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Force Free,
Relationship Based Training

Relationship Based Training

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Building a strong relationship with your dog is crucial for successful dog training. Without a strong bond and trust between you and your furry friend, it can be difficult to effectively communicate and teach them new skills.

By spending quality time with your dog, playing games, and engaging in activities together, you can establish a foundation of mutual respect and understanding.

This foundation will help ensure that your dog is more receptive to your commands and is eager to please you.

Whether you're teaching basic obedience or advanced tricks, a positive and trusting relationship with your dog is the key to success.

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Positive, Force Free Training


IMG 9401All of our services here at A Walk in the Park are tightly integrated. This is because we truly believe in the benefits of acknowledging and developing the “whole dog”. At the root of this concept, is a better way to train. We use positive methods that help dogs establish, and in some cases re-establish, positive associations with the world around them.

Our training is 100% force free, as we believe that allowing dogs to make their own choices and come to their own conclusions is the best way to make a long-lasting impact on the learning process – over a hundred years of scientific research backs us up on this! We offer an array of training programs that target your various needs. Our mission is “to help dogs navigate a world they have to share with humans and other dogs”. By integrating training concepts into our daycare and overnight programs, the dogs not only get the opportunity to play and exercise, they learn valuable lessons about how to properly socialize and communicate with both humans and other dogs. Building optimism and confidence are key concepts in our approach to dog training.

Why Punishment Doesn’t Work


IMG 9400Using punishment like shock collars during training can have negative consequences for your dog and the relationship you have with your dog.

There can be physical and emotional harm. Shock collars work by delivering an electric shock to the dog’s neck, which can cause physical harm, pain and distress. The use of shock collars can lead to physical injury such as burns, skin irritations, and even tissue damage.

The use of shock collars can lead to fear and anxiety in dogs. The shock can be traumatic and may cause the dog to associate the training session, or even you, the trainer, with pain and discomfort.

Some dogs may become aggressive when exposed to a shock collar, either due to fear or frustration. This can create a dangerous situation for both for you and your dog.

Punishment-based training methods might teach the dog to avoid certain behaviors out of fear of punishment rather than an understanding of the desired behavior. This can lead to confusion, frustration, and a lack of motivation to learn.

Using punishment-based training methods can damage the relationship between you and your dog, as the dog may come to associate you with punishment, rather than positive reinforcement and trust.

And none of this is necessary, as there are better training methods available, that will not harm your dog.