You can read hundreds of books and articles or watch hundreds of hours of training videos but training dogs comes down to practice and experience. Not all methods work for all dogs. It comes from experience of working with many different dogs and dog breeds to know how to accommodate to their specific needs. Our training methods come down to three steps or principles:
TRAIN. REINFORCE. PRACTICE.
Our training mentality is to first train any dog to enjoy learning by getting them to be passionate and excited about what they do. We do this by an intensive socialization program and teaching them in a positive learning environment where they are happy and excited to learn. We try to accommodate to each individual dog’s needs by pushing and challenging them each day at their pace.
Once they know what they’re supposed to do, then we expect them to do it! Training dogs is a battlefield won by small daily victories. Did your dog win today or did you? It’s important to establish structure in your home with rules and boundaries. Are you the leader in your home or do you allow for your dog to run the show?
Then finally; training dogs is like anything in life, it takes patient and deliberate diligence. Practice and high repetition will create the habits and behaviors you want to instill in your dog.
Hello there and thank you for checking out our page! My name is Brittany Staples, I currently am studying Business-Entrepreneurial Management at BYU Idaho-Online. I grew up on a ranch in the small town of Austin, NV. We mostly worked with cattle and alfalfa but also had horses, goats, pigs, chickens, and my favorite; dogs! I loved seeing my Border Collies and Aussies out in the field working with my Dad and Uncle. There’s nothing better than a loyal-loving k9 companion working with their master. I’ve loved dogs ever since I could remember.
I married my husband, Mike back in 2012 and convinced him a while ago it was time to buy a dog! We put a deposit down for a Vizsla – Ruger and then a few weeks later Mike bought his black lab – Oddie. Since then with our dogs we’ve been hunting, training, and competing. I also am a certified behavior and training expert through Catch Canine Trainer’s Academy and I’ve been working for Puppy Steps Training for several years now, where I’m currently their head trainer. We love training and working with puppies because they’re so ready and eager to please!
My name is Mike Staples, I currently study Business Admin through BYU Idaho online. I am originally from Olathe, KS and moved out to Utah back in 2008. I met my wife 4 years ago when attending BYU Idaho. I served a 2 year LDS mission in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I currently serve in the Army in the UT National Guard as an artilleryman.
I am an avid pheasant and duck hunter so naturally I love working with upland/water dogs. I’ve participated in a lot of AKC hunting tests with my dogs. Some of the trainers that have influenced or helped me with my dogs are; Tyce Erickson of Utah Bird Dog Training, Eric Hendrickson of Palisades Labs, Justin Miller of River Runners Kennels, and Steve Shaver of Moosehead Retrievers.