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JV Training at A Glance

At JV Training we believe in creating a harmonious relationship between dog and owner. With focus on providing effective hands-on services, we use modern and scientifically proven methods to set you and your dog up for success. We will work with you to find the appropriate program to achieve your goals.

Our Specialties Include:

  • Leash Reactivity and Distraction Training

  • Loose Leash Walking

  • Polite Greetings Inside and Outside

  • Impulse Control

  • Resource Guarding

  • Polite Play and Interaction with humans and dogs

  • Relaxation Inside and Outside

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Fear-related Aggression

  • Teaching new behaviours such as fun Tricks and Agility

  • And many more!

What is Positive Training?

Positive-based training refers to the new, modern approach to working with our dogs. Backed by science, this approach to dog training uses the standards of the LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) techniques to shape desirable behaviours that we want to see from our good canine citizens. Reinforcement is our primary tool in teaching as we believe that it is far more humane (and easier!) to teach our dogs what we want them to do, rather than using constant correction for mistakes. Rewards are not necessarily treat based, but can be whatever your dog finds motivating. They can consist of verbal praise, toys, affection, or whatever stimulates your dog and makes them want to work for you and make good choices. By following something called the Humane Hierarchy, we systematically formulate a training plan that is easy for you and your pooch to navigate through to resolve all problem behaviours, and reach your goals in an effective and timely manner. Positive training uses the philosophy that your dog will not only learn quickly, but will be willing and happy to learn when given the proper communication and structure. Together this system creates a confident and responsive dog. Harmony!

It is easier to achieve than you think.

Before beginning a training exercise ask yourself:

  1. Is my dog healthy, happy and able to thrive?

  2. Is there something directly causing my dog's behaviour?

  3. Am I motivating my dog?

  4. Is there something specific I am trying to teach my dog?

  5. Am I using the right equipment?

  6. Am I using training methods that make sense to me?

  7. Am I repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?

  8. Am I, as well as my dog, in a good state of mind?

Remember: there can be valuable, positive solutions to common problem behaviours. Safety always comes first with you and your dog.

The Treat Misconception

Many people have asked me about “treat training” in puppies and dogs. Their question is usually along the lines of “if I use treats to train my dog, won’t I ALWAYS need to use treats?” The answer is quite simple. If treats are being used as a “system of rewards” rather than a bribe, then no. Treats are a wonderfully effective and easy way to reinforce behaviours. Once our dog has learned and proofed a behaviour, then treats will be needed less and less. The behaviour becomes a habit, and we expect more from our dogs for less constant rewarding (similar to a paycheck at the end of your work week). Pretty soon your dog will be completing a whole series of behaviours (for example, a 30 minute loose leash walk) for ONE treat at the end!

What is "socialization" and why is it important?

Socialization means learning to be apart of human society, a society that many dogs find bizarre without proper acclimation. Without a proper setup and puppy class your pup will never become truly socialized to the world around them. There is a big difference between "socialization" and "exposure," and our aim is to make sure your pup receives wholesome, positive based experiences that set them up for the real world.