Training

We believe in always using force-free, fear-free scientifically-backed methods.

For most people, it doesn’t require scientific journals to tell us what we seem to know instinctively: it is more humane to reward than to punish. Most people would rather avoid doing anything that will make their dog experience pain or fear if they can prevent it. Using positive reinforcement techniques rewards desirable behavior, lessens a dog’s frustration, and when used consistently, increases wanted behavior. This results in happy dogs and happy people!

So what are science-based methods?

Positive reinforcement is rewarding the dog with something very pleasant, like food, toys and petting, to encourage the dog to repeat the behavior. This works for every animal and every person as well.

When training/teaching using force-free methods, no corrections, choke, prong, or electronic collars are ever used. Instead, we teach the behaviors we want and provide rewards when they are exhibited.

A study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Behavior concluded that confrontational training methods such as hitting, intimidation using punitive force, and techniques of restraint like the “alpha roll” actually do very little to correct dogs’ behavior and in fact increase the likelihood that they will become fearful and defensive, sometimes resulting in biting.  For these reasons we employ only positive, force-free, fear-free training methods.

Classes

The following classes are on offer.

Class: Little Paws
Description: Start your puppy off on the right paw and begin building a foundation to a great relationship with our confidence building, trust building, and all-around fun class. Your puppy will learn to focus on you and trust you, which will set the foundation for a well-rounded, confident, and happy dog, all while playing fun games, going through confidence-building exercises, and socializing with other puppies.  Class size limit: 10
Cost: $175 / 6 weeks

Dates: Meets every Tuesday night, except around holidays
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Kiwanis-Wallas Hall, 3300 Norbert’s Way, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Status: Accepting rolling registrations, start anytime.  Please call for more information.
Registration: Link

 

Class: Intro to Therapy Work
Description: This class focuses on the beginning stages of what your dog will need to move on to our Advanced Therapy Class. We focus on handling, focus, longer sit and down stays, solid loose-leash walking skills, and more impulse control. This class will prepare you and your dog for taking the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.  Class size limit: 10.  (Prerequisite: File a Therapy Dog Program application and schedule an appointment with Renee Seek, Program Director, 888-436-2236 ext. 802).
Cost: $175 / 6 weeks

Dates: Sat 12/2, Sat 12/9, Sat 12/16, Sat 12/30, Sat 1/6, Sat 1/13
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Location: Kiwanis-Wallas Hall, 3300 Norbert’s Way, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Status: Class in session, registration closed.  Please call for more information on upcoming sessions.
Registration: Registration link will be provided to you via email by the Caring Canines Program Director once the Therapy Dog Program application and assessment have been successfully completed.  The Therapy Dog Program application can be found here.

 

Class: Manners Matter
Description: If your dog is five months or older, this is the class for you. We continue to build on trust and confidence, as well as learning those very important manners, like loose-leash walking, directional leading, sit and down stays, learning impulse control, focus, and much, much more.  Class size limit: 10
Cost: $175 / 6 weeks

Dates: Sat 12/2, Sat 12/9, Sat 12/16, Sat 12/30, Sat 1/6, Sat 1/13
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: Kiwanis-Wallas Hall, 3300 Norbert’s Way, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Status: Class in session, registration closed.  Please call for more information on upcoming sessions.
Registration: Closed for this session.

 

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”

-Mahatma Gandhi

Our Lead Trainer

Renee Seek has been a force-free, fear-free trainer since she began her Animal Behavior and Training internship in 2015. She started her own successful positive dog training business in 2016, shortly before partnering with Canine Humane Network as our Lead Trainer.  

Renee has a natural talent when it comes to working with dogs. She is kind, compassionate, and loves bringing joy into the lives of pets and people through the art of positive training. 

When not working with her personal clients or with CHN, Renee enjoys spending time with her husband, four kids, and her grandson. The family has a Shiba Inu and an Aussie mix. Renee tests out her own training methods with them and teaches her family how to work with the dogs. She is passing her love of animals and training skills on to a new generation because of her unique ability to build understanding between animals and the people who care for them.

Renee is a member of IAABC and the Pet Professional Guild.  Renee is also our Program Director for Canine Humane Network’s Caring Canines Therapy Dog Program.

What Type of Training Do You Need?

Every dog is different – let us help you help Fido!

Consulting

Do you have a few questions you want answered? Are you not sure if you should take classes? Do you just want some advice for that weird thing your dog is doing? An over the phone consulting session might be for you.  For more information click the link below.

Personal Sessions

Do you want some one-on-one training time? Does your dog not do well in a class environment? Would you like a more specialized course? Personal sessions offer focus just on you and your dog!  For more information click the link below.