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Our Method

The Volhard Motivational Method of Obedience Training is a proven approach to teaching beginners. The techniques are simple and successful. Although it was intended for puppies, it proves equally effective with adolescent, adult, and even problem dogs. The relationship between man and dog is complex and often suffers from poor communication. Blending human and canine psychology into a carefully structured program, the Motivational Method bridges the gap between the species.

Recognizing that clear communication is necessary for successful training, the Motivational Method places great emphasis on training the handler. We are not training your dog – we are teaching you to how train your dog. Research into the psychology of how people learn is incorporated into every step of the training process. Body posture, leash handling, tone of voice, and an understanding of dog behavior are skills taught to each handler.

As the Motivational Method is an evolving approach to training which is updated as our knowledge of behavior increases, our instructors spend one week a year with their dogs at an instructors' camp. Subjects include: how people learn, how dogs learn, problem solving, nutrition, water rescue, tracking, and the experiences of fellow instructors from across the US and Canada. Because of this dedication to learning the technics of training, you will find our instructors to be very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and able to answer your problem solving questions.

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