Training the Humans
The trainers at AlphA and Omega Dog Training are very knowledgeable of the litany of various training methods. After an evaluation, the trainer will educate you on the pros and cons of various methods and make a professional recommendation regarding which method will produce the results you desire. The most important part is NOT that your dog learns the Come Command, but that he will do it no matter what else is going on. Look at it like this, what good is the Come Command if your dog will only perform it in a controlled and isolated environment? The same is true for all commands. Anyone can teach their dog to “Sit” on the kitchen floor, but will your dog “Sit” at the park as other people, dogs, and kids walk by? Your dog should listen to you whether you are in your kitchen, at the local park, or in the middle of a three-ring circus.
We train the five basic commands – heel, sit, down, stay and come. We’re not running around the City of Cleveland with noisemakers, sporting a “Fanny Pack”, and passing out treats begging for attention. Neither are we down at Davis Island ignoring bad behavior, frolicking in the warm Tampa sun. We’re here to train, not play games and feed treats. If anyone ever tells you it takes weeks and months to get your pup to follow the five basic commands, send them to us. We’ll train them and then send them back to you. It’s important to remember that YOU play a major role in the success of any dog obedience program. Of course, we can teach your dog to perform for us, but the key to a well-trained companion lies in the ability to transfer these skills to you and every member of your family regardless of age, size, or strength.
The first session is designed to teach you how to handle the leash and interact with your dog. It is the most important session of your training. You must change the relationship you had in order to enjoy a new way of living. You must establish a line of communication built on trust, boundaries, and respect. Keep in mind, the training is not complete until you have completed the training.
Dogs are dominant by their very basic nature, it’s encoded in their genes. If a subordinate member of the pack senses any weakness from the leader, the leadership position will be challenged. If the leader isn’t leading strong enough, another dominant will step up and take lead. This is instinctual and serves to keep the pack healthy and strong. Often times, this is not a warm and fuzzy transition. However, the reality is, there can only be one leader. The leaders’ competence can never be but in question without risk of losing the position.
Dominance isn’t a personality type, it’s a term used to describe the relationship between two or more members of a group who both have access to mates, food, shelter, sleeping areas or other resources such as the attention and affection of a human. The Alpha Leader in the pack isn’t the one that’s the most aggressive. It’s the one who can lead the pack with fairness and a calm confidence to maintain a mutual working relationship that benefits the entire pack.