Training

Training Programs

WalkyWalk’s in-home, one-on-one training programs are based on two simple concepts. Training needs to take place in the dog’s natural setting, and the owner must be committed and involved in every step of the training.

First of all, when a dog learns in a classroom or kennel setting, the training is much more rigid, UN-natural and forced. When the dog returns from the kennel, there is still a need for additional experience working with the owner to reinforce the commands in real life situations. The dog has learned to listen only to the kennel trainer and only in closed environments. That’s why our business comes to your home, including those in Boston, Brookline and in Cambridge. We believe training should prepare both the owner and the dog for everyday distractions.

Secondly, the owner must be involved in every step of the training. When a dog is trained only by the trainer, the owner is left out of the training process. Understanding how a dog learns and perceives things is extremely important. A properly educated owner is much more likely to be successful. Through education, we turn owners into trainers.

By combining these two concepts, owners receive a well trained and adaptive dog and an education in their dog’s behaviors. Knowledge is power and this concept applies equally to dog training.
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Basic Puppy (8wks-16wks)

Advanced Puppy (16wks-24wks)

Basic Obedience (6 months +)

Advanced Obedience (6 months +)

Rehab for the Aggressive Dog

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Thoughts on Training Dogs with an Open Mind

“From my experience in training dogs, I have come to the conclusion that there is no one right way to train a dog, and keeping an open mind is crucial. Each and every dog is different and unique in his or her own special way, making it impossible to use only one school of thought. Understanding the way dogs think and behave, and having a basic knowledge of dog psychology is the biggest piece to the training puzzle. When you understand the ‘why’ in a dog’s behavior, then you can start applying training methods.” – Tom Roderick, Founder and Lead Trainer