about celebrating their amazing abilities. Prepare for a lifetime of fun with your dog! Some of the many benefits of our nose work classes are: Dogs easily burn lots of mental & physical energy doing searches Searches can be done anywhere you can take your dog No prior training is required and no obedience is needed In classes, dogs work one at a time and rest crated or safely in a vehicle between searches so reactive dogs can enjoy the activity, too Shy or fearful dogs build confidence and overactive dogs put their energy into fun searches Stronger bond between dog & handler as handler learns to observe, understand, and rely upon his dog
K9 SEARCH AND RESCUE SCENT FOUNDATIONS
LOST PET SEARCH AND RESCUE
DIAKONIA (Service) DOGS
BIO DETECTION SCENT TRAINING
K9 SAR is a noble pursuit for anyone who loves the outdoors and loves working with dogs, as well as people, and would like to serve their community using these interests. Your Dog Knows recognizes how valuable and amazing the scenting abilities of our dogs can be. We offer foundation training and canine evaluations for those who are interested in learning more about K9 Search and Rescue. Contact us if you would like more information.
Building upon techniques from cadaver detection, and search and rescue, Your Dog Knows is developing ways to use dogs’ extraordinary sense of smell to work with biologists, DAR, conservation projects and others to protect wildlife and wild places. Our dogs can detect weeds before they break the surface, animals that live below ground, and aquatic organisms invisible to the human eye. We can train dogs on custom target odors to enable them to become valuable resources in conservation.
Your Dog Knows is currently developing a Lost Pet SAR Response Team. Your dog’s nose is an incredible tool and can be used for not only searching for and finding lost humans, but lost pets as well. We are evaluating canines for use as search specialists or as training assistants. We hope to have our first LP Response Team active by the end of 2018. Contact us if you would like more information.
Your Dog Knows recognizes the unique gifts that dogs have to give to those who suffer from various crippling diseases, whether physically or mentally. Diakonia is a Greek word meaning ministry - active service, done with a willing (voluntary) attitude. That word describes the dogs that we train to minister to those who are qualified to have an assistance dog. Diakonia Dogs is currently undergoing evaluation and going through the application process to become a training center for Atlas Assistance Dogs, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit assistance dog organization which strives to eliminate obstacles to obtaining an assistance dog and helps anyone who qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act to obtain a certified assistance dog. Contact us if you would like more information.
All mammals possess five senses: TOUCH, HEARING, TASTE, SIGHT and SMELL. The majority of humans use sight as their main sense to assess the world around them. The smell sense is subsidiary and the human nose is unlikely to be able to smell cancer or other human diseases. BUT A dog’s nose knows! In the dog the sense of smell, the olfactory system, is the main special sense and it is extremely sensitive and efficient. Possibly 30% of their brain is dedicated to analyzing odor. It is estimated that the percentage of a dog’s brain devoted to analyzing odors is 40 times larger than that of a human. Science is combining the knowledge of the dog’s sense of smell with the need for early detection of various human diseases, such as cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, glucose levels and more. Your Dog Knows is currently training dogs that are ready to be put to work in attacking these fatal diseases before they take the life of your loved ones.