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NEW TRAINING OPTIONS!
Canine Good Citizen - Earn the AKC CGC certificate
Out & About Training - we will train in public spaces to help with real world distractions.
Play & Train - Small group play session combined with training in the presence of all that excitement
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Smart Paws Academy
Classes are held in the Smart Paws Academy training building in Oregon City. Evening class times will be 6:30 PM & 7:30 PM. The Canine Body Language & Communication lecture information will be sent to clients with their paid registration on DVD or VHS. Clients may keep the DVD. You MUST watch the DVD prior to the first class. Please call if you have any questions regarding the equipment, information or techniques shown in the DVD.The first week of the series will now be a working class with your dog. Proof of vaccinations may be sent prior to or brought to the first class. No dogs will be permitted in class without this proof.
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A lot of people complain that they don't have time to train the dog. There are several times each day that you must spend time with your dog, like feeding, walks and grooming. Use that time as training time also. Incorporate the commands that you use into the dog's daily routine and use "life rewards" to reinforce the dog. A "life reward" is whatever the dog wants at that time: dinner, play, attention, etc. Any time you are with your dog, you are training your dog. Be sure to teach it the right things!
It is not sufficient to just put the puppy outside when trying to housebreak. You should take the puppy outside on leash, and be sure that the puppy eliminates before being allowed back inside. Supervise or confine is your new mantra. Never allow a puppy to have free access to all areas of the house. If you can't see it, you aren't supervising. Accidents are not the puppy's fault!
Teach your puppy to let you know when it needs to go out by ringing the Doggie Door Bell. See Gifts and Gadgets page!
Smart Paws Academy has a Housebreaking/Crate training outline
available for our students.