Treats, and reasons for using them in Dog Training
Most of the Canines we live with today have evolved from wolves. In the lives of wolves seeking food is often their primary focus. In most cases our domesticated dogs do not have to hunt for their food but seeking it is frequently on their minds. Providing food rewards, especially in the early stages of training, can be a strong motivator for them to learn from you what it takes to receive them. As these skills become more routine, the frequency of using treats will not be as necessary and they can be weaned off of them. Smaller treats, especially those that can be quickly consumed, work very well. When working at our jobs we all expect to receive a pay check for our efforts, and our dogs appreciate this too.
Gary is fun to work with, and his teaching methods are straight forward and easy for both dog and handler to understand and learn from. I took his basic obedience class with my then 8-month-old German Shepherd, and then went on to more advanced obedience work with the goal of eventually showing obedience.
Gary is very helpful in working through problems that might show up during training, and every dog in our basic class finished the class vastly improved from when we all started.
Tonya McCluskey, Hamilton
I have taken several group and private lessons, where he helped me achieve the AKC Companion Dog (CD) title.
He truly cares about every student & canine team and will go the extra mile.
Gary's classes are fun and I learn something every time. He knows dog behavior and how to get the best out of owners and dogs. I have also worked with Gary as a co-trainer for a service dog. Again his knowledge of how a dog will respond to various training techniques was invaluable.
I like his calm and professional approach very much!
Jane Parsons, Stevensville
My grown children and their significant others learned as much obedience as their dogs from Gary's kind, informative instruction.