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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.

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